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ALBUFEIRA

The Albufeira Coastline is blessed with some of the magnificent beaches in the world interspersed between dramatic cliffs. The crystal clear waters lap up over fine soft golden sands, both secluded coves and long stretches of sandy beach alike. Most beaches have gained Blue Flag status.

Albufeira is notorious for its great nightlife. The two main places for going out are in the old town and on the Strip. In both locations, you will plenty of bars and clubs. Forty kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Faro and fifty kilometres (31 miles) east of Lagos, Albufeira's ideal central position within the Algarve has made the town a hub of activity and thousands each year come here to enjoy all the area has to offer.

ALBUFEIRA OLD TOWN

Albufeira Old Town

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The old town is the remnants of what was, right up to the 1960s, a traditional small fishing village. Here amongst the white-washed building that line the narrow cobbled streets are the most family orientated restaurants and attractions. 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 was once part of the Arabic defensive walls located in the Rua Bernardino Sousa. The iron crown that houses the bells that chimes the hour was added in the 19th Century. 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 which houses exhibits from a Roman Villa, the Islamic period and prehistoric artefacts.
Tuesday – Saturday: 09h30 – 17h30, Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
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1 Praça da República, 8200-146 Albufeira, Portugal. | 37° 05' 13.6" N | 08° 15' 07.7" W
+351 266 470 510 | museu.municipal@cm-albufeira.pt | Website

ZOOMARINE

Zoomarine Albufeira

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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
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THE STRIP & NIGHTLIFE

Albufeira is famed for its nightlife just as much as the region's beaches. When the sun goes down the lights come on. Although there's plenty of bars and eateries in the old town for serious party goers the place to go is the Montechoro area of town, better know as The Strip. Once restricted to the Avenida Sá Carneiro the strip has spilled into adjoining streets, jam packed will bars, clubs and a range of cafés 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's more bars on the strip to point the proverbial stick at. There's the obligatory sports bars, Irish pubs, cocktail bars and other themed bars. There's also a number of 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 numerous nightclubs look out for Kiss, and the Club Vida. The Strip is located near the Praia da Oura and is easily accessed from central Albufeira by bus or taxi.

The Strip

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ALBUFEIRA MARINA

Albufeira Marina

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The Mariana 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 and has obtained many awards and ISO 14001 certification. Even if you're not so fortunate to own your own yacht, the marina still makes an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, admire the boats and the striking brightly coloured apartments that line the waterfront. Here too, you can find many companies that offer nautical activities such as renting Jet Ski's, yachts and speed boats, 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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AQUALAND ALGARVE

Aqualand Algarve

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Aqualand makes a great family day out with something to satisfy all ages. Located between Albufeira and Lagoa, Aqualand offers a variety of slides and features to keep you entertained the whole day. A collection of water slides, chutes, surf beach, swimming pools and white water rafting which guarantee a whole days entertainment for al members of the family. Ride vary in their intensity to suit both the adrenaline junkie and toddlers alike. The park is open during high season only, mid June to first week of September. The aqua-park is a great way to cool down and a great alternative to a day on the beach. There are plenty of amenities and eateries onsite for your enjoyment and convenience.

10th of June to the 30th of June: 10:00 to 17:00, 1st July to 13th September from 10:00 to 18:00,
Estrada Nacional 125, 8365-908 Alcantarilha, Portugal. | 37º 08' 08.5" N | 08º 21' 53.9" W
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BEACHES OF ALBUFEIRA

Praia do Evaristo

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Praia da Galé

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


Praia do Evaristo

Eight miles (10km) west of Albufeira town, this particularly popular beach is blessed with fine golden sands against an ochre-coloured cliff backdrop, a great choice for a well-earned day at the beach. Praia do Evaristo has easy access, including for the disabled, a car park and many supporting facilities for the whole family. Lifeguards patrol the beach during high season a welcoming reassurance for bathers, snorkelers and all who enjoy the sea. Loungers and parasols are available for hire here, whilst the Evaristo restaurant serves the catch of the day. A little east of here is the Praia do Castello, a stunning beach outlined by dunes and rocky outcrops, popular with residents of nearby hotels.
37° 04' 26.9" N | 08° 18' 11.7" W


Praia de São Rafael

Two and a half miles (4.0 km) west of Albufeira close to the resort village of Sesmarias the small beach of Praia São Rafael has fine golden sand washed over by calm water that is crystal clear and is backed by golden limestone cliffs. On the beach itself, there are many limestone rock formations that have been sculpted with time into interesting forms many of which have names such as Ninho das Andorinhas (Swallow's Nest) and Ponte Pequena (Small Bridge). The beach is busiest at its centre but quieter spots can be found at the peripheries. The beach is well serviced with toilets and public showers, loungers, parasols and pedals can be hired and it is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. The beach 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 due to its proximity to the old town. The remaining fishermen who land their catch here supply the many fish restaurants that line the beach-front terraces. Access is excellent and there's even an elevator to carry visitors to the beach level. Amenities are also very good, loungers and parasols can be hired, also there's a wide choice of water sports and activities. The beach square hosts occasional live performances as well as a location for a number of 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 the promenade which is 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 that are 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 quite 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

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Praia Santa Eulália

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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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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

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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OUR CHOICE

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

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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