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Albufeira City Guide

Sunbathe on the beach, explore the old town and enjoy delicious seafood in Albufeira, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Portugal.

Albufeira is a quaint coastal town where you’ll find some of the most beautiful and sunny beaches in Portugal. Cool off by swimming in the ocean or enjoy local dishes in a restaurant right on the beach. Of course, there’s more than just sea and sand. Wander the cobbled streets of the old city and visit the ruins of Paderne Castle. Go shopping for souvenirs in the city centre before spending your evenings in one of the many bars on the Strip. 

Albufeira’s history spans back as far as the time of the Romans. In 1755 the city was largely destroyed by an earthquake, and while a lot of its classic architecture has been damaged over the years, by this and other occurrences, there are a still signs of its Roman past everywhere. Today, this ancient fishing village is one of the most prosperous places in the Algarve.

Albufeira is known for its spectacular beaches. Just a short walk from the centre you will find the two largest and most popular beaches, Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Túnel. If you’d rather escape the crowds, then head to one of the more secluded beaches such as Praia de Gale to the west. When it's lunchtime, simply follow the smell of barbecued fish that wafts down to the beach from the nearby restaurants.

Head over to the marina to see the famous multicoloured apartments overlooking the water, then find yourself a bar or cafe and enjoy a glass of local sparkling rose while watching the boats sail by. Or, better yet, get yourself a boat and get out on the water. With several tour operators, it’s easy to take a fishing trip or cruise out along the coast. 

Albufeira is located just 36 kilometres from the capital, Faro. It’s easy to explore the place on foot and has excellent connections to the nearby airport, so no need to rent a car. You’ll find the weather is sunny throughout the year, like the rest of the Algarve. It’s no wonder Albufeira is such a popular destination.


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Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel

Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel

Santa Eulalia, Lote 24, Albufeira
4.5
of 5, from 331 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oura, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach, Albufeira Bullring, and Santa Eulalia Beach. International Health Centers Albufeira and Aveiros Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€75
Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel

Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel

Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26, Albufeira
4.3
of 5, from 209 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Facing Albufeira's main street, this hotel is less than a kilometer from Albufeira Old Town Square.

€49
Hotel Sol e Mar

Hotel Sol e Mar

Rua José Bernardino de Sousa, Albufeira
3.7
of 5, from 30 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Albufeira Center, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Clock Tower and Fisherman's Beach. Municipal Archaeological Museum and Castle Wall Ruins are also within 5 minutes.

€57
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

Praia Da Oura, Albufeira
4.0
of 5, from 198 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Oura aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach, Aveiros Beach, and International Health Centers Albufeira. Santa Eulalia Beach and Albufeira Bullring are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Bicos Beach Apartments By Albufeira Rent

Bicos Beach Apartments By Albufeira Rent

Rua José Fontana, Albufeira
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oura, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach, Albufeira Bullring, and Santa Eulalia Beach. International Health Centers Albufeira and Aveiros Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€37
Balaia Golf Village Resort

Balaia Golf Village Resort

Sitio da Balaia, Apartado 917, Albufeira
4.3
of 5, from 240 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Expansive golf complex set in landscaped gardens on the Algarve between Vilamoura and Albufeira, 300 metres from the beach.

€99
Salgados Dunas Suite

Salgados Dunas Suite

Herdade dos Salgados, Albufeira
4.4
of 5, from 106 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Praia da Gale, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Herdade dos Salgados Golf, Salgados Beach, and Manuel Lourenco Beach. Sao Rafael Beach and Salgados Lagoon Observation Deck are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€68
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Praia De St Eulalia, Albufeira
4.5
of 5, from 319 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Eulalia Beach, Maria Luisa Beach, and Oura Beach. Aveiros Beach and Olhos D'Agua Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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