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Praia Da Oura

Praia da Oura holidays

Sunny all year round, this cosy cove features golden sand and inviting clear sea, all capped by food, drink and entertainment options that make it a hidden treasure of the Algarve. Head north for the lively Sao Joao strip of bars and restaurants or west to the city of Albufeira.

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The golden coast

It only takes one glimpse at the inviting gold sand of Praia da Oura and the cove, wrapped snug in the embrace of cliffs and crisp white architecture, to fall in love. Offering some of the cheapest holidays in the Algarve area, it continues to inspire more and more holidaymakers to visit every year.

Don't assume holidays in Praia da Oura have nothing going on but lazy days and balmy nights, because it has plenty to keep you occupied during your break. From classy restaurants to seeing local history and taking walks along the cliffs, this is one location that perfectly balances rest and play.

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Stay up late

Praia da Oura provides typical Portuguese nightlife and hospitality, with a good selection of laid-back spots where live music and soft conversation flows freely into the evening. There's only a single strip of bars to speak of, but don't think that's going to be selling you short of a good time, because you'll be downing cocktails, dancing with the locals and laughing until sunrise before you know it.

The Oura Bar, a little inland, is one of the most popular places to let your hair down in town, where pints, toasties and cocktails are always in strong supply. For the true party animals though, be sure to set off for drinks and nightclubs in Sao Joao, just a five-minute walk north, which is more of a party capital than Praia da Oura.

Eat, drink and be merry

From fast food to the most distinguished dining experiences on the south coast, you'll have plenty of options open to you for food and drink in Praia da Oura. Streetside cafes with striped shelters are joined by plush pasta and seafood specialists across the town, while good wine is seldom in short supply.

Traditional grilled chicken dishes and other Portuguese favourites can be found in down-tempo locales like Netto's, while those of you seeking the flavours of Italy will enjoy the treats they cook up at Paulu's Pasta Cafe.

Luckily, those of you looking for a taste of home are well catered for too, with everything from steak and chips to classic fry-ups served in the Red Lion restaurant. There are plenty of other places to hang your hat and tuck into some delicious meals throughout Praia da Oura, so you can be certain of nobody going hungry here.

Entertainment base

The biggest hotel complex to stay at in Praia da Oura is the Clube Praia da Oura Apartments, where you'll find a great selection of All Inclusive Algarve holiday options. If you want activities and family fun virtually on tap, this is a great base. Overlooking the beach, there are two pools, regular entertainment and shows plus sports and fitness facilities.

City sights

The hub of the Algarve, Albufeira is a short bus or taxi ride away. It's the place to head for shops and markets or to walk around its classy marina and sample the streetside cafes. There are museums and art galleries in the old town plus two brilliant beaches if you fancy a change of coastal scenery.

Soak up some culture

The long history of Portugal is a huge part of the country's charm, and close to Praia da Oura are numerous ruins, museums and tours that give a real feel for how the country has evolved, as well as the more personal stories of the local community.

Many Algarve resorts began their lives as humble fishing villages before they became the hotspots we now know and love. If you go back even further, you're going to find a rich tapestry of tales from times gone by that encompasses Romans, Phoenicans, princes and pirates.

Get away from it all

You can spend an afternoon getting wonderfully lost in the rolling green meadows and mysterious woodland that surrounds Praia da Oura. Picnics on the cliffs are always a treat, while secluded trails from forgotten times of old tell the tale of the area's more down-tempo past.