New Year’s Eve Parties on the Algarve

Posted on 31. Dec, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Guest Posts


The long coast of the Algarve is packed with history and atmosphere - and its New Year’s Eve parties are just fun and exciting as it gets.

From Faro to Lagos to Sagres, the entire coast is alive with firework displays, while bars and restaurants stay open very late into the night. Revellers in Lagos can watch the firework display from the waterfront overlooking the River Bensafrim with its marina and fishing dock. Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach) in Albufeira hosts open air concerts on New Year’s Eve.

With beautiful beaches, bars and restaurants, nightclubs and shops, Albufeira is still a favourite destination for travellers. Many British travellers can celebrate their New Year in the sunshine - warm and stress free.


Celebrate the New Year with a round of golf

Visitors to the Algarve are usually looking for sun, sand and sea.

What they leave with is the memory of the breathtakingly beautiful scenery and the hospitality and kindness of the people. Throw in some of the best golf course in Europe and that is the icing on the cake. New Year’s Eve parties at the Pestana Golf Club provide delicious food, live music, fireworks, and a chance to see in the New Year in style.

The Algarve has 35 golf courses, so the visitor is spoilt for choice. The courses range from tough 18-hole championship layouts to 9-holers suited to the amateur. For a luxury holiday, Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago have both huge beaches and superb golf courses. Quinta do Lago’s beach is reached by crossing a wooden bridge over the Ria Formosa and dunes leading to the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.


New Year’s Eve in Portimao

Portimao always has big celebrations to welcome in the New Year. It’s THE place to be!

There are live bands, dancing until dawn on the riverfront, stalls with food and drink, and a spectacular firework display at midnight. Once the traveller has rested, they can then take a boat trip from Portimao up the River Arcade to Carvoeiro, Lagos and Silves. Silves was a former Moorish town and has an impressive castle, an archaeological museum, a twin-towered Gothic church and an old cork factory which is now revamped as a cultural leisure complex.


Dance the night away in the flashiest clubs

Most of the big hotels have nightly entertainment with music and dancing, and there are bars with live music everywhere in the Algarve. In fact, many clubs even stay open all night on New Year’s Eve. There is a wide choice of music so, no matter what age the visitor is, they can strut their stuff.



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