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Restaurants with a dream view

The sea has a magic attraction for many people. People will give you different reasons for their love of the sea. It might be the mesmerising sound of the waves, or the sight of the foam and the breaking waves, or the salty feel of the sea breezes.

But, of course, the sea has a darker aspect and it can be merciless to those who overstep the limits. If you’ve seen or experienced the fury of a storm, it can be difficult to appreciate how vulnerable this finely balanced eco system can be. But in these times where over-fishing and diminishing fish stocks feature prominently in the headlines, many people want to know which fish they can still eat with a clear conscience. You’ll find some answers at! For example, you don’t have to worry about eating carp and trout. There are also good stocks of pangasius and it’s a fish that can be highly recommended to environmentally-aware gourmets.

If you’re still looking for the ideal place to enjoy fish while you’re on holiday, here are some tips to help you decide...


Located in the resort of Vale do Lobo, above the Praia do Garrao beach (widely known as Julia’s Beach), Julia’s is the place to enjoy sensational views of the Atlantic Ocean while tucking into signature chicken piri-piri or grilled fish. Choose the catch of the day from the daily specials board, and enjoy live music there three days a week. TVs also show major sporting events, and there’s even a children’s playground.

Two-course meal with a glass of wine about 35 euros.
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Perched on the shore in a traditional villa, with spectacular views across the Bay of Angels, this internationally renowned seafood restaurant has been run by the same family since 1936. Taste the catch of the day grilled over a log fire, or sample regional dishes like pissaladière (Provençal pizza) and bouillabaisse. The likes of Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau have done exactly the same in years past.

Two-course meal with a glass of wine around 42 euros.
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There’s a tropical feel to this beachfront restaurant, fringed with palm trees and boasting amazing views of Gibraltar and Africa. A fine-dining menu of Mediterranean and international dishes includes perfectly cooked classics like Spanish-style roasted milk-fed lamb and grilled green asparagus with Iberian ham and vegetable risotto.

Two-course meal with a glass of wine about 50 euros.
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Home-style cooking and friendly service are the strong points of this charmingly rustic restaurant, set above Pefkos’s main beach. Chefs source organic herbs and vegetables from the garden, conjuring up meze dishes like mini-pies filled with aubergine and smoked cheese.



Two-course meal with a glass of wine around 30 euros.
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Authors: Julian Detzmeier & Hendrik Jürgens