As it has happened before with other former fishing villages in the Algarve, also Albufeira has undergone a huge transformation in just a few years, becoming one of the favorite tourist destinations for both Portuguese people and foreigners. Its historic center, full of pedestrian alleyways where shops and terraces abound, is worth a visit. The highlights are some viewpoints/terraces offering beautiful panoramic views over the ocean and some pleasant gardens with nearby cafes. Make a visit to the Capela da Misericórdia, the Igreja de São Sebastião and to the Igreja Matriz de Albufeira. Together with the central area bustle, there are also two tourist resort of considerable dimensions: Montechoro and Praia da Oura. The nightlife of Praia da Oura is as much or even more known as that of Albufeira's historic center. Of its 23 beaches, distributed in an area of thirty kilometers coastline, the best known are Praia da Falésia, Praia dos Salgados, Praia da Galé, Praia da Oura, Praia de Olhos de Água and Praia de São Rafael. On the beach, first thing in the morning, you can see fishermen unloading fish and later you can watch fishermen mending their nets. Still in the coastal area, there are some caves and tunnels, like the Cerro de Malpique, the Lajem do Cónego and the Cova do Xorino that deserve to be highlighted. Regarding gastronomy, and because it is a fishing town, fish and fresh seafood are the specialty, not forgetting, however, the famous frango da Guia. Be sure to try the grilled sardines, the xerém with cockles, the feijoada à marinheira (bean stew made with seafood and sausages) and the octopus rice.
Best restaurants in Albufeira
In the restaurant the House of the Grandfather, the tab, served à la carte, but the Menu of the G...
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Located by the Pescadores beach in Albufeira, this restaurant stands in an 1813 castle.The flavou...
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant, Vegetarian
Located in the Olhos de Água beach, this modern space has lovely sea views. It has a menu where t...
In a typical villa of the Algarve one finds the Moiras Encantadas. A simple space, welcoming and ...
At the Sesmarias, in Albufeira, we find this large villa with a menu that is specialized in fish ...
Located in praia de Olhos de Agua, it is normal for the restaurant Pássaro Azul to have an excell...
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
A rustic and familiar space where one choose btween the delicious regional dishes that range from...
Through the gates of discrete Street in Praia da Galé is taking a trip to another dimension, wher...
Best Of Albufeira
Capela da Misericórdia de Albufeira
Built in the site of an ancient Moorish mosque, it was restored as Chapel of Misericórdia in 1499. Rebuilt after the earthquake in 1755, it still keeps the portal and the triumphal arch from the gothic 15th century construction. The ...
Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa
In this hotel, class, refined good taste and well-being combine in perfect harmony to receive guests. Opened in 2004, this space is prepared to meet the needs of those seeking well-being, relaxation and balance between body and soul, as well as the tranquility of a beach destination, the fun of a vacation in a tourist center, the refinement and technology ...
Igreja de São Sebastião
A construction of popular appearance, dating nack to thee beginning of the 18th century. It has a main gate with baroque decoration and a manuelin sid gate. Wooden retable, unique in the Algarve, with images of the 17th and 18th ...
Igreja Matriz de Albufeira
Built at the end of the 18th century, the main church has an imposing bell tower. On the high altar there is an 18th century valuable image of Our Lady of Conceição and a retable, painted by Albufeira's artist Samora ...
Jardim Municipal de Albufeira
A garden with lawns and stone pathways, adorned by a small central lake. Some benches and thee shades of the trees make it an option for the hot days of the Algarve.
Jardim Público de Albufeira
Located in an area of great animation, this garden stages shows and animation programs. In the centre of this space, there is a small stage, a fountain and a lake.
Located on a cliff by the Santa Eulália beach, this is on of the most famed discos in the Algarve. With a calm, selected atmosphere, the Le Club has rather lively nights, mostly to the sound of commercial music. It ...
Marina de Albufeira
A tourism and leisure compound, with 475 places, two luxury hotels, 900 apartments, 133 villas, offices, shops, a supermarket, restaurants, bars and a cultural area in a total area of 33000 m2. It also has a nautical club, a Family ...
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira
The Municipal Museum of Archaeology is located in the building where, during the 80s, was the town hall. This space has areas of study, preservation, restoration and storing of the materials. There is also a small thematic library. The museum’s ...
