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Holidays in Albufeira

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. 

10-24 °C

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.

Spend your days on one of Albufeira’s seven beaches, then party all night at a trendy nightspot. 

Recommended offers in Albufeira

Aparthotel Vila Petra

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Great central location near the Strip
  • Set in lovely gardens
  • Spacious apartments sleeping up to six

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1287 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

smartline Miramar

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Extended sun terrace
  • Within easy reach of the Old & New Towns
  • Free kids' places

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 642 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kg Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Between the Old and New Towns
  • Within easy reach of Fisherman's Beach
  • Relaxing spa facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1929 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Spacious complex in a quiet location
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Hotel-run kids' club

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2648 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 17 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Eden Resort

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Tranquil location outside Albufeira
  • Modern and stylish
  • Spacious complex great for families

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2587 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

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. 

There are sun-kissed beaches of every type near Albufeira. From the white dunes at Salgados beach in the west to Falesia beach’s rugged cliffs in the east, you’ll want to visit all the different ones. One of the most famous is Peneco beach, also known as Tunnel beach, where you’ll find bars and restaurants running the length of the promenade. The sandy shoreline leads to the beautiful Xorino Cave, which is carved out of the rock at the sea’s edge. With fishing boats pulled up on the sand, Fisherman’s (or Pescadores) beach at the heart of Albufeira is just as picturesque. It’s a Blue Flag beach too, so it’s ideal for families.

When you’re on holiday, you’ll want to eat tasty traditional Portuguese food as the locals do. Located on the coastline, it’s no surprise that seafood is a staple on most menus. Tuck into fresh sardines in tomato sauce, or bacalhau, which is dried salt cod. One of the most well-known dishes in Albufeira is cataplana, a stew packed with fresh fish and cooked in a unique clam-shaped pot. Lots of figs, almonds and honey is produced locally, so most desserts are made from them. Try and resist the Pudim Flan (crème caramel) or the tarte de amêndoa (almond tart), because both are seriously tempting! If you’re wondering where to go for the most authentic dining, the Cerro da Vila area is top of the list.

Whether you want to let your hair down dancing at an all-night club or sit down and listen to some live music as you eat dinner, there are lots of places to spend your evening. Most of the after-dark action takes place under the neon lights of the new town’s São João area, where the lively strip has a party atmosphere and people-packed bars. If you’re after something more relaxing, Albufeira has plenty of chilled-out cocktail bars. Many even have a sea view; perfect if you want to round off a day’s sunbathing with a couple of mojitos.

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.

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Fast Facts

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.


Weather and Climate

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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Getting around

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

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.


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