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In Algarve, the beach bars are popular spots. © Thoom / Shutterstock
In Algarve, the beach bars are popular spots. © Thoom / Shutterstock
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The Best Beach Bars in The Algarve

Picture of Nina Santos
Updated: 5 July 2017
In the Algarve, around-the-clock fun is the norm, especially during the summer months when the beach bars fill with locals and tourists. Many venues serve as snack bars by day, providing cool drinks and shaded retreats from the hot sun, but become more lively as the sun sets, preparing party-hoppers for the night ahead. Here is a quick roundup of the hottest beach bars worth checking out in Portugal’s liveliest region.
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Izzy’s Beach Restaurant

Izzy’s Beach Restaurant is one of the most popular spots in Almancil, great for anyone looking to combine a laid-back atmosphere with good food. Serving both lunch and dinner, and offering terrace seating, it’s a good place to enjoy a meal with a view, perfect when retreating from the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Izzy’s has a great vibe at night with live music. While there, why not try one of their special cocktails of the week?

8135-000 Almancil +351 289 396 984

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Julia’s Restaurant, Beach Bar & Lounge

Bouncing between Izzy’s and Julia’s Restaurant will always have you covered whether looking for a place to eat or to hang out and relax. Julia’s is well-known in the Algarve and attracts a crowd, so be sure to book a table in advance. One of the best things about visiting Julia’s is the backdrop; this spot provides breathtaking views over the Praia do Garrão Nascente, one of the area’s more popular beaches.

Praia do Vale do Garrão Nascente Julia’s Beach, 8135-170 Almancil +351 289 396 512

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Caniço Bar and Restaurant

Fancy a side of stunning cliffs and alcoves with your meal or drink? Not only is Caniço a fantastic restaurant with unparalleled ambiance but it is also a great place for a party, especially a wedding. Located in the Prainha in Alvor, their menu relies heavily on seafood and fish, as you’d expect with its seaside location, and at night the beach bar turns into a dance club with the sand as its dance floor.

Aldeamento da Prainha, Praia dos 3 Irmãos, Alvor, 8500-072 Portimão +351 282 458 503

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Purobeach Vilamoura

On the Vilamoura Beach, across from the Tivoli Marina 5-star hotel, you’ll find the club called Purobeach Vilamoura, where guests can rent sun-loungers and order drinks, right on the beach while listening to music. Sure, this isn’t your typical beach bar, but it offers an exclusive experience that many visitors will love.

Marina de Vilamoura, 8125-901 Quarteira +351 289 303 303

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Restaurante Bar Praia da Galé

There are times when simply delicious Portuguese food and great scenery are all you need, which is exactly what you’ll get at the Restaurante Bar Praia da Galé in Albufeira.

Praia, Estrada da Galé, 8200-416 Albufeira +351 289 591 636

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Sandbanks Fish And Seafood Restaurant

The blue and white Sandbanks Restaurant matches its environment perfectly, the decor with a nautical theme and its menu with seafood specialties. Seating on the terrace also allows guests to take in the Vale do Lobo Beach. Try one of the more traditional Algarve recipes at this location, like Seafood Cataplana.

The Praca, Vale do Lobo, 8135-854 Almancil +351 289 398 429

Trying the Cataplana dish is a must while visiting Algarves beach bars and restaurants. © Studio f22 ricardo Rocha / Shutterstock

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Endless Summer Beach Bar & Pizza

Who doesn’t love a beach bar (or any type of bar, for that matter) that specializes in pizza? Endless Summer Beach Bar & Pizza, located on Luz Beach, is a family friendly venue with a terrace that serves a range of comfort food from their many pizzas to lasagne, burgers, toasties, and a mix of Portuguese and Mediterranean appetizers.

Avenida dos Pescadores, edificio Luz Beach apartments loja 4, 8600-130 Luz +351 282 098 201

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Bahia Beach Bar

Bahia Beach Bar in Lagos has been serving meals and offering live entertainment for the last 20 years, shifting from a cozy beachside shack to the elegant beach bar that it is today. The cuisine offers a mix of Portuguese and international flavors and the cocktails flow all evening, while live entertainment keeps the ambiance as fresh as the sea-salty air flowing straight off the ocean.

Estr. de São Roque, 8600-315 Lagos +351 282 760 149

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NoSoloÁgua Beach Club

NoSoloÁgua can actually be found in three popular locations: Vilamoura, Albufeira, and the Marina de Portimão. Visit during the day for coffee and snacks, at lunch or dinner for a light and fresh meal, or stop by at night when the music starts pumping and the drinks are flowing.

Estr. Marina 1, 8500 Portimão +351 910 789 991