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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 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 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: Caves & dolphin watching 
  • Our favorite watersport: First dive Albufeira

Best things to do during your holidays 

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 marina.
The Marina de Albufeira, surrounded by colourful buildings, is the place for some fun. Many boat tours and watersports depart from the Marina. Visit “Miradouro do Pau da Bandeira” for a great view of 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, such as: Aqualand, where you can have great water fun; Fiesa, “Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia”, an exhibition of sand sculptures; “Parque Aventura”, 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, 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 nearby, in a city called Paderne. The Museum of Archeology unfolds the historical process of the city and in the bordering cities.

The best boat tours 

The best boat tours 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 are also very popular, most of them are provided on comfortable catamarans.
There are many fishing tours available. The Albufeira boat tours depart from the marina and are available almost all year long available. There are many boat tours, but don’t forget to book in advance, as they get sold out very quickly.

The best watersports

The best watersport? Definitely the SUP tours 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

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 

There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Albufeira and its surroundings. The white sand, turquoise waters and colorful cliffs and caves make this city, one of the best beach destinations in Portugal.
The most popular beaches around 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, 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 city 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 holiday, we promise you will love the watersports and boat tours. Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.

Our boat tours and watersports in Albufeira

Albufeira Jet Boat - 1 hour

Albufeira Jet Boat - 1 hour

8 max
1h
Albufeira Kayak Tour

Albufeira Kayak Tour

24 max
2h
Albufeira SUP tour  - Galé

Albufeira SUP tour - Galé

2h
BBQ boat trip from Albufeira to Benagil

BBQ boat trip from Albufeira to Benagil

20 max
6h
BBQ cruise from Albufeira
Closed

BBQ cruise from Albufeira

6h 15m
Benagil boat tour from Albufeira with Kayak or SUP

Benagil boat tour from Albufeira with Kayak or SUP

30 max
4h
Benagil boat tour in Albufeira

Benagil boat tour in Albufeira

30 max
2h
Benagil cave cruise in Albufeira

Benagil cave cruise in Albufeira

45 max
2h 30m
Benagil cave tour from Albufeira
Best seller

Benagil cave tour from Albufeira

43 max
3h
Bottom fishing in Albufeira - full day
Closed

Bottom fishing in Albufeira - full day

6h
Bottom fishing in Albufeira - half day
Closed

Bottom fishing in Albufeira - half day

3h 30m
Captain Hook cruise in Albufeira

Captain Hook cruise in Albufeira

20 max
2h
Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira - Dreamer

Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira - Dreamer

35 max
2h 30m
Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira - RIB

Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira - RIB

36 max
2h
Coastal tour from Albufeira with Kayak or SUP

Coastal tour from Albufeira with Kayak or SUP

30 max
2h 30m
Dolphin and Benagil tour from Albufeira
Best seller

Dolphin and Benagil tour from Albufeira

2h
Dolphins and Caves Cruise in Albufeira

Dolphins and Caves Cruise in Albufeira

40 max
2h 30m
Dolphin watching in Albufeira

Dolphin watching in Albufeira

2h 30m
First dive Albufeira

First dive Albufeira

8 max
3h 30m
Full day private sailing in Albufeira
Best seller

Full day private sailing in Albufeira

12 max
6h
Full-day sailing from Albufeira
Best seller

Full-day sailing from Albufeira

14 max
6h 15m
Half day sailing charter in Albufeira

Half day sailing charter in Albufeira

12 max
4h
Half-day Sailing tour Albufeira

Half-day Sailing tour Albufeira

14 max
3h
Half-day surfing in Albufeira

Half-day surfing in Albufeira

8 max
2h
Jet Boat Albufeira - 30 min

Jet Boat Albufeira - 30 min

12 max
30m
Jet ski from Albufeira

Jet ski from Albufeira

2 max
Jet ski in Vilamoura

Jet ski in Vilamoura

2 max
20m
Parasailing in Albufeira

Parasailing in Albufeira

6 max
10m
Private dolphin and cave tour in Albufeira

Private dolphin and cave tour in Albufeira

19 max
2h 30m
Scuba Diving in Albufeira

Scuba Diving in Albufeira

8 max
4h 15m
Shark fishing in Albufeira
Closed

Shark fishing in Albufeira

6h
Snorkeling from Albufeira

Snorkeling from Albufeira

12 max
2h

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