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Albufeira

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
Salgados Beach Villas
Salgados Beach Villas
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Lote1, Fase 2, Albufeira

Offering direct access to the beach, this Albufeira villa is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Herdade dos Salgados Golf and Salgados Beach. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (140 reviews)

"Some of the outdoor furniture requires maintenance, umbrella shredded, few broken tiles in pool etc., curtains a little torn and old. But overall a great villa stay."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Salgados Beach Villas
Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol
Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol
4 out of 5
Do Municipio Lote 27, Apartado 2054, Albufeira

This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Praia do Inatel, Albufeira Old Town Square and Fisherman's Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (78 reviews)

"Well located hotel with a good size supermarket next door for if you are self catering, staff are always freindly and welcoming good size room and bathrooms all with double size showers roim are always cleaned great size outside pool and warm indoor heated pool, hotel also has a gym and good size ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol
Oceanus Aparthotel
Oceanus Aparthotel
3 out of 5
Olhos Daqua, Albufeira

This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia dos Olhos de Água and Falesia Beach. Oura Beach and Santa ...

4.3/5Excellent! (229 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful thank you 🤗😊👌we loved that we got an upgrade on arrival and a free pizza to enjoy at the lovely restaurant next door 🍕😊🌴thankyou all.."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2020

Oceanus Aparthotel

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. 

Oura Beach
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Oura Beach

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Water sports, stunning scenery and walks to quiet coves await at this beach located to the east of Albufeira’s Old Town. 

Top things to do in Albufeira

Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

92% of travellers recommend
€29
Per adult
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

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

88% of travellers recommend
€20
Per adult
Slide & Splash Waterpark
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Slide & Splash Waterpark

100% of travellers recommend
€29
Per adult
Grotto Cruise and Dolphin Watching from Albufeira
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Grotto Cruise and Dolphin Watching from Albufeira

82% of travellers recommend
€35
Per adult
Loulé Market Half-Day Tour
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Loulé Market Half-Day Tour

€19
Per adult

Reviews of Albufeira

4.3

Top Destination

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

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