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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

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

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

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

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

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

Fantastic day having great fun whilst seeing some of the real Algarve

When I was young my parents booked us on a jeep safari from Alvor and this year I wanted to repeat the experience with my husband and our 2 children (12 and 10). I was not disappointed! Isabela was a brilliant driver, friendly and chatty. We all loved the extra detail she added like stopping and picking leaves off trees/bushes to tell us about them. We loved the jeep even though we've never been so dusty. We liked visiting the distillery and could resist making a purchase or two. The lunch was enjoyed by all with friendly service and generous portions. We couldn't fault the day and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Algarve Jeep Safari Full Day Reviewed by Helen, 29/08/2019

Nice to see a bit more from the Algarve!

The trip was great; our guide was very forthcoming and explained flora and fauna and its use in the Portuguese life very well! The stop at the famer's house could have been a bit longer and more sweeping - we arrived, quickly saw the place where the Medronho is produced and tried it and the honey and were off again. The stop at the waterpools was very nice - no waterfall but nice and refreshing water to take a swim. Thus, the trip is definitely to be recommended!

From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari Reviewed by Julia, 01/10/2019

Great boat trip. Staff were amazing, really friendly and welcoming.

Our guide introduced himself to each customer and spoke 4 languages to engage with every one of us. Him and his colleagues were brilliant on the trip. We saw dolphins and they made sure we had the chance to take it in before going to the coast and the caves. Great time out and great hospitality from the staff.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching & Caves Cruise Reviewed by Kelly, 12/09/2019

In a sailing yacht at this price!!! a bargain

It was great to get out onto the water in a sailing yacht. 50 foot is a substantial size of yacht. Skipper and crew are friendly and informative, they cooked a mean BBQ on a secluded beach that can only be accessed by sea. I would have preferred more actual sailing and less motoring....but hey ho! it was fun.

Albuferia: Beach BBQ Trip Reviewed by Stan, 27/08/2019

Brilliant experience - would definitely recommend

Myself and my 4year old son went on this trip yesterday. It was fantastic. We both where a little nervous on route to see the dolphins, however the tour guide put us completely at ease and we both relaxed to enjoy it even more. Would do it again tomorrow! Thank you for an amazing opportunity