Albufeira, in Southern Portugal, is one of the most popular Algarve destinations. It has plenty of history with moorish influence, invasions and natural disasters shaping the town as it is now. Having long hours of sunshine, fresh local produce and wines, fabulous beaches and a wide variety of activities, Albufeira has developed easily into an appealing holiday destination.
Most flights from the UK take around 3 hours to the airport of Faro and the main operators fly there (Easy Jet, British Airways, Jet2, Monarch and Ryanair). From Faro, you can either take a train, bus or taxi to Albufeira, 40kms from the airport.
The old town
The Old Town cannot fail to charm its visitors, with narrow cobbled streets, bars and restaurants. It leads down to the two most popular beaches of Albufeira- Fishermans Beach (Praia dos Pescardores) and Albufeira Beach (Praia do Tunel). Both of these are long sandy beaches with restaurants as a backdrop.
The strip (Areias de Sao Joao) and Montechoro
The Strip is the place to go for lively nightlife. Packed full of shops, restaurants and bars it is open 24 hours a day in the summer. The two areas are divided into the North (Montechoro) and the South (Areias de Sao Joao) by one long road, Avenida Dr Francisco Sa Canerio. The beach on the southern point of The Strip is Praia da Oura, a sandy beach reached via a walk down a steep road.
Albufeira maria is the perfect place to watch the boats coming and going. It is located on the western side of Albufeira. With plenty of shops and restaurants, it is lined with colourful buildings and apartments. You can also organise one of the many boat and fishing trips on offer from here.
Things to do
Apart from sightseeing in both The Old Town and The Strip, there are plenty of activities to take part in. These include golf (which the Algarve is often famed for), the nearby water park “Aqualand’, Zoomarine (an aquarium, theme park and amusements) and the many water-sports on offer (parasailing, banana boat rides, windsurfing and boat trips). You can of course continue to explore the numerous beautiful beaches around the area, discovering little private alcoves and beaches along the way. There are various festivals and markets held throughout the year and it is advisable to check what will be on when you plan to visit.