Four star Hotel with direct access to a beach with about eight kilometres (five miles) long. Offering 310 luxurious guestrooms and well-equipped rooms, two restaurants and bars with live music. Also features two outdoor pools and tennis court.
Praia da Falésia
A beach with a wide sandy area that ends in a colourful cliff with trees in the background. Quite attended by tourists even though the accesses are difficult.
Praia da Galé - Leste
A beach with two different areas, with a blue flag on the eastern side. Located in between woods and cliffs, it is quite pleasant, with straw parasols for rental and a wider area. The sea is usually calm and the ...
Praia da Oura
A beach with a wide sandy area by a lovely cliff, near hotels and tourism villages, quite attended by foreigners. It has restaurants with pleasant terraces that serve mostly fish dishes.
Praia da Rocha Baixinha Poente / Tomates
Quite a lovely beach, also known as Praia dos Tomates, well equipped and with calm waters, that is attended by well known personalities.
Praia de Aveiros
A small beach, between cliffs, quite lovely, with fine quality water and many caves and rocky formations.
Praia de Olhos de Água
Located by the typical village of Olhos de Água, in the Algarve, this is a sandy shell taken mostly by the fishermen's boats and by many tourists. It has nice quality waters and curious submarine springs.
Praia de Santa Eulália
A sandy shell between cliffs with cal, good quality waters, where one can swim at ease. It has a high-priced restaurant that serves typical dishes and one of the most famous discos in the Algarve, the Locomia.
Praia de São Rafael
A smallish beach between two cliffs. It is attended by both national and foreign tourists. One may rent parasols and chairs.
Praia do Alfamar
A very beautiful beach located at the end of a cliff, attended almost exclusively by the hotel's customers.
Praia do Evaristo
A small beach by a lucury resort, with many rocks and good quality water, attended mostly by the Portuguese. It has a quality restaurant with a terrace.
Praia dos Pescadores
Located in the centre of Albufeira, this beach can be crowded in the summer. There is a small port for fishing boats and departures for visiting the shoreline's caves. There are restaurants that serve typical dishes and nearby quite a ...
Praia Manuel Lourenço
A beach with low cliffs, calm waters and a good quality, attended mostly by Portuguese tourists. It has a small restaurant with high prices.
Praia Maria Luísa
A rather lovely rocky beach that ends by a cliff. It is, nonetheless, hard to find a parking space.
Quinta do Mel
Agrotourism unit which, in addition to ten comfortable rooms, fully equipped, has a tea house and gourmet products that are for sale. It is a kilometre from the Falésia Beach and overlooks the beach of tomatoes.
Ruínas do Castelo de Paderne
Occupied by the romans at the middle of the 2nd century aD, it was turned into a political and administrative centre. Conquered by the Moors in 713 it was then taken by the Portuguese crown in 1248. The castle was ...
São Rafael Suites
A luxurious space with a privileged access to the peaceful São Rafael beach. It has a reservation service for the nearby golf courses, three outdoors swimming pools, an indoors swimming pool, a Relax Center, the Khama Kid's Club and a tennis court, among other services.
Luxuriously decorated Hotel, extending for approximately 29 hectares of land, where they note the Arab architectural influence. Offers 215 well-appointed rooms, apartments, villas and a wide range of services. The cliff where it is possible to enjoy a vista that ...
A luxury inn, located by the Galé beach's cliff, in an area of great beauty. Exclsuive, with a rather sophisticated service, much frequented by habitués. It was built with a Moorish style and it looks a littel like a small Oriental palace.
Zona Ribeirinha de Albufeira
Albufeira's shore is particularly beautiful, with a special note to the rustic rooftop of the ancient market and the charming sideewalk in Portuguese floor that faces the fisherman's beach (Praia dos Pescadores), illuminated by typical sconces of the Algarve.
An oceanographic park with dolphin, seal and sealion shows, among other species. It has a space, the Oceanus, with an auditorium where one may watch a film, a shark, dolphin and whale exhibitions, a gallery with several small aquariums and a large aquarium with sharks. It also has several lakes and gardens, as well as pools and amusement areas, as ...