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Albufeira, located in the sunny Algarve region, is a coastal gem that effortlessly combines vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, and rich history. Once a quaint fishing village, Albufeira has transformed into a bustling resort town, offering a blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Its stunning beaches, such as Praia dos Pescadores and Praia da Oura, boast golden sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for sunbathing and water sports.

Stroll through the cobbled streets of Albufeira's historic centre, where you'll find charming whitewashed buildings, lively cafes, and boutique shops. The vibrant Old Town is a hub of activity, with its picturesque square hosting street performers and bustling markets.

For thrill-seekers, Albufeira offers exciting water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, and snorkelling. The town also serves as a gateway to the Algarve's natural wonders, including the mesmerising Benagil Cave and scenic boat tours along the rugged coastline.

After a day of adventure, indulge in the town's renowned culinary scene. Savour fresh seafood at local restaurants and sip on Portuguese wine. As the sun sets, Albufeira comes alive with its vibrant nightlife, offering bars, clubs, and entertainment for all tastes. Whether you seek relaxation or excitement, Albufeira has something for everyone!


Albufeira Old Town

|  Albufeira Old Town

The old town is the remnants of what was, right up to the 1960s, a traditional small fishing village. Amongst the white-washed buildings lining the narrow cobbled streets are some of the most family-orientated restaurants and attractions of Albufeira. Despite the profusion of hotels, bars, cheap eateries and souvenir shops, the old town retains much of its original charm.

The leafy central square, Praça da República, is decorated with trees and colourful shrubs. A selection of eateries inhabits its perimeter, offering an idyllic spot for a quiet lunch. Some of the architectural features of the old town, such as the Arco da Travessa da Igreja Velha, date back to the Moorish occupation of the area during early medieval times. The clock tower, Torre do Relógio, in the Rua Bernardino Sousa was once part of the Arabic defensive walls. The iron crown housing the bells that toll the hour are 19th century additions. Further remains of the original castle walls are on Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora. For those who wish to discover more about Albufeira's past, there's a small Archaeological Museum close to the clock tower housing exhibits from a Roman Villa, the Islamic period and prehistoric artefacts.
Tuesday – Saturday: 09h30 – 17h30, Sunday & Monday: CLOSED | €1.00
1 Praça da República, 8200-146 Albufeira, Portugal. | 37° 05' 13.6" N | 08° 15' 07.7" W
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Zoomarine Albufeira


With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to Zoomarine at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…

A short drive out of Albufeira, located in Guia, Zoomarine makes a great day out for all the family, with a host of marine experiences, animals on show and theme rides. The stars of the park are the Dolphins and the Sealions, who both give three shows each day. In the aquarium, there's a large selection of sea creatures such as tiger sharks, rays and turtles. There's a pick-up bus that will collect you from various stops around Albufeira.

Low Season: Daily 10h00 - 18h00,
High Season: Daily 10h00 - 19h30

Estrada Nacional 125, Km 65, 8201-864 Guia, Portugal.
37º 07' 38.9" N | 08º 18' 50.2" W | Website

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Albufeira is famed for its nightlife just as much as the region's beaches. When the sun goes down, the bright lights come on. Although there are plenty of bars and eateries in the old town, for serious partygoers the place to go is the Montechoro area of town, better known as The Strip. Once restricted to the Avenida Sá Carneiro, the strip has spilt into adjoining streets, jam-packed will bars, clubs and a range of cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes. The food establishments range in taste and quality, from fast-food outlets to top-quality traditional restaurants.

The strip is ideal for those revellers in search of fun and letting their hair down and clubbing all night long. There are more bars on the strip to point a proverbial stick at. There are the obligatory sports bars, Irish pubs, cocktail bars and other themed bars. There are also several great bars worthy of note, such as Matt's Bar that thumps out dance music, Sherry's Bar and the Wild & Co Irish Pub and steakhouse.
From the many nightclubs, look out for Kiss, and the Club Vida. The Strip is located near the Praia da Oura and can be easily accessed from central Albufeira by bus or taxi.

The Strip

|  The Strip in Albufeira


Albufeira Marina

|  Albufeira Marina

The Marina itself is just one part of a holiday complex that includes bars, restaurants, hotels, villas, a leisure complex and the base for activity companies. The marina is managed in an environmentally conscious way, obtaining many awards and an ISO 14001 certification. Even if you're not so fortunate to own a yacht, the marina still makes an ideal place for a stroll, admiring the boats and the striking brightly coloured apartments lining the waterfront. Here too, you can find many companies offering nautical activities such as renting Jet skis, yachts and speedboats, para-sailing, dolphin watching, sunset boat tours and fishing trips.
Rua da Orada, 8201-918, Albufeira, Portugal. | 37° 05' 05.1" N | 08° 15' 56.7" W

