20 things to do in Albufeira, Algarve

We’ve been writing a lot about things to do in Albufeira because it’s one of the Algarve’s most popular holiday destintions, both for families and groups.

Also, we like Albufeira ourselves and are happy to be able to share some inside tips.  🙂

Albufeira has long been one of Portugal’s most popular resorts because it combines an interesting cultural heritage, stunning beaches and there are many options. 

Albufeira things to do

going to the beach, of course!

The old centre is like a picturesque village with typical Moorish white buildings atop low sandstone cliffs facing a beautiful town beach.

This idyllic city centre is surrounded by modern buildings. Albufeira is undeniably fun, attracting a varied mix of holiday-makers.

Albufeira is a preferred sunny holiday destination for families and groups of party animals who seek for a resort with many things to do.

Albufeira things to do

walk around the city center

The Marina of Albufeira is almost like a second city center. It is part of a luxury tourist complex which includes shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, a nautical club, apartments and villas.

It is now ten years since the Albufeira marina opened its waters to boat owners providing high-quality support services to all sailors and their boats.

The Marina of Albufeira enjoys an ideal geographical location, in the Algarve, right at the end of the motorway from Lisbon and only 45 minutes away from Faro airport.

The Marina is a great spot to wander around or go for a romantic dinner, it’s also a favourite place to visit for families..

Check out our Top Things to do in Albufeira:

Albufeira things to do

wander around the Marina de Albufeira

Sunset cruise

Albufeira things to do

Albufeira things to do: sunset cruise from Albufeira

Sail along enchanting rock formations, caves and beaches of the Algarve at sunset, and sip on a glass of Champagne while admiring the coastal sights.

The 2,5-hour cruise on this comfortable catamaran includes sights of the typical coastline of the Algarve and dramatic views of the Atlantic — all bathed in a smooth sunset glow.

We’ll smoothly cruise along the coast up to the area of Galé and Benagil famous for its breathtaking rock formations to enjoy the ever changing light at the end of the day.

From about 5 to 6 PM until sunset, the skies of the Algarve become magical, and even more magical when viewed from the ocean.

Simply sit back, relax and stare at the sights as the crew sail. During the trip, we can stop for a refreshing dive in the ocean if you wish to do so.

Captain Hook Cruise

The pirate boat in Albufeira is a lot of fun for the whole family

pirate boat in Albufeira

Kids love pirates and parents love boat tours, right? Well, this is the best thing to do during your holidays in Albufeira with your family.

Please remember to book in advance because as this pirate boat trip is on top of the must things to do in Albufeira with kids, it gets easily fully booked during the summer months. Book your boat tours in advance to avoid disappointment and to better plan your stay.

On the Captain Hook boat tour, one thing is for sure: your kids will have the best day of their holiday. This 2-hour boat tour is a pleasant sailing trip for a nice price, ideal for groups and families.

We’ll cruise along the stunning coast of the Algarve to observe the rock formations and beaches of Albufeira, São Rafael, Castelo and Galé. If you’re getting too hot, you can even go for a dive in the refreshing ocean.

Caves & dolphin watching – The Dreamer

This unique boat trip combines the two most popular excursions in the Algarve, the dolphin watching trip and cave visits. There are several tours that do this, what differs is the length of the tour and the type of boat.

This particular trip takes 2 hours and you will be welcomed on “Dreamer” the newest acquisition of this tour operator, a very stable and fast speed boat that carries 30 people.

This boat is suitable for all ages, for kids and also for older people because it’s very stable and safe. On this tour, we’ll first cruise along the Algarve coast, from the Albufeira Marina to Carvoeiro beach. During this cruise you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful caves and rock formations typical from the Algarve and a stop for a quick ocean swim.

On the return, the boat distances from the coast to start our search for wild dolphins. We manage to find these beautiful creatures on almost all of our trips but as they’re wild animals in their natural habitat and we don’t feed them, it’s a true adventure and we can’t guarantee anything.

Caves & dolphin watching– Rigid Inflatable Boat

Albufeira things to do: caves and dolphin watching tour

caves and dolphin watching tour – Insonia

This is our favorite of the things to do in Albufeira. Like the previous one, also this boat trip combines the two most popular excursions in the Algarve, cave visits and the dolphin watching trip.

As there are several tours that do this, you can basically choose what you prefer according to the different durations of the tour and the types of boat.

This particular trip takes 2 hours and you will be welcomed on Insonia” a rigid Inflatable Passenger Boat, especially designed for the purpose of taking you to enjoy the ocean.

