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Sunbathe on the beach, explore the old town andenjoy delicious seafood in Albufeira, one of themost popular holiday destinations in Portugal.

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.

Top hotels in Albufeira

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Riu Guaraná
Hotel Riu Guaraná
4 out of 5
Quinta do Milharó, Olhos D'Agua, Albufeira
The price is €225 per night

This family-friendly Albufeira hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Agua Doce Beach, Falesia Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Oura Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (198 reviews)

"Excelente. Recomendo. Boa higiene dos espaços e organização."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Hotel Riu Guaraná
Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
5 out of 5
Rua Alexandre ONeill, 1, Albufeira
The price is €149 per night

This family-friendly Albufeira hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Praia dos Alemães and Oura Beach. Albufeira Old Town Square and Falesia ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)

"Really lovely hotel. Lovely big, clean rooms. Rooftop bar was really nice. Plenty of sun loungers available. Great play pool for kids. Great kids disco run by really enthusiastic staff. Outside swimming pools were freezing. The lounge areas felt like an airport waiting lounge and there wasn’t enough ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
Monica Isabel Beach Club
Monica Isabel Beach Club
3 out of 5
Praia do Forte de Sao Joao, Albufeira
The price is €60 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Albufeira aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Health Centers Albufeira, Praia dos Alemães and Oura Beach. Albufeira ...

3.4/5 (225 reviews)

"Great beachside location a short walk from Albufeira old town. Friendly hotel staff"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

Monica Isabel Beach Club

Popular places to visit in Albufeira

Albufeira Old Town Square
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Albufeira Old Town Square

4/5(408 reviews)

Framed by bars, galleries and shops, this leafy plaza is a great starting point for exploring the treasures of Albufeira’s historic center. 

Falesia Beach
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Falesia Beach

4.5/5(271 reviews)

Pine groves crown the scorched red-orange cliffs edging this long and wide beach, complete with comfortable amenities, watersports options and lifeguard patrols. 

Sao Rafael Beach
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Sao Rafael Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Explore tidal pools and take part in adventure sports or just sit back, enjoy the warm sunshine and admire the wonderful scenery.

Top things to do in Albufeira

Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

€29
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Pirate Ship Cruise with Barbecue
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Full-Day Pirate Ship Cruise with Barbecue

€54
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

€20
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour
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Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour

€20
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Amazing West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour
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Amazing West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour

€41
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Algarve Tour - Lagos and Sagres
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Algarve Tour - Lagos and Sagres

€184
Per adult

Reviews of Albufeira

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
294
5 - Excellent 46.15384615384615%
4 - Good
274
4 - Good 43.01412872841444%
3 - Okay
57
3 - Okay 8.948194662480377%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.5698587127158556%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.3139717425431711%

5/5 - Excellent

Steve

18 Mar 2020

Been coming here for many years so will always recommend Albufeira as well as the other towns in the Algarve such as Carvoeiro, Vilamoura, Armacao De Pera, Portimao. Choosing a town depends on what type of holiday you are after.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Great if you want music bars and souvenir shops. Found the town tatty. We had been to Lagos the week before which was far nicer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

Beautiful place. Quiet where we stayed with amenities close by. Decent supermarket with everything we needed across the road. The beach was beautiful.The Old Town was stunning with great pubs, clubs and restaurants. All very friendly people. Loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

Would definitely recommend and stay again! Best staff ive had in a hotel so friendly and helpful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

Very nice town. The council takes pride in public areas, there have even got a fitness park. All shops are close including Aldi and Lidl.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

Nice winter holiday destination . Warm and sunny compared to U.K. temperatures.

Falesia Beach which includes rocky coastline, a sandy beach and general coastal views

Vilamoura

Quarteira

Quarteira

Algarve showing a church or cathedral, a pool and a small town or village

Loule

Gale Beach showing general coastal views, a coastal town and a beach

Gale