Local Knowledge

Local Knowledge

Lorraine has been living in Albufeira in Portugal for 12 years and her knowledge of the locale is priceless to those taking holidays on the Algarve. I have an abundance of knowledge that I would love to share with you from bars and restaurants to day trips and lots more.

Pubs & Bars

Resaturants and Bars in Albufeira on the Algarve in Potugal

The New Town (the strip) is located a ten minute walk from Solario where you will find a host of beautiful restaurants and lively bar's. And if it's karaoke you are after there are plenty to choose from 

Devlin's Irish bar is located just off the strip and you will receive a very warm welcome. 

Johnny Hooper's saxophone and bistro bar is a definite must for live music and fantastic atmosphere. 

BJ Canadian bar.  A small but nice bar for a chat and a beer. 

Wild and Co is located at the bottom of the strip with live music most nights, a great staff that make this bar lively and great fun!

The Old Town is where the beautiful fisherman's beach is located. With a brilliant family friendly atmosphere and vibrant night life. There are again so many fantastic restaurants and bar's I will give you one or two of my favourites.

Vegas bar is a must for live music and children are welcome. The DJ takes over from 11.30 when adults can let their hair down! 

Harry's bar.  Live music most nights and a great bar to sit and chat with friends and family. 

If you fancy a quite beer or a cocktail or two there are lots of nice relaxing bars along the seafront to just sit and chill and take in the wonderful views of fisherman's beach.


While there are many great local restaurants I have a few I would like to recommend for you. 

Resaturants and Bars in Albufeira on the Algarve in Potugal

New Town

Expresso where Miguel and his staff will give you a warm welcome.  The menu is varied to suit all tastes with many local dishes well worth a try. 

If you are a pizza lover then Nosolo is the place for you from pizza to pasta and the ice cream treats are to die for!  

O Lusatino is again a short walk from Solario. Local dishes and the fish menu is highly recommended. 

Old Town

O Catraio is located just of one of the little back streets ( of which there are many)  beautiful food and such lovely staff.the menu will suit parents and children I would definitely recommend a visit. 

Shalom two.  Fantastic menu for all tastes and can be found on one of the main streets.  


Resaturants and Bars in Albufeira on the Algarve in Potugal

Sào Rafael beach  & praia da coelha are located next to each other both beaches are beautiful and well worth a visit. Sun loungers are available and there is a great restaurant if you fancy a bite to eat! 

Praia da falèsia is the longest beach in Albufeira and extends right out to villa moura! And is listed as one of the best beaches in Portugal. Highly recommended.

15 minute drive from Solario.

While in the Algarve during the summer months the temperatures can get really hot and the UV  levels are quite high. With this in mind it is worth noting the best times to visit the beach:

Early morning up to noon 


Late afternoon is our recommendation .

You can hire a sun lounger and umbrella on most beaches. The cost varies but it is usually €6 - €7 per day and most of the beaches have small restaurants  / snack bars or if you fancy a wine or beer this is available also! 


Shopping in Albufeira on the Algarve in Potugal

Shopping in Albufeira has a lot to offer if you fancy a day off from the pool or the beach. 

Modelo  shopping is just a 10 minute walk from Solario with a large Continente supermarket. Lots of restaurants and lovely boutiques. 

Algarve shopping in Guia is a great shopping centre with lots on offer including a great variety of restaurants, boutiques and a play area for children.  

Taxi's will cost around €15.

The bus service runs every 30 minutes. Pick up point close to Solario or from the local bus station.

Supermarkets in Albufeira. 

 The local supermarket is: Pingo doce (5 minutes from Solario)  

You will find most of your needs from,  fresh fruit  & veg to a large selection of fresh fish and not forgetting the beautiful Wines from around the local wine region.

Continente supermarket is located in modelo shopping  ( 10 minute walk). A taxi service is available at modelo should you need to avail of it. 

Supermarkets open from 9am until 9.30pm.

If it is that holiday gift you are after then there is no better way to take a stroll around the market stalls and lovely gift shops that are dotted around the oldtown.


Taxis are available to call from Solario ( phone numbers provided in the apartments).

Uber taxi is available in Albufeira.  I would advise to use the Uber phone app.


The Giro bus line runs to most places around Albuferia.  Pick up & drop off points are close to Solario or the local bus station. 

The bus times; Every 30 minutes. 

Car hire rental. 

There are quite a few rental companies available for you. 

Zitauto is close to solario for pickup  &  drop-off. 

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Visacar is just 5 minutes from solario  ( next to pinto doce supermarket)

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Local Services

For emergency services a private hospital can be located at hospital Luisadas. This is a walk-in private hospital but most people will be covered on their travel insurance or private health cover. The hospital provides a 24 hour emergency and is located here.

There's a walk-in clinic located just off the strip in the New Town, open from 9am to 9pm. It's a private clinic so your insurance may not cover you.

There's a pharmacy located at the crossing of the strip and it opens from 9:30am to 9pm and close from 2:30pm to 4pm in the winter. There's usually a doctor on duty at the pharmacy.


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