Vila Joya by Dieter Koschina Michelin 2 Star Portugal

The Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal 2016 is fast approaching and we’ll keep you updated with the results of the Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain and Portugal when they are announced on November 25th!

In the meantime, over the next few weeks we’re showcasing some of the Best Michelin starred Chefs in Spain and Portugal  with our own Pre-Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2016 SuperChef Series by Gourmand Breaks – An insight into the world of some of the current Michelin star chefs and restaurants in Spain and Portugal!

This year we’re starting in Portugal where surprisingly there are no Michelin 3 star restaurants (yet!). Previously we presented Michelin 2 star restaurants Belcanto by José Avillez – Lisbon and Ocean by Hans Neuner, Algarve . Now, and in no particular order, the 3rd and final current Michelin 2 star restaurant in Portugal:

Dieter Koschina

Dieter Koschina – an Austrian born chef  who in 1991 found his home on the Algarve in the kitchens of Vila Joya, holder of two Michelin stars since 1999.

Vila Joya, Albufeira  –  is housed in the refined boutique resort of the same name on the Algarve, Portugal.  This “House of Joy” combines local produce with northern European cooking techniques in a delightful environment – a fragrant garden with exotic flora – overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  In 1995 the first Michelin star was awarded to Vila Joya and four years later came the second. To be enjoyed on one of our Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours :)

Vila Joya is also classed as one of the best 100 restaurants in the world, voted by the prestigious Restaurant Magazine, and currently stands at 98th place on “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”. Curiously in 2014 Vila Joya held 22nd place on the prestigious list, but for 2015 dropped a whopping   71 places!!

Dieter Koschina Dish

Vila Joya dish – A fantastic photo from

Experience Portugal’s growing gastronomy and fantastic wine regions on a Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tour to include Portugal.  An ever-increasing destination choice with our guests Portugal can easily be combined with Spain  for a two-center vacation giving you the chance to indulge in the Best Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain and Portugal.