In the hills above Alte is what must be one of the Algarve's best kept secrets. The Alte Hotel, perched on a hillside overlooking the Algarvean countryside, is worth seeking out, if only for a cold beer and the incredible views.
Stopping to just look to the sea would be a waste of a trip, however. The reasonably priced restaurant, A Cataplana, has quite a choice of excellent food, and the 'prato do dia', priced in September 2008 at €10 , includes the couvert, a starter of soup or salad and the main course. The couvert, on each of our visits, included hot linguica in addition to the standard bread & butter and olives. A very nice touch.
Having lived for years within easy reach of this great venue, it was only earlier this year that we stumbled upon the Alte Hotel while we were looking for new places to dine. It's not on the beaten track through Alte, so if you're not looking for it you probably won't trip over it. Arriving at the roundabout in Alte, from Messines, take the left road toward the village, then turn left and head up the hill to Montinho. The Alte Hotel is on the right.
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