Algarvian Cuisine is a blend of Portuguese and Arabic cuisines, the roots of which can be tracked down to the Moorish era (711AD – 1492AD). The Algarvian cuisine portrays a stark difference in the flavors and ways of cooking from the rest of Portugal. A lot of fresh seafood, almonds, figs and carobs, spices are the highlights of the Algarvian delicacies. Pork dishes are also very popular in the Algarve. Spanish Tapas, Serrano, Chourico are largely paired with traditional wines from the region as well. The emphasis is on the freshest ingredients directly from the producers and using high quality ingredients to bring out the flavors in the food.