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Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve

Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve

Breathtaking cliffs and sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see - for decades, the Algarve has been a popular destination for Europeans.

Whilst a trip to the Algarve is not complete until you have eaten Frango da Guia (Chicken Piri Piri) at Ramirez in Guia, you cannot pass on Portugal’s bountiful ocean produce.

Here you can find some of the best seafood in Europe, offered up by the rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  The diversity on offer is broad, and seafood tends to be bigger than you would find on the Costa del Sol or French Riviera since numerous species make their way from the Azores to the Mediterranean to spawn.  

One of the best places to spend your lunch hours is at Gigi’s, Praia da Quinta do Lago in Almancil.  An Ayrton Senna favorite, Gigi’s qualifies as perhaps Europe’s most perfect restaurant. 

Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve


The whole Gigi’s experience starts with pleasurable walk across a long wooden bridge over the luscious wetlands of the Ria Formosa National Park. As you approach the ocean, take your time to take in the breathtaking beauty of this natural habitat and you might spot a rare Purple Swamphen or other aquatic birds like Flamingos.

Like a mirage, Gigi’s will appear in the distance and by this time, your appetite is insatiable. A friendly black Portuguese water dog will likely be soaking up the sunshine on the sandy beach.





As you take a seat on the deck of this beachfront oasis, just soak in the atmosphere of a bubbling jet-set crowd of patrons that no doubt make it a must to return year after year.


Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve

No need for menus here as you make your way to the seafood display and pick from a choice of Gigi’s early morning jaunt to Quarteira fish market. Very likely, the charismatic and larger than life Gigi himself will be there to recommend the day’s specials. Be adventurous and order the head of the largest fish you see. Gigi will no doubt appreciate your excellent choice - the cheeks, often frowned upon by urban dwellers, are without a doubt the best part of the fish. For a special treat, do yourself a favour and order the carabinieri, humongous red prawns. 


Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve

To pair with your meal, I suggest a Vinho Verde, Portugal’s famous green wine, light and fresh, and a perfect compliment to one of the best meals you will ever have.


Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve


Gigi’s is closed from December through to the end of January, and bookings are a must during high season. Reservations: +351 964 045 178



Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.

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Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #4

Juan Imaz, well let me know if next time you go you need any help. My brother lives in Villamoura and knows all the cool places.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #3

Sorry to disappoint you Ken Boddie, Gigi "himself" is more like a Portuguese Maurice Chevalier. I have never had, or even seen Vinho Verde outside of Portugal which I have always thought odd. No wine here either, but I might head over to the DVD store and pick up Gigi for tomorrow, a perfect Sunday afternoon movie!

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #2

I can almost smell the sea food, Dean, and those king prawns look like they are to die for. I was on Cloud 9 when you mentioned Gigi, as I had this huge crush, as a young lad, on the actress Leslie Caron, who played Gigi in the 1958 movie of the same name. Then you totally destroyed my day dream when you mentioned "Gigi himself". Not only do I not have a glass of your recommended Vinho Verde in the house, with which to drown my sorrows, but I don't have a drop of anything other than still or tap water. Why is life so cruel? 😢

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #1

Thanks Dean ! Juan Imaz, do you know this place ?

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