Albufeira is a quaintcoastal town where you’ll find some of the most beautiful and sunny beaches inPortugal. Cool off by swimming in the ocean or enjoy local dishes in arestaurant 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 PaderneCastle. Go shopping for souvenirs in the city centre before spending yourevenings in one of the many bars on the Strip.
Albufeira’s historyspans back as far as the time of the Romans. In 1755 the city was largelydestroyed by an earthquake, and while a lot of its classic architecture hasbeen damaged over the years, by this and other occurrences, there are a stillsigns of its Roman past everywhere. Today, this ancient fishing village is oneof the most prosperous places in the Algarve.
Albufeira is known forits spectacular beaches. Just a short walk from the centre you will find thetwo largest and most popular beaches, Praia dos Pescadoresand Praia do Túnel. If you’d rather escape thecrowds, then head to one of the more secluded beaches such as Praiade Gale to the west. When it's lunchtime, simply follow thesmell of barbecued fish that wafts down to the beach from the nearbyrestaurants.
Head over to the marina to see the famousmulticoloured apartments overlooking the water, then find yourself a bar orcafe and enjoy a glass of local sparkling rose while watching the boats sailby. Or, better yet, get yourself a boat and get out on the water. With severaltour operators, it’s easy to take a fishing trip or cruise out along the coast.
Albufeira is locatedjust 36 kilometres from the capital, Faro.It’s easy to explore the place on foot and has excellent connections to thenearby airport, so no need to rent a car. You’ll find the weather is sunny throughoutthe year, like the rest of the Algarve. It’s no wonder Albufeirais such a popular destination.