It’s easy to see why Albufeira has been called the St. Tropez of the Algarve. This former fishing village, with its sun-drenched coastline and ultra-modern marina, is now one of the largest resorts in the region. As well as visiting the beautiful beaches of Praia da Coelha and Praia Gale, there’s plenty of things to do in Albufeira. Whether it’s fun-filled family activities, souvenir shopping, or exploring the local culture, here’s everything you need to know about what to do in Albufeira.
Pretty cobblestone streets
Experience traditional Portugal with a stroll around the pretty cobblestone streets of Albufeira Old Town, where you can relax in one of its many cafés and restaurants, or go boutique shopping for nick-knacks. Discover more of the area’s history with a wander around the ancient Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila, or check out distinctive landmarks like the Torre Do Relógio clock tower, Igreja Matriz parish church and gothic Capela De Misericórdia mosque. The Municipal Museum of Archaeology has lots of pieces excavated from nearby too, including a Neolithic vase from 5000 BC and a Roman mosaic from Retorta.
Beachfront water sports
Looking for more of an active afternoon to keep the family busy? The best things to do on Albufeira holidays are to spend the day squealing and clinging onto a banana boat, touring the remote caves by paddleboard, or water-skiing for that adrenaline-fuelled rush. After you’ve enjoyed the beachfront water sports, head to Albufeira’s golf courses to test your game or whizz down the zip wires at Luso Aventura Albufeira. Sail along the coast of Algarve and see more Albufeira with a boat trip. You can search for dolphins in their natural habitat and cruise by the coastline’s picturesque caves.