A taste of France at VILA VITA Parc in a unique menu only available on the 21st March.

On the 21st March, the Atlântico Restaurant, located at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in the Algarve, joins the list of restaurants from around 150 countries from all over the world that will be participating in the 4th edition of the Goût de France gastronomic event, following an invitation by the French Embassy in Portugal.

The event, founded in 2015 by Chef Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, following the declaration of the French cuisine as UNESCO’s World Intangible Heritage, aims to celebrate French cuisine throughout the world, by offering French-inspired menus at the participating restaurants. In 2017, over 2,100 restaurants participated, serving around 250,000 special menus.

The Atlântico restaurant will be offering, exclusively for this day, a special menu prepared by Executive Chef Manfred Kickmaier which, for €78 per person, is made of a generous aperitif, a starter, a fish and a meat main course, a cheese course and a dessert. The menu will be paired by a careful selection of French wines and made of unique dishes such as the “Gâteau” of Goose Liver with Apple and Celery Salad and Kumquat Confit, the Lobster Bisque, the Beef Tenderloin à l'Escoffier with Wild Mushrooms, Potatoes Ana and Pepper Sauce, amongst others.

This is a unique opportunity to pay homage to the extraordinary French cuisine, in the sophisticated and elegant atmosphere of the Atlântico Restaurant, with a privileged view over the resorts’ luxurious gardens and the Atlantic ocean.

The full menu may be accessed through VILA VITA Parc’s website. For reservations please contact +351 282 310 000 or e-mail fb@vilavitaparc.com.

Internationally-acclaimed Christian Bau will join Executive Chef Hans Neuner for a prestigious Four Hands dining experience on March 20th.

VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa will be the hottest culinary ticket on The Algarve next month when it hosts internationally acclaimed chef Christian Bau for an exclusive evening of culinary creativity on March 20th.  The German-born three Michelin-starred chef from the eponymous Victor’s Fine Dining by Christian Bau restaurant in Perl Germany will be cooking alongside Executive Chef Hans Neuner in his stylish two Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant in a much-anticipated Four Hands Dinner Experience.

Renowned for being the youngest chef in Germany to receive three Michelin stars at the age of 34, Bau will be bringing his unique fusion of classical French cooking with strong Japanese elements, complementing Neuner’s standout locally-inspired seafood dishes. The two chefs will be creating a bespoke menu for the event which will seamlessly blend their culinary expertise, resulting in a one-off gastronomic sensory adventure.

Austrian-born Chef Hans Neuner presides over VILA VITA Parc’s signature restaurant Ocean, serving freshly caught seafood with inimitable flair, its excellence marked by a Michelin star awarded in November 2009 and the second awarded in November 2011. Neuner is the genius in the kitchen, where the focus is on the catch of the day from nearby Sagres alongside the finest seasonal and organic produce from the resort’s own farm. Signature dishes include a filet of red mullet served with “perceves” (goose barnacles) and fennel jelly; and tail of langoustine topped with caramelised turnip on a classic French combination of pressed veal face in black truffle sauce..

Tickets for The Four Hands Dinner experience at VILA VITA PARC’s Ocean Restaurant on March 20th   with Christian Bau and Hans Neuner start from €230 per person (excluding wines) and are available direct from VILA VITA PARC.

For reservations please contact the Ocean Restaurant by emailing info@restauranteocean.com or calling +351 282 310 100.

VILA VITA Parc was once again the stage for some of the best cars in the world.

Between 14 and 16 February, VILA VITA Parc had the pleasure of welcoming The Porsche Hybrid Trackdays event. 

The event, organized by Porsche AG, offered the opportunity for several international tv stations from Germany, France, UK, China and USA, to test and film the performance of Porsche Hybrid systems, both on the race track and over countryside roads in the Algarve.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and the Porsche 918 Spyder were tested by the media at the race track of the Algarve’s International Autodrome, in Portimão, only 20 minutes away from VILA VITA Parc.

