“The Strip”, Albufeira – Travel Guide

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.

A typical scene from the strip: Lots of shirtless Brits drinking beers and a looky looky man trying to sell his wares.

“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.

Typical sign on the Strip.

Accommodation

You’ll find all kinds of accommodation in and around the strip, including hotels, villas, and Airbnbs.

Hotels

There are several well-rated hotels within walking distance of the strip including:

  • Luna Hotel da Oura
    • From €63 per night – 6 minutes from the strip, and 15 minutes from the beach.
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  • Hotel da Aldeia
    • From €81 per night – Right on the strip itself and only 7 minutes from the beach.
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Villas & Apartments

  • Golden Beach by 3HB
    • From €67 per night – 3 minutes to the strip, and 2 minutes to the beach.
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  • Vila Petra
    • From €72 per night – 2 minutes from the top of the strip, and around a 20-minute walk to the beach.
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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.

Bars

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.

Clubs

As well as plenty of bars, the strip is also home to two of Albufeira’s most popular clubs: Club Heaven and Club Vida.

Kiss, while not technically on the strip, is only a 5-10 minute walk from the bottom of the strip. You’ll find it on Rua Vasco da Gama (Google Map).

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. 

2 COMMENTS

  1. was at the strip earlier this year, mainly stags and hens, if thats your thing then great, but maybe other people would like albufeira old town better

    • From speaking to people who visited the Algarve a few years ago, the strip wasn’t always like this. I don’t know if these people are looking through rose-tinted glasses, or not. It seems it was always cheesy and full of places that you could get full English breakfasts and fish & chips, but wasn’t as rowdy.

      Albufeira Old Town is a better option for those that want Albufeira, but not as extreme a version. Other Algarve coastal towns like Carvoreiro and Armação de Pêra are also worth considering.

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