Albufeira is one of the most popular destinations in the Algarve, offering plenty of tours and experiences. Here you'll find everything from theme parks, boat tours and water sport to lively restaurants and bars. This also means more crowds and tourists during high season. If you are looking for an active vacation with lively nightlife then Albufeira is a perfect fit.
Things to do in Albufeira
Albufeira old town
Like any other town in the Algarve, a stroll around the old town is a must. Pass by cute local shops on Rua 5 de Outubro. Look at street performances at Jardim Publico de Albufeira. Walk up the hill (or the stairs) leading towards the beach for great views of the town and sea.
During nighttime, "The strip" is the liveliest part of Albufeira, these streets are full of bars, restaurants, neon lights, karaoke, and live music.
Praia dos Pescadores is the town's main beach, easy to access from the old town and as such can get pretty busy. If you are looking for a more peaceful beach head to Praia Falesia (20min drive). Here you'll find a long stretch of sandy beach set against fascinating red cliffs, creating a unique vision.
Cruise along the coastline and enjoy marvellous rock formations and caves. There are many different boat tours embarking from the Albufeira marina.
Where to eat and drink in Albufeira
I'm not the biggest fan of the strip so here are a few options if you are looking for something slightly different.
Outstanding set-menu restaurant with traditional flavors (reservation recommended): Dom Carlos
Hidden gem serving great quality food: Restaurant O Marinheiro
Lovely bar overlooking the sea with delicious cocktails: Sal Rosa
Cool spot with fresh, creative and delicious sushi: Wine & Sushi
The name Albufeira is from the Arabic “Al-buhera“, which means Sea Castle and refers to a castle that was destroyed by the earthquake in 1755. Locals say the nearby beach, Praia do Castelo used to be a pirate control point in the 16th century.
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