This popular tourist destination is located in the Algarve in the south of Portugal. What was once a small fishing village has since developed into a popular holiday resort and with the gorgeous beaches, stunning weather and excellent restaurants found in and around the city, there’s little wonder why holiday-makers return year after year.
While the beaches and year-round warm weather are the city’s main traits, Albufeira has plenty of other attractions on offer. The history-rich city is home to a range of historical buildings and sites such as the Paderne Castle. Wander the streets of the city’s Old Town to get a true taste of the Albufeira’s history and Moorish roots. Wine tours and golf are among the other attractions nearby.
Ideal for navigating narrow roads and cobbled streets in the city centre and perfect for parking where space is limited. A hatchback is also substantial for long-distance and motorway driving.
The city is home to 20 gorgeous sandy beaches, many of which are great for families. Sao Joao beach has excellent water sports opportunities including windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing. Elsewhere you’ll discover quieter seaside spots and secluded coves for those just wanting to relax.
Families should take a trip to the Zoo Marine centre in Guia. This amazing theme park has a whole host of rides and attractions suitable for kids of all ages. There are also dolphin and sea lion shows as well as the opportunities to swim with the dolphins and learn more about these fascinating creatures.
The city has a vibrant nightlife with a number of excellent bars, nightclubs and pubs in the city centre. If you fancy a more low-key evening out then the city has an array of excellent restaurants and quiet street cafes where you can dine alfresco and watch the world go by.
For those who wish to explore the rural side of the city, away from the crowds the surrounding area is home to gorgeous countryside where you can enjoy taking in the scenery on a peaceful nature trail.
It can be difficult to navigate through Albufeira’s maze of streets as there are very few street signs. It’s recommended to plan your journey beforehand and invest in a good map.
Some motorways surrounding the city are toll roads. When driving on motorways, avoid using the green lanes as these are for drivers using the automated payment systems at toll booths.
If a local driver flashes their lights at you, this is an indication that they want you to give way. This takes place on most roads in the area.
The closest airport to Albufeira is Faro Airport which is located approximately 25 miles from the centre of Albufeira and is accessible via the A22 highway.
The airport is seen as a major hub for holidaymakers throughout Portugal and, as a result, is usually busy in summer.