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Praia do Evaristo

|  Praia do Evaristo

Praia da Galé

A continuation of the beach at Armação de Pêra, Praia da Galé has wide-open sands on the western side, whilst the eastern end is composed of several caves, grottoes and sheltered rocky outcrops. The rock pools found here are great for kids to splash about in and the hotels close by allow access for families.
37° 04' 51.5" N | 08° 19' 00.9" W

Praia do Evaristo

Ten kilometres (8 mi) west of Albufeira town, the popular beach of Praia do Evaristo is endowed with fine golden sands against an ochre-coloured cliff backdrop. Praia do Evaristo has easy access, a car park and many supporting facilities for the whole family. Lifeguards patrol the beach during high season, a welcomed reassurance for bathers, snorkelers and all those enjoying the sea. Loungers and parasols are available for hire here. The Evaristo restaurant serves the catch-of-the-day and a delightful selection of grilled fish dishes. A little east of here is the Praia do Castelo, a stunning beach outlined by dunes with rocky outcrops. Praia do Castelo is popular with residents of the nearby hotels.
37° 04' 26.9" N | 08° 18' 11.7" W

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Praia de São Rafael

Two and a half miles (4.0 km) west of Albufeira, close to the resort village of Sesmarias, is the small beach of Praia São Rafael. It has fine golden sand washed over by gentle, clear waters and backed by golden limestone cliffs. On the beach there are limestone formations sculpted over time into interesting forms. They have names such as Ninho das Andorinhas (Swallow's Nest) and Ponte Pequena (Small Bridge). The beach is busiest at its centre, with quieter spots found at the peripheries. The beach is well serviced, with public toilets and showers, loungers and parasols. Pedaloes can be hired, and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. The beach has disabled access with boardwalks and paved sloping down to the beach from the car park.
37° 04' 28.4" N | 08° 16' 50.8" W

Praia dos Pescadores

Meaning "Fishermans beach", Praia dos Pescadores is one of Albufeira's most popular beaches because of its proximity to the old town. The remaining fishermen who land their catch here supply the many fish restaurants lining the beach-front terraces. Access is excellent, with an elevator to carry visitors to the beach level. There are great amenities at Praia dos Pescadores. You can hire loungers and parasols, and there's a choice of water sports and activities on offer. The beach square hosts occasional live performances and is the location for street markets and fairs. | 37° 05' 10.9" N | 08° 14' 59.0" W

Praia da Oura

A lovely stretch of white sand in Areias São Joao, near the Strip. Access is at the bottom of a hill bend on the promenade, home to many restaurants and cafés. Praia da Oura is the ideal spot to engage in water sports, such as para-sailing, jet boat rides, Jet Ski, banana rides, and many other watery pursuits.
37° 05' 09.3" N | 08° 13' 34.3" W

Praia Santa Eulália

Two and a half miles of white sand and light blue sea stretching eastwards out of Albufeira, the Santa Eulalia Beach is backdropped by sandstone cliffs, typical of this area. Its beauty, warm waters, easy access and excellent facilities make Santa Eulalia Beach one of the most popular in the area, and rightly so. There's a beach bar/café that provides refreshment and shade from the midday sun.
37° 05' 16.0" N | 08° 12' 51.4" W

Praia da Falésia

Famed for its ocher and red-coloured cliffs and rock formations, Praia da Falésia is a six-kilometre narrow stretch of sand between the towns of Albufeira and Quarteira. The beach is popular, but its size means it rarely feels crowded. The beach includes a small shop, toilet facilities, several restaurants ideal for enjoying the sunset, a playground for children, parasols and pedalo rental. There is also a small parking area near the beach itself. | 37° 05' 10.6" N | 08° 10' 10.5" W

Praia dos Pescadores

|  Praia dos Pescadores

Praia Santa Eulália

|  Praia Santa Eulália


Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

Admire the beauty of the Algarve coastline as you discover Portugal’s caves and dolphins during this cruise from Albufeira. Aboard your sleek boat, bask in the sapphire blue waters of the Atlantic and manoeuvre to the Beach of Carvoeiro to uncover the stunning rock caverns. During your cruise, dip into the Atlantic for a bit and enjoy a chance to see friendly dolphins.

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Half-Day Algarve Countryside and Villages Jeep Safari

Half-Day Algarve Countryside and Villages Jeep Safari

Venture off-road to explore the historic villages and natural wonders of the Algarve on a half-day jeep safari from Albufeira. Along the way, stop to visit an Arabic castle, stroll through the orange groves, and sample regional specialities such as Medronho brandy at a local village, then cool off with a swim under a waterfall. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

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Parasailing from Albufeira Marina by Boat

Parasailing from Albufeira Marina by Boat

The Algarve’s golden coastlines and turquoise ocean are best seen from above. Enjoy panoramic views and experience adrenaline-pumping thrills during a 10-minute parasailing ride in Albufeira. After a thorough safety briefing, you’ll board a boat, get kitted out, and take to the skies as you reach heights of up to 262 feet (80 meters). Relish the tranquillity and privileged views before returning to sea level. Scenic air tour Travel by boat and see the sights from the water Qualified and professional pilot.

