Welcome to south of Portugal, on the south-west tip of Europe… to the Algarve. Europe’s sunniest spot: a unique jewel where the finest beaches and weather on the continent meet traditional historic Portugal. Cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and quaint fishing villages decorate the Algarve’s dramatic coastline. The Algarve has plenty to offer with fantastic dining, lively nightlife, busy shopping areas and of course wonderful golden sandy beaches with bathed in year round sunshine.
With Algarve now being one of the most popular locations for British and European tourists a like, the area has evolved into a great destination, not just the beautiful beaches and sun, but for a fun packed holiday and tremendous sports facilities. Already famous for some the best golf courses in Europe, it's now expanding its sports attractions to tennis, windsurfing, jet skiing, motor racing and of course football.
The Algarve is becoming popular for football teams to come for pre/mid season breaks for training and tournaments. With its great facilities, in recent years has attracted England, Manchester United and Liverpool to have their training camps here. Celtic, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn, Cardiff, Bristol City, Ajax, VFB Stuttgart and this year Nottingham Forest have all been involved in friendly matches or tournaments here in the Algarve, Albufeira.
Albufeira / Monetchoro
Famous for its great beaches and buzzing nightlife, Albufeira is the Algarve's largest holiday spot for young people, a huge range of lively bars, clubs and restaurants in the Old Town and along its famous Strip.
In recent years Albufeira has grown from a tiny fishing village to become the most well-known holiday resort on the Algarve. Although retaining some of its original charm, in the summer tourists from all over Europe can always find something going on at any hour of the day or night.
Some of the old charm is still there and it's to be found in the labyrinth of narrow streets, lined with whitewashed houses, apartments, cafes and shops which lead down the hillside to a central square. The square or jardim (garden) as it is known locally is a good place to sit and watch the world go by during the day and at night. Dine al-fresco and enjoy live music and the lively sounds of the bars.
“New” Albufeira, centred on Areias de São João, is on the east side. It's famous thoroughfare is affectionately known as The Strip. It stretches from the looming edifice of the Hotel Montechoro past scores of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops to the busy golden beach called Praia da Oura.
The Strip and near by streets are a hive of activity from mid-morning, when English breakfasts are served to help with the hangovers. There is an abundance of bars with DJjs, live music or karaoke and plenty showing all the top football matches and major sports events on giant screens.
Albufeira is only 35 minutes from Faro airport, combined with the short flights from the UK means from leaving home it will not be long until you can be enjoying your first cold beer !