Tips for your holidays in Albufeira
is one of the most liveliest cities in the Algarve. In fact, this coastal city has fantastic beaches, beautiful turquoise waters and a unique rocky coastline that makes the Algarve
so special. Therefore, boat tours in Albufeira are very popular. The fishing village has become a major holiday destination
. The perfect destination for the ones looking for the best boat tours and watersports
in the Algarve and also for a busy nightlife
Albufeira has a modern marina, where you can find some of the best watersports and boat tours in the Algarve, such as diving, dolphin watching and other boat trips. Boat tours in Albufeira run all year round. The Marina is surrounded by candy-colored apartments and on its waterfront promenade you can have a nice lunch and drinks.
- Our favorite beach: Praia de Santa Eulália - Olhos de Água
- Our favorite restaurant: Vila Joia, Galé
- Our favorite boat tours in Albufeira: Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira
- Our favorite watersport in Albufeira: First dive Albufeira
Language and currency in Albufeira
In Albufeira, Portugal - Portuguese is the official language. Not everybody speaks English but, you’ll find a lot of English speakers. Learning a few words of Portuguese is always a kind gesture! The local currency is the Euro. At most places, you can pay by card and you’ll also find a lot of ATMs (Multibancos).
Getting around in Albufeira & the Algarve
The best way to discover the Algarve during your holiday to the Algarve is definitely with a car! With a car, you can not only go to all the attractions of the Algarve but also drive through all the authentic and cute villages, and discover beaches along the coast. However, if you are not renting a car, there’s a train line all the way from Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António. The bus lines are becoming better and better too. There are public buses available, many transfer companies and taxies, to go to the amazing beaches in Albufeira. The historical centre of Albufeira, is very restrictive by car, the only way to discover Albufeira old town is on foot. The best way to discover the coastline, caves and beaches is by boat.
Best things to do during your holidays in Albufeira
Albufeira is a coastal city located in the Algarve, South Portugal. The old fisherman town, transformed into a highly demanded destination for tourism in the last years. The beaches, the boat tours, and the exciting nightlife have been attracting many holidaymakers. Albufeira’s old town, is a traditional Portuguese city, with narrow streets, small shops and a beautiful central square. Praça dos Pescadores is a square that connects the city with Praia dos Pescadores. Praia do Túnel and Praia dos Pescadores, are basically beaches located within the urban area, city beaches. With white sand and turquoise water, this is the perfect beach destination.
Until a few years back, Praia dos Pescadores was known as a beach full of small and colourful fisher boats. Nowadays, the fishermen depart from the modern Albufeira marina. The Marina de Albufeira, surrounded by colourful buildings, is the place for some fun. Many boat tours and watersports depart from the Marina de Albufeira. “Miradouro do Pau da Bandeira” for a great view over the city and beaches.
Wine-lovers should search for Adega do Cantor, for a guided tour to know the process of wine production from the Portuguese vineyard to the bottle. The wine locally produced can be tasted and bought. Regarding nightlife, Avenida Dr. Sá Carneiro is known as the main road of the Strip area. This area is surrounded by clubs, pubs and bars, with many neon lights. There is entertainment until late hours.
If you are coming for some golf, there are many options nearby to go golfing with friends or family. If you want to do some golf with your family, the best option is the “Family Golf park”.
There are many theme parks in the surroundings of Albufeira, such as: Aqualand, where you can have great water fun; Fiesa, “Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia”, an exhibition of sand sculptures; “Parque Aventura Albufeira”, for great family fun; or Zoomarine, a dolphinarium, which we honestly don’t recommend, as we believe dolphins should swim in the Ocean. Especially, as there are many boat tours in Albufeira, to see wild dolphins.
Castelo de Paderne, is a rural fortress built in the late 12th century and first decades of the 13th century, known for its Moorish architecture and military construction in “taipa”. In the inside of the ruins of “Castelo de Paderne”, you can find the “Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Assunção”. The Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Assunção is a religious monument, it is a ruin of an old church. Castelo de Paderne is located near Albufeira, in a city called Paderne. The Albufeira Museum of Archeology unfolds the historical process of the municipality of Albufeira and in the bordering cities.
The best boat tours in Albufeira
The best boat tours in Albufeira
are most definitely the caves and dolphin watching tours
. These boat tours allow you to see both the impressive caves and wild dolphins
. The majority of the cave boat tours
do visit many caves, including the Benagil cave
and Praia da Marinha. The BBQ boat tours in Albufeira
are also very popular, most of them are provided on comfortable catamarans. There are many fishing tours
available in Albufeira. The Albufeira boat tours depart from Marina de Albufeira. There are many boat tours in Albufeira, but don’t forget to book in advance, as they get sold out very quickly.
The best watersports in Albufeira
The best watersport in Albufeira
? Definitely the SUP tours in Albufeira
to visit the caves and amazing surrounding beaches of the area. Rent a jetski for some more adrenaline and speed. The jetskis
can only be used in a restricted area. Even though, it’s great fun.
Where and what to eat in Albufeira
For some fish or meat
, o have dinner we would recommend the Louisiana Restaurant, “O Farnel”
& “Rusty'co Bar e Restaurante”
. For fish-lovers, sardines are fatter and fresher in the summer months. Sargos, Douradas and Robalos (sea bass) should be eaten during winter months for best taste.
The Mercado Municipal dos Caliços is a typical market where you can find a variety of fresh and delicious local food. You will find fresh fish, fresh meat, fresh vegetables, fresh bread, local bakeries, cafés and some nice authentic restaurants.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches in Albufeira
There are many beautiful beaches in Albufeira and its surroundings. The white sand, turquoise waters and colourful cliffs and caves make Albufeira, one of the best beach destinations in Portugal. The most popular beaches around Albufeira are Praia da Falésia (and its neighbouring Praia do Barranco das Belharucas), Praia da Rocha Baixinha, Praia de São Rafael and Praia da Oura. Praia do Peneco is the urban beach of Albufeira, right next to the city center, just like Praia do Inatel. In Eastern direction, a little further from town, you'll find Praia dos Alemães. Around Sesmarias, you'll find Praia da Coelha, Praia dos Arrifes and Praia do Castelo. About 2,7 miles East of the town of Albufeira you'll find Praia de Santa Eulália and Praia da Balaia, some of our favorites! Praia dos Aveiros is also worth a visit as its rather cute, being enclosed in a small cove and flanked at either end by impressive rock formations. In the area of Olhos De Água, Praia Maria Luísa is a must-visit with its lovely cliffs. Food-lovers have probably heard of Praia do Evaristo, which was baptized after the famous restaurant it's home to.
Whatever you decide to do during your stay in Albufeira, we promise you will love the watersports and boat tours in Albufeira! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.