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The Algarve is one of the world’s most beautiful provinces. Located in the south of Portugal the coastline spans over 200 kilometres and boasts some of Europe’s cleanest and picturesque sandy beaches, many of which are Blue Flag award winners. The Algarve is roughly 50 kilometres wide from the Atlantic coastline to the mountains of Monchique and Caldeirão and 150 kilometres from Vila Real de Santo António in the east to Sagres in the west.

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Algarve a Perfect Climate mixed with a nice culture:
In the 1960s the Algarve became a very popular destination for tourists, mainly from Britain. It has since become a common destination for Germans, Dutch and Irish people. Many of these tourists own their own property in the region. There are Algarve-based English-written publications and newspapers specifically addressed to this community. In addition to the natural beauties and plenty of beaches, the Algarve has invested in the creation of a network of golf courses. Well-known beaches in the Algarve range from Praia da Marinha to Armação de Pêra. A well known spa town is Caldas de Monchique.


Climate Algarve Portugal

The maximum recorded temperatures in the Algarve fluctuate between 25 °C in winter and 48 °C in summer, with the temperature never usually falling below zero in the winter months. The winter of 2008/2009 was exceptionally cold and wet. Temperatures below 0 °C were recorded for the first time in many years.


Accommodation
Accommodation in the Algarve ranges from high rise resorts in places like Albufeira to traditional guesthouses, located in the small towns and villages surrounding the Algarve coast. Over the past 50 years the Algarve has seen an increase in development, particularly from non-Portuguese developers. Over the past few years many tourists visiting the Algarve have moved away from the resorts, and have chosen the comfort of a traditional Algarve guesthouse, many of these run by ex-pats from England, Holland, and Germany who have escaped to the Algarve for a higher quality of life.


Drinks in the Algarve

Alcohol in general tends to be very reasonably priced in the Algarve (in fact, probably considered cheap compared to most countries), with bottles of wine from as little as 1€ in the supermarkets! The prices of drinks in bars and restaurants can be very reasonable, a glass of wine €1.20 to €2, spirits (normally good sized measures) about €3 and small draft beers from €1 to €1.50, however they can also be a bit extortionate, especially in popular bars in tourist season, up to €6 for a spirit and mixer. For some of the best prices, stop at one of the many local cafés because they are a lot cheaper than the bars. With so many orange trees across the Algarve, its not suprising that fresh orange juice is widely served in cafes, bars and restaurants; a glass can cost as little as €2 but may be as much as €4, but it is well worth it!



Food in the Algarve

The traditional Portuguese restaurants normally offer a large selection of fish dishes, one of which is almost certain to be grilled sardines, served with boiled potatoes and vegetables or salad. Also commonly on the menu are a range of omelettes, salads and some meat dishes, like thin pork slices served with a creamy mushroom sauce or chicken piri-piri.The prices are very reasonable, the food is good and the portions are generous. House wine, which is normally a local Portuguese wine, is also very good value and very drinkable! On average a 2-course meal for 2, including house wine, can cost less than €25. (Soup of the day €1.50, main course €7.00 and a bottle of house wine €8). Obviously prices can vary enormously depending on location.

As well as restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food, the Algarve has a huge choice of restaurants serving food from across the world, Chinese, Indian, Italian and English being particularly popular. You will also find Tapas, Mexican, Thai, International Cuisine and Vegetarian (occasionally). All of the popular tourist resorts have a good variety of restaurants, but the more traditional towns and villages will often just have a local Portuguese restaurant, or café-bar serving food.

 


Night life in Algarve:

Below is our list of Algarve bars, lounges, discos and nightclub for 2013. In the list are trendy lounges, beach bars, and late night discos. Schedules will vary throughout the season. And, most clubs have themed party nights. A good place in Portugal for nightlife is Albufeira.