These kind of boats are very fast and agile and carry 12 people. We recommend this boat for the most adventurous travelers as you’ll feel the adrenaline rush while speeding over the ocean and once we find the dolphins, be very close to them.

Regarding age, Rigid Inflatable Boats are suitable for all ages, but please bear in mind they’re a bit bumpier than boats like “Dreamer”.

On this tour, we’ll first cruise along the beautiful coast of the Algarve coast, departing from the Marina of Albufeira in direction to Carvoeiro beach, along the stunning caves and rock formations typical from the Algarve.

We manage to find these beautiful creatures on almost all of our trips and sometimes we also encounter other creatures like whales or turtles.

BBQ Cruise

Albufeira things to do: BBQ Cruise

BBQ Cruise

This BBQ trip is ideal if you’re looking for something that fits in your tight budget. The BBQ cruise will take you to discover the most beautiful spots of the Algarvian coast and enjoying a BBQ on a private beach on the same day.

This activity is one of the best family options. We invite you to come a board on our catamaran, a very safe and stable boat.

This boat offers you and your friends or family the best way to explore the enchanting caves, typical rock formations and beaches of the Algarve.

This is a full day cruise, departing from the Marina of Albufeira to cruise along the coast up to the area of rock formations and caves of Galé, Benagil and Carvoeiro.

A BBQ beach lunch will be served on a private beach where you will also have time to relax, swim or play beach games.

Half day sailing

Albufeira things to do: sailing tour

sailing tour

If you have always dreamed of sailing on your own sailing boat, this experience may be interesting for you. On the boat you can feel like you’re the owner and skipper and have the best day of your holiday.

The trip departs from the Marina of Albufeira to go sailing along the coast of the Algarve with its stunning rock formations, caves and beaches up to Carvoeiro light house.

If you want, you can visit the caves or go for a dive. On this three-hour tour you will experience the pleasure of sailing with a small group, either friends or family, and a trained and friendly crew that will involve you with the art of the sailing if you wish.

Full say sailing

Sailing Albufeira

full day sailing tour

If you think the previous described boat tour of half a day is not enough, com a board of our yacht for a full day. 

This experience is similar as the previous one but will take the whole day, to take it easy and relax while you sail along the stunning coast line of the Algarve. 

Also, there will be time to anchor on a quiet beach for a BBQ lunch and visit the caves or go for a dive in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean.

Coastline boat tour

Albufeira things to do: coastal boat tour

Coastal boat tour

By now we know that if you visit Albufeira, you MUST see the caves and typical coastline of its surrounding.

On this tour, on a very nice “pirate” sail boat, as soon as the the boat leaves the Marina, it sets sails and sail westward along the cliffs and sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo and Galé.

You can also observe the fisherman’s village of Armação de Pêra, the Chapel of Senhora da Rocha and go along the worldwide known beaches of Marina and Benagil.

On this trip there is also time for a visit to the caves or to have a refreshing swim in the blue Ocean. In sum, this is the ideal boat trip for you and your family to explore the must-see places of Albufeira, Algarve, on a typical and beautiful sailing boat.

Jet Boat adventure

Albufeira things to do: 30min jetboat

30min jetboat

Do you dare to come aboard on one of our powerful and super-fast boats? These types of boats are designed for fun and reaching high speeds thanks to their extremely powerful engines and aerodynamics.

This boat trip is a must while staying in Albufeira with your friends or kids who love speed! Join us and enjoy moments of pure emotion, freedom and excitement as if you were in command of a powerful jet ski, but in the company of your family and friends.

Slide around the waters of Albufeira on a thrilling 30-minute ride on a Jet boat. The boat will be driven by an expert captain who will make the boat speed, spin and splashe, so be prepared to have fun and get wet while enjoying views of Portugal’s scenic southern coastline.

Jet Boat – 1 hour adventure

Albufeira things to do: 60min jetboat

60min jetboat

The above described Jet Boat adventure takes about 30 minutes. For most people this is enough as it’s rather intense. You will enjoy moments of pure emotion, freedom and excitement as if you were in command of a powerful jet ski!

Are you a really adrenaline fan? Dare to come a board of this one hour adventure and explore the coastline even better while adrenaline flows through your veins!

As the Jet Boat takes off from the Marina of Albufeira, grab the safety bar in front of you and hold on tight — your captain is about to take you on a wild ride. Do 360-degree spins, power breaks and slides, generating waves that splash around you. It’s all part of the fun, so wear clothes that can get wet.

Rocket Boat

Albufeira things to do: ocean Rocket boat trip

ocean Rocket boat trip

A speedy ride combined with the beautiful scenery of the coast of the Algarve. Does that sound nice to you? The Ocean Rocket is right up your street!

