Here's our guide to some of the best sundowner spots.
La Cigale, Olhos d'Agua
One of the longest-established beach restaurants in the Algarve - the 1960s harlequin tiling is now retro! Great food, fun waiters, and the perfect place to stare wistfully at the ocean.
Tel: 289 501 637
Evaristo, Praia Evaristo, Galé
There's no menu: it works like an exclusive fish market, as you choose from the counter before taking your seat. Squid and white sangria is a winning combination here, and the setting is idyllic whatever the weather. It get's busy, so book in advance for a table on the terrace overlooking the quintessential Algarve cove.
Tel: 289 591 666
Rei das Praias, Praia dos Caneiros, Ferragudo
The sheltered terrace of this bar/restaurant makes it a great sun-trap, even if the weather's not on your side. Watch the crashing waves with a beer in hand and daydream. And if you're hungry, the fresh fish selection is superb.
Tel: 282 461 006
Memmo Baleeira Hotel, Baleeira, Sagres
Sundowners require great views - this Design Hotel doesn't disappoint, with a funky bar and terrace offering sweeping Atlantic vistas.
Tel: 282 624 212
Mirador, Pine Cliffs Hotel
Outdoor cliff-top bar with vertigo-inducing views over Falesia beach. Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly as the sun goes down.
Tel: 289 500 100
NoSoloAgua, Praia da Falesia, Vilamoura
Take advantage of the long, hot summer nights by hitting this comfortable beach bar after an arduous day catching some rays.
Tel: 917 716 772
Carlos's Bar, Praia Grande, Galé
Laid-back beach shack for snacks, salads and fresh fish, served up with a beach view and an endless horizon. Chill.
Tel: 282 316 966
Restaurante Panoramico, Hotel Porto Nova, Praia Verde
Fabulous, modern, spacious setting with 180º views over the beach. A mixture of Algarvean and Mediterranean flavours with the emphasis on fish. The seafood chowder is to die for.
Tel: 281 329 700
Capelo, Santa Luzia, Ria Formosa
Traditional Portuguese cuisine, simple wooden tables and chairs, and amazing views. Arrive early in the evening as they don't take bookings
Tel: 281 381 670
O Cabaz da Praia, Albufeira
Traditional Portuguese restaurant in the heart of the old town with spectacular views over Pescadores beach.
Tel: 289 512 137
Bela Vista Hotel, Praia Da Rocha
Turn your back on Praia Da Rocha (always a good idea) and instead drink in the views from the terrace of this delightful mock-gothic designer hotel, perched on a clifftop overlooking the beach.
Tel: 282 460 280