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The Albufeira area guide

Sights and attractions

Albufeira is known as one of the major resort areas of Portugal’s Algarve region, with its vibrant nightlife, souvenir stands, packed beaches, and neon lights. Its name is derived from the Arabic ‘Al-Buhera’, which translates to ‘Castle on the Sea.’

It was once a humble fishing village but has grown over the past few decades to become the holiday hotspot that revellers flock to today. The city is divided into two main parts, including the modern Strip, or new town, as well as the more traditional old town.

You can still see glimpses of the traditional old world Albufeira in the old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and the picturesque whitewashed buildings perched on the cliffs. Some old town buildings retain elements of Moorish architecture, although many of the older historic buildings were destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. Residents can take advantage of the city’s central location and amenities while still exploring nearby beaches, like Praia da Oura and the subtler charms of the surrounding Algarve.

At its heart, Albufeira is a seaside resort and one of the major attractions for visitors and residents alike are its beaches. These are packed throughout the year, but really spring to life during the summer months when you’ll find lifeguards on duty and a busy souvenir trade next to the beaches. Families, groups of young friends, and retirees alike enjoy the abundant sunshine and friendly, colourful atmosphere.

City beaches, including Praia dos Pescadores and Praia da Oura, are located just outside of the city, at the end of the main tourist Strip. For a more peaceful beach experience, you can travel a bit further afield to neighbouring Sao Rafael and Gale. Outdoor activities include sailing, windsurfing, and horseback riding. Golf courses include Pine Cliffs Golf and Balaia. There is also the chance to learn more about the local wildlife, including dolphins, at marine parks like Zoomarine.

Restaurants and cafes

Traditional Portuguese cuisine uses fresh produce and seafood in innovative, colourful combinations. Don’t miss the chance to sample local dishes like grilled codfish in Albufeira’s eateries, many of which offer sweeping ocean views and sunny outdoor terraces.

One of the most notable restaurants in the city is Michelin-starred Vila Joya, with a romantic garden dining area. Farm Village is another cosy, family-run restaurant which offers traditional cuisine with a fresh twist. For more takes on Portuguese food, try Tasquinha do Rossio or Cabana Fresca. A good rule of thumb is to avoid the restaurants directly on the tourist strip and opt for the cafes uphill to enjoy the best views.

Shops

There are daily farmers’ markets, held from 6 in the morning, in almost every parish. You’ll find an array of fresh produce and artisan goods. Major supermarkets are also available, including Modelo, Lidl and Pingo Doce. For an upscale shopping mall experience, visit Algarve Shopping. It offers underground parking, a Continente supermarket, and over 100 retail outlets.

The old town area of Albufeira features the souvenir shops you would expect, but it also features convenient amenities including pharmacies, a post office, and minimarts. The Strip is the place to go if you want to haggle with vendors for flashy beachwear, new sunglasses or jewellery.

Travel

Centrally located, Albufeira is easily accessible from the Faro airport. This is approximately a 40-minute drive from the city centre, with car hire facilities located at both ends. There is also a large railway station located 6km from the city, which provides direct transport links to Faro, Lisbon, and other smaller towns throughout Portugal.

Train services are operated by national Comboios de Portugal. City buses connect the city centre with this train station. Buses are operated by a local company, Eva Transportes, and taxis are always available in the city, particularly during the tourist high season. Central Albufeira itself is quite compact and walkable, making it a pleasure to explore on foot.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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