The whole of the Algarve is packed with holidaymakers in August, so book early.
If you want good sandy beaches and a lot of nightlife within a reasonable walking distance, you should be looking at Albufeira, Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Torralta to name but a few. Cultured it ain't, but for the two weeks of sun and sand it suits many people.
Lagos is an old city gradually being overwhelmed by modern development. Pause for dissenting view.
As I see it, the issue with Lagos is that most of the beach resort areas are away from the main part of town. That means you might be depending more on taxis than if you stayed in a resort where the beaches are close by ie in town itself.
Lagos does have one very large and very nice beach called Meia Praia but it is on the other side of the river and maybe a mile from town. There's also a lot of building going on there at the moment.
As I live in Albufeira, I will now be totally biased and recommend my town. The teenagers will have plenty to do during the day and at night and so will the poor old parents. Check the locations of holiday apartments etc, as some agencies do take liberties when describing a place as 'in Albufeira' when it is fact four miles out of town. Google away and you should have little difficulty finding places within 10 minutes walk of the sandy beaches and abundant bars, restaurants etc.
Hope that helps.
Plenty for you and your teens to see do at gorgeous Praia da Rocha!
A very popular choice with Portuguese and international tourists.
It has a beautiful marina with bars, a large variety of restaurants and cafes overlooking the Arade river and the sea! There are fun water sport activities for kids and teens and adults!
You are near Portimão which is also lively and attractive (specially by the Riverside!).
In August you can enjoy the Sardine Festival!
The night atmosphere is great with quiet as well as vibrant places.
You’ll probably also visit one of water parks (http://www.slidesplash.com/index.php?lang=en ) and Zoomarine. http://www.zoomarine.com/ and have lots of fun with lots of other activities including cultural ones- part of Allgarve 2009.
It’ll be very sunny & hot so take lots of sun cream!
You’ll have a great time!
I agree with Cubsur - Albufeira every time!
There's lot's of good places to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity but it's not hectic, and it's very popular with families (English and Portuguese in particular.)
You are minutes from the beach, 10 minutes walk from the lively Strip and 5 mins in a cab or on a bus from the Old Town. Ideal we think.
hey i am also trying to figure out where to stay going with a few guy all in mid twenties in august. I read up about lagos and seems excellent but realized its best to do a day trip their. So now its between praia da rocha or albufiera? can anyone recommend which would be better for 4 guys in their 20's looking for gorgoues beach and nightlife, but not a spring break nightlife, more nicier party than thrashy.
I would recommend anywhere over Praia da Rocha as it was the worst place I have ever been.
Lots of concrete and Irish bars, shame as the beach was nice.
thanks... i think ill take your advice bc thats not what im intersted in.
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