No longer a peaceful fishing village, Albufeira’s present state defies its past. Now the old fishing boats that were once the livelihood of the town, can be seen moored between yachts and speed boats at the modern marina in the south west of the city.
Now a centre for tourism, Albufeira holidays are home to an eclectic mix of attractions. Including a quaint old town area complete with atmospheric cobbled streets, and a vast selection of bars and restaurants on the ‘strip’. Close by, there are many great beaches and some pretty inland villages to explore - though to get around many of these you will need a car.
Getting to Albufeira is easiest by train from Lagos or Faro, and it’s also possible to reach the town from Lisbon - though the regular train takes up to 4 hours.
If you’re flying in to Faro - it’s advisable to take an airport transfer directly from the airport to your hotel in Albufeira. As the train station isn’t directly in the centre and navigating the train with luggage is not the most pleasant of experiences. There are busses in the centre of Albufeira and there are taxis available in the town and at the train station.
Situated in the Algarve, Albufeira holidays have a good selection of beaches near by. During the summer months, the larger beaches are crowded with deck chairs and parasols and there are a variety of beach sports to take part in. Activities include jet- skiing, parasailing and snorkelling.
Weather in Albuferia
You’ll find that Albuferia enjoys almost year round sun, with July, August and September being the hottest months - with average temperatures of 22°C and highs of 28°C.
Albufeira holidays monthly temperatures
The main beaches to look out for on your Albufeira holidays are Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Peneco, which are both close to the old town. Those who like to get away from the crowds should consider Praia dos Arrifes in São Rafael and Praia do Lourenco in Galé. Though the latter is at least a 10-minute drive so you may need to hire a car.
If you decide to hire a car in Albufeira, then you should also aim to take a couple of day trips. There are some beautiful villages and towns in the area - as well as many rugged coves and lesser explored beaches. The Castelo de Almoáda is a 12th century Moorish castle that is approximately 82 KM away from Albufeira - but worth the trip as the ruins are a pleasure to explore.
If you’d like to do a little golfing while in Albufeira, then you’ll find no less than 2 golf courses quite close by - both with great views of the water.
The old town of Albufeira is a pleasure to explore by foot - discovering quaint shops and al fresco cafes that spill out on to the cobbled streets, as you go.
If you intend to do a little shopping on your holiday to Albufeira, then the Strip is your best bet. There are plenty of souvenir shops along the street, though the Old Town also has a good selection.
The restaurants in Albufeira are eclectic. Offering traditional Portuguese fare, along with seafood and the occasional international selection. Close to the strip - Blue Sky is worth a try. Known for it’s typical Portuguese atmosphere (despite its English name) and tasty seafood dishes.
Nightclubs and bars are abundant in Albufeira. You’ll find a selection in both the old town and along The Strip and many of them are open until the sun comes up. Their prices are generally much more than the bars - so it’s a good idea to drink in a bar before heading to a club after midnight.