 

 

Eastern Algarve

 

Manta Rota

MANTA BEACH

Summer Nightclub   Manta Rota  Mon-Sun: 23:00-06:00     

 

  

Monte Gordo

BAR 42

Live music, DJs   Av. Infante D. Henrique, Fração A, Monte Gordo   +351 281 512 584   

  

 

São Bras

ZD DISCO

Bar, Nightclub, Restaurant   Vilarinhos, 8150 São Brás de Alportel   GPS: 37.150072316937575 -7.934426665306105   +351 289 842 430      Fri. & Sat. – 23:00 to 06:00      

 

 

Tavira

THE MEETING ROOM

Bar, Nightclub   Rua Daniel Madeira,  Tavira   +351 925 299 147 or +351 969 689 205    Thurs to Sat. – 22:30 to 04:00      

 

 

Central Algarve

Albufeira

CAPITULO V

Nightclub  Praia da Ouro, Albufeira   +351 289 586 800  Saturdays 23:30 to 06:00      Facebook Group

 

CASTELO DO MAR

Bar, Lounge, Restaurant Rua Da Orada, 8200-371 Albufeira +351 937 021 204   

 

KISS CLUB

Nightclub   Rua Vasco Da Gama, Areias De São João, Albufeira   GPS: 37° 5’13.39″N , 8°13’51.58″W   +351 289 590 280      Fri. & Sat.      Facebook Group

 

LE CLUB

Bar, Lounge, Nightclub, Restaurant   Praia de Santa Eulália, Albufeira   +351 289 598 070      

 

LIBERETOS CLUB

Lounge, Nightclub   Travessa Antero de Quental, 59, Albufeira   GPS: 37.09125, -8.228127   + 351 289 590 280       

 

LIPSTICK 

Bar, Nightclub   Travessa Cândido dos Reis, Old Town, Albufeira  GPS: 37.088473, -8.252039   +351 936 756 877      

 

MATT’S BAR

Bar, DJs   On the Strip in Albufeira New Town   +351 289 590 280     to 07:00     

 

MITTO BAR

Nightclub   Rua Alexandre Herculano 26, 8200-271 Albufeira   +351 965 339 386    Fri – Sat: 22:30 to 04:00   

 

SETIMA ONDA

Bar, Lounge, Nightclub, Restaurant   Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho, Albufeira   GPS: 37º 05’10.10″N 8º 14’40.74″W  +351 289 516 904   19:00 to 04:00        

 

VOUGUE BAR

Gay Bar   Travessa Sá Carneiro (Junto à Farmácia da Oura), Albufeira   +351 927 353 218     

 

WILD & COMPANY

Bar, Restaurant   Av. Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro   GPS: 37.08923, -8.227306   + 351 289 590 280   Mon-Sun – 18:00 to 04:00      

 

WISH

Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, Nightclub   Rancho da Orada, Várzeas da Ourada, Albufeira Marina   +351 939 997 205     Mon-Sun – 19:00 to 04:00      

 

Almancil

CUBO

Bar, Lounge, Sushi   Quinta Shopping, Loja 24, Quinta do Lago, Almancil   +351 913 094 800   

 

T CLUBE

Buganvilla Plaza, Quinta do Lago, Almancil   +351 289 396 751     Tues to Sat – 19:00 to 06:00       Facebook VIP Page

 

TRIGONOMETRIA

Nightclub (18-35)   Buganvillia Plaza, Quinta do Lago, Almancil   +351 289 396 751   

 

WAVES

Bar, Lounge, Restaurant   Praia do Ancão, Almancil   +351 913 920 060            

 

Faro

BAR PATRIMÓNIO

Bar, Nightclub (Closed for Summer – See O Castelo Below)  Rua do Prior nº 39, (Baixa), Faro   +351 919 846 405   Thurs to Sat -23:00 to 04:00   

  

FIRST FLOOR CLUB

Bar, Nightclub  Rua do Prior nº 39, (Baixa), Faro   +351 912 065 017    23:30 to 04:00   

 

O CASTELO

Summer Outside Nightclub Rua do Castelo, 8000, Faro +351 289 822 244 Everyday 10:00 to 04:00 

  

Loulé

CHA D’ARTE

Bar, Lounge   Largo Dom Pedro I, Historical District, Loulé   +351 914 828 402      Mon-Friday – 19:30 to 02:00, Sat – 21:30 to 02:00      

 

Vilamoura

4OSHO CLUBBING(Now closed for Summer 2012) Pool Bar, Lounge, Nightclub   Urbanização Aldeia do Golfe, Vilamoura   GPS: 37° 6’10.54″N, -8° 7’17.98″W   +351 910 574 647        