Several have been the people and cultures that, throughout the centuries, have recognized and taken advantage of the Algarve’s natural beauty and richness.

From the Fenitians, the Carthaginians and the Romans, to the Arabs which for 5 centuries occupied the region, leaving behind traces still visible nowadays in its architecture, names of lands and culture. The Algarve is today an open air museum, filled from East to West with several monuments and historical places worthy of including in a visit to this region.

Discover below 5 historical places to visit in the Algarve and start planning now your next trip to the region!

Silves Castle

Silves was, for a long time, the capital of the Algarve. From 700 to 1200 a.d., Silves was used as the region’s strategic centre by the Arabs which occupied the region. Today, several traces of the Arab occupation are still visible. Its castle, with over 1000 years old, is strategically located in the top of the highest hill of the city. Although devastated throughout the years by several earthquakes, the castle was subject to rennovation works during the 40’s, which have restored its original characteristics, making it one of the best preserved castles in Portugal nowadays.

Tavira’s Old Town

Located in the shores of the river Gilão, Tavira is one of the Algarve’s most charming cities. Its historical centre is filled with museums, churches, centennial gardens and even traces of the Roman and Arab occupation. Visit the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo, built on the 13th century over an old mosk, take a walk in the Public Garden, admire the magnificent views over the city from the top of the castle’s towers, cross the river on the Old Bridge and get lost in its charming cobblestone streets.

Roman Ruins of Milreu (Estói)

Located in Estói, in Faro, the Milreu ruins are one of the most interesting and relevant traces of the Roman occupation in the Algarve. They were discovered in 1877 and named National Heritage in 1910. Here, you’ll be able to see what’s left of an old manor house, a wine press, a bathhouse, agricultural infrastructures and a temple used as a private cult centre. The ruins still feature some of its decorative mosaics.

Paderne Castle

Located in Paderne, in Albufeira, the Paderne Castle, also known as the Almóada Castle, is one of the 7 castles featured in the Portuguese flag. It was occupied by Romans and Arabs and finally conquered by the Portuguese Crown in 1218. Its ruins feature a characteristic red colour, and on the inside there are several traces of the Arab and Portuguese architecture.

São Lourenço Church (Almancil)

The São Lourenço dos Matos Church is considered to be “one of the Algarve’s biggest artistic treasures”. Located in Almancil, in Loulé, the church dates back to the 18th century and is particularly known for its magnificent interiors decorated with beautiful mosaics in shades of blue which tell the story of Saint Lourenço’s life.   

One of the most typical elements in the Algarve’s landscapes are the countless almond trees in bloom that fill up the fields with a delicate white and pink colour in the beginning of each year, around January and February.

Legend says that the almond trees first appeared in the Algarve, particularly in Silves, around the time of the Arab occupation, hundreds of years ago.

After one of his many battles, the Arab king Ibn-Almundim fell in love with one of his prisoners, a tall, blond and blue eyed princess called Gilda. As time went by, and after he gave her her freedom, he ended up winning her heart and marrying her. But one day, the princess, feeling homesick, fell into a deep depression. The king, desperate, ended up finding a creative solution: he ordered almond trees to be planted all over the region. In the following spring, the king took the princess to one of their terraces so that they could both look over the almond trees that, at the time, where already covered with small white flowers. Seeing that scenery that resembled her homelands’ snow covered fields, the princess cured her depression and started to improve day after day.

In the Algarve, the almond is one of the main ingredients for the local gastronomy and especially confectionery, like for example the famous “doces finos”, “Dom Rodrigos”, “morgadinhos” or “carriços” that don’t leave anyone indifferent.

Besides the delicious sweets it originates, the almond is also nowadays considered a “super food”, and it’s one of the most popular snacks worldwide due to its high health benefits. Rich in protein, vitamin E, magnesium and monounsaturated fat (heart friendly), it’s considered, just like avocado and olive oil, extremely effective to prevent diabetes, heart problems and to lower bad cholesterol levels.

