Oura Beach

Oura Beach featuring general coastal views, swimming and a sandy beach

Oura Beach

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Water sports, stunning scenery and walks to quiet coves await at this beach located to the east of Albufeira’s Old Town.

Be energetic or simply relax at Oura Beach (Praia da Oura). With abundant water sports, a picturesque Algarve backdrop and a promenade lined with bars and restaurants, this is one of the liveliest beaches of Albufeira. Oura Beach is home to several large resort hotels, thus making it a busy coastal destination year round.

The beach has Blue Flag status, an award given to beaches that meet a stringent criteria for environmental control, safety and water quality. It boasts an appealing strip of fine sand with vegetation-covered rocks at both ends. Look for a quiet spot by the rocks, lay down your towel and enjoy the laid-back ambiance. Alternatively, rent chairs and umbrellas from in front of the beach bars.

Get active by renting water sport equipment and joining tours at the beach’s adventure center. Explore at your own pace via Jet Ski, kayak and paddle boat. Try flyboarding, parasailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. Take an exhilarating ride on a jet boat and water sled. Discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Algarve, visit hidden bays and spot dolphins on a cruise.

Another fun activity to do when visiting the beach is to walk along the seashore at low tide. It’s possible to get all the way to Olhos de Água Beach via Santa Eulalia Beach and Maria Luisa Beach. On the way you’ll pass small bays and hike over rocky hills.

Bars, cafés and low-key restaurants line the cobblestone promenade. Dine on fish and seafood dishes such as calamari, fried sardines and garlic prawns. The prices are reasonable despite the privileged waterfront location.

You can reach Oura Beach from Albufeira’s Old Town by driving for 15 minutes or walking for 40 minutes. Parking is available on the street that accesses the beach, although spaces fill up fast in the summer months. There’s also a large metered car park in the village.

Top Trending Hotels Near Oura Beach

Vila Petra
Vila Petra
4 out of 5
R. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, Albufeira, 8200356
The price is £75 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (444 reviews)
Cozy, but hard to find
"Vila Petra is far from the beach - it's closer to the city center (not a 4 min walk as advertised). The hotel street is hard to find. We had to stop and ask the locals for it...very confusing. The reception staff was welcoming and they say they will send you an email with the hotel's info (rest.&pool ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Vila Petra
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
4 out of 5
Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora 2, Albufeira, Faro, 8200-210
The price is £141 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Perfectly situated and well appointed rooms. Very clean and quiet. Great views from upper floors 6-9. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2022

Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
5 out of 5
Praia Da Oura, Areias de São João, Albufeira, 8200-911
The price is £123 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the family amenities ...
4/5 Very Good! (550 reviews)
"The best pool around, frolic in the pool while have a cocktail and stare out at the sea , great for kids as there are 2 slides . After reading so many bad reviews I was nicely surprised. I would stay here again infant I booked another 2 weeks !"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Grand Muthu Forte da Oura
Grand Muthu Forte da Oura
5 out of 5
Rua Oliveira Martins, Albufeira, 8200-619
The price is £57 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Grand Muthu Forte da Oura
Vila Petra
Vila Petra
4 out of 5
R. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, Albufeira, 8200356
The price is £75 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Vila Petra
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
4 out of 5
Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora 2, Albufeira, Faro, 8200-210
The price is £141 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
5 out of 5
Praia Da Oura, Areias de São João, Albufeira, 8200-911
The price is £123 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
3HB Golden Beach
3HB Golden Beach
3 out of 5
Rua Ramalho Ortigao, Praia Da Oura, Algarve, Albufeira, 8200-909
The price is £104 per night from 26 May to 27 May
3HB Golden Beach
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort
5 out of 5
Estrada de Albufeira - Olhos de Água, Albufeira, Faro, 8200-269
The price is £105 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort
Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
4 out of 5
Praia da Oura Apartado 827, Rua Oliveira Martins, Albufeira, 8200-901
The price is £78 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
Santa Eulalia, Lote 24, Albufeira, 8200-381
The price is £106 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments
Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments
3 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama, Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira, 8200-294
The price is £65 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.