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Albufeira is situated in the southern part of Portugal, in the most important tourist area - Algarve. Its population is about 40 thousand inhabitants. It is well known for its stunning beaches with fine sand, cliffs and typically white little houses that spread throughout the city.
Accommodation in Albufeira offers an incredible number of options - from hostels, apartments, hotels, to villas, guest houses, resorts and holiday homes. The most popular accommodation is located near the Praia dos Pescadores beach or Praia do Túnel beach or provides direct access to one of the other Albufeira beaches. The cheapest accommodation can be found in hostels. The price of accommodation in three-star hotels or apartments starts at EUR 33 per room/per night. Pretty much every building that offers accommodation has also its own outdoor pool, often offer rooms with balconies and wi-fi access. The most luxurious hotels in Albufeira are probably Sheraton Algarve Hotel, with its own spa and water sports center and also Pine Cliffs Residence, that has its own golf course. The most popular hotels in Albufeira are: Vidamar Algarve Hotel, Sheraton Algarve Hotel, Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos - Adults Only - Design Beach Hotel, Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel, Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, Hotel Apartamento Areias Village or Sao Rafael Suite Hotel.
Albufeira has a pleasant weather conditions throughout the year - summers are hot and perfect for lounging on the beach and all sorts of summer activities, winters are nice, there is practically no rain. The main tourist season for beach holidays is from April to October - during these months the main beaches are guarded by lifeguards and beach restaurants, bars and other shops on the beach are opened.
The area was inhabited as early as in Roman times. Albufeira acquired its name thanks to Arabs, who occupied the city at the beginning of the 8th century - they called it "Al-Buhayra" (= “Lagoon” in English). Moorish domination lasted for another 500 years. In the 13th century, the city was conquered by Christians and became a part of Portugal. Originally it was a typical fishing village, since 1960 it became also a very popular holiday destination. Algarve region visits annually about 5 million tourists.
The nearest airport is in Faro, about 30 km from Albufeira. From Faro, it is possible to get to Albufeira by taxi, bus or rent a car. Another option how to get to Albufeira is to travel by plane / train to Lisbon and from here 3 hrs by Intercity train. Another option is to travel by high-speed (Alfa Pendular) train, the journey from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. The train station in Albufeira is about 6 kilometers from the city center, from the train station you can catch a taxi and in 10 minutes you are in town.
Most tourists are visiting two areas - Areias de São João, known as The Strip and the Old Town. Strip is very popular amongst nightlife lovers, there are many bars, clubs and restaurants in the area. In the Old Town, you can find two main city beaches - Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman's beach) and Praia do Tunel. Since the coast of Albufeira consists of cliffs, there were built lifts and escalators to the beaches to reach it as much as comfortable as possible. If you walk along the sea to the left from the city beaches, you can find more and more beaches to be explored. While wandering, you can stumble upon warning signs indicating the falling stones - you really need to take those seriously and avoid the areas. In addition to a possible injury you may be fined for visiting these areas. Besides this, the beaches of Albufeira are some of the safest in the world, some of them has even awarded the Blue Flag. On the right, from the city beaches, you can find a port - from here are leaving boats that offer sea trips.
Whether you prefer relaxing holidays or you like more action, you shall enjoy your time in Albufeira! There are many activities in the town, for example you can go horse riding or hire ATV. You can also find here a rope park or Zoomarine (marine theme park). You can visit the caves, play golf or go fishing. You can also relax during a massage or you can go singing to one of the karaoke bars.
Rua da Torre Velha, Albufeira
Located a 5-minute walk from Castelo and Evaristo beaches, Vila do Castelo offers an adult and a children swimming pool. Surrounded by nature this property is a 10-minute drive from Albufeira's centre.
Quinta do Milharó, Albufeira
Set in Albufeira in the Algarve Region, 3.9 km from Oura Beach and a 10-minute walk from the centre of Olhos De Água, Falésia Garden features an outdoor pool and sun terrace.
Vale Rabelho, Albufeira
Salgados Vila das Lagoas is a 8-minute walk from Salgados Beach. The property features access to a green garden with olive and palm trees, as well as 7 outdoor swimming pools.
