This area of the Algarve offers a wide range of recipes that use the local produce as much as possible. Dishes like Galinha cerejada (cherry chicken - so called because of the colour of the chicken), carne de porco com amêijoas (pork with clams), feijoada de javali (bean stew with wild boar), lebre com feijão branco (hare with white beans) as well as some of the more familiar like frango no churrasco (barbecued chicken) and various bacalhau (dried salt cod) dishes.
Starters often include spicy sausages (enchidos)- sometimes served flaming, and fresh goats cheeses, marinated carrots and, of course, olives and fresh bread.
Desserts - If you haven't noticed by now, the Portuguese love their cakes and desserts! Arroz doce (sweet rice pudding); Bolinhos de massa de amêndoa (little cakes of marzipan) in various shapes like fruits, vegetables, fish and flowers; Pudim de amêndoa (almond pudding); Bolachas de mel (little honey cakes) and figs stuffed with chocolate or almonds are all typical
A very sweet treat is a Dom Rodrigo - a mixture of ground almonds, egg yolks and sugar and wrapped in silver paper. Of course figs and fresh fruits are normally offered as well!
Alte has quite a few cafés and restaurants to choose from considering it's size and it is a lovely village to while away a bit of time sitting and watching the world go by! The hub of the village is the meandering network of streets around the church, with tables and chairs perched somewhat precariously at times, outside the various cafés. At the end of the village by the fonte is the Pequena Fonte restaurant and nearby are picnic areas by the waterside - ideal for a leisurely lunch with some fresh bread, cheese and a bottle of wine!