Holidays to Praia d'Oura offer up a quiet slice of the Algarve's sun-kissed coast, with lively Albufeira just a stone's throw away.

Sitting pretty

Praia d'Oura means Golden Beach, and it's certainly the perfect name for this spot. Sitting on Portugal's southern Algarve coastline on a swathe of Blue Flag award-winning sand, this little town enjoys the best of both worlds. It's secluded enough to satisfy the laidback loungers, and close enough to Albufeira to keep things lively.

The hotspot next door

Arguably the most popular town on the whole coast, Albufeira's a holidaymaker's dream – and it's just a 20-minute walk away. Here, you'll find a maze of cobbled streets, fun-loving bars, international restaurants and souvenir shops, all fronted by an enormous sweeping beach.

Snap-tastic tours

Take a 15-minute taxi to Albufeira's marina and you'll have the whole coast at your toes. Tour operators have something for everyone, from dolphin-watching to guided kayaking. With views of fancy yachts and pastel-painted buildings, you'll be snapping before you've set off.

At a Glance

  • Take it easy with a lazy day on the seashore
  • Spend an afternoon in lively Albufeira
  • Head out to sea on an action-packed boat tour