Albufeira travel guide

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You're Going to Love Albufeira

Albufeira is a beautiful and bustling beach resort on Portugal's Algarve coast. It is made up of two parts: the atmospheric and pretty Old Town and the Strip, which contains most of the hotels, bars and clubs. Albufeira has stunning beaches, excellent nightlife and is a firm favorite with many tourists.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Albufeira

1. The Beaches

The beaches of the Algarve coastline are famous and Albufeira has some fine examples, such as Praia dos Pescadores and Praia da Oura.

2. The Nightlife

Albufeira's Strip is the place to go for some great clubs like Liberto's and Club Heaven. For a more laid back evening, try heading to Piccadilly cocktail bar in the Old Town.

3. The History

The Algarve has a long and fascinating history, with lots of Moorish sites to visit. Make sure to visit the 12th century Castelo de Almoáda.

4. See Some Dolphins

Albufeira has become known as a good spot for dolphin watching and there are a number of trips available from the marina.

5. Watersports

The Algarve coastline has some of the best surfing in Europe and there are beaches with waves to suit everyone, from beginners to the pros.

Where to Eat in Albufeira

Blue Sky on Areias S. João is a good place to try local specialties, such as chicken piri piri and cataplana. Expect to pay around EUR15 for mains. Vila Joya Restaurant at Praia da Galé is one of Portugal's finest Michelin-starred restaurants, with superb seafood dishes and dinner at upwards of EUR100.

When to visit Albufeira

Albufeira in December
Estimated hotel price
$50
1 night at 3-star hotel
Albufeira in December
Estimated hotel price
$50
1 night at 3-star hotel

Albufeira benefits from a warm southern European climate and is comfortable all year round. The peak season is the summer months, when most people visit for the great weather and beaches.

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How to Get to Albufeira

Plane

The nearest airport is Faro International, which has lots of scheduled services across Europe. A taxi to Albufeira will cost around EUR70.00.

Train

There are regular trains from Faro, Lagos and Lisbon. Fares from Faro are from EUR17.

Car

The main A22 route runs right along the Algarve coast from Lagos to Faro.

Bus

Regular buses run from Faro to Albufeira. The express service takes 55 minutes and is EUR5.50, while the slower but more frequent local bus is EUR3.85.

Airports near Albufeira

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Airlines serving Albufeira

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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
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Iberia
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Air Canada
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Emirates
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Ryanair
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Vueling
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LOT
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Albufeira

Varandas de Albufeira on Rua do Indico have rooms from EUR26, while Encosta da Orada on Rua Jose Ramos Pimenta is a more luxurious option, with rooms from EUR150.

Popular neighbourhoods in Albufeira

The Strip - This is at the heart of Albufeira's nightlife scene and has lots of modern hotels along the beachfronts.

The Old Town - The Old Town offers a more relaxed environment and has some smaller hotels set in atmospheric squares with some of the best restaurants in town.

Praia da Galé - This is around 10 minutes out of town and is ideal for those seeking a quieter beach holiday experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Albufeira

Most booked hotels in Albufeira

NAU São Rafael Atlântico
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$248+
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$203+
Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$287+
NAU Salgados Palace
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$293+
Balaia Golf Village
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$110+
Hotel Baltum
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$169+
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How to Get Around Albufeira

Public Transportation

Albufeira has a good local bus service with a flat fare of just EUR1.40.

Taxi

Taxis are an easy way to get around town, with an initial fare of EUR3.50 and then around EUR1.50 per mile

Car

The roads in and around Albufeira are good and car rental is widely available in the center of town from EUR30 per day.

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The Cost of Living in Albufeira

Shopping Streets

Avenida Sá Carneira on the Strip is a good place to find jewelry, pottery and beach goods, while Avenida da Liberdade in the Old Town is excellent for fashion and souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Albufeira is priced at EUR0.62, while a dozen eggs will cost EUR1.60.

Cheap meal
$15.52
A pair of jeans
$103.41
Single public transport ticket
$4.35
Cappuccino
$2.60