Albufeira

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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 Pescadoresand 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 Albufeirais such a popular destination.

Where to stay in Albufeira

Vila Petra
Vila Petra
4 out of 5
R. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, Albufeira, 8200356
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €79 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (444 reviews)
Cozy, but hard to find
"Vila Petra is far from the beach - it's closer to the city center (not a 4 min walk as advertised). The hotel street is hard to find. We had to stop and ask the locals for it...very confusing. The reception staff was welcoming and they say they will send you an email with the hotel's info (rest.&pool ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Vila Petra
São Rafael Atlântico
São Rafael Atlântico
5 out of 5
Sesmarias, Albufeira, 8200-613
The price is €171 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"The property is beautiful with trails and beach. The staff felt like family; they were friendly, helpful, and engaging. I wanted to purchase the pillows, they were that comfortable. The room was spacious and elegant. The bed was nice and firm. The food was great with several eating places from which ..."

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2022

São Rafael Atlântico
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
4 out of 5
Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora 2, Albufeira, Faro, 8200-210
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Perfectly situated and well appointed rooms. Very clean and quiet. Great views from upper floors 6-9. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2022

Hotel Califórnia Urban Beach – Adults only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vila Petra
Vila Petra
4 out of 5
R. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, Albufeira, 8200356
The price is €79 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (444 reviews)
Cozy, but hard to find
"Vila Petra is far from the beach - it's closer to the city center (not a 4 min walk as advertised). The hotel street is hard to find. We had to stop and ask the locals for it...very confusing. The reception staff was welcoming and they say they will send you an email with the hotel's info (rest.&pool ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Vila Petra
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
5 out of 5
Praia Da Oura, Areias de São João, Albufeira, 8200-911
The price is €94 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the family amenities ...
4/5 Very Good! (550 reviews)
"The best pool around, frolic in the pool while have a cocktail and stare out at the sea , great for kids as there are 2 slides . After reading so many bad reviews I was nicely surprised. I would stay here again infant I booked another 2 weeks !"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel
Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26, Apartado 2155, Albufeira, 8200 - 916
The price is €116 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a free kids' club. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (500 reviews)
"I enjoy staying in this hotel clean great location."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2022

Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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