Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira is one of the most popular and liveliest resorts in the Algarve. As well as the many great beaches on offer, there are some beautiful churches and pretty cobbled streets that are well worth a visit. There is a large selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.

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Albufeira has for many years been the most popular resort in the Algarve. Split into 2 main areas known as "The Old Town" and "The New Town".

The old part of town is a pedestrianised maze of cobbled streets centred round the main square. In and around the main square you will find lively bars and fantastic restaurants where you can sample the local dish of grilled sardines caught fresh from the famous Fishermans beach.

In stark contrast there is the New Town, centred around the lively "strip" area, packed with late night bars and discos. For even later night action you should visit the famous Kiss Nightclub, where you can dance until the sun comes up!!

At the very end of the Strip, and down "cardiac hill" you will find the beautiful Oura beach. All in all Albufeira is very popular with couples, families, the young and livelies and, of course, the young at heart. Fantastic holidays for everyone!

Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Albufeira Reviews

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Albufeira Hotels (?)

Lageado Sol Apartments Photograph of Lageado Sol Apartments
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A small complex of self-catering studios and apartments, offering a convenient location just a short walk from the 'Strip' with its nightlife, tourist shops and restaurants....

4.2 / 5 from 19 reviews

Falesia Hotel Photograph of Falesia Hotel
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Adult only hotel in a quiet location offering well equipped accommodation, a spacious pool area, spa facilities and evening entertainment....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Oura Bay Hotel Apartments Photograph of Oura Bay Hotel Apartments
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Comfortable self catering accommodation, close to the local amenities within the resort, offering an outdoor pool and sun terrace....

4.3 / 5 from 3 reviews

Balaia Golf Village Photograph of Balaia Golf Village
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The spacious apartments and traditional style villas are surrounded by landscaped gardens with exotic plants and are well appointed with all modern conveniences....

4.6 / 5 from 15 reviews

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Built on a cliff top overlooking the Olhos de Agua village affording great views out to sea. This family orientated complex offers self-catering accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, kids pool ...

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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The Luna Hotel Da Oura features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness centre and a kids club to keep the younger guests entertained....

4.3 / 5 from 4 reviews

Inatel Albufeira Apartments Photograph of Inatel Albufeira Apartments
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This hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a good range of amenities to suit those seeking to be in a central position or wishing to explore the resort and surrounding areas....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

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The Pinheiros da Balaia is a charming property located in a quiet little corner, just a short drive away from local amenities and the resort centre....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Novochoro Apartments Photograph of Novochoro Apartments
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This small complex of self-catering apartments is situated on the outskirts of Albufeira a short drive from the Old Town and lively 'strip'....

4.5 / 5 from 8 reviews

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The Aqua Pedra dos Bicos is a modern adults-only hotel ideally located just a stone’s throw away from a number of shops, bars, and restaurants....

4.6 / 5 from 22 reviews

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Falesia Garden by 3HB forms part of the Falesia Beach Resort. It has a clifftop location, and offers comfortable and well-maintained apartments with direct access to the beach (via steps) and close to...

4 / 5 from 2 reviews

Albufeira Sol Suite Hotel and Spa Photograph of Albufeira Sol Suite Hotel and Spa
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Located just a short hop away from a number of local shops, bars, and restaurants, the Albufeira Sol Suite Hotel and Spa offers comfortable accommodation and a welcoming atmosphere....

4.6 / 5 from 42 reviews

Albufeira Reviews

Holiday Date:22nd Oct 2017
Accommodation:Muthu Oura Praia Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Pool/Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Great place lovely people. Had two people with us who had mobility issues and they found pavement tiles difficult, but they did enjoy their holiday.

Holiday Date:24th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Garden View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Beautiful, the people were the friendliest we came across on our holidays. Trip to Lagos was good and the dolphins and caves trip. Food and drink average but shop around for a bargain.

Holiday Date:24th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
Board:All Inclusive
(5 suns)

Loved the area, the old town being the jewel in the Crown, will definitely go again.

Holiday Date:22nd Sep 2017
Accommodation:Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Plenty to do just 2 minutes walk from beach which was stunning. Nightlife was choice between wild and busy or quiet depending on your preference. Would definitely return.

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Please note: the comments above are the subjective opinions of customers and not of Ltd


Stretching for some 30km the Albufeira coastline has around 25 beaches, from secluded spots ensconced by walls of rock to long stretches of golden sand backed by countless bars and restaurants.

Set in front of the old town are two beaches; the Fishermans Beach (Praia dos Pescadores) and adjoining Albufeira Beach (Praia do Tunel, accessed via a tunnel in the cliffs and a few steps). Both beaches are backed by many shops, bars and restaurants and are extremely popular during the height of the season.

The Praia da Oura (Oura Beach) is the nearest beach to the strip area and along with the ample sunbeds and umbrellas to hire there are watersports aplenty; pedal boats, banana boat rides, parasailing and windsurfing to name a few. There is a paved promenade behind the beach lined with all the expected tourist shops, cafes and restaurants.

Things to Do

There are 3 golf courses in the area (Salgados Golf 9km, Pine Cliffs Sheraton 9km and Balaia Golf Village 6km) and one Golf Academy, and there are many more within easy reach such as the Vilamoura golf courses just 12km away.

The Aqualand Waterpark is situated 15km outside of Albufeira and is open from the beginning of June to the beginning of September. Features of the waterpark include a variety of sized water-slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and two children's play-pools.

Just outside of the resort in Guia is the 'Zoomarine' sea-life amusement park, featuring dolphin, seals and sea lion presentations; and a shark aquarium. It even offers a large pool and waterslide making it a great day out for all ages.

Out and About

There are two areas in Albufeira good for nightlife, the 'street of bars' in the Old Town and the 'Strip' in Oura and Areias de S. Joao. Popular with those wanting to party till the early hours, the Albufeira Strip is packed with shops, themed pubs, bars and clubs, and restaurants offering the ubiquitous all day English breakfast.

The usual souvenir and tourist shops can be found all around the resort, or for a more 'high-street' experience there is a large shopping Mall in Guia, 5km away. Mainly an open air mall the 'Algarve Shopping' features a 'Continente' supermarket, cinema, a large food hall and numerous clothing, accessory, electrical and home furnishing shops, including many well known names.

Getting around the resort is easy thanks to the efficient and cheap Albufeira buses travelling between the Strip and other areas of Albufeira. There's also the quaint tourist train which travels between the Strip, Fishermans Beach and the Modelo supermarket, it runs throughout the day at regular intervals until late at night.

Nearby Attractions

Albufeira has the remains of a castle dating from Roman times, most of which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. The most visible remains are the clock tower (Torre do Relogio) found in the old town and part of the old castle wall in the Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora.

The marina is the starting point for many popular boat trips, fishing and diving excursions, lined with shops, bars and restaurants it's also a great spot to simply sit and watch the boats go by.

Graph displaying average temperatures throughout the year at Albufeira


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