Escape to romantic Albufeira! Enjoy its beaches, dining and sports.

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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Beaches, Dining and Family-friendly

Where to stay in Albufeira

Albufeira Old Town
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Albufeira Old Town

Beaches, Historical Buildings, Bars

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Albufeira Old Town. A stop by Albufeira Old Town Square or Fisherman's Beach might round out your trip.

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Top hotels in Albufeira

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
5 out of 5
Rua Alexandre ONeill, 1, Albufeira
£182/night
15 Sep-16 Sep
4.7/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)

"Well trained staff. Willing and able. Warm and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun
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São Rafael Atlântico
5 out of 5
Sesmarias, Albufeira
£168/night
18 Sep-19 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)

"Pros: Spacious cozy room, excellent pool area, great indoor parking with valet service Cons: No hotel chairs in the beach nearby."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019

São Rafael Atlântico
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Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
4 out of 5
Praia da Oura Apartado 827, Rua Oliveira Martins, Albufeira
£89/night
15 Sep-16 Sep
3.6/5Good! (854 reviews)

"Close to beach, lots to do and close to all amenities. Friendly staff and very clean"…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019

Muthu Clube Praia da Oura

Popular things to do in Albufeira

Falesia Beach
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Falesia Beach

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

Albufeira Old Town Square
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Albufeira Old Town Square

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

Oura Beach
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Oura Beach

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

Sao Rafael Beach
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Sao Rafael Beach

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

Fisherman's Beach
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Fisherman's Beach

The eastern side of Albufeira’s main city beach is famous for its fishing boats, seafood restaurants and live entertainment shows. 

Praia dos Olhos de Água
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Praia dos Olhos de Água

Relax as you soak up the sun and the charming atmosphere of a traditional Portuguese fishing village at this protected bay.

Top activities in Albufeira

Grotto Cruise and Dolphinwatching from Albufeira
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Grotto Cruise and Dolphinwatching from Albufeira

£32

Take a scenic cruise along the Algarve coast and enjoy the views as you head toward Carvoeiro Beach. Admire the beauty of some of Portugal’s finest beaches, and then see the Insonia caves and intriguing rock formations as you glide by the charming towns that dot the coastline.

Best of West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour
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Best of West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour

£35

Discover the magic of the wild Algarve countryside. See the Castle of Silves, built between the 8th and 13th centuries, catch magnificent views from the highest point in the region at the top of Fóia, and marvel at the cliffs near the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse.

Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch
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Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

£49

Venture into the heart of the Algarve and explore the hidden beauty of the country side on this full-day guided tour. Drive through rural Portuguese landscapes, uncover charming villages, and witness the traditional ways of country life.

Guided RZR Buggy Adventure in Algarve
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Guided RZR Buggy Adventure in Algarve

£46

Embark on your own adventure in Algarve with a rugged, off-road drive in a powerful buggy. This guided tour lets you bump over dirt roads, tackle muddy trails, and weave through forests as you explore the mountainous coastal landscapes of the southern Iberian Peninsula.

Lagos & Sagres Half-Day Tour
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Lagos & Sagres Half-Day Tour

£18

Explore the charming historical town of Lagos and the picturesque fishing village of Sagres in this half-day tour from the Algarve. Discover museums, chapels, and beautiful coastal scenery as your guide tells you all about the history of these fascinating towns.

Seville Full-Day Tour from the Algarve
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Seville Full-Day Tour from the Algarve

£40

Cross the Spanish border and discover Andalusia’s capital—Seville. Spend a day exploring one of the most elegant cities in Spain. From historic quarters and culturally rich districts to immaculate regal gardens and iconic landmarks, be amazed by the splendor of this province.