Top attractions 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!
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!
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!
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.
Another sightseeing excursion. This one features the fascinating remnants of an ancient Roman villa that dates back to when Caeser Augustus ruled the Algarve!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitAlbufeira 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
My daughter, wife and I decided to take this tour semi-last minute, purchasing the ticket only a couple of days in advance. The directions to get to the Marina, the timeliness and care in boarding, and the directions from crew all made us feel comfortable and safe. The tour itself was more than expected, we got to see many and even go inside a couple of caves in the boat. I never felt unsafe even in a confined space. The humor of our skipper made the tour engaging and entertaining. Finally, on the way back to port, we were able to see some bottle nose dolphins. While expectations was set ahead of time that there is a good chance it may not happen (there are no native species to this area), we were blessed to be in their presence and very much enjoyed spending some time with them. Thank you for the wonderful trip and we would highly recommend it to anyone interested.
Tuk Tuk is a charming way to discover the streets, alleys and little secrets Albufeira has to offer. Andre is extremely kind and had the knowledge to explain the details of each place we've visited. We took amazing pictures and learned a lot from this beautiful city and truly recommend to reserve a couple of hours for this unforgettable ride.
The coastline was amazing, the boat did go into bengil cave for a few mins. We were fortunate enoughto see many dolphins. Pedro made trip extra special and allowed our kids to sit along with him and steer the boat. Overall well organised and enjoyable. Thank you guys
I really enjoyed the boat trip and the amazing views of the clifts and caves along the way. To me I saw fascinating scupture almost the whole lengh, naturally formed.
Tiago was a great guide - he went above and beyond - showed us some extra locations and was very knowledgeable.