The once former fishing village of Albufeira is now a popular holiday destination located on the southern Algarve region of Portugal. Known for its pastel coloured coastal apartments and waterfront promenade, Albufeira is often referred to by tourists as one of the liveliest resorts in the Algarve. The towns historic buildings, cobbled streets and the fishing boats that once bobbed along the coastline have since transformed into an energetic holiday destination, where restaurants line the streets and is an area that visitors come to for the vibrant nightlife. The dramatic landscape in this area of the Algarve is peppered with rugged rock formations, interrupted by large sweeping sandy bays in between, making it popular amongst beach lovers. Suiting both families, couples and groups alike, Albufeira is a holiday destination with something for everyone. Leisure, activity, history and social life are all a part of the towns style of living.
Depending on the type of holiday you prefer, there is plenty of variety in Albufeira when it comes to accommodation. One of the most popular hotels, as chosen by tourists, is the Design Beach Hotel. This adult only resort has a fabulous location, set with a pine wood, facing out to sea. With a great range of facilities including and outdoor pool, spa treatments and direct access to the beach, we can see why everyone wants to book a holiday here. If it’s luxury you are after, you might want to make the short trip outside the centre of Albufeira to the Pine Cliffs Hotel. This 5-star property nestled amongst the clifftops, where guests staying here can enjoy dining at a choice of eight restaurants, use of the seasonal water sports centre and the longest beach in Portugal, Praia Da Falésia. For a self-catering break in the heart of the town, you can’t go wrong with Albufeira apartment TO. With sea views and the buzzing nightlife on your doorstep, this is the perfect location to relax and unwind during your break in the Algarve.
As you can imagine fish is a popular dish throughout Albufeira and a local delicacy is Cataplana, a fish stew that contains both local fish varieties and shellfish. The mild climate of the Algarve also makes it the perfect location for the production of local fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs, which you can expect to see on many restaurant menus throughout the town. A favourite restaurant with the locals is The Palacete, serving traditional Portugese cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere. For one of the top restaurants in the world, head to Vila Joya (voted 22nd on a list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants back in 2014). Double Michelin Star-winning chef Dieter Koschina creates tantalizing dishes combining local ingredients with a northern European cooking style. Whereas, if you would prefer a more informal dining experience, Rusty’co Bar e Restorante is one of the most popular venues in Albufeira, dishing up classic burgers and mouthwatering desserts.
Sitting on the coast, there are plenty of water related activities to enjoy including a range of boat trips exploring the rocky coastline, it’s hidden sea caves combined with a bit of dolphin spotting too. For all those wanting to try out some exhilarating watersports. Choose from kayaking, parasailing and jet ski experiences amongst others. A visit to the Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park is also not to be missed with a wonderful range of wildlife to see and learn about including, sea lions and tropical birds. For everyone wanting to gain an insight into Albufeira’s history during their holiday, a stroll through Old Town is well worth it. At the centre is the Albufeira’s Old Town Square where you can get a feel for what it would have been like to live in this once sleepy fishing village.
The busiest time of year in Albufeira’s calendar is July & August, in line with the school summer holidays when you can expect temperatures to be hot, reaching highs of 30 degrees.
Despite the mild winters, the sea temperature can be surpising chilly during the winter months. On the plus side, if you do choose to book a break to Albufeira outside of the of the main holiday season you will be pleased to hear that the town never fully closes, with many restaurants and tourist attractions remaining open throughout the year.
For warm temperatures, minus the summer crowds, a break during the spring and autumn is highly recommended.