Michelin stars Restaurants

Gourmet restaurant Vila Joya     Restaurant Vila Joya
New Michelin Star Restaurant in Portugal!

There are not many places in Europe where you can find such beauty and quality of living as in the southern part of Portugal. Maybe less known is the extraordinary palette of Michelin star culinary that you will find here. Two of the best star restaurants in Portugal and Spain are also located in the Algarve in 2017; the “Ocean” led by Chef Hans Neuner and the “Vila Joya” led by Chef Dieter Koschina. Both certainly in themselves worth a visit here. But there is more. No less than four one star Michelin restaurants are in the area. The “Bon Bon” by Rui Silvestre, the “Henrique Leis” by himself, the “SãoGabriel” by Leonel Pereira and the “Willie’s” by Willie Wurger.

The Yeatman in Gaia and the Il Gallo d’Oro in Madeira were also awarded the 2nd Michelin star. So you are in good company with the previous “two-star temple” “the ocean” in Porches and the Vila Joya in Albufeira and last but not least the Belcanto in Lisbon.They are among the top restaurants in Portugal. Seven other restaurants have their first star this year.


More and more people come here to enjoy all the things this area has to offer. Not only for vacations, but also considering a second home or even moving here. Should that cross your mind, just contact us the Algarve Property Agency, and we will help to get you started on your way to three star living. Like we have done with so many customers already!

Ria Formosa

The Natural Park Ria Formosa is one of the most impressive places in the Algarve, not only because of its varied landscape, but also by its unique location. Recently voted one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, this is one of the protected areas of Portugal, which you should visit during your holidays in the Algarve.

It is a unique lagoon system that is subject to constant change due to continuous wind, currents and tides. This beautiful area stretches along the coast of the eastern Sandalgarve along the communes of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António from the Ancão peninsula to the beach of Manta Rota. As a paradise for bird lovers, the Ria Formosa is classified as IBA (Important Bird Area) and is part of the Natura network 2000. It is an important area for waterfowl and waders in Portugal, which during the winter regularly has more than 20,000 birds houses. The entire area is a very important resting place for migratory bird between Northern Europe and Africa, providing shelter for rare birds such as the purple grouse, the symbol of the natural park and other characteristic birds such as the colorful flamingos.

In Ria Formosa we can also observe other endangered species, e.g. the chameleon, a reptile found in Portugal only in the pine forests and the dunes of the eastern sandalgarve, and the sea horse, which exist here in one of the largest populations in the world. In addition, the Ria Formosa is known for the Portuguese water dog, a breed of the Algarve, which is threatened with extinction. Also the economic importance of the natural park due to a great variety of fish and seafood, for which the protected lagoon offers an ideal, natural nursery. In the Ria Formosa, where fishermen shell and oyster farms are operating, about 80% of the country’s total exports are produced in this area.

Formula 1

An internationally renowned circuit.

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve opened on 2 November 2008, after being built in only seven months. It was a race against the clock, given that the circuit was set to make its debut that same year, hosting the Grand Final of the Superbike World Championship.
The 4.692 km-long circuit costed 195 million to build and covers a total area of 300 hectares, which also boasts a karting track, a technology park, a sports complex, a five-star hotel and apartments.
As a result, the track satisfies the wide-ranging needs of the world of auto racing and motorsport, from designers to race teams and companies, allowing them to present, test and develop their products. That’s not the only reason why the course is home to a wide range of internationally-renowned races, such as the aforementioned Superbike World Championship, the World Touring Car Championship, the FIA GT1 World Championship, the European Le Mans Series, the GP2 Series (which since 2017 has been known as the European Formula 2 Championship), the Race of Champions and many, many more.