This boat is capable of seriously fast speed. The Rocket Boat has 700 CV and is able to reach 50 knots! We recommend this cruise if you are looking for a cruise along white-sand beaches, caves, rock formations and enjoy speed too.

You might even be lucky to spot some dolphins. Crazy sharp turns make you think the boat will capsize then the pure acceleration kicks in again and you’re off like a bat out of hell, remember you have been warned!!! Do you dare to come and fly over the Ocean with us?

Jet ski from Albufeira

Albufeira things to do: jet ski

jet ski

What could be better than a sunny summer day on the cool waters of Albufeira? Jet Sking is a cool and refreshing way to enjoy your vacation in the Algarve.

Renting a Jet Ski is a great way to live life to the fullest. Pack your swim trunks, head to the Marina of Albufeira, and celebrate your freedom while you make waves on board a fast and fun jet ski.

No license is needed, as long as you’re fine with being in the ocean. We’re sure that your personal jet ski will add a whole new dimension to your day at the Albufeira beach.

Not only will you have the best view of the coastline, but you can also jump the waves in the choppy water or motor out to the caves to enjoy the typical rock formations.

Snorkeling

Albufeira things to do: snorkeling

snorkeling

Snorkeling is a beloved water sport by all ages. The Algarve, and in particular Albufeira has got some great spots for snorkeling as its waters are very rich in fish and other sealife.

Some people are not fond of the idea to be dependent on a diving tank or to be 20m below sea level, but still want to enjoy the underwater world. If you’re like that, let’s go snorkeling.

In fact, snorkeling gives you the chance to explore the colorful and interesting sea world just beneath the ocean’s surface without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving.

The give you the best snorkel experience, this trip is made by boat, such that we can take you to the nicest snorkeling spots, and all the equipment and insurances are included.

Scuba diving

Albufeira things to do: scuba diving

scuba diving

Scuba Diving is an amazing experience. To breathe underwater is incredible. If you agree, how about a Scuba Diving experience in one of the warmest and most beautiful waters of Southwest Europe?

For certified divers, the Algarve offers various dive sites, over 100 different ones from Faro to Armação de Pera.

Diving can be done in natural and artificial reefs, caves, wrecks, wall dives, among others.

Usually the Scuba Diving experiences from Albufeira take the whole morning, allowing two dives from one of our boats to assure you get to know the best places taking into account the water and sea conditions and also your experience as a diver.

You will be accompanied by a fully certified and very experienced instructor to assure a safe and fun day of your holidays in the Algarve!

First Scuba Dive

Albufeira things to do: scuba diving - first dive

scuba diving – first dive

As we mentioned in the Scuba Diving experience description, the Algarve is a heaven for Scuba Diving fans: warm water, good visibility and several types of diving site for a great diversity of marine life.

If you do not have any kind of diving certificate but would like to take your first breath underwater in Albufeira, we can take you on a “First Dive” is a program.

You do not need to be certified or an experienced diver to see and enjoy the immense existing life below the water surface.

This program consists of about half an hour of theory introduction, followed by practice in the pool with the full equipment and a dive in the sea to a depth of 12 meters.

The whole program includes assistance of a certified professional instructor, all the necessary equipment, boat trip, insurance and a certificate valid up to a year. Albufeira Algarve

Parasailing

Albufeira things to do: parasailing

parasailing

Parasailing consists of flying in the sky behind a boat and is suitable for all ages. This activity, despite of being rather short, will be unforgettable for the rest of your life.

You will start by ascending into the sky by the platform on the stern of the vessel, safely and without getting wet, until the maximum height of 150 meters.

You can chose if you prefer to fly individual, double or triple. With a privileged view over the city where you can enjoy an absolute silence and an extraordinary moment of peace and tranquillity.

For parasailing, we recommend booking in advance as parasailing depends upon weather conditions.

What’s your best thing to do in Albufeira?

Most likely one of the things to do in Albufeira described above suits you and your family or friends perfectly, make sure you book on time. During the busy summer months, from June to September, Albufeira’s ocean activities are very popular and some of them tend to get fully booked for days!

So, book now and make sure you won’t be disappointed and end your holidays without having done the experience that excites you most!

Also, if you’re looking for a kind of activity that is not listed here, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll do everything to help you!

Happy holidays!

The best things to do in the Algarve for groups – families

Traveling to the Algarve with a group? We recommend you to plan your things to do and to eat a bit ahead. Going out for dinner with a group of 8 or more may require a previous reservation. Otherwise, you may have to wait in line for a while. The same logic applies to things to do in the Algarve, like watersports and boat tours. In this blog post, we’ll share our top 5 best things to do in the Algarve for groups of families and friends. The segment we target is this post is the family and multi-age group segment. Previously, we’ve shared another 5 best activities in the Algarve for groups that are sporty and active.