And why not indulge your sweet tooth with this Almond & Chocolate Delight recipe, made by VILA VITA Parc's Pastry Chef?

Almond & Chocolate Delight Recipe

Almond Mousse


  • 175 grs almond flour
  • 250 grs almond milk
  • 75 grs sugar
  • 4 sheets of gelatine
  • 350 grs semi-whipped cream


  • Boil the almond milk with the sugar and the almond flour
  • Add the previously cold water soaked gelatine
  • Cool down to 28 degrees and add the semi-whipped cream
  • Put the mix in the mold and freeze it

Chocolate cream


  • 100 gr milk
  • 100 gr cream
  • 40 gr egg yolk
  • 20 gr sugar
  • 1 sheet of gelatine
  • 200 gr 64% black chocolate


  • Boil the cream with the milk
  • Mix the yolks with the sugar, add it to the boiled cream and heat it in a water bath at 84º
  • Add the gelatine and pour it over the chocolate
  • Put the mix in the molds and freeze it

VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, has recently invested on a large format high-resolution LED screen in one of its largest meeting & events rooms.

The screen, with a dimension of 12 x 3m, is the first and only large format LED screen in Portugal with a resolution of P2.5, is suitable for any kind of presentation and now complements the already very attractive offer at VILA VITA Parc in terms of meetings & events. 

This recent addition now joins the list of features that again confirm this resort as one of the best spaces in Portugal for social or corporate meetings and events. With over 1100m2 of events space, not including outdoor gardens and terraces, VILA VITA Parc offers 9 meeting rooms with sizes between 40 and 600m2, amongst which an elegant and contemporary boardroom located in the resort’s library, as well as a large Events Pavilion with capacity up to 400 people, featuring natural daylight.  

The recently-launched coffee breaks, with an organic and healthy concept featuring lactose and gluten free products, are also part of the latest news at VILA VITA Parc, guaranteeing a special touch to any event. 

For more information on the meetings & events offers, please contact groups@vilavitaparc.com, +351 282 310 145 or visit www.vilavitaparc.com/en/incentives-events/all 

Along with Winter comes the colder weather and the urge to indulge in more consistent dishes that warm us up inside. 

Take our Executive Chef's suggestion and enjoy a recipe made with some of the best POrtuguese ingredients such as sweet potato, chestnuts and the famous black Alentejo pork. 

  • Ingredients for  4 :

Black pork cheeks  - 1kg
Onion- 300gr
Garlic clove - 2
Red wine from Alentejo (Herdade dos Grous) - 1lt
Meat broth - 3lt
Bay leaf - 3
Thyme - 30gr
Thick sea salt - 500gr
Paprika - q.b.
Salt / Pepper - q.b.
Sweet potato - 700gr
Skinless chestnut- 150gr
Baby carrots - 100gr



  1. Clean the skin, any impurities and fat off the pork cheeks. Make a brine with 13g of salt per kg for 45 minutes.
  2. Wash and dry the cheeks; Brown both sides in a frying pan and remove. Braise the onion, the garlic and the paprika in the same frying pan where you browned the cheeks and add some Red Herdade dos Grous wine. Put all in a pan with the meat broth and stew for 1:30h until they’re soft and juicy.
  3. Put the washed and dried sweet potatoes over thick sea salt in a tray for 45 minutes in the oven. Peel them and grind them (in the Bimby) and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  4. Peel the onions and the garlics and chop them into small cubes.
  5. Peel the carrots and fry them. Roast and peel the chestnuts.
  6. Plate the cheeks along with the sweet mash potato, the carrots and the roasted chestnuts.

January 1st is known practically since forever as the first day of the year.

It was implemented in 46 a.d. by the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, on the exact day that the Romans dedicated to Janus, the God of Gates. The word “January” actually comes from the name of this God which was known for having 2 faces: one turning forward (the future) and another turning backwards (the past). 

