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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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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!

Planning Your Albufeira 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

Staff, trip, food,photographer , whole experience fantastic

Due to some confusion our party of 7 were booked onto the sunset trip instead of the morning barbecue as confirmed. However the reception staff were extremely understanding and very accommodating to switch us onto a similar trip to what we had confirmed. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would definitely recommend it

Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ Reviewed by Lesley, 09/09/2018

Excellent tour, felt like family at the end

Great tour over the west of Portugal. Guide was very friendly and our group three couples got on very well. A very interesting day with lots to learn and beautiful countryside to see. Looking to come back next year to do another tour the east side this time. Recommend for the small group with lots to see and ask about the areas

Fantastic experience & great value for money!

Couldn’t fault this experience at all, the staff were amazing, the drinks were flowing and the food was delicious! Had a lot of fun, and never a dull moment!

Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ Reviewed by Elyse, 18/08/2018

Great cave cruise along the Algarve coast!

We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The captain and staff did an excellent job. We enjoyed relaxing on the top while cruising along the beautiful coast. The Captain did a great job of maneuvering the large Catamaran up close and inside some of the caves. There is a bar onboard which is nice to enjoy some cocktails while the coastal breeze cools you off.

Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip Reviewed by John, 12/08/2018

Great experience with professional Tourguide Andre

We had a great tour with Andre and he showed us the best places in Albufeira. Breathtaking views and spectacular drive with 2 Tuk Tuk vehicles. Price/quality very well balanced and absolutely recommendable. We enjoyed it.

Albufeira: Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk Reviewed by Paul, 08/08/2018