Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro is known locally as ‘The Strip’. Packed with incredible, fun venues boasting some colourful, lively neon signs ‘The Strip’ is the hub of Albufeira’s nightlife. If you're looking for relaxation and Portuguese culture then this stretch of Albufeira is not for you. However if you're looking for an endless options of bars, restaurants, shops and themed pubs the Strip is definitely your holiday paradise.
Whilst originally, as the name suggests, The Strip was just one main road of bars and clubs, it has since spread to adjacent blocks. On The Strip itself you will find some unique establishments like BJ’s Canadian Sports Bar. Billing itself as ‘a taste of the true North in the beautiful South’ BJ’s is decidedly Canadian and after a visit you will be happy you went canuck for the day.
In the adjacent blocks you can find the likes of 33 Sports Bar where you can easily catch up on the football, Gaelic football, hurling, rugby or golf on any of their seven screens. Also just off The Strip is Sun Deck Albufeira which, as the name suggests, is made up of a huge sun trap seating area where people like to watch people and be seen.
Most of bar owners at the Albufeira Strip are ex-pats and will definitely make you feel at home straight away. For example at The Cockerel Country Kitchen just off The Strip you can find firm favourites from the UK including English breakfasts, cod and chips and a good old Sunday roast.
There are quiet part of The Strip, of course, particularly the top end where there are a couple of quiet bars, some restaurants, and ice-cream parlours. The bottom half (or Areias de São João part) is the lively part where the majority of the people looking to party until the early hours end up.
It is worth pointing out that The Strip is actually around 3km (just under 2 miles) out of the town centre so it is worth hopping on a bus or taking a taxi.