Explore Portugal’s coastal traditions by embarking on Conrad Algarve‘s remarkable clam picking and oyster bank experience.
The adventure begins a quick 20-minute drive from the resort, where a traditional wooden fishing boat awaits to sail you to Faro Island – one of five barrier islands located in the Ria Formosa. Expect warm greetings from the furry first mate, because no outing at sea is complete without a Portuguese water dog.
First, you’ll enjoy lunch at Estaminé, a restaurant nestled along the deserted golden sands of Faro. The local favorite eatery specializes in sourced oysters, fresh sea bass and authentic Portuguese seafood sourced directly from the surrounding islands. Experience uninterrupted coastal views over charcoal-grilled Bacalhau paired with Algarve’s-own Barranco Longo Chardonnay.
Afterward, step out onto the golden beach to forage for razor clams. Local fisherman will be your guides to search for the clams’ keyhole hiding spots or help you dig deeper into the wet sand to unearth black clams, all the while sharing their knowledge and a glimpse into Portugal’s rich coastal traditions.
Once you’ve gathered your fill, hop back into the boat for a personal tour of the protected Ria Formosa lagoon. Known as one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa spans more than 100 miles and is home to multiple endangered plant and wildlife species native to the region.
Local fishermen on board will assist in shucking oysters straight from the sea as you enjoy a chilled glass of white wine during your excursion. Expect countless animal sightings as you learn the history of Algarvean fishermen as well as Ria Formosa’s rich marine life.
Your day at sea will culminate back at Conrad Algarve, where your prized catch will be cooked for you by the hotel’s experienced chefs. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, you can request a personalized lesson to prepare your very own seafood dish.
Cap off an eventful day of adventure with a signature cocktail at Gusto Bar. We recommend enjoying the Harmony, prepared by the hotel’s master mixologists and infused with fresh fruit and spices. Then relax beside the tranquil infinity pool as you watch the sun set over southern Portugal.
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