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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.

2 hours 45 minutes

Just 47km east of Albufeira is Faro 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

smartline Miramar

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Extended sun terrace planned for 2018
  • Within easy reach of the Old & New Towns
  • Free kids' places

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 542 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Between the old and new towns
  • Within easy reach of Fisherman's Beach
  • Relaxing spa facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1746 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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 1149 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Sao Rafael Suites

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Sao Rafael Suites was designed precisely for the family, to rest, to stop thinking, to do a lot with very little work. Engage in the art of seducti...
  • Facilities and services include restaurant, bar, garden, swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, mini club, tennis court, spa (extra charge), wireless...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Sao Rafael Suite

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • The 5 Star Sao Rafael Suite Hotel is located in the heart of Albufeira close to Sao Rafael Beach, one of the most beautiful areas on the Algarve in...
  • Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport is 48 km from the hotel.
  • Local Tips: The Sao Rafael Suite Hotel is close to excellent leisure facilities such as Albufeira Marina, Salgados Golf Course, theme and Water Par...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

£1220

Auramar Beach Resort Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • The Auramar Beach Resort Hotel in Albufeira, in Portugal's gorgeous Algarve region, is dramatically built on a low-lying headland that overlooks th...
  • FACILITIES:
  • The hotel's spacious and cheerful restaurant serves buffet-style international and Portuguese dishes, and the non-Draconian dress code adds that ex...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Eden Resort

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • The strictures set by a traditional hotel aren't for everyone. So families who want to do their own thing at their own pace should take a look at t...
  • Please note: Due to its location on a hill we feel that this complex is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties.
  • The official star rating of this property is 4*, the management of Eden Resort do not feel it is suitable for Stag & Hen groups and s...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

£1043

Vidamar Algarve Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Vidamar Algarve Hotel stands out for its exceptional location overlooking the Atlantic, close to natural beach dunes and the Lagoa dos Salgados nat...
  • Facilities and services include reception, restaurants, bars, coffee shop, salt water swimming pools, salt water children's pool, terrace, gardens,...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

£1155

Novochoro Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Novochoro Apartments are located in Albufeira within the heart of the Algarve. The 31 apartments are divided into 2 blocks, shell and star and offe...
  • Getting to the airport: Novochoro Apartments are a 30 minute drive from Faro International Airport.
  • Local tips: The centre of the resort, Montechoro, is just 1 km from the apartments. Here you will find a wide selection of restaurants, bars and sh...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Vale De Carros Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • The Vale de Carros Apartments is a very attractive low-rise complex, typically Portuguese in style, with modern apartments brightly decorated and c...
  • FACILITIES:
  • The Vale De Carros Apartment complex has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with classic family facilities and lovely gardens surrounding the apartments.

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

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.


Fast Facts

Language: People in Albufeira speak Portuguese.

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

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

Fly to: Algarve Airport, also known as Faro Airport (FAO), is a 40-minute drive away.

Flight time from UK: approximately 2 hours 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. 


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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