Top 10 Algarve Beach Bars
Beachside drinks in the sun, a taste of summer bliss!
Day and night, the beaches of the Algarve draw a crowd enjoying the views, food and party atmosphere. Whether for a healthy juice to start the day or for sun-downers to start the night, there are some super beach bars where you can wiggle your toes in the sand and shake your hips to the latest sounds. And some of the Algarve's best nightlife spots are by the beach too, with great day to night fun.
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Caniço Bar and Restaurant
This unique bar and restaurant has the WOW factor in spades! Built right into the cliffs close to the village of Alvor, Caniço overlooks a very scenic cove beach. Open all day during the summer, there are parties with top DJs, big screens, and all night dancing on the sands. Even getting to Caniço is cool - you have to take an elevator through the rocks and a tunnel through the cliffs!
NoSoloAgua Beach Club
This ultra chic beach club has Praia da Rocha marina on one side and it's endless beach on the other. NoSoloAgua Beach Club, with swimming pools and loungers all around, is a combination of a glamourous exotic resort and casual beach hangout. There is a lot of space here so you can bring a big group and not feel crowded. Perfect for daytime lounging with friends and family, it's a very trendy and elegant sunset location. No Solo Agua parties are famous - with guest DJ's, celebrity spotting and partying through to the early hours.
Set between Vale do Lobo and Quarteria, BJ's Oceanside has one of the very best locations around. Not only do you have fabulous sea views there, you also have views acorss the pine trees and the Almargem wetlands, packed with birdlife. Everyday is a good day at BJ's and service is always with a smile. At weekends, throughout the summer, there is live music, with the band pumping out the foot-stomping, dancing on tables hits that everybody loves.
The Shack bar is right by the lake and beach in Quinta do Lago. It's a laid back, good vibe and good times bar where you could easily spend much of the day. Enjoy the snacks and tapas menus, cold drinks and fancy cocktails while the kids play by the lake. There are sunset parties, live music evenings full moon parties and always lots of fun....
Alvor beach is one of the best beaches in the Algarve. A huge expanse of golden sand, with the caves and rock arches of Prainha to the east and the the town of Lagos to the west. Behind is a winding wooden boardwalk that crosses the dunes and follows the Ria de Alvor along it's estuary. Windsurf overlooks Alvor beach and is the perfect spot for that first, chilled beer when you come off the beach after a hard days sunbathing. Windsurf is a retro kind of beach bar - there's no background music, no TV screens...just the sound of the waves and the kiss of sunshine on your shoulders.
For over 40 years, Julia's has been serving up fresh, tasty food with smiles and sunshine. Open all year round, the upper terrace has amazing ocean and beach views, the beach stretching to Faro in the East and to Vilamoura to the west. Julia's Beach Bar, is literally just a couple of steps from the sand, and it's the best spot for relaxed meals, sunset cocktails and party nights.
Arte Nautica Beach Restaurant
Arte Nautica restaurant sits on long stretch that is Armação de Pêra beach and forms part of the five star Vila Vita Parc Resort. This is a chic place with a New England decor of bleached pine walls and serves cocktails alongside excellent seafood. Excellence and quality are the benchmarks here and the wine list includes wines from the Herdade dos Grous Estate in the Alentejo, which also belongs to Vila Vita Parc. Next on the beach to Arte Nautica is Praia Dourada restaurant and NANA on the Beach - also run by VILA VITA Parc. They make up the Armação Beach Club where relaxing in the sunshine goes hand in hand with great food and delicious drinks.
Izzys Beach Bar and Restaurant
Izzys is fun, sunshine, good times, great music and delicious food any time of the year. Near Vale do Lobo, Izzy's is very relaxed, and a favorite spot with families, groups and for celebrations. Summer Sunday lunchtimes at Izzy's are chilled and fun with live music and a great holiday vibe! The setting is perfect, the food delicious, no matter what time of year.
Living well comes naturally at WELL. Located at Vale do Lobo Praça, overlooking the beach, WELL is a daytime, casual and fun beach restaurant and a nighttime glamorous fine-dining venue. There's live music by the pool, amazing cocktails and sushi to try, and a happy summer vibe.
Dunes Beach Bar & Restaurant
New for 2023, Dunes is a morning-to-evening relaxed beachside venue. The Dunes Boardwalk Café has excellent coffee to help kickstart your day (it's the only spot by the beach where you can get a coffee or juice to take to the beach or on your boardwalk stroll). Fresh, tasty food, a relaxed vibe and the best Guinness in the area make Dunes a great spot to visit.
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Located on the Ilha de Farol in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, this is a unique spot. Surrounded by sandbanks and lagoons, washed by translucent waters, this is a fabulous spot for drinks and snacks at any time of the day. There are regular ferries from the mainland to the Ria Formosa islands 8from Tavira, Faro, Olhão and Fuzeta) and summer wouldn't be complete without spending at least one day on one of them.
O Telheiro do InfanteThe western tip of the Algarve is home to pure air, clean beaches and great surf. At O Telheiro do Infante restaurant, in Sagres, you have excellent, traditional Portuguese cuisine with great hospitality and fabulous views.
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