Albufeira City Guide

Albufeira, also known as the “Capital of Tourism in Portugal”, is a top summer destination that pulls in thousands of visitors per year, mostly due to its beautiful beaches, marina facilities, golf courses, restaurants and incredible nightlife.

Along Albufeira’s 30 km of coast you will find a whopping 20 distinctive Blue Flag Beaches, a prestigious award given to beaches for criteria such as cleanliness, accessibility and water quality. This destination offers plenty of choice for sunshine seeking beach lovers.

Geographically, Albufeira is located in the Faro District of the Algarve, Southern Portugal, and is divided into four parishes: Albufeira and Olhos de Água, Ferreiras, Guia e Paderne.


Albufeira has a long and storied history dating to the Neolithic age. Occupation by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors preceded the Christian conquest of the region at the end of the 12th Century. On August 1504, King D. Manuel gave charter to the Town of Albufeira and since then it’s been governed accordingly.


Paderne is home to one of the seven castles represented on the flag of Portugal and one of the most significant examples of Muslim military architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Its reddish ruins, are one of the most iconic medieval attractions of this area.

Visit the famous golden sandy beach, Praia dos Pescadores, considered one of the best beaches in Portugal. Make sure you check out the nearby historic Tower of Medronheira too, as well as the local market with its stock of fresh fish and plenty of shops selling local crafts. Other popular beaches in Albufeira include Santa Eulália, Galé, Praia da Falésia and Praia dos Pescadores, the last where the New Year’s Eve Fireworks spectacle is held, which attracts countless visitors every year.


The area is a paradise for foodies. Make sure you pay a visit to the local market for its variety of dried fruits and seafood, delivered fresh every morning. These are prime ingredients for dishes and delicacies such as caldeirada (fish stew), amêijoas na cataplana (steamed clams), xerém com conquilhas (maize-meal with shellfish) or atum de cebolada (tuna with onion stew).

If you want something a little meatier then try frango da guia, a spicy chicken dish from the Guia Parish. Most of the popular restaurants are located in Albufeira’s Marina area.


Albufeira is a shopper’s paradise, home to one of the biggest shopping centres in the Algarve. Additionally it also has local independent shops located in the Marina and outdoor flea markets too.

Albufeira, is a city where you can relax at the beach or under the shade of pine trees, or be active practicing water sports or playing golf in one of the many local clubs and resorts.

If that perfect beach holiday, with a little sports, nightlife and fine dining thrown in, is your idea of a perfect holiday then look no further than Albufeira.

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