The Portuguese city of Albufeira
is the main administrative hub of the Albufeira Municipality and has become a major tourism destination in recent years. Once a small fishing village on the southern coast of Portugal
, Albufeira has grown exponentially and today offers visitors the perfect combination of sun, sea and good times. Albufeira is a popular package holiday resort with many tourists visiting the city from the UK and Ireland.
Where to stay in Albufeira
Albufeira’s main income comes from tourism and throughout this busy seaside city you’ll find a wide array of accommodation for tourists including hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. If you are considering a holiday in Albufeira and are looking for something more value-for-money than your average hotel then why not consider staying in a furnished holiday apartment, guest room of typical Portuguese villa? Wimdu
have over 300 offers of accommodation in the city ranging from comfortable villas to furnished holiday apartments – find the accommodation to suit you on Wimdu today!
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What to see and do in Albufeira
Albufeira contains both the qualities of a typical Portuguese town with a pretty ‘old town
’ area containing various impressive historical buildings and landmarks and a ‘strip’ area where you can find all the usual tourist amenities including restaurants, bars and clubs. The old town has a traditional Portuguese feel to it and plenty of examples of Moorish architecture
. The cobbled streets are lined with quaint shops and cafes and a picturesque central square is a great place go in the early evening to enjoy a glass of beer or local wine.
Albufeira’s coastline is beautiful and there are coppery cliffs overlooking several beautiful beaches making the city a holiday haven for many sun seekers from colder countries! Albufeira’s beaches come on all shapes and sizes – you can find mile long stretches of glittering sandy beach and secluded sandy coves. More than half of Albufeira’s sandy beaches have Blue Flag status meaning they are of exceptional cleanliness and quality. Albufeira’s main three beaches are Pescadores
. They line the seafront where you can see some colourful fishing boats – a reminder of Albuferia’s past!
Sights and attractions
Portugal used to be ruled by settlers from Morocco and the Moorish castle Albufeira Castelo de Almoada
is an impressive 12th century castle – entry is free! Water sports and activities are popular in Albufeira and you can go snorkeling, boating, parasailing and jet skiing – there are several businesses that operate on the beachfronts where you can book these activities. There are several excellent golf courses around Albufeira including Balaia Golf Course
and Pince Cliffs golf course
. On Albufeira’s strip you can find shops selling typical Portuguese pottery, typical souvenirs and snack food. Zoomarine Algarve
, located just a few kilometers from Albufeira is a great place to visit and fun for all the family. At the Zoomarine you can watch dolphin, seal, and sea lion presentations as well as catch a glimpse of tropical birds and birds of prey. You can also visit an amazing aquarium with sharks in various habitats. At Zoomarine there is also a 4D cinema, amusements and swimming pools- there’s something for all the family here!
There are lots of excellent restaurants
in the city including seafood restaurants and places serving typical local cuisine including Cataplana and codfish. Avoid the seafront for restaurants as most of the establishments in this part are overpriced and low quality. Head further inland or in the old town to find numerous restaurants offering authentic cuisine.
Albufeira is located 160 miles from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon
on the south coast of Portugal. It is situated between the popular resorts of Lagos and Faro and is connected to both cities by train and bus – the journey takes 1 hour. Trains to Lisbon take between 3 and 4 hours. Albufeira’s train station is located 6km from the city centre and a bus connects the two. You can also take a taxi into town from the train station or to wherever your accommodation is located. Getting around Albuferia is straightforward enough due to the efficient bus system that serves most points of interest in the town including the old town and seafront. Hiring a car is possible in Albuferia but you’ll find driving around some of the smaller streets to be quite a struggle. Street signs are scarce and the mazelike structure of downtown Albufeira will confuse you! Be warned that car hire is expensive too. If your apartment is located in the centre then you’ll find little need to use much public transport as most attractions and sights relevant to tourists are in walking distance of each other.