As it happens with other old fishing villages in the Algarve, Albufeira has undergone a huge transformation in just a few years, becoming one of the favorite tourist destinations for both nationals and foreigners. Its historic area, full of pedestrian alleys where shops and esplanades abound, is well worth a visit. Highlight for some viewpoints offering beautiful panoramic views over the ocean and for some pleasant gardens with cafes in the area. In terms of gastronomy, and being a coastal city, fresh fish and seafood are the specialty, not forgetting the famous Guia chicken. Be sure to try the grilled sardines, the "xerém with conquilhas", the "feijoada à marinheira", the rice with octopus and the "feijoada de buzinas".
What to do in Albufeira
Praia da Falésia
As its name suggests, when arriving at this beach, tourists face with a huge cliff, with a colossal panoramic view. Choose your place in the crowded and extensive beach. It is said that dolphins sometimes roam these waters and that it is possible to see them.
Zona Ribeirinha de Albufeira
The Albufeira waterfront is a particularly beautiful area, with a highlight on the rustic roof of the old Albufeira market and the charming sidewalk in Portuguese pavement, which extends in front of Praia dos Pescadores, lit by typical Algarve lamps.
Praia de São Rafael
With the name of the same tourist resort and as it is not a very big beach, Praia de São Rafael becomes a quiet space. Given the physiognomy of the rocks, some are sheltered from the wind. The sea is good for bathing. The rock formations are known as Ponte Pequena (Small Bridge) and Ninho das Andorinhas (Swallows Nest).
Praia Maria Luísa
Very beautiful, rocky beach, bordered by a cliff. The only drawback is the difficulty in finding parking, as most of the places belong to the accommodations in the vicinity. There are several activities to spend the day, including Environmental Education programs for children.
Oceanographic entertainment park with shows of dolphins, seals, sea lions, among other species. It has a space, the "Oceanus", which includes an auditorium, an exhibition of sharks, dolphins and whales, a gallery with numerous small aquariums and even a giant aquarium inhabited by sharks. There are also several lakes and gardens, as well as swimming pools and entertainment spaces. There …
Praia da Oura
Beach with an extensive sand area bordered by a beautiful cliff, close to hotels and tourist villages, being much sought after by foreigners. There is a calm bathing area, with almost no waves, favoring a series of sports. Restaurants with pleasant terraces offering menus that focus on fish dishes.
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira
The Municipal Museum of Archaeology is located in the building where, during the 80s, was the City 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
Building from the beginning of the 18th century, with a popular appearance. It has a main portal with Baroque decoration and a Manueline side portal. Wooden altarpiece, unique in the Algarve, with images from the 17th and 18th centuries. There …
Igreja Matriz de Albufeira
Built in the late 18th century, the Igreja Matriz has an imposing bell tower. On the main altar there is a valuable image of Nossa Senhora da Conceição from the 18th century and an altarpiece painted by the Albufeira artist …
Marina de Albufeira
It is a tourism and leisure area, with 475 berths, two luxury hotel units, 900 apartments for housing and tourism spread, 133 single-family houses, offices, shops, supermarket, restaurants, bars and culture area in a total area of 33,000 square meters. …
Praia dos Pescadores
Located in the center of Albufeira, this beach is very popular with vacationers. There is a small port for fishing boats in this place, and from here it is possible to make visits to the caves on the coast. It …
Praia da Galé - Leste
A beach that has two areas, with the blue flag referring to the East zone. Located between cliffs and trees, it is very pleasant, with straw umbrellas for rent and another wider space. The sea is usually calm, and the …
Praia dos Olhos de Água
Located next to the typical Algarve village of Olhos de Água, whose name comes from the freshwater springs that sprout in the sand, it is a sand shell occupied, in part, by the fishermen's boats and by the many vacationers …
Praia de Santa Eulália
Sand shell between cliffs with calm and good quality water, where you can swim freely. Access is by car, passing through an area of pine forest. It has a concession space, it is a clean beach with good infrastructure.
Where to eat in Albufeira
Restaurant Al Quimia, in Albufeira, is one of three restaurants belonging to the EPIC hotel SANA Al…
Author, Contemporary, Vegetarian
Through the gates of discrete Street in Praia da Galé is taking a trip to another dimension, where …
At the Sesmarias, in Albufeira, we find this large villa with a menu that is specialized in fish di…
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
A rustic and familiar space where one choose btween the delicious regional dishes that range from s…
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, Portuguese, Regional
The restaurant Xerém Fusion Cuisine, in Albufeira, is a project of the Chief Ezekiel Viegas, which …
Where to sleep in Albufeira
Este conhecido resort algarvio resulta da renovação do Sheraton Algarve, tendo os quartos sido remodelados e equipados de uma forma mais contemporânea, mantend…
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
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