Albufeira, especially Albufeira’s New Town, is known for its bars, nightclubs, and general party scene. At the centre of this party scene is “the strip”, a long road of nightclubs, bars, and restaurants that’s buzzing all day and well into the early hours of the morning.
“the strip” (sometimes called the Monte Choro Strip) is the colloquial name given to the long road, Avenida Sá Carneiro, that runs from the Monte Choro neighbourhood to the Areias de São João neighbourhood in Albufeira.
The road is quite varied: at the top end of the strip (Montechoro Strip) there are a couple of bars, restaurants, and ice-cream parlours. Overall, and in comparison to the southern part of the strip, it’s fairly quiet.
The bottom half or Areias de São João part of the strip is livelier. Here you’ll find a lot more neon, bright lights, and plenty of stag and hen parties. If you follow the strip to the end, you’ll get to “Cardiac Hill” which takes you down to Praia da Oura (Oura Beach).
If you’re looking for neon, noise, and cheap drink promos, then this is the place for you. If you’re looking for something quieter, there’s Albufeira’s Old Town (which is still fairly lively) or you could visit one of the many other towns on the Algarve.
You’ll find all kinds of accommodation in and around the strip, including hotels, villas, and Airbnbs.
There are several well-rated hotels within walking distance of the strip including:
- Luna Hotel da Oura
- Hotel da Aldeia
Villas & Apartments
- Golden Beach by 3HB
- Vila Petra
Attractions: Things to do on “the strip”
The strip is made up of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and a few cafés and the order of business here is eating and drinking. There are also a few ticket outlets and shops selling everything from sunscreen and flipflops to postcards and phallic-shaped bottle openers.
Probably every second business on the strip is a bar, so you won’t find any shortage of places to drink here. Most have drinks deals such as free shots or two-for-one cocktails, and you’ll often find bar staff standing outside trying to lure you in.
Matt’s Bar (famous for its bucking bronco), Sunset on the strip, and Wild & Co. are some of the most popular bars on the strip, but there are bars to suit every taste including gay bars, Irish bars, and karaoke bars.
Restaurants & Cafés
- O Manel Dos Frangos: Popular for its Piri-Piri chicken and grilled prawns.
- Clay Oven Indian Tandoori: One of the most popular Indian restaurants in Albuferia.
- O Lusitano: Located just off the strip, this Portuguese restaurant serves up Portuguese dishes like bacalhau (cod), Porco Preto (black pork), and as well as fish and shellfish.
Have you been to the strip? Do you have any recommendations of bars, restaurants, or places to stay? Let other people visiting Albufeira know your best tips by writing a comment below.