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Albufeira
Travel Guide

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.

EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
5 out of 5
Praia da Falésia, Pinhal do Concelho, Albufeira
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €144 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Falesia Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oura Beach and Praia dos ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (374 reviews)
Superb

"Superb hotel with great service"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2020

EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
Hotel Baia Grande
Hotel Baia Grande
4 out of 5
Apartado 1022 Sesmarias, Albufeira
The price is €55 per night from 20 Mar to 21 Mar

This family-friendly Albufeira hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Coelha Beach and Sao Rafael Beach. Albufeira Marina and Albufeira Old Town ...

4.2/5Very Good! (826 reviews)

"Lovely quiet hotel, picture perfect with a good pool and bar area. Friendly staff with good cleaning refine in place. Only complaint was that both the rooms we had no balance- which we were expecting."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

Hotel Baia Grande
Hotel Riu Guaraná
Hotel Riu Guaraná
4 out of 5
Quinta do Milharó, Olhos D'Agua, Albufeira
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This family-friendly Albufeira hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Agua Doce Beach, Falesia Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Oura Beach and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (206 reviews)
Excellent even under difficult conditions

"We traveled during increasing COVID 19 restrictions but the hotel was very well maintained. A reduced service was offered and we enjoyed our time at this resort. After returning we tested negative for COVID so I can assume the conditions at RIU are protective to the guests."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2020

Hotel Riu Guaraná
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Apartamentos Soldoiro
Apartamentos Soldoiro
3 out of 5
Rua Ramalho Ortigão, Praia da Oura, Albufeira

This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located on the Strip, within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach and Praia dos Alemães. Albufeira Old Town Square and ...

3.5/5Good! (302 reviews)
Need a little more work

"Great location, affordable price, only one person in the counter doing everything including restaurant. The mattress was not good, already sagging and the room smelled smoke, the hotel employee offer to spray, but it does not help much with the smell. Suggest apt to increase price a little bit to ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Apartamentos Soldoiro
Alfagar Village
Alfagar Village
3 out of 5
Santa Eulalia, Albufeira
The price is €28 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Offering direct access to the beach, this Santa Eulália aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maria Luisa Beach and Santa Eulalia Beach. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (406 reviews)

"We extended our stay. They were most accommodating and the new unit is even nicer"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Alfagar Village
Balaia Golf Village Resort
Balaia Golf Village Resort
4 out of 5
Sitio da Balaia, Apartado 917, Albufeira
The price is €28 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Situated near the beach, this spa aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oura Beach, Praia dos Alemães and Falesia Beach. Albufeira Old Town Square and Albufeira ...

4.3/5Excellent! (694 reviews)

"Absolutely gorgeous hotel! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Balaia. Would recommend hiring a car from reception on arrival as was the best deal we could find after spending ages looking online. Reception are so friendly and the apartment so spacious and kitted to the nines with all you need."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Balaia Golf Village Resort
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Reviews of Albufeira

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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

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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

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18 Jan 2020

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