Albufeira travel guide

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. 

Weather in Albufeira
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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.

Holiday destinations related to Albufeira:

  • Carvoeiro
  • Lagos
  • Praia de Rocha
  • Vilamoura
  • Alvor
  • 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.