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Albufeira Holidays

Albufeira Holidays

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Beach days and neon nights - Albufeira has it all, whether you fancy diving head-first into watersports or soaking up some history in the Old Town.

Destination Highlights

  • 30km of beaches to explore
  • Incredible nightlife
  • Kayaking the sea caves
  • Whale watching
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Albufeira?

    While Albufeira has its fair share of beaches, you’ll find the cosy coves dotted around the 30km of coastline are what makes it special. Here are our best beaches:

    • Praia da Coelha - Sheltered by the surrounding cliffside, this cosy cove offers a peaceful spot for ultimate beachside relaxation.
    • Praia de São Rafael - Not too far away from Coelha, this beach is also known for its interesting rock formations that are fun to explore.
    • Praia da Falésia - Take in the uninterrupted crisp blue waters at 6km-long Praia da Falésia beach, known for its soft sand and the astounding red cliffs that run alongside it.
    • Praia dos Arrifes - Another beautifully relaxing spot, this beach also boasts a breath-taking display of rock formations that stand a few feet from the sandy shore.
    • Praia dos Pescadores - For the more traditional beach experience there’s no better place to go than Albufeira’s premier hot-spot.
    • Praia do Peneco - From the peak of the old town to the sandy shore, this place is a beautiful sight no matter where you look.
    Albufeira beach

    What are the top hotels in Albufeira?

    Whether you want sunbathing at the beach or lounging poolside, there are plenty of accommodation options for Albufeira holidays.

    • The Patio Suite Hotel - A solid location places this hotel smack bang in the middle of the city’s local bars, cafes, and restaurants.
    • Agua Marinha Hotel - Adults Only - Just a stone’s throw from the beach, lucky couples can experience an excellent selection of restaurants before taking a midnight stroll by the waves.
    • Choro Mar - This family-owned apartment-style complex offers holiday goers on a budget luxury for a fraction of the price.
    • Alfagar Alto da Colina - If you don't want to feel all beached out, then you’ll be pleased to know that this hotel offers families a multitude of pool options, from paddling pools to water park slides.
    • Albufeira Jardim I y II - An absolutely mesmerising spot that offers guests not only an outdoor pool, but also a fantastic view of Praia do Peneco.
    • Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club - The view, the beautiful gardens and vast amount of open space add to an already overwhelming hotel experience.
    Albufeira AI

    What's the food like in Albufeira?

    Travellers to this city by the sea will be rewarded with the gift of Portuguese delicacies such as oysters, clams, and cod, each with that distinct Atlantic flare.

    • Black pork - The darker hue of the Iberian pig’s skin is believed to be a result of their diet of mainly acorns, which is also why black pork tends to be higher in fat, as well as more delicious!
    • Bacalhau - The Portuguese name for cod. Have it barbequed, baked, or roasted, flavoured with a seemingly endless selection of seasonings.
    • Cataplana - A traditional Portuguese stew straight from the hills of the Algarve, served with onions, peppers, and a selection of seafood.
    • Chicken piri piri - A favourite in the UK, try this grilled chicken marinated in authentic chilli sauce in its original setting.
    • Arroz Marisco - A delicious little dish made from sauteed seafood mixed with rice, garlic, and choice of vegetables.

    Holidays to Albufeira will meet all your needs when it comes to dining. Here are some of our faves:

    • Windmill (Adults Only) - Perfect for a romantic evening by the sea. Couples are treated to a wonderful dining experience, with a choice of Mediterranean and Portuguese fare.
    • Rusty'co Bar e Restaurante - Need a little pick-me-up before heading out for a night on the town? Try out this classic burger joint, it’s sure to keep you going.
    • Tasquinha do Monchique - Start the day off right with this restaurant’s fantastic, affordable breakfast menu.
    • Platinum Wine & Tapas - For a tailored dining experience, be sure to stop by this family-owned restaurant, located in the perfect spot to take in the city.
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    Where’s the best nightlife in Albufeira?

