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Posted by portugalpress on August 15, 2018

Albufeira has reached the final of Portugal’s 7 Gastronomic Wonders competition, which aims to showcase the country’s best dishes, wine, olive oil or food-related tourist route.

It is the first Algarvean town to reach the final stage of the competition after Monchique and Tavira failed to qualify in the first and third gala events, respectively.

To try to impress the jury, each participating town has to present a number of reasons why it is pitching itself as one of the country’s ‘gastronomic wonders’.

Food-wise, Albufeira’s bid presents sea urchins as the town’s seafood ‘snack’ and a ‘cataplana de peixe’ (fish stew cooked in a traditional clam-shaped pot) as its main course.

Oranges are named as its “indigenous ingredient” while the Rosé Vida Nova 2017 and Onda Nova Branco 2014 are singled out as the best examples of locally-made wine.

The bid also highlights the rare fresh water springs at the Olhos de Água beach and the Quinta do Mel farm, described as a “unique” spot for agrotourism in the borough.

The final of the competition will take place on September 16, precisely in Albufeira.

Loulé and Vila do Bispo will be vying for a place in the final this Sunday (August 19) at a gala event taking place in Odemira. Silves and Lagoa are the other Algarve towns that still hope to qualify for the final.

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