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Albufeira Alvor Cascais
Estoril Vilamoura

Portuguese Beach Resorts

Albufeira

 

Albufeira is located Algarve Region of the country and its one of the busiest and most popular resorts. It’s very popular with the 18-30 crowds looking for a place to come and have a bit of fun.

The resorts most popular beach is Praia do Peneco, which in peak tourist season you will have a hard time trying to get a place to sit on the beach. If you are into your water sports then this beach is a good choice, as it has everything from jetsking and snorkeling.

If you are looking for nightlife, go to ‘The Strip’, which is found in Montechoro or down by the waterfront. Here you will find loads of great pubs and clubs that stay open till the early hours of the morning.

 

 

Alvor

 

The resort of Alvor is located in the Western Algarve, overlooking the Bay of Lagos, which is about 9km west of Portimao. The resort caters to both families and the 18 – 30 crowds. The biggest attraction here is its crystal clear waters, great beaches, water sports and nightlife.

The most popular beaches in Alvor are Praia do Alvor, which has miles of gorgeous white sandy beaches and Praia dos Tres Iramos with its breath taking cliffs that over look the beach below.

Away from the beaches of Alvor, there are plenty of other things to do and see. The area has one of the biggest water parks in Alcantarilha, which is called Aqualand Algarve www.aqualand.pt and it’s an excellent place for the family to spend the day together. For all those golf enthusiasts, the area has some fantastic world-class courses that are usually busy year round. If you are looking for some historic sites, go through the narrow cobbled stone streets of Alvor’s historic centre.

If you are looking for nightlife, Alvor has loads of great pubs and bars, which get extremely busy during the summer months. If you are looking for the clubs then you will need to go to Praia da Rocha, which is only a short distance away, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

 

 

Cascais

 

The resort of Cascais is located on the west coast of Portugal, around 25km west of Lisbon. Cascais attracts a mixed crowd from couples, families, to the 18-30’s looking for its great nightlife and its great beaches.

The resort used to be a tiny little fishing village, until the 19th century when Portuguese nobles built their holiday mansions here. Today, Cascais has some of the best beaches and prestigious golf courses in the country. Also, if you like seafood then you’ve come to the right place because Cascais as some of the best in the country. Cascais is also home to Sintra, which is home to palaces that date back 500 years and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List.

For all those beach lovers out there, Cascais has Praia da Ribeira, Praia da Rainha and Praia da Conceicao, which are very popular in peak season. If you are a surfer then go to Praia do Guincho, which is located 10km northwest of the resort.

At night Cascais is home to some great pubs and clubs that stay open till the early hours. The most popular club is called Coconuts, which is located on the beach.

 

 

Estoril

 

Estoril is located on the west coast of Portugal, overlooking the Cascais Bay and 25km west of Lisbon. The majority of the tourists who come to Estoril are a slightly older crowd and are the rich and famous from around Europe. The resort has luxurious hotels, casinos, world famous golf courses, golden sandy beaches and great nightlife.

The most popular beach in Estoril is Praia do Tamariz, which gets extremely busy during the summer months. If you are into surfing or windsurfers, go to Praia do Guincho, which is 10km northwest of Estoril.

The nightlife in Estoril is nothing to write home about, but the casino is a popular tourist attraction and has top class shows on during peak season.

 

 

Vilamoura

 

Vilamoura is located 15km from Faro in the Algarve Coast, which is in the country’s south coast. It’s a purpose built resort that was designed back in the 1960s and today it has 5 world class golf courses, up market hotels, bars and clubs and great shopping. Also, for those entire water enthusiasts, it has luxurious yachting charters and sailing schools.

The resort attracts a mixture of people ages, but the majority who come here are families and young professionals looking for a breakaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.  The main beach is surrounded by the water front hotels and here during peak season it’s hard to find an area of sand to sit on. Out on the water you will see jet skis, boats and other water activities going on.

If you are looking for nightlife then you will find it pretty quiet here in Vilamoura, as the majority of the places are just small pubs located along the beach. If you are looking for some good clubs to go to, then head to Albufeira, which is located nearby and caters to the 18-30s crowds.

 

 

 

 



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