    Albufeira is known for its lively nightlife, so you have plenty of choices when it comes to how you spend your evenings. From bars to beachside clubs, there’s no better place to party.

    • Sal Rosa - If you’re looking for a relaxing evening with your partner, you have to try this beachside cocktail bar with stunning views.
    • Wild & Company - Inspired by the likes of Hard Rock Café, you get an idea of what this spot offers. You’re in for a night of entertainment with live music and dancing acts.
    • Club Vida - Complete with interior waterfalls and a playlist of the latest house bangers, this is the place to be for that nightclub experience.
    • Matt´s Bar - This terrace bar often spills onto the streets, with live performances that encourage audiences to take part.
    • Le Club - A more sophisticated clubbing experience in town, so expect a few pricy menus. But once you get inside, the vibe is well worth the money.

    What events can I go to in Albufeira?

    There’ll always be something to get involved in on your 2022 holiday to Albufeira, no matter what time of year. So, whether you’re booking for the winter or the summer, here’s a guide to the city’s annual festivals.

    • Solrir Festival (January) - Start your year off with laughter as Portugal’s best comedians entertain audiences over a four-day event.
    • Portuguese Wine Show (May) - This one’s for the wine fans out there. With over 70 labels of Portugal’s finest wine available, be sure to check it out.
    • Prova do Folar da Guia (June) - The perfect opportunity to try out Portugal’s various kinds of sweetened breads, complete with jam and meat options.
    • Festas dos Santos Popular (June) - Take in the rich culture of Albufeira’s older neighbourhoods as locals take to the streets, sharing food, drinks, and festivities.
    • Never Ending Summer (September) - No one likes to see the end of summer, but in Albufeira, they send it off in style as people come to celebrate with one last big blowout.
    • Feira Franca (November) - This annual event, which dates back to the 17th century, features fairground attractions, rides for the kids and a delicious assortment of snacks and goodies.
    Albufeira Culture

    Things to do in Albufeira

    Sail beneath the city

    The cliffsides don’t just end at the beaches, they make their mark further out to sea as they breach the Atlantic Ocean. So, those with an adventurous spirit can sail through the caves underneath the busy city streets.

    Soar above the surface of the sea

    What do you get when you cross kitesurfing and jet-skiing? Flyboarding! With high-pressured jet propulsion, you’re given the gift of flight as you blast through Portugal’s crisp, blue waters.

    Stand proud for SUP-boarding

    For those not entirely confident in the water but keen to see the sights, why not try out the stand-up paddle board tour? It’s a great opportunity to explore, and it’s also a great core workout!

    Diving for ancient treasures

    Portugal is known for its historical prominence during the early modern era, back when pirates still roamed the Caribbean. And while the gold has long since been buried, the shipwrecks can still be found on the seabed, ready to be explored.


    What's the weather like in Albufeira?

    The Mediterranean Sea means Albufeira enjoys warm and dry summers, as well as mild winters with very little rain. The region benefits from over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, so 2022 holidays to Albufeira will certainly deliver.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 12 °c 16 °c 6 h
    Feb 13 °c 16 °c 6 h
    Mar 14 °c 16 °c 8 h
    Apr 15 °c 16 °c 9 h
    May 17 °c 18 °c 11 h
    Jun 20 °c 19 °c 11 h
    Jul 23 °c 20 °c 13 h
    Aug 23 °c 21 °c 12 h
    Sep 22 °c 21 °c 10 h
    Oct 19 °c 20 °c 8 h
    Nov 15 °c 19 °c 7 h
    Dec 13 °c 17 °c 6 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Albufeira

    How long does it take to fly to Albufeira?

    A flight to Albufeira from the UK takes about 3 hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Albufeira?

    There is no time difference between the UK and Albufeira.

    What currency do they use in Albufeira?

    The official currency of Albufeira is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Albufeira?