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Although everywhere seems quiet in Albufeira in the Winter season, there is actually plenty going on away from the centre at the hotels and Tourist Developments.There you get little pockets of Winter regulars and residents who all meet up, particularly where their favourite artist is performing and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
Alfaghar - near the Balaia and 10 minutes by taxi from the centre, has music every night, in the Bar in the old part of the development.You can eat there - either a snack or dinner and it is very comfortable, there is always a log fire burning. Go along to see Carlos Lara, sometimes joined by his son Marcos, who is there on Mondays and Fridays and you can always expect to see a large group of British and Dutch Winter visitors and residents who are up on the floor for every dance. Everyone is very friendly and the atmosphere is cosy. Miguel Correia, an organist who has a huge following in the Winter is there one night. He is also at Hotel Paraíso (between the New Town and Oura), another place which has entertainment most nights. . .
In the Oura area you have Clube Praia da Oura (Amanda's Bar ) Oura View (Beach Club) and Oura Praia - Amanda's has live music every night and the others each have three alternate nights, (Call at one to get a programme) and there again the Winter visitors provide an enthusiastic, animated audience. Forte da Oura, just along from the Oura Praia has music some nights - hopefully all Winter Allan Storm will be there on Saturdays. Allan is also at Clube Praia da Oura on alternate Sundays.
These places all have restaurants, if you want to eat first. However, in the Oura area you have the Happy House Chinese Buffet, the Chicken Kebab House, Paulo's Pizzaria, China Royal - all good and reasonably priced. If you feel like Indian food there is the Bombay Palace at the top of the Strip.
If you are looking for Karaoke, there are the Rockline and Coyote Bars - they both get very full with regular singers, locals and tourists, and are open until late.
Up on the top of Albufeira you will find the Hotel do Cerro - they have a good restaurant and live music in the Bar on most nights. Carlos Lara is there on Saturdays at present. If you prefer to eat nearby there is the Casa Alentejana and the Jaipur Indian Restaurant, which are both popular with visitors in that part of town.
So visit one of these Bars, where there is entertainment all year round and you will receive a warm welcome on a cold, winter evening.
Once into February, more restaurants and bars start to reopen and by Carnaval (late February) there is much more life to be found everywhere.On April 1st. the live music starts again in most of the Bars in the streets and the town wakes up for the Summer season.