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Visit Albufeira

From the elegant, whitewashed architecture of the Old Town to the funky pastel-coloured buildings of The Strip, Albufeira dazzles beneath the southern Portuguese sun. The pretty town clings to the hillside, ending abruptly at the sheer cliff-faces, where it gives way to some of the Algarve’s most beautiful beaches – the reason most people come here. Beach bars and restaurants line the promenades, creating a jovial and lively atmosphere, while the ocean offers a wealth of diving, boating and dolphin-watching opportunities.

Things to see in Albufeira

Explore Albufeira’s cultural heart at the Old Town Square, dominated by the Clock Tower, a vestige of the city’s Moorish past. With its mosaic paving, terracotta rooftops and languorous palm trees, this area is intensely photogenic and romantic. In the day, the many cafés around the square are ideal for sipping a Portuguese coffee and watching the world go by, while at night, the square is illuminated and the bars swing into action with music and cocktails. Nearby is Fisherman’s Beach, a popular stretch of golden sand. It is still used by fishermen, so you’ll find the daily catch on restaurant menus here. A couple of miles further along the coast, you’ll find Oura Beach, where you can sunbathe in the sheltered cove or take off on a jet-ski. Nearby, the modern, colourful area known as The Strip is the centre of Albufeira’s nightlife, thrumming with music, people and lights.

Hotels in Albufeira

There are some fantastic hotels in Albufeira, whether you’re searching for a luxury spa resort or a family-friendly apartment hotel. In the luxury hotels, you’ll be treated to sumptuously furnished suites with sea views, while full spa services, health clubs and poolside bar service will keep you fully pampered and relaxed. In the discount hotels, apartment-style accommodation is common, which is perfect for families. Full kitchenettes and spacious living areas are provided right next to the beach, while outdoor pool areas and children’s clubs will keep the little ones entertained. Satellite TV and free WiFi are generally provided everywhere.

Where to stay in Albufeira

In the Old Town and Fisherman’s Beach area, you’ll find plenty of hotels and self-catering apartments to choose from, many with beach access and sea views. This is a great place to stay to enjoy some of the history and culture of Albufeira, as well as the beach scene. A whole host of restaurants, bars and shops will keep you well-fed and entertained. If you’re coming to make the most of the Algarve nightlife, then stay around The Strip, near Oura Beach. There’s beach activity to keep you busy during the day, and plenty of bars and clubs at night.

How to get to Albufeira

The nearest airport to Albufeira, and the main international airport of the Algarve, is Faro Airport, located 40 kilometres east of Albufeira – about a 45-minute drive. Car rental is widely available at the airport, and there are numerous airport shuttles serving the entire Algarve area, which you can book in advance. Several hotels also offer their own transfer services. Public transport is also available, with frequent train services from Faro to Albufeira. The journey takes an hour. Numerous bus services also run between the 2 cities. Once in Albufeira, taxis and local buses will transport you between the main areas.