In the old days, Maria’s was accessed via a track, more suitable for a 4 x 4, rather than a conventional hire car. In our case, we often took a leisurely stroll through the pine trees from Vale do Lobo, to what was then, a wooden shack on the beach. Not any more. In 2012 the road leading to Maria’s was paved in the inimitable Portuguese style providing ample parking. During the height of the summer season the beach gets incredibly busy, so we have not been able to get anywhere near the new look Maria’s. A purpose built restaurant, slightly set back from the beach to accommodate the constant threat of the coastal erosion.

I am pleased to say that we made it this week. No problem parking and without booking a table, but it is still very early in the season. Served by a very young, good looking crew of Hollister-dressed waiting staff, the ambiance was a very pleasant one! A laid back affair, but with a distinct undercurrent of slick organisation going on in the background and the food is very good.

Would recommend that you book, especially during the height of the season to avoid disappointment and if it is a windy evening as this new purpose built restaurant is equipped to cope with the elements, without losing any of its beachside charm.  www.mariasbeachalgarve.com

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Written by Tessa Barrie

Writer and blogger from Jersey in the Channel Islands UK who believes life is too short to be niche. 🙃 Currently working on her first novel.

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