Praia da Oura – General information
Praia da Oura (also known as Oura beach) is situated on the eastern side of Albufeira, in a neighbourhood called Areias de São João. It is very near the new centre of Albufeira. Praia da Oura is a reasonable beach in size, about 900 meters long and quite wide, especially during low tide. Praia da Oura is not only a beach, but a lively seaside resort, consisting of many hotels and apartments.
As all other beaches in the municipality of Albufeira, Praia da Oura offers a combination of a large beach with golden sand and red and brown coloured rock formations. Although the beach attracts mostly a younger crowd, the surroundings are also quite suitable for families.
Nightlife at Praia da Oura
Near Oura beach there is a vibrant nightlife area, especially during summer months. The beach is walking distance (about 900 metres) from the famous Strip area, which has many bars and clubs. This makes Praia da Oura especially attractive for younger people, looking for fun. A lot of young tourists from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries can be found here in the summer. Some bars/clubs nearby are Matt’s Bar, La Bamba, Renos, Kiss, Libertos and Pacha. Bars have a good atmosphere, usually after 11 PM. Clubs usually start filling up with people after 2 AM, but they continue until sunrise. People who enjoy the nightscene, usually start in a restaurant, then go to several bars and end up in a club.
If you want to get in the mood to visit this beach, it is possible to experience the beach right now through a 360 degree picture.
How to get there
To get to Oura beach, follow directions to the new centre of Albufeira. In your GPS you can put the following address: Rua Ramalho Ortigão, Albufeira.
Praia da Oura – Facilities
Facilities in Praia da Oura:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: yes
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: yes
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: difficult
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: yes
As most beaches in the Algarve, Praia da Oura is a blue flag beach, meaning that it fulfills the best standards in terms of safety and facilities. Consequently, the beach is kept clean, has lifeguards (during summertime), the water quality is considered good and there are facilities such as toilets (freely available), parasols and sunbeds. The variety of restaurants is also huge. Beware that parking near the beach might be quite difficult, especially during summer months. Some water sports are also available at Oura beach, like diving.
If you appreciate delicious pastries and cakes, or would like to have a coffee in one of the most traditional cafes of the region, perhaps pastelaria Martinique Velha would be a good tip.