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Albufeira
Travel Guide

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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

Cerro Mar Atlantico & Cerro Mar Garden
Cerro Mar Atlantico & Cerro Mar Garden
4 out of 5
Cerro do Malpique, Albufeira
The price is £107 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
Located in Albufeira Center, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Albufeira Old Town Square and Fisherman's Beach. Praia dos Alemães and Albufeira ...
4.2/5Very Good! (217 reviews)
Portugal - Early September
"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay staff were very friendly, the apartment was ideal with facilities we didn’t use but could have been ideal especially if you had children with you"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Cerro Mar Atlantico & Cerro Mar Garden
PortoBay Falésia
PortoBay Falésia
4 out of 5
Quinta do Millaró, Olhos D'Agua, Albufeira
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £138 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Offering direct access to the beach, this Albufeira hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Agua Doce Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Falesia Beach and Santa ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (573 reviews)
"There was a lovely atmosphere, accommodation, staff, food, pool was great. A quiet peaceful place with lovely gardens and views with nice beaches near too."

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2021

PortoBay Falésia
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
5 out of 5
Praia da Falésia, Pinhal do Concelho, Albufeira
The price is £292 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
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! (377 reviews)
"Excellent hotel"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2021

EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel
Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26, Apartado 2155, Albufeira
The price is £105 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Praia dos Alemães, Albufeira Old Town Square and Fisherman's Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (492 reviews)
"I consider this a solid 3-star property by US standards, or compared to Lisbon and Porto. The hotel is clean and spacious, but it's simply too dated. The common areas and rooms are dim, which leaves you a feeling of being in a basement. The indoor pool was a treat for my children since we came in ..."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel
3HB Falésia Garden
3HB Falésia Garden
Quinta do Milharó, Olhos dÁgua, Albufeira
The price is £136 per night from 3 Jul to 3 Jul
This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Agua Doce Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Falesia Beach and Santa ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (124 reviews)
Neutral experience, probably wouldn't go back
"Good points: * fantastic location, near the beach and shops, restaurants, pharmacy * staff are very friendly and helpful * plenty of chairs by the pool * not far from the airport * a welcome bottle of water (very welcome when it's 30C outside) * an early check was allowed, access to the apartment ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2020

3HB Falésia Garden
3HB Falésia Mar
3HB Falésia Mar
3 out of 5
Quinta do Milharó, Olhos d'Água, Albufeira
The price is £125 per night from 3 Jul to 3 Jul
Offering direct access to the beach, this Albufeira aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Agua Doce Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Falesia Beach and Santa ...
4.3/5Excellent! (94 reviews)
"Comfortable stay, large apartment on half board basis. All staff are amazing"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

3HB Falésia Mar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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