One of the best parts of travelling and exploring is sampling traditional cuisine and visiting local restaurants. It’s an ideal way to immerse yourself in a countries culture and learn more about local delicacies and flavours. Read on for some of the most breath taking restaurants in the world, offering the ultimate dining experience.
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Zanzibar is an island on the east coast of Africa, and on the stunning Michanwi Pingwe beach you’ll find a tiny restaurant perched on a small ocean rock. Diners are taken to the restaurant by boat, although you can walk if the tide is out; or even swim the short stretch if you’re feeling adventurous! The restaurant, which is owned by a local fisherman, serves delicious seafood dishes and only seats 14 people, so it is advisable to book. The menu varies depending on the catch for the day, but The Rock special consists of lobster, cigale, king prawns and calamari – sounds mouth-wateringly delicious doesn’t it? The sea views are spectacular, so make sure you take a camera for some fantastic photo opportunities. During your visit to Zanzibar be sure to check out the award winning picture perfect Paje Beach and take part in a spot of kite boarding. Why not visit the Mtoni Palace Ruins for an outdoor candle-lit concert and traditional Zanzibar food? The Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond is also a popular attraction, it’s not every day you get the chance to feed turtles!
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Rei das Praias
Praia dos Caneiros is a small beach sheltered by sandstone rocks, hidden away in the undiscovered resort of Ferragudo. On the beach you’ll find the luxury Rei das Praias restaurant, where the dining terrace is nestled into the rocks and there are oversized four poster sun loungers below for daytime relaxing. Head down early for breakfast and spend the day sampling the cocktail menu whilst soaking up the Portuguese sun, or make a trip in the evening to watch the sunset and enjoy a romantic dinner. The Rei das Praias serves mainly fish, which is freshly caught every day. Their specialities are clams, lobster, crawfish, prawns, dorade, sea bass, sea bream and red mullet. The resorts of Portimão and Carvoeiro both neighbour Ferragudo. Portimão boasts the popular Praia Da Rocha beach and the Museu de Portimão – a museum dedicated to the history of sardine canning. Grilled sardines are a Portuguese speciality, so be sure to order a plate or two during your stay. In Carvoeiro, you’ll find the intimate Bar Talvez and the Vale De Milho Golf Club, a great excuse to practice your swing. To explore the beautiful Algarve for yourself, visit lowcostholidays.com for more information.
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Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands and, although its volcanoes are classed as dormant, they still produce a considerable amount of heat hot enough to cook food over. The El Diablo restaurant is located in the Timanfaya National Park and harnesses this natural heat to cook food over. Since 1969 El Diablo has cooked steak, chicken, fish and vegetables over the volcano, giving the food a delicious smoky taste. The views from the restaurant are amazing, although Lanzarote’s landscape is barren; the rolling hills and rocky craters are breath-taking. If you look hard enough, you may even catch a glimpse of a wild Chipmunk. Once you’re full from your naturally cooked meal, head to the quirky house that belonged to architect Cesar Manrique. He designed the arty building and built it around natural lava tubes and the volcanic landscape. To cool off, make sure you check out the Playa de Papagayo beach. A stunning coved beach with clear, calm waters providing fantastic snorkelling opportunities!
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This restaurant in the tiny town Polignano al Mare, is carved out of a limestone cave and looks spectacular at night when lit up with paper lanterns and candles. The grotto is a perfect spot for a romantic dinner as the cave looks out over the sea, with the waves lapping below. The menu consists of oysters, lobster and other extravagant seafood dishes, Thai flavours, slowed cooked meats and, of course, Italian dishes. Fine dining at its best! The experience does come at a price though; expect to pay at least €100 per person. Above the restaurant there is the Hotel Grotta Palazzese, which has 25 rooms, all looking over the sea. For a bit of culture during the day make time for the 14th century Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria in Galatina, a deceptively plain building from the outside, but the detail and intricacy inside is astounding. Head to the nearby town Bari to discover the capital by a rickshaw bike – the Velo Tour is a fun way to get around and stop off wherever you fancy.
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Rangali Island, Maldives
The Maldives are synonymous with luxury and pure relaxation, and Rangali Island boasts the only underwater restaurant in the world. Since 2005, the restaurant has made it possible for guests to watch fish, sharks and other marine life swim overhead while tucking into a delectable six course meal. The restaurant is five metres below sea level, has a capacity of 14 people and offers 270° panoramic views of the marine life. Guests at Ithaa (which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi), can expect nothing less than caviar, lobster and duck foie gras as part of the menu – and, of course, excellent service. It can even be transformed into a bedroom so guests can sleep underwater for a night. If after the meal you haven’t quite seen enough sea life, head to the nearby Manta Point, which is a diver’s paradise. There is even a mini submarine excursion on offer to really submerge yourself into an underwater lifestyle. Be sure to book yourself in for a luxury spa treatment too, no trip to the Maldives would be complete without.
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