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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 holidays are world-famous for its spectacular beaches. Just a short walk from the centre you will find the two largest and most popular beaches, Praia dos Pescadores and 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 Albufeira is such a popular destination.

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Where to stay in Albufeira

Fisherman\'s Beach which includes a coastal town and a beach

Albufeira Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(76 area reviews)

Albufeira Old Town is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Albufeira Old Town Square or Fisherman's Beach while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Albufeira Old Town
Peneco Beach, Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

Peneco Beach

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Visitors to Peneco Beach enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Fisherman's Beach is worth a stop.

Peneco Beach
Santa Eulália, Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

Santa Eulália

4.5/5Wonderful!(49 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Santa Eulália, Oura Beach and Santa Eulalia Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Santa Eulália

Top hotels in Albufeira

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
5 out of 5
Rua Alexandre ONeill, 1, Albufeira
The price is £206 per night

This family-friendly Albufeira hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Praia dos Alemães and Oura Beach. Albufeira Old Town Square and Falesia ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)

"Really lovely hotel. Lovely big, clean rooms. Rooftop bar was really nice. Plenty of sun loungers available. Great play pool for kids. Great kids disco run by really enthusiastic staff. Outside swimming pools were freezing. The lounge areas felt like an airport waiting lounge and there wasn’t enough ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
Monica Isabel Beach Club
Monica Isabel Beach Club
3 out of 5
Praia do Forte de Sao Joao, Albufeira
The price is £63 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Albufeira aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Health Centers Albufeira, Praia dos Alemães and Oura Beach. Albufeira ...

3.4/5 (225 reviews)

"Great beachside location a short walk from Albufeira old town. Friendly hotel staff"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

Monica Isabel Beach Club
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort
5 out of 5
Praia De St Eulalia, Albufeira
The price is £187 per night

Located in Santa Eulália, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maria Luisa Beach and Santa Eulalia Beach. Oura Beach and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (763 reviews)

"Fantastic location, friendly and helpful staff. Free shuttle bus to Albufeira New Town and Old Town."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Popular places to visit in Albufeira

Albufeira Old Town Square
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Albufeira Old Town Square

4/5(408 reviews)

Framed by bars, galleries and shops, this leafy plaza is a great starting point for exploring the treasures of Albufeira’s historic center. 

Falesia Beach
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Falesia Beach

4.5/5(271 reviews)

Pine groves crown the scorched red-orange cliffs edging this long and wide beach, complete with comfortable amenities, watersports options and lifeguard patrols. 

Praia dos Alemães
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Praia dos Alemães

4/5(337 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Praia dos Alemães, a popular beach in Albufeira. Amble around this family-friendly area's marina and enjoy its lively bars.

Sao Rafael Beach
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Sao Rafael Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Explore tidal pools and take part in adventure sports or just sit back, enjoy the warm sunshine and admire the wonderful scenery.

Oura Beach
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Oura Beach

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Water sports, stunning scenery and walks to quiet coves await at this beach located to the east of Albufeira’s Old Town. 

Albufeira Marina
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Albufeira Marina

4/5(223 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Albufeira Marina and enjoy other activities such as golfing in Albufeira. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Top things to do in Albufeira

Slide & Splash Waterpark
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Slide & Splash Waterpark

£26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

£18
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

£29
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Grotto Cruise and Dolphin Watching from Albufeira
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Grotto Cruise and Dolphin Watching from Albufeira

£31
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Guided RZR Buggy Adventure in Algarve
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Guided RZR Buggy Adventure in Algarve

£91
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Algarve Tour - Lagos and Sagres
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Algarve Tour - Lagos and Sagres

£166
Per adult

Reviews of Albufeira

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
294
5 - Excellent 46.15384615384615%
4 - Good
274
4 - Good 43.01412872841444%
3 - Okay
57
3 - Okay 8.948194662480377%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 1.5698587127158556%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.3139717425431711%

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

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

Cities near Albufeira

Falesia Beach featuring rocky coastline, general coastal views and a beach

Vilamoura

Algarve showing a church or cathedral, a small town or village and a pool

Loule

Gale Beach which includes general coastal views, a coastal town and a beach

Gale