Everything you need to know about Albufeira.
Albufeira is a beautiful Portuguese town located in the Algarve region, on the southern coast of Portugal. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal and the party capital of the Algarve.
The town has everything from beaches and golf courses to historical sites and cultural attractions. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday, a vibrant nightlife or just want to explore the region, there’s something for everyone!
Why visit Albufeira
Albufeira offers charm, breathtaking beaches, great weather and amazing nightlife scene. The sunny city is set on a gentle peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. This attracts both local and foreign visitors looking to spend time on the beach, taking in the fabulous culture, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, wine bars and nightlife.
Here are a few reasons why you should visit this very cool town and region:
Where is Albufeira
Albufeira is a town on Portugal’s south coast, the Algarve region. It is located in central Algarve 45km from Faro International Airport and 250km from the capital Lisbon. Albufeira is the name of the town, parish and municipality which covers approximately 140km2 and is home to over 40k residents.
The beaches in this area extend 30km from Vilamoura to the Salgados Beach, in all there are 25 beaches in this municipality. The whole area is extensive and this should be taken into account when deciding where to book accommodation.
When is the best time to visit
So when is the best time to visit Albufeira? If you are wondering when to visit the Algarve, here are some things to keep in mind.
The Algarve offers some of the best weather in Europe. It has a Mediterranean climate typically warm all year round, but the summer months are especially popular because of the heat and opportunities for outdoor leisure activities. This makes it the perfect destination for your next holiday.
Low season (November – February): lowest prices, coldest temperatures, many businesses and attractions will be closed, no water activities and few tourists about. Great for budget travellers, exploring the region, nature and culture activities. New Years Eve is an exception and considered high season in Albufeira.
Mid season (March – May and October): warmer and longer days, slightly higher prices than low season, golf high season in the region, most businesses and attractions open in March. Good time for families, golfers and couples looking for a relaxing holiday, avoiding crowds and excessive heat. Easter is considered high season.
High season (June and September): best time to visit for any traveller, warm weather, buzzing atmosphere, ideal beach and water sports conditions. Preferred season for many foreign holiday makers (especially British and Irish).
Peak Season (July – August): Hottest and busiest season coincides with Portuguese school holidays, highest prices, expect crowds and queues everywhere. Great for party and beach goers, youngsters and families.
Things to do and see in Albufeira
If you are looking for a place to spend your summer holidays, the Algarve and Albufeira offer plenty to do. Here, are some of the things you could do in this area.
Where to stay in Albufeira
Albufeira has over 50 000 beds which represents 40% of the region’s tourism capacity. It is the second largest tourism accommodation provider in Portugal only surpassed by Lisbon. You have a wide range of choice from budget to luxury hotels or resorts to self-catering apartments and villas. Location, budget and season are some of the things to consider when choosing where to stay. Read on for some tips that might help you decide.
One of the best things about Albufeira is its beaches. There are plenty of excellent stretches and most offer a variety of amenities, like sun loungers, parasols and restaurants. Albufeira’s beaches are an ideal place to relax and enjoy the sun. Choose from 25 beaches spread out over 30km. Here are just a few that you must visit:
Praia de São Rafael
Praia da Falésia
Praia da Oura
Praia de Santa Eulália
Praia da Coelha
Praia de Olhos d’Agua
How to get to Albufeira
Most foreign tourists arrive in the Algarve and Albufeira via Faro International Airport, located 45km away. The town is well served by public transportation and road connections, you’ll have no problem finding a convenient way to get to your destination. You can also fly into Lisbon and catch a train or bus down to the Algarve or hire a car.
Resorts and towns nearby
If you are looking for a place to spend your summer holidays, the Algarve offers plenty to choose from. Here are some of the most popular towns/resorts you should visit in this area.
Is Albufeira worth visiting?
Yes it definitely is. Even if you don’t fancy the party scene and wild nights, visit during the day. It is a beautiful location, charming town and there is a lot do and see.
Is Albufeira a party place?
Yes, it is the party capital of the Algarve especially during the warmer months. You’re never too old for Albufeira – there are venues to suit all tastes and age groups.
Is Vilamoura or Albufeira better?
It is difficult to compare these two very popular destinations. Vilamoura is modern, sophisticated and more expensive, but Albufeira is charming, eclectic and lots of fun. Albufeira caters to mass tourism while Vilamoura feels more exclusive with its luxury hotels and yachts in the marina. Read more about Vilamoura here.
Is Albufeira expensive to eat and drink?
Another difficult question. Well it depends on so many factors such as time of the year, location and obviously what type of food. There is a wide range of options for any budget including all-inclusive resorts, fine-dining, cheap take aways, beach front restaurants and fast food outlets. For those staying in self-catering apartments Albufeira is well served by large supermarkets where the locals shop that are reasonably priced.
How do I get around Albufeira?
There is an excellent public bus service, taxis, Ubers, hop-on bus and even tuk-tuks. You can also hire bikes or a car to get round the town. Note that is you have mobility issues some areas may be difficult for you to navigate with stairs and cobblestones especially in the old town.
Is Albufeira safe?
Portugal is considered one of the safest countries in the world but this does not mean that petty crimes do not occur. Take precautions as you would in any big city or tourist destination. Don’t leave handbags unattended especially in crowded places like markets or clubs.