The Algarve’s most-celebrated seaside resort, Albufeira is a jumble of candy-coloured houses set along an endless water-front of sandy beaches and turquoise sea. Its pavements are lined with cafes and boutiques and at night visitors flock to the acclaimed bars and nightclubs.
Things to do in Albufeira
You can be sure to find your perfect sunbathing spot in Albufeira, which boasts an abundance of tranquil beaches. Praia dos Pescadores has golden sand and a number of waterfront seafood restaurants, while Praia d’Oura attracts water sports fans and Praia da Coelha is a family-friendly beach with sheltered waters and rock pools.
Looking for kid-friendly entertainment? Zoomarine is a theme park and aquarium rolled into one. Take a ride on the big wheel, splash around on the water slides or swim with dolphins. They also have presentations on the centre’s birds of prey and a fantastic 4D cinema.
Albufeira’s nightlife is centred on The Strip, a buzzing street where it’s always happy hour somewhere, thanks to the wealth of restaurants and cocktail bars. Out of town, the place to be seen is Kadoc, a popular nightclub with five dance floors and world-famous DJs.
For a bit of variety, walk around the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings of the old town. The 12th-century Moorish Castle of Paderne offers peaceful respite from the crowds and has lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
Getting around Albufeira
Walking and cycling are the best ways to get around the compact town and pedestrian streets. Buses go out to the surrounding beaches or up into the hills if you want to explore the countryside. There are coach links and airport transfers to Faro Airport, 50 kilometres away.