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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.
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.
Quinta da Balaia, Albufeira
Buda House offers accommodation in Albufeira, 1.4 km from The Strip - Albufeira and 1.
Rua Ramalho Ortigão - Praia Da Oura, Albufeira
Located right next to Praia da Oura Beach, Golden Beach Apartamentos Turisticos has an outdoor pool and a spacious terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Several restaurants, bars and nightclubs are within 280 metres.
Rua Samora Barros, nº 20, Albufeira
Sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean can be enjoyed from the poolside sundeck of the adults-only Boa Vista. Panoramic balconies with wooden chairs are featured in its individually decorated rooms.
Estrada de Stª Eulália, Areias de São João, Albufeira
Situated 300 metres from Praia da Oura beach, this resort features self-catering apartments with a furnished balcony. Oura Praia Hotel is nearby several shops and restaurants.
Praia da Falésia, PO Box 644, Albufeira
Overlooking the coastline of the Falésia Beach and the renowned Pine Cliffs Golf Course, the Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, A Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve offers a variety of wellness facilities, restaurants as well as direct access to famous Falésia Beach. Featuring terracotta and tile flooring, these suites offer views of the resort, pool or garden.
Rua Bernardim Ribeiro, Lote 15 - Santa Eulalia, Albufeira
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities, Villa Clara by Sunny Deluxe is set in Albufeira, not far from The Strip - Albufeira and Oura Beach. Complimentary WiFi is offered.
Rua do Mediterraneo, Urbanizacao 3, Fase C e D, Albufeira
Located in Albufeira, Luna Solaqua offers free WiFi and units equipped with a kitchenette, seating area and flat-screen TV. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also available, as well as a kettle.
Praia Da Falesia, Po Box 644, Albufeira
Situated on a cliff-top surrounded by pine trees. It features pools, a tennis courts, a spa and a golf course.
Herdade Dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Lote 1 - Fase 2, Albufeira
Offering a beachfront location, the 5-star Vidamar Algarve features contemporary rooms and a free fitness centre. It is located in Salgados Resort and offers free private parking, a 10-minute drive from Albufeira.
Rua dos Portugueses Lote 2116, Casa 31, 33 e 35, Albufeira
3 Villas - Praia da Falesia is set in Albufeira and offers an outdoor swimming pool. The air-conditioned accommodation is 6 km from Oura Beach.
Herdade dos Salgados s/n, Vila das Lagoas, Albufeira
Set in Albufeira, Apartamento Herdade dos Salgados provides accommodation with free WiFi and a garden with an outdoor swimming pool. Featuring a balcony, some units are air conditioned and feature a dining area and a seating area with a cable TV.
Quinta Do Milharó, Olhos D'água, Albufeira
Falésia Mar offers apartments with a kitchenette on a cliff-top location in Olhos d’Água, 150 metres from Falesia Beach. There is a garden with sun loungers and views of the Atlantic.
Pinhal do Concelho, Praia da Falésia, Albufeira
Located between Vilamoura and Albufeira and overlooking Falésia Beach, EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel offers luxury accommodations set in a landscaped pinewood with direct access to the beach, an extensive spa and outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Rooms at EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel are generously sized and in a contemporary design, complemented by white marble bathrooms with rain showers and bathtubs.
Corcovada, Areias de São João, Albufeira
Albufeira Sol Hotel & Spa is a modern 4-star hotel with bright rooms featuring balconies. Situated in Areias de São João, it offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and is a 10-minute walk from the beach.
Avenida dA Liberdade 68, Albufeira
Set in the Albufeira City Centre district in Albufeira, a 3-minute walk from Albufeira Old Town Square and 500 metres from Fisherman's Beach, Abode at Old Town features an equipped accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. This apartment is a 16-minute walk from Albufeira Marina.
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.
Praia da Falesia, PO Box 644, Albufeira
Pine Cliffs is a luxury resort in a naturally beautiful location, 800 metres from the Atlantic beaches. It features a wellness centre, 2 swimming pools and a 9-hole golf course.
Rua Do Parque - Olhos De Água, Albufeira
Located on a cliff top 4 km outside Albufeira, this apart-hotel offers spacious accommodation with kitchens. Some of the apartments have balconies with views of the pool or ocean.
Urbanização Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos, Lote 24, Albufeira
Set in a Mediterranean pinewood facing the Atlantic, this design hotel offers accommodation with massage facilities. It features an outdoor pool and has direct access to a beach only 400 metres away.