Oura Beach, Albufeira
This is a very glamourous beach. There is golden sand, young people, beach bars and restaurants, and plenty of other services. Oura Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Albufeira, and is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and beach bars.
This is the beach where you can go if you stay at Arenas de Sao Joao (around the Strip)
All the ways to the beaches in Albufeira are very step, so walking back hills at afternoon with the heat can be an experience lol
The Praia da Oura beach is just lovely. The sand is golden, so are the rocks that make the bay. The sea has some stones in it, but no rocks so you don't need water sandals.
The beach is not very large and the large difference between low and high tide make the beach quite narrow later in the afternoon. Just do go sit on the waterfront from morning till evening or make sure you keep your eye on the tide to prevent your stuff getting wet.
Right above the beach there are three restaurants/bars that have umbrellas for breakfast, lunch, diner or just drinks.
Behind that, in the street there's a little open 'mall': just some touristic shops together offering you the usual.
The weather in September (2009) was still very good - even quite hot. Daytime it was over 30 degrees C and you might want to use an umbrella on the beach.
The water of the Atlantic Ocean near Algarve is just lovely. Not as cold as the North Sea but not as warm as the Mediteran.
Although Praia da Oura is a bay technically, it has quite some waves.
The beach is 'occupied' by English and Dutch until the afternoon; most Portugese people arrive after 1600 hrs.