Vale das Furnas
There are more famous stew restaurants: you know, the ones in front of which tour buses park. But the inhabitants of Furnas look down on these overcrowded lunch factories where the stew, they say, is not as good as it sounds. The most recurrent suggestion is to roam around Parque de Campismo and get a table at the Vale das Furnas restaurant. The meat and sausages make all the difference in a stew that’s full of everything that’s good for you: two types of cabbage and carrot, yams, potatoes and rice. And the serving is family-size (€19 for two people, they say). While the pot is hot, this restaurant can also make other dishes, such as bacalhau (codfish), feijoada (a type of bean-based stew) and octopus, but these need to be ordered in advance.