Move upto Montechoro, a modern suburb of Albufeira if you like, situated to the east (around 2 miles) of Albufeira old town, and discover some rather nice all inclusive hotel holiday choices. Slightly newer, and with both hotels and apartments galore, the Montechoro area is a popular choice for holiday makers coming to Albufeira. The area sits just up from Oura Beach (about a 10 minute walk down - the walk is commonly known as 'The Strip'), and is crammed with resort amenities with everything from supermarkets, holiday shops, bars, restaurants and fast food outlets.
Montechoro Park is a great little family holiday complex situated in the inland area of Montechoro, and is crammed with entertainment for the kids especially. Albeit a pretty constructed park, Montechoro Park has a tropical feel with on-site large swimming pool complex and extensive sunbathing area, mini golf course with 18 holes (so you can feel like a pro!), a bouncy castle and plenty of restaurants and themed bars around it.
The Strip' walk (about one and a half miles) down to Ouro beach from Montechoro is the main tourist hub in Albufeira, crammed as it is with bars, and restaurants serving an enormous choice of food from Chinese to pizza and fast food. Restaurants and bars mix with holiday resort shops and bargain electricals. There's a bustling quite noisy holiday vibe on 'The Strip', especially in the peak holiday months from end of May to Mid September. If you're looking for the holiday nightlife action it's where to head, but watch some of the bars and restaurants which to be honest look like they've seen better days. If a bar or restaurant is crowded that's usually an indication it's a quality venue!
Albufeira's main holiday hub around Montechoro, and The Strip of bars and restaurants will appeal to most including families, couples, groups, and dos like stag and hen parties. There's a definite leaning here though for families, couples, more laid back karoke style bar entertainment and plenty of good old football in the bars on usually large screen satellite TV. Although Albufeira certainly isn't a pumping club resort, it's a good choice for stag and hen parties and stag and hen weekends (see Albufeira Paintball, 8200 Albufeira, Algarve. Tel: 964 042 715).
There's a selection of discos and bar discos rather than full puming clubs, including the most well known - Kiss Disco at Apartado 553, Areias de S. Joao, 8200 - Albufeira, Algarve. Tel: ( 351) 289 590 280. Checkout too Liberto's Disco Bar on Av. Sa Carneiro, Apartado 558, Areias de S.Joao, Albufeira, Tel: 351 289 515 639. Just on Praia de Oura beach sits Capitulo V Disco too.
Sports Bars, Bar Lounges and live music is everywhere around the Strip and Montechoro area - just wander around. And who says the Algarve doesn't do vegetarian? Check out the superb vegetarian restaurant just off Av.Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro to the left of the big Hotel Da Aldeia. Another nightlife bar lined hotspot in Albufeira is Rua Dos Bares situated in Albufeira's old town. There's more of a club vibe on Rua Dos Bares - the preference here is for dance, R&B and Resident DJ's aplenty, as opposed to the karoke style bar intertainment on The Strip to the east of Albufeira. The Picadilly Bar along Rua Dos Bares serves up many a delightful cocktail.