Holidays to Praia d’Oura take you to a quiet seaside town just outside bustling Albufeira – there are seafood restaurants and bars along the water, plus it’s a short walk to the lively Strip.
A peaceful side of the Algarve
Praia d’Oura is a pretty seaside town on southern Portugal’s Algarve coast. It’s a laid-back place with quiet bars and elegant seafood restaurants along the waterfront, and reams of sand to stretch out on along the sandy beach. There’s an away-from-it-all feel here, though it’s just a 20-minute walk to Albufeira where you’ve got the famous Strip and a cobbled old town filled with shops and art galleries.
Praia d’Oura’s best feature is its beach – a long, wide one that’s lapped by azure waters. Around noon, the tide is low enough to walk the 2 kilometres to Praia dos Olhos d’Agua, where there’s a gently shelving shoreline and a duo of waterside restaurants. For another change of scene, try Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira – it comes with colourful fishing boats and shallow waters. At all the beaches, a pair of sunloungers and an umbrella cost about 15 euros.
Daytrips to Loule and Faro
The old town of Loule is a 30-minute drive east. The highlight here is a 13th-century castle that looks over the whole town and across to the Algarve countryside. It’s in good condition, with 3 of its imposing towers still standing – you can walk between them across stone bridges. Or you could be in Faro in 40 minutes. This famous Medieval city comes with a 13th-cathedral at its heart.
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