Nowadays, the New Year or “Réveillon” celebrations, word that comes from the French verb “Réveiller” (“to awake”, in English), are common to almost all the cultures that use an annual calendar. The celebrations are different from culture to culture, sometimes even inside the country, from region to region. In Portugal, there are some peculiar traditions such as eating 12 raisins as the clock strikes midnight, jumping from a chair with Money on your shoe, pocket or hand, making noise with the lid of a pan to push bad luck away and to dive in the ocean on the night of the 31st December or the following day. The traditions are too many to count, but one of them is very common: the dinner on the 31st December with family and friends as a way of saying goodbye to the old year. 

At VILA VITA Parc we help you turn your New Year’s Eve dinner into one of the most special and delicious moments of your life. See below VILA VITA Parc’s restaurants’ special New Year’s Eve menus and book now to say goodbye to 2017 with a delicious and elegant memory. 

Adega Restaurant

Anyone passionate about the traditional Portuguese gastronomy cannot help to feel tempted by the special New Year’s Eve menu at the Adega Restaurant. Grilled octopus, Atlantic fish soup with Clams or na Egg Cream and Cinnamon Cornucopia, are some of the dishes that will almost leave you speechless.

Occupying a rustic, whitewashed building on the VILA VITA Parc estate and boasting a spacious sunny terrace with views over the swan lake, Adega channels the rustic romance of the Mediterranean. It is one of the highest demand restaurants at VILA VITA Parc.

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteAdega Restaurant


Atlântico Restaurant

The flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine, based on local products, are the main elements of Atlântico Restaurant’s special New Year’s Eve menu. The Smoked Quail Cream Soup with Périgord Truffle, the Sole with Imperial Caviar Sauce, Spinach and Champagne or the Hibiscus Flower Infused Melon are only some of the dishes included in the menu of 2017’s last evening, in this restaurant of extraordinary views of blue and green over the Atlantic Ocean and VILA VITA Parc’s gardens. 

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteAtlântico Restaurant


VILA VITA Biergarten

This year, gather friends and family and come say goodbye to 2017 with the best flavours of the German gastronomy, in a place so much like the Bavarian mountain chalets. You’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail, followed by the special New Year’s Eve menu made of delicious dishes such as the Herring Fillet with Chicory Salad, Apple and Beetroot, the Pumpkin Cream Soup with Brez’n Croutouns or the Dunkel Beer Brownie with Salted Caramel and Pistachio Ice-cream. And of course the always refreshing and amazing German beer and live music that will liven up your evening and have you enter 2018 in the most amazing way!

Reservations: +351 282 310 230 / biergarten@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteVILA VITA Biergarten

Praia Dourada Restaurant

How does the idea of saying goodbye to 2017 in a relaxed, beach atmosphere, with the sound of the sea waves as a background music and the sand only a few steps away sound? Good? Very good? Then the Praia Dourada Restaurant, at the beach in Armação de Pera may very well be the ideal option for you. The special New Year’s Eve menu will be made of delicious dishes such as Oysters with Yuzu and Chili, Rumpsteak with Chimichurri and Cassava Chips and a Spiced Hazelnut-Pear Cake with a Chocolate sauce to finish. Oh, and we’ll make sure that you enter 2018 with rhythm in your feet with the music of our Live DJ throughout the evening!

Reservations: +351 282 310 230 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsitePraia Dourada Restaurant


The 2 Michelin star Ocean Restaurant, located at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, is once again on the famous La Liste ranking of the 1000 Best Restaurants in the World.

This year, Ocean has reached the 64th place in the list, 38 places higher than last year’s 102nd place. With a score of 97,5%, Ocean, lead by Chef Hans Neuner, was the only restaurant in Portugal to be included in the Top 100, ahead of the other 7 Portuguese restaurants also included on the list.

Every year, La Liste, founded by Philippe Faure (French diplomat and a devotee to the world of gastronomy) and composed of some of the best names in the world of international gastronomy, launches the list for the World’s Best 1000 restaurants.

