Things to do in

Albufeira

Immerse yourself in the beaches, nightlife, and traditional Portuguese culture of this old fishing village.

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Best things to do in Albufeira

Albufeira is renowned as a hub of seaside tourism, and for good reason. Beyond the immaculate beaches and historic points of interest, inland Portugal offers gorgeous rural scenery, ripe for hikes and excursions. Here are some of the highlights!

  • Zoomarine Algarve

    1. Zoomarine Algarve

    One of southern Portugal's leading tourist attractions couples a superb aquarium (which includes birds too) with daily sea lion and dolphin shows. You can even swim with the latter!

  • Praia dos Pescadores

    2. Praia dos Pescadores

    Known as Fisherman's Beach for its former harbor economy, this is Albufeira's best recreational beach. Not in the mood for sunbathing? Try parasailing or the local seafood instead!

  • 3. Castle of Paderne

    Visit this 12th-century Moorish castle for great views over the Quarteira River, with a Roman bridge that's still in use! Don't miss the sleepy village of Paderne along the way.

  • 4. Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila

    Another sightseeing excursion. This one features the fascinating remnants of an ancient Roman villa that dates back to when Caeser Augustus ruled the Algarve!

  • Praia da Marinha

    5. Praia da Marinha

    Considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, the clean sands and startling rock formations of Praia da Marinha are definitely worth the short trip from Albufeira.

  • International Sand Sculpture Festival

    6. International Sand Sculpture Festival

    A jaunt northwest of Albufeira lies Pêra – home to this celebration of spectacular sand sculpting. It's a must-see, and generously runs from March to October!

  • Dolphin spotting

    7. Dolphin spotting

    If seeing dolphins at Zoomarine isn't quite satisfying, why not board a boat tour to spy these majestic creatures in the wild? You can even explore the caves while you're at it!

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    Albufeira is famed for being a year-round destination. Unfortunately, the recession has forced many businesses to start closing off-season (November to March). Although the holiday season is probably the best time to visit, you might also want to take advantage of the city's winter prices! The weather will still be pleasant, if possibly too brisk for swimwear!

  • How to get there?

    Albufeira is just 40 km from Faro Airport. From there it can be easily reached by regional train, bus, or car/taxi. Note that Albufeira train station is on the outskirts of the city, so you'll need to complete your journey to the center by taxi. If arriving at Lisbon Airport, make your way to Gare do Oriente and catch a train from there.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    Albufeira is lovely all year round. Summers are hot, but not scorching, with a 70°F average, and winter temperatures don't dip below 50°F. From June to August Albufeira will be at its most festive, so the beach-happy in particular are recommended to go at this time!

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What people are saying about Albufeira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,836 reviews

It was such a nice experience. We were able to see dolphins and a very nice guide gave us a brief explanation of them. The atmosphere was amazing and it was not only because of beautiful views but as well because of amazing staff working there. Thank you! :)

Amazing. The team clicks you photos that you can buy for 20 Euros. They give it is soft copy via email. Be the last one to fly (which is the person who will exit first from the boat) for the best flight!

Beautiful ride. Friendly and very attentive guides. Company committed to time and security. Easy location of the meeting point.

Fully Recommended to anyone that loves wine and wants to have a good time! Very very fun afternoon!

So much fun! Great food and drinks. Super friendly staff.