Top 5 best things to do in the Algarve for groups

The best things to do in the Algarve for groups

BBQ sailing trip from Lagos – Algarve

  1. BBQ and grotto tour in Lagos

This relaxing sailing cruise in the Bay of Lagos is surely one of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups. Actually, when our grandparents and family com over to Portugal, we usually do this trip ourselves. During this sailing boat trip you will sail in the Bay of Lagos along the most impressive caves and rock formations.

You’ll anchor in a sheltered bay and the crew will prepare and serve grilled chicken, salad with our secret dressing, bread and wine. The lunch is delicious! Besides, we recommend you to bring your swimming and snorkel gear because the ocean will invite you for a swim. Beside the delicious BBQ, chance to swim and charming boat, another highlight of this trip is the famous caves of ‘Ponta da Piedade’. This cave will be visited by a smaller boat.

  • Duration: 04:30
  • Location: Marina de Lagos
  • Available Seats: 30
  • Price: 49 €

family fishing, fishing lagos - bomdia boat trips - boat trips in Lagos

Family fishing from Alvor

  1. Family fishing from Alvor

If you’re looking for the best things to do in the Algarve for groups and you’re near Alvor with your family or friends, check out this fishing tour! This will be the family highlight of your holidays in the Algarve! Come aboard on Donzela, a fully equipped sport fishing boat, and let’s sail to the best fishing spots, to find ground fish. While catching a broad range of fishes like breams and sea basses, you’ll have a great time together with family or friends. Who will be proud for the biggest catch of the day? You’ll be guided by local fishermen Miguel, who’ll be happy to teach you all about fishing and about the region.

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Alvor
  • Available Seats: 8
  • Price: 25 €

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Caves & dolphin watching tour from Albufeira

  1. Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira

Getting aboard of “Dreamer” in Albufeira is one of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups. If you’re travelling to the Algarve, most likely you’ve already heard about the impressive coastline. But did you know that you can find wild dolphins in the Algarve? Yes, you can! This boat trip takes you to the caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira.

This unforgettable boat excursion in Albufeira is the ideal thing to do in Albufeira for the whole family. The boat is very fast and stable and will comfortably depart from the Marina of Albufeira.

After visiting the famous cave of Benagil, the real adventure starts. The experienced skippers will do their best to find wild dolphins. You’re not guaranteed to see them because they are totally wild and not fed. Will you help us to spot them?

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 20
  • Price: 35 €

Sailing Portimão (6)

Sailing from Portimão

  1. Sailing from Portimão

Portimão has strong historical ties with sailing and you can feel that yourself while having fun on one of our ships on the Atlantic. Get aboard on our luxurious yacht and enjoy Portimão from a unique perspective. Are you ready to feel the beauty of sailing while enjoying stunning landscapes, beaches and sheltered bays.

On this sailing excursion, you’ll take a break in a sheltered bay to relax or go for a nice swim. If you’d like to explore the underwater world, snorkelling equipment will be provided.

Sailing is one of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups. This half day experience is great. There’s also a full day experience, if you prefer.

  • Duration: 04:00
  • Location: Portimão
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 45 €

Pirate boat Albufeira (2)

The pirate boat in Albufeira is a lot of fun for the whole family

  1. BBQ boat trip from Albufeira

“Leãzinho” is the favorite boat when we think about the best things to do in the Algarve for groups! “Leãozinho” is the wooden sailing ship from Albufeira that everybody loves. Beside the Captain Hook Cruise and the Coastal Cruise, this boat also hosts a full day BBQ boat trip. This BBQ boat tour is a lot of fun for families and groups of friends. You’ll be sailing to the most beautiful and hidden spots of the coast of the Algarve. From the boat, you can observe the magnificent rock formations and the paradisiacal white sandy beaches from a different perspective.

Then, we’ll anchor next to a secluded beach. Here you’ll have some free time for a refreshing swim and to enjoy the beach. The crew will serve you a typical Portuguese BBQ on the beach. Once we’re finished eating and having fun on the beach, we’ll slowly sail back to the Marina.

  • Duration: 06:30
  • Location: Marina de Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 22
  • Price: 48 €

In our opinion, these are some of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups that of families and friends. Of course there are many more. Please let us know if you’ve got any suggestions or questions. To book, don’t forget to be on time. Boat tours tend to get fully booked for days during the high season, specially for these best things to do in the Algarve for groups.