While you may not have expected it or heard much about it, Portugal is a great spot for people who enjoy local nightlife when they're on a vacation. Will the country is ideal for scenic spots and lounging on gorgeous beaches, it's also a fabulous choice for partying and hitting up the local bars. While most cities have iconic clubs and bars which are must see must visit spots, Portugal is slightly different. Here, it makes no difference where you go because the people create the most lively atmosphere and you can fall in and out of bars and clubs and have the time of your life. The country has various hotspots but if you're pressed for time, you must visit at least 2 of any of our favourite destinations.
Lisbon - Anyone that visits Portugal makes Lisbon either their first or last stop. The city's trendy spots like Chiado and Bairro Alto are famed for their local pubs and bars and is where all the partying action is. Knock back some Caipirinha or Ginjinha (local cherry flavoured liquor) post dinner or hop down to the Alcantara district which is home to LX Factory which houses a lot of fun bars and nightclubs. This city loves to party and places are open till the wee hours of the morning.
Porto - After Lisbon, the most popular city that attracts hordes of tourists and party mongers is Porto. This is a historic city with beautiful monuments, churches and awe inspiring architecture but it's also the home of Port Wine. Ideally a wine can only be called Port wine if the grapes are grown in the Douro Valley and bottled in Porto so it goes without saying, this city in particular drinks, A LOT. Cafes, bars and nightclubs are open through the week till late ours and on the weekends do not expect any of them to shut before 5 am. The streets are packed with people spilling in an out of bars and they've never been happier. Port wine and Porto tonic (the white port wine and tonic water) are the usual choice but this city loves anyone who enjoys their alcohol and wants to have a good time!
Lagos - This coastal town is a top spot for tourists after being voted a number one destination in various polls and magazines. It's got stunning beaches, breathtaking views of the sea, ample of fresh seafood and is famous for its mouscatel wine that they produce in this region. What it's also extremely famous for is its thriving nightlife. Lagos attracts a lot of the backpacker crowd so you'll find mix of Americans and British folk there along with the locals but everyone is always up to have a good time. Due to its popularity with tourists specially from other parts of Europe and it's blissfully beautiful weather, there are plenty of bars and clubs open to party it up with everyone.
Albuferia - Another town located in the Algarve region is Albuferia and it's undoubtedly the party capital of Portugal. While the town offers plenty in terms of nightlife, the best place to experience it all is what is commonly known as ' the strip'. It's a street filled with restaurants, bars and nightclubs on either side and is one of the most lively parts of town. People make a trip to Albuferia just to enjoy it's intense nightlife.
Coimbra - This is a student town famed for their student population and their outrageous parties. It's home to the 9th oldest university in Europe and this town is buzzing with young people that bring an infectious vibe to it. Oddly enough the weekend is where you see the least amount of action as most of the students travel home to visit their families making Tuesdays and Thursdays the most active nights in the week. While cafes and bars are always buzzing, don't be surprised if you see groups of college students singing loudly on every street corner. It's a great atmosphere and one of the best towns to party in Portugal.
Article By: Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate at a time!
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