La Liste is based on an algorithm that cross-references over 550 specialised publications & food critics to calculate an annual score that sets its ranking scale. The end result is an impressive range of outstanding food experiences which have been handpicked by discerning critics.

Portuguese Restaurants included on the list (by order):

Ocean, Porches (97,50%)

Il Gallo D’Oro, Funchal (95,00%)

The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia (94,50%)

Belcanto, Lisboa (94,00%)

Vila Joya, Albufeira (90,75%)

Fortaleza do Guincho, Cascais (83,25%)

Henrique Leis, Almancil (80,50%)

Largo do Paço, Amarante (80,00%)

Christmas is the ideal time of the year to, regardless of our lifestyle and daily pace, get all those who matter the most, family and friends, together in moments of joy, comfort and intimacy.

The typical delicacies and dishes of the festive season fill up the tables and it is impossible to remain indifferent to the myriad of smells, flavours and colours that indulge our senses. This Christmas dedicate more time to what really matters – those dearest to you – and leave the Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch preparations up to our dedicated and experienced team. See below VILA VITA Parc’s restaurants’ special Christmas menus and get ready for one of the most perfect Christmas ever.

Adega Restaurant

Occupying a rustic, whitewashed building on the VILA VITA Parc estate and boasting a spacious sunny terrace with views over the swan lake, Adega channels the rustic romance of the Mediterranean. Punchy Portuguese tapas plates and regional specialties from the likes of Madeira and Azores introduce authentic local flavours, while live music courtesy of traditional Portuguese guitarists and Fado singers bolsters the atmosphere at dinner

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteAdega Restaurant


Bela Vita Restaurant

Located in the main building, the Bela Vita Restaurant offers a warm and inviting space, with a sleek and urbane retro-chic décor, soothing pastel furnishings and a distinctive chevron wooden floor. The outdoor terrace, with its intricate Portuguese calçada, is a favourite spot to enjoy the view over the gardens and the lake..

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteBela Vita Restaurant


Arte Náutica Restaurant 

Arte Náutica is an elegant beach restaurant with a large terrace, located less than 2mi/4km from VILA VITA Parc at the neighboring town of Armação de Pêra. By day, it is a charming spot for a carefree bite by the beach, while at dinner, the romance factor rises as the sun sinks over the ocean. The menu is made of a selection of fresh fish straight from the market, plus grilled meats, salads and snacks. It’s the perfect choice for a Christmas Lunch with the soft sounds of the crashing waves as the soundtrack.

Reservations: +351 282 314 875 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteArte Náutica Restaurant


Atlântico Restaurant 

The Atlântico Restaurant offers a Mediterranean cuisine with a French and Portuguese flair. This oceanfront fine dining with magnificent views of the Atlantic and the infinity pool below features seasonal, local, regionally and organically grown products. Views from the terrace that will literally take your breath away.

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteAtlântico Restaurant


Praia Dourada Restaurant

Praia Dourada is a casual beach restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea’s sparkling blue shades from the beach at Armação de Pêra. It offers a fresh and modern young atmosphere, as well as a vibrant menu made of freshly made dishes like mussels, prawns in aioli sauce, beef tournedo, homemade burgers, artisan pizzas, spicy spareribs, wraps and bites and tasty desserts. More than 15 special gin drinks, med cocktails, coffees, shakes and cold press juices natural juices complete the menu. The perfect spot for a relaxed Christmas lunch. 

Reservations: +351 282 310 230 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsitePraia Dourada Restaurant


VILA VITA Biergarten

Recently remodelled, the VILA VITA Biergarten resembles now, more than ever, like an authentic Bavarian mountain chalet. A comfortable and cosy atmosphere and a menu made of the finest delicacies from the German gastronomy, are key elements for its growing success.

Reservations: +351 282 310 230 / biergarten@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteVILA VITA Biergarten