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua da Alagoa - Guia, Albufeira
The deluxe Salgados Dunas Suites is a 2-minute walk from Salgados Beach, through an exclusive pathway built over the dunes. The 5-star hotel has 6 outdoor swimming pools and modern rooms with panoramic views.
Herdade dos Salgados s/n, Vila das Lagoas, Albufeira
Set in Albufeira, near Salgados Beach and Gale Beach, Apartments Herdade dos Salgados by PCFerias features free WiFi. Featuring a balcony, some units are air conditioned and feature a dining area and a seating area with a cable TV.
Herdade dos Salgados Resort - Guia, Albufeira
The luxurious 5-star Salgados Palace is next to the Salgados Golf and features scenic ocean views. The hotel features 3 outdoor swimming pools, a SPA & Wellness Centre as well as restaurants and bars with panoramic views.
Overlooking the stunning São Rafael Beach, the luxurious 5-star Sao Rafael Suites is a 5-minute drive from Albufeira. It features fantastic sea and garden views and offers free parking.
Overlooking the sea, Sao Rafael Atlantico is an ultra modern 5-star complex with direct and private access to São Rafael Beach. It features 2 indoor heated pools, an extensive spa, and sunbath decking lounges.
Herdade dos Salgados, Rua da Boca da Alagoa, Lote1 Fase 2,, Albufeira
Offering a beachfront location, Vidamar Algarve offers contemporary villas with private outdoor swimming pools. It is located in Salgados Resort and offers free private parking, a 10-minute drive from Albufeira.
Rua Ramalho Ortigão - Praia Da Oura, Albufeira
Located right next to Praia da Oura Beach, 3HB Golden Beach has an outdoor pool and a spacious terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Several restaurants and bars are within 280 metres.
Herdade dos Salgados, Albufeira
Offering 10 outdoor swimming pools, palm tree garden and a kids club, Salgados Palm Village Apartments & Suites - All Inclusive is located in Albufeira. The unit features modern suites and rooms within 900 metres of Salgados Beach and 500 metres from Salgados Golf, with its green 18-hole courses.
Vale De Parra, Albufeira
Solar Veiguinha offers self-contained accommodation among landscaped gardens and a large pool with sun terrace and loungers. It features nearby golfing facilities and an on-site bicycle rental to discover Albufeira.
Quinta Do Mel - Açoteias, Albufeira
This rural tourism unit is located near Praia da Falésia and combines tranquillity and practicality in an old farmhouse that was rebuilt keeping the traditional architecture and materials. The property benefits from large relaxing rooms and a calm outdoor pool to wash away your cares.
Quinta da Balaia, Albufeira
Buda House offers accommodation in Albufeira, 1.4 km from The Strip - Albufeira and 1.
Rua Ramalho Ortigão s/n, Praia da Oura, Albufeira
Soldoiro Apartments offers self-catering studios and apartments just 1-minute walking from Albufeira's Praia da Oura beach. It has an outdoor pool with a pool bar serving beverages and snacks.
Estrada De Albufeira, Albufeira
Situated in the traditional fishing village of Olhos d'Agua, the totally refurbished Clube Humbria resort offers an all inclusive basis perfect for families. Set 800 metres from the beach, this property offers apartments overlooking the garden and the swimming pool.
Rua das Caravelas, Marina de Albufeira, Albufeira
Located just 100 metres from Albufeira Marina, this 4-star property offers an expansive outdoor pool lined with sun loungers. The self-catering accommodation features spacious seating areas and balconies.
Largo Jacinto d'Ayet Nº4, Albufeira
This hotel occupies an ideal location close to Albufeira’s old town and 200 metres from Fisherman’s Beach. It offers a terrace with panoramic Atlantic Ocean views and an outdoor swimming pool.
Rua Antonio Aleixo, Albufeira
This property offers apartments on the hills overlooking Albufeira’s old town. Cerro Mar Atlantico & Cerro Mar Garden boasts a lagoon-style pool on a terrace with Atlantic Ocean views, and an extensive wellness centre.
Estrada De Sta. Eulália, Albufeira
Just 500 metres from the famous Praia da Oura and Santa Eulália beaches, the Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa offers air-conditioned rooms. It also features indoor and outdoor swimming pools.