More and more people choose to spend Christmas away from home. Some want to avoid the hoopla as much as possible, others are looking for a different Christmas experience. The Algarve is an ideal Christmas destination as it caters to both traditional and alternative tastes.
If you are travelling over Christmas, it helps to have your break planned out before you leave home. Book your Algarve airport transfer in advance and research restaurant, party and entertainment options. For the most up to date information check out our Events calendar and find out whats on where in the Algarve.
There are parties galore along the Algarve during this festive season, particularly for New Years Eve - live music concerts, fireworks and gourmet programmes at Vila Real de Santo Antonio, and Tavira, at Quarteira, Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago, at Faro, Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos. Public street parties abound, with street animation leading up to midnight, fantastic fireworks displays at midnight and then party music into the early hours of the new year.
Here are some suggestions for some great Christmas and New Years Eve dining. Reservations are essential:
enjoy a short break and celebrate the New Year at the luxurious Monte Santo resort. Welcome cocktail, a sumptuous Gala dinner and entertainment.
for an ultra special treat.
• December 24th, 2009: Gala Dinner for 155 Euro per person*.
• December 25th, 2009: Lunch for 95 Euro per person*
• December 25th, 2009: Gala Dinner for 155 Euro per person*
• December 31st, 2009: 10 Course Gala Dinner for 285 Euro per person*
On this evening there will be live music and fireworks.
• January 1st, 2010: Brunch for 95 Euro per person*
* beverages not included
in Alvor, never lets a festive occasion go by uncelebrated. You are guaranteed excellent food and great fun.
At Salsada do Zé
, right on the beach at Praia da Rocha. There is a very reasonably priced special menu including wine for €50 per person. And you get great views of the fireworks! Salsada is also a brilliant option for Christmas parties with work colleagues or friends. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day
in Carvoeiro has Live music and a special menu for New Years Eve. A three course meal, wine and champagne and a lively Irish band.
The Praça at Vale de Lobo is one of the hottest spots for Algarve nightlife. Enjoy a fantastic New Years Eve party at Montys.
Bar opens at 7pm and there is no cover charge.
bring in the New Year in Style at Buzio restaurant.
And if you looking for a venue for your business Christmas dinner Buzio has a selection of menus that combine value and quality.
Bring in the New Year with elegance and style at Belmondo
, in Porches. The programme includes a creative menu, live music and champagne.
In Almancil Vaults
offers an excellent traditional carvery for Christmas. This is such a popular option that early bookings are essential. The a la Carte menu is available for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Vaults is also a great option for work parties with a choice of menus for different groups.
Fio de Pesca
At Fio de Pesca in Sagres you can bring in the New Year in comfort and style. The varied and inventive menu is reasonably priced. Sagres is an excellent alternative location for end of year parties - you can avoid the frenzy of the bigger resorts while enjoying the festivities in one of the most beautiful areas of the Algarve.
in Almancil, open from the 26th December, Jose and Jane have a special menu for New Years Eve. Enjoy the fantastic food and their wonderful hospitality
And for an original and tasty present, why not order an Organic Christmas Hamper from Mercearia Bio
Bistro des Z'Artes
has gourmet menus in a relaxed bistro ambience for both Christmas and New Year. There is a take away option for both menus - meaning you get to eat fantastic food in the comfort of your own home. Pre-booking essential.
At Pimenta Preta
you can count on exceptional food and service all year round. During this festive season enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner menu and a fantastic New Years Eve Party menu.
For a different New Years Eve celebration come to Turiscampo
. Special promotion of 2 nights stay with celebratory buffet dinner on the 31st December. Price per person from €64. Buffet menu includes cold and hot starters, prawns, fish and meat dishes, selection of desserts, drinks, coffee and champagne. Live music.
At São Gabriel
For style and elegance, enjoy the festive season at São Gabriel.
Traditional and not so traditional menus are available at The Captains Table
on Christmas Day. Enjoy their à la carte menu on New Years Eve
Mark and Jan look forward to welcoming you to Ma-Ja's Restaurant/Bar over the Christmas and New Year period. We will be open every day throughout the festive period. Bookings are required for Christmas Day and New Years Eve. Contact us on 912 684 052 for further details or call in and see us at Rua do Casino Carvoeiro, just up from the Post Office.
Amici is open all year round serving authentic Italian fare. Open Christmas Eve with Carols and Festive music. Open New years Eve with a special party menu. Reservations advised. Call 282 763 119 for booking and details.