The Strip runs downwards from the Hotel Montechoro, all the way down to the beach , dissected by the main road to Albufeira.

It's full of bars and restaurants of all types , catering mainly for English/Irish tourists, along with some shops  and a  chemist (Farmacia).

The "tourist train" starts and finishes half way down the Strip, just past the main crossroads,outside the Vilanova complex.

Most bars are open fronted , so there's lots of people watching opportunities.

In general they are loud and fairly brash, with a mix of Karaoke, Sky Sports and live acts/tribute night 

A few touts are around during the day, trying to entice you with free scratch cards. If timeshare is not for you, then give them a wide berth.

In the evening it's very lively - people need to be a bit cautious as cars still use the road.

There are many good bars on and just situated off the Strip.

The bars at the top end of the Strip (near to the Hotel Montechoro)  are more family orientated and also enjoy a varied mixture of clientelle.

This part of the Strip is much less "manic" as the rest of the Strip - the lower part is VERY popular with the younger generation -,

Of course it all comes down to personal taste in the end, but some popular bars are Stones Bar, Sinatra's and the 60's Bar, all at the top end of the Strip and if your a karaoke lover Absolbar is fantastic, karaoke 7 days a week with a play den down stairs for children with pool, arcade games, pc, playhouse and other toys also cctv for added security.

 There are many more for people to try, before heading down towards the Ancora mid way down,  Liberto's, La Bamba, Reno's, The Garage for the younger crowd , and Wild & Co near the (beach) end - with good crowds at Matt's bar mainly watching drinkers taking on the Bucking Bronco.

Restaurants on the top part of the Strip are very popular, and not quite so chaotic/ loud as further down towards the beach.

There is a vast choice of food available to to suit all tastes and budgets.