Fish and seafood are a major part of the diet for the people living in the region. A huge selection of sea food dishes is normally offered in most traditional restaurants. you can on having always an enormous variety of fresh fish - sardines, tuna, bream, cod, monkfish, and others types of fish as well as clams, oysters, prawns, not to mention squid octopus and cuttlefish. Besides fish you have many meat dishes cooked in a variety of ways and in the more tourist areas you will find all sorts of restaurants with international cuisine – hamburger, pizza, Brazilian, Chinese and Indian food. For the sweet tooth there is a really huge choice, pastel de nata, almond tart and fig cakes such as Morgados or Dom Rodrigos, which go perfectly with the local almond liqueur or Aguardente de Medronho (arbutus brandy).
Entertainment is red hot every summer in the many bars and clubs, especially in the most cosmopolitan areas like Albufeira, Vilamoura and Portimão. Entertainment and nightlife in the Western Algarve fits all tastes and preferences: there is a plethora of café terraces for calm enjoyment of the evening or dynamic discos to break the night with colour. Picturesque marinas and attractive bars and casinos offer all types of entertainment and enjoyment. The Western Algarve features the latest trends in music making the area a popular cosmopolitan spot.Throughout the year there are various events that bring colour and fun to the region, such as Carnival, music or food festivals, historical reenactments and the traditional fairs and festivals which are held all over the region.