Albufeira holidays

With its buzzing nightlife, nearby beaches, and busy ultra-modern marina, it’s easy to see why holidays to Albufeira are so popular. One of the most visited destinations in the Algarve and jam-packed with things to do, holidays to Albufeira Portugal are undeniably fun. You can relax on the beautiful beach of Praia da Galé, or explore the surrounding hills and orange groves. Wander around the cobbled streets of old town to see some of its Moorish influences, as well as its centuries old churches and relic-filled museums. When it comes to Albufeira holidays, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the evening too. Enjoy some authentic Portuguese food in a local restaurant, or head into town to party in its late-night bars and clubs. 

Things to do

From fun-filled excursions to relaxing on the beach, holidays here have plenty of things to keep all the family happy. Find a spot to lay down your towel on the silky sands of Salgados beach, or take a stroll around the ruins of Paderne Castle and down the narrow streets of the old town, Cerro da Vila, to learn more about the cities history. Head to the luxury marina and you’ll find white yachts and speedboats bobbing on the turquoise-blue waters. Lined with bars and restaurants, the marina’s the place to go for water sports and boat trips where you can see dolphins in their natural habitat. For something a little more serene than adrenaline-inducing water sports, there’s lots of shopping on the north strip in the Montechoro area. 

Excellent beaches

There are a huge number of beautiful beaches around Albufeira that are all unique so you can easily tailor your beach outing. A popular beach can be found in the Old Town called Praia dos Pescadores or better known as Fisherman’s Beach. Its soft sand and shallow waters are ideal for families with young children and there’s a good amount of restaurants and cafés nearby. Head down to the Blue Flag beach of Praia d’Oura for an upbeat atmosphere and somewhere to enjoy a wide range of water sports. For a romantic afternoon, take a stroll further east to Praia da Falesia, where magnificent red cliffs made of striking ochre stone shelter the small and remote sandy cove.

History and culture

Originally Albufeira was known as Baltum and was later renamed Al-Buhera by the Moorish settlers in the 8th century. The resort has historical gems hidden among the whitewash of houses and you can find the sand coloured ruins of Paderne Castle and the archaeological site of Cerro Da Vila in the surrounding areas. For a delightful look at traditional Albufeira, head to the Old Town to walk along the narrow cobbled streets and see the unique architecture.

Vibrant nightlife

It’s not just the stunning beach that makes Albufeira so popular; the nightlife is pretty spectacular too. The resort caters for all tastes, providing a variety of entertainment, so you’ll never have a dull evening. The main strip is the place to be after dark and it’s where you’ll find over a mile of fabulous neon lit bars and restaurants. Sip relaxing post-beach cocktails in a chilled-out setting or sit down to a steak dinner and a show. For something more upbeat, dance from bar to bar until you end up at one of the famous nightclubs like Kiss Disco. Join in with the regular themed nights and party the night away until the sun comes up.

Map of Albufeira

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10-24 ℃

This sunny destination has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters.

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2 hours 45 minutes

Just 47km east of Albufeira isFaro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport.

Albufeira is best for...

Night owls: Things don’t slow down after the sun sets. Hit the clubs and bars of the lively São João strip and dance all night until the sun comes up again.

Beach lovers: Soak up the sun on Peneco beach’s golden sands, or explore the impressive cliffs at Falesia.

Foodies: Hit the markets for fresh local produce and tuck into the tastiest seafood at traditional fish restaurants.

Fast facts for Albufeira

Language: People in Albufeira speak Portuguese.

Currency: The currency for Albufeira is the Euro (€).

Local time: Albufeira is the same as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Faro Airport. The transfer time to Albufeira is about 1 hour. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Albufeira is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com/en.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal  for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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  • Getting around Albufeira

    On foot: Walk around the winding, cobbled streets of Albufeira’s old town (Cerro da Vila) and you’ll see side streets lined with shops, markets, picturesque squares, and plenty of cafés.

    By taxi: Jump in a taxi for a quick and easy way to see more of Albufeira. Expect to pay extra if you have luggage and beware of unlicenced taxis, licensed ones will have a 'taxi' sign on top and are metered.

    By hire car: Renting a car is simple, and you can pick it up from the airport when you land or closer to where you’re staying. Explore the surrounding area at your own pace.

    Events in Albufeira

    Local festivities: From riotous dancing at the carnival in February to tasty seafood at the Festa do Pescador (Fish Festival) on Fisherman’s Beach in September, Albufeira’s social calendar is jam-packed. Watch fireworks illuminate the sky and a seafront parade at August’s The Festival of Our Lady of Orada.

    View from above: With scenic views as impressive as these, what better way to see them from high up in the air? Visit in the middle of June when the annual balloon meet takes place, and you’ll see the sky dotted with hot air balloons as they sail over the landscape.

    Signature sardines: Every August, the neighbouring fishing village of Olhos de Agua hosts the Sardine Festival. Freshly caught sardines are slapped on the grill, as the mouthwatering aroma fills the air.

    Albufeira weather

    Temperature: 10-34 (°C)

    The Algarve is one of Europe’s sunniest places, so you can expect great weather throughout the whole of summer. You can still enjoy warm, sunny days in spring and autumn, but make sure you pack some sunscreen when things get hot around July. Rainfall picks up during winter, but the mild temperature means you’ll still be able to go sightseeing. 

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