 

AGUA MOMENTS

Bar, Lounge, Nightclub   Vilamoura Marina (Next to Club Nautico), Vilamoura   +351 912 611 406   Bar, Lounge, Night Parties – 10:00 to 04:00         

 

BLACK JACK

Nightclub   Casino de Vilamoura, Vilamoura   +351 289 389 147    Thurs – Sat: 24:00 to 07:00     

 

BLISS VILAMOURA(Now closed for Summer 2012) Open-air Summer nightclub Estrada de Albufeira, Vilamoura GPS: +37° 6′ 35.95″, -8° 8′ 59.64″ +351 912 854 851    

 

FIÉIS VILAMOURA

Avenida da Praia da Falésia, 8125-407 Vilamoura +351 915 288 051 Fri. & Sat. – 23:00 to 06:00  

 

KADOC

Nightclub   Cerca da Areia, 8100-072 Boliqueime   +351 917 812 379       

 

NO SOLO ÁGUA BEACH BAR

Beach Bar, Cafe   Praia da Falésia – Vilamoura   +351 917 716 772   Sunset Parties 16:00 to 21:00      

  

PRIDE

Gay Nightclub   Estrada de Quarteira, Edificio Verona (ao lado da igreja), Vilamoura   +351 963 686 142   Wed to Sun – 23:00 to 06:00      

 

PUROBEACH(Now closed for Summer 2012) Lounge, Nightclub, Restaurant   Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura Marina, Vilamoura   + 351 289 303 740      19:00 to 02:00         

 

SEVEN VILAMOURA

Bar, Lounge, Disco   Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura Marina, Vilamoura  +351 914 071 510         

 

SILVER SHINE CLUB

Lounge, Disco   Largo do Cinema Edificio, Pyramid 7, Vilamoura   silvershineclub@hotmail.com   Thurs-Sun 22:30-06:00   

 

THAI BEACH

Lounge, Cafe Rocha Baixinha Nascente, Praia da Falesia, Vilamoura +351 289 322 471   

 

Western Algarve

Alvor

 

CANIÇO

Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub   Aldeamento da Prainha, Praia dos Três Irmãos, 8500-072 Alvor   GPS: W8º 34’ 41”/N37º 07’ 12”   +351 282 458 503      Everyday 10:00 to 04:00         

  

Carvoeiro

BOTE BEACH CLUB

Summer Nightclub   Largo da Praia, 12, Carvoeiro   GPS: N 37º 5′ 47.41” , W 8º 28′ 18.01”   +351 927 306 478         

 

Lagos

DUNABEACH CLUB

Bar, Lounge, Nightclub   Meia Praia, Lagos   GPS: N 37º 06′ 42,24′ O 8º 39′ 42,20′   +351 282 762 091   22:00 to 06:00        

 

Luz

EMBASSY BEACH CLUB

Bar, Lounge, Nightclub   Rua Praia de Luz Mar, 8600-156 Praia da Luz, Lagos   +351 282 761 629   20:00 to 04:00 (Summer Season)      

 

Portimão

AQUA LOUNGE

Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, Nightclub   Hotel Tivoli Marina Portimão, Portimão Marina, 8500-843 Portimão   +351 918 540 424     Mon to Sun: 18:00 to 02:00      

 

ÁGUA BEACH CLUB

Beach at Portimão Marina, Portimao   +351 911 139 426   22:00 to 03:00      

 

BOHEMIO CLUB

Gay Bar, Nightclub   Rua de S. José, 28 (next to Ponte Velha), 8500 Portimão   GPS: N 37° 8.478, W 8° 31.955  +351 282 413 549     Tues. To Sun. – 23:00 to 06:00  

 

KATHEDRAL

Nightclub   Avenida Tomaz Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimão    Thurs. Fri. Sat. – 23:30 to 06:00      

 

LOFT PORTIMÃO

Gay Disco Rua de Olivença, 5, Portimão 23:00 to 04:00 

 

MEO SUMMER SPOT

Summer Club (23, 24 July & 29 July through 21 August)   Praia da Rocha, Portimão      23:00 to 06:00      

 

NO SOLO ÁGUA CLUB

Portimão Marina, Portimão   +351 282 498 180   22:00 to 01:00 

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