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Baia Grande

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Hotel Baia Grande Albufeira is a new four star resort with a relaxing holiday atmosphere. It is modern and well-equipped hotel which is situated few kilometres from Albufeira, which can be reached by the hotel's courtesy bus. There are bars, restaurants and the sandy beach of Coelha within walking distance. The hotel boasts an excellent restaurant offering seasonal fresh ingredients and lunch which can be taken by the pool. There are also regular theme nights with entertainment held on summer evenings. The lovely pool has a raised jacuzzi by day which becomes a fountain at night adding to the ambience. Praia da Coelha, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.
37º 05' 21.6" N | 08º 13' 13.0" W

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Villa Angela - Fabulosa Vista Mar

Villa Angela - Fabulosa Vista Mar

Set in Albufeira, within a few steps of Peneco Beach and 200 yards from Albufeira Old Town Square, Villa Angela - Fabulosa Vista Mar offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a private beach area and barbecue facilities. This beachfront property has access to a balcony. The holiday home has two bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and a bathroom with a shower. A terrace is available for guests to use at the holiday home. The property offers a paid airport shuttle service

Rua Miguel Bombarda 3, Albufeira City Centre, 8200-142 Albufeira, Portugal.
37° 05' 12.7" N | 08° 15' 14.3" W

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3HB Golden Beach

3HB Golden Beach

Located right next to Praia da Oura Beach, 3HB Golden Beach has an outdoor pool and a spacious terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Several restaurants and bars are within 300 yards. The apartments include a balcony, a fully equipped kitchenette and a seating area with satellite TV. Some apartments have Atlantic Ocean views. A cleaning service is performed daily, towels are changed twice a week and the bed linen once a week.

Guests are welcome to cook their own meals in the full kitchenette at their disposal. Guests of the Golden Beach Apartamentos Turísticos can go for a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax on the sun deck that features sunbeds, sunshades and a bar that serves drinks and refreshments. Free WiFi is available at the apartments and common areas. The centre of Albufeira and the Balaia Golf Course is 2 km away. Free parking is available on site and is subject to availability.

Rua Ramalho Ortigão - Praia Da Oura, 8200-604 Albufeira, Portugal. | 37° 05' 14.6" N | 08° 13' 33.9" W

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A Tasca Terraço

A Tasca Terraço

The Tasca Terrace restaurant is located above the old fishermen docks in Albufeira Old Town and offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Fishermen's beach. A range of regional dishes of fresh fish, seafood, grilled dishes, "cataplana", excellent meat; all prepared in a traditional manner.

Daily: 12h00 – 15h00/18h00 – 23h00
Rua da Bateria 5-A, 8200-106, Albufeira, Portugal.
37° 05' 14.0" N | 08° 15' 02.3" W | +351 289 514 087

Os Arcos Restaurant

Pay no heed to it's hidden location or the brash signage, this family restaurant offers a homely atmosphere and serves excellent local cuisine. It's a husband and wife team, Jose the host and his wife Paula is the cook, at busy moments some patience may be required, that said the wait is always worth it.

Daily: 17h00 – 23h00
Rua Alves Correia 25, 8200-090, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.
37° 05' 20.4" N | 08° 15' 05.7" W

Restaurante Japonês Fuji

Restaurante Japonês Fuji

Serves excellent typical Japanese, such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, sukiyaki. Also available are a vegetarian and children's menus. Served in a stylishly designed decor and a large teppanyaki table.

Daily: 12h30 - 14h30/18h30 - 22h30
Edif. Oura Branca, Estrada de Stª. Eulália, Santa Eulália 8200-269, Albufeira, Portugal.
37° 05' 25.1" N | 08° 13' 18.4" W | +351 289 587 483

Only 35.1km (25.6 miles) west of Faro Airport Website


The N125 runs west to east along the Algarve, the A22 runs west and E1 runs north and east. Follow signs for the N395 that will take you to Albufeira centre.
Latitude - 38º 41' 46.3" | Longitude - 09º 12' 11.3"


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Regional train services (comboios regionais) run from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on Portugal's eastern border:
• Lagos - Vila Real de Santo António line: Timetable | Website

• Eva Transportes run services across the Algarve linking the main resorts and towns, as well as a hostess service to Lisbon. Also worth considering are their tourist passes if you're planing to visit different places: Website
• Rede Expressos operates countrywide services: Website