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Fresh restaurants and fishy feet

Summer has arrived in the Algarve and hungry sun-worshippers are making dinner reservations at popular restaurants.

Wait everybody! New restaurants, worthy of your attention, are still opening. Portugal Confidential has the scoop… 

The team behind the recent opening of Praya by Chakall on Praia do Ancão, has another trick up their sleeve. Seems they are building yet another trendy restaurant/bar on the same beach in the central Algarve.

It is all still very hush hush. Our sources tell us the architecture will be ultra-modern, circular, and made of steel and glass.

It is being referred to as UFO, but the official name has not been chosen. The launch is scheduled for August 1. Prepare for take-off!

In Vale do Lobo, the tropical beachfront restaurant known as Papagaio has had a make-over. It re-opened last month as Breeze. The rainforest décor is gone, replaced with chic and clean, white and metal surfaces.

Therapeutic fish at Wonder Fish Foot Spa in Praia da Luz.
Therapeutic fish at Wonder Fish Foot Spa in Praia da Luz.

It is definitely a sophisticated place to sip bubbly from the Breeze Champagne Bar, or enjoy tapas on the large terrace.

A few steps down to the beach, Breeze also has a deck on the sand for dining.

But, for true luxury, ask the servers to bring your food and drink directly to your sun loungers on the beach. 

And, the word around Vilamoura is that the former Trattoria in Vila Sol shopping will soon re-open as Cantinetta.

True to its name, the cuisine remains Italian. The open plan kitchen adds a welcome touch of theatrics to the elegant space.

For a more casual evening, head upstairs to the Lounge Bar and Vinoteca for stuzzichinis (tapas) and a large selection of international wines by the glass.

Cantinetta is scheduled to open July 15. 

For something kind of cool and kind of weird at the same time….swing by the Wonder Fish Foot Spa in Praia da Luz.

This pedicure trend from Asia is slowly growing in popularity in Europe, and now there’s one in the Algarve.

Imagine sitting on a bench and dropping your feet into an aquarium filled with little fish with big mouths.

These fish, called Garra Rufa, gorge themselves on the dry dead skin on your feet. The result is soft, healthy skin.

It is also suggested that these little suckers stimulate acupressure points, keeping your nervous system in check and relaxing the body.

No worries about germs, the whole process follows a strict hygiene regime. 

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