The city Portuguese city of Albufeira has become a tourist landmark in the recent years: while in the past it was a small fishing village on the south coast, it is now a beautiful city with many attractions for visitors. Albufeira has grown at a rapid pace and now offers a perfect combination of sun, sea and entertainment. It is the most important location for tourism in the Algarve and is the ideal place to spend a vacation time alone or accompanied by family or friends. Do not you will be disappointed, an unforgettable vacation awaits you!
Apartments, residences and rooms in Albufeira.
The main economic activity in Albufeira is tourism, so you will find plenty of accommodation options in this beautiful seaside resort. We at Wimdu recommend you take a look at our Wimdu owners' accommodations in Albufeira: you can choose from more than 300 options! To find the accommodation that best suits your preferences, we recommend using the available filters related to the type of accommodation and services. Using Wimdu is easy, fast and cheap: pack your bags, we are waiting for you!
Here are some special features you will find interesting:.
- Portugal is one of the largest producers of cork: it supplies as much as 50% of the world's demand.
- The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe.
- Portuguese is the official language in as many as 9 countries around the world.
Things to see and do in Albufeira
Albufeira has both the qualities of a typical Portuguese village, namely a beautiful old town with many impressive buildings and monuments, but also the advantages of a modern city, full of restaurants, bars, clubs, and services for tourists. There is a traditional Portuguese air in the old town and many examples of Moorish architecture can be admired. Its cobblestone streets are lined with stores and cafes. Be sure to visit the central square, surely the best place to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, from the early afternoon hours. In ancient times, Portugal was ruled by settlers from Morocco, and you can see evidence of this past by visiting the Arab castle of Almoada dating back to the 12th century. Entrance to the castle is free of charge!The coast of Albufeira is truly beautiful with its cliffs and wide beaches, which make the city a paradise for amusement lovers. In Albufeira you will find beaches of all shapes and sizes, from wide beaches that stretch for miles and miles of golden sand to small hidden coves. More half of Albufeira's beaches are sandy and have been awarded the blue. Among the many beaches, we want to point out the De Pescadores, Peneco and Inatel that line the coast: from here you can see several colorful boats of fishermen, a reminder of the city's history.
Sports and restaurants.
Sports water sports are very popular in Albufeira. You can snorkel in crystal clear waters, take a boat ride to enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and the coast, or try paragliding and water skiing. There are several agencies that offer the opportunity to try your hand in these sports. There is also room in Albufeira for golfers, as it has several golf courses such as Balaia Pince. The Zoomarine Algarve is located just a couple of kilometers from Albufeira and is a nice place to visit if you are traveling with children. At this theme park you can watch shows of dolphins, seals, lions sea lions and admire many kinds of birds, tropical or prey. Don't miss the fantastic aquarium with sharks! At Zoomarine there are also a cinema 4D and swimming pools. In Albufeira you will find many excellent restaurants serving traditional cuisine. Be sure to try their famous cod and fresh seafood. Our advice is to avoid restaurants that are located on the waterfront because their prices are very high compared to the quality offered. Head inland or the old town to savor the authentic taste of Albufeira.
How to get around.
Albufeira is located on the southern coast of Portugal, about 161 miles from Lisbon, the capital. It is also between the famous tourist resorts of Lagos and Faro, with which it is connected by numerous bus and train routes. The journey takes only one hour. Getting to Lisbon by train, on the other hand, takes between 3 and 4 hours.
Albufeira train station is 6 km from the city center and easy to reach by bus. If you prefer, you can also take a cab that will take you directly to your accommodation for a fairly reasonable price.
Getting around Albufeira is very easy, thanks to its efficient bus system that reaches the main points of interest, including both the old town and the coastal area. It is also possible to rent a car. If you are staying in the city center, don't worry: you can easily reach the most interesting points on foot.