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.
What to do in Albufeira
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.
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.
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 Maria Luísa
A rather lovely rocky beach that ends by a cliff. It is, nonetheless, hard to find a parking space.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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 dos 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.
Where to eat in Albufeira
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
A rustic and familiar space where one choose btween the delicious regional dishes that range from s…
Restaurant Al Quimia, in Albufeira, is one of three restaurants belonging to the EPIC hotel SANA Al…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant, Vegetarian
Located in the Olhos de Água beach, this modern space has lovely sea views. It has a menu where the…
A small space, located at the Evaristo beach, that functions until midnight and serves quite well p…
Author, Contemporary, Vegetarian
Through the gates of discrete Street in Praia da Galé is taking a trip to another dimension, where …
Author, Portuguese, Regional
The restaurant Xerém Fusion Cuisine, in Albufeira, is a project of the Chief Ezekiel Viegas, which …
Where to sleep in Albufeira
O conhecido resort algarvio promoveu nos últimos quase dois anos obras de renovação no hotel, até então Sheraton Algarve e agora rebatizado de Pine Cliffs Hote…
This new and modern hotel benefits from a privileged location overlooking the beach of São Rafael, a few minutes from the Centre of Albufeira. The interiors ar…
The EPIC hotel SANA Algarve is located on praia da Falésia, occupying 8 hectares of land. It is the ideal place to enjoy the best the Algarve has to offer: hos…
São Brás de Alportel
São Brás de Alportel is located in the Algarve side, between the barrocal and serra do Caldeirão, being the youngest municipality in the Algarve. The…
The municipality of Castro Marim is characterized by extensive mountains, where wild flowers abound, and the orchards and vegetable gardens on the ba…
The integration of Ria Formosa with the estuary of the river Gilão marks the landscape of Tavira. In addition to the Arabic influence recognized, its…
Monchique is the living example that the Algarve is much more than just sun and beach. Located inside Algarve, this municipality is situated in the m…