I’m in love with Portugal (biased post)

Being half Portuguese, I love Portugal.

The Algarve in the South has some of the best beaches in the Med and with amazing weather all year round, make it a favourite with many holiday makers (and not just me!)

Albufeira is my favourite place and have visited for the past 3 years. Last year in April, I was fortunate to stay for a month at the Clube Praia da Oura. My room overlooked the sandy beaches below and I was only a short walk away from the famous Albufeira strip.

The Strip

Avenida Dr Francisco Sà Carneiro 13 March 2015 (1)
By Kolforn (self-made image) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Albufeira is the most popular holiday resort in the Algarve and “the strip” is notorious to this resort. As the name suggest, it literally means a long road. “The strip is then broken down into two sections, “north strip” and “south strip” and funny enough the divide between the two strips is just a zebra crossing!!

However, there is a remarkable difference between the two ends of the strip. The “south strip” is the livier part with its energetic bars, restaurants, shops and even tattoo parlours which are tightly packed together. As you might expect, the restaurant and bar workers will be outside touting for business and trying eagerly to get you inside. The “north strip” has a much calmer feel to it and it is here where you will find the designer clothes shops, sunglass huts and there is much more space between shops which has garden areas towards the far end.

In summary, “the strip” has everything you need and has endless options for dining out, themed pubs, cheap drinks and plenty of shops to visit, making it the perfect place to party all night and will be your holiday paradise. If you are looking for more of a relaxing holiday and wish to take in the Portuguese culture then “the strip” might not be the best place for you to go to.

Bars and restaurants on the Strip

Many of the owners of the vast amount of restaurants and bars will be expatriates and so you will instantly feel at home when you walk in. You can chill out in the sports bar, watching your favourite football team on telly whilst drinking beer over some friendly conversation with the staff. Or you can choose the bars and clubs which offer happy hours and places to party until the early hours. Or if you are feeling a little bit cheeky you can even opt for a strip club for a little adult entertainment.

There is plenty to do here as a family as well, all ages are welcome and most restaurants will offer an extensive kids menu at a great price too. Prices overall can vary from place to place but you will find that most places are reasonably priced.

Nearest beach to the Strip

Praia da Oura is the nearest beach which can be found at the bottom of a steep hill but
you find a beautiful sandy bay with many bars and restaurants along the promenade, please note if you are driving here then there is only a limited amount of car parking spaces along the roadside. If you want to take to the water, there is an array of different watersports that you can participate in.

Getting from the Strip to Albufeira Old Town

There is a train that stops outside “the strip” in Areias de São João and is very useful for travelling to Albufeira Old Town where there are nearby shops and a supermarket. The trains throughout the day until late at night and is cheaper to buy an all day ticket which is great value for money. Alternatively, buses are quite cheap and efficient and can allow you to also travel to other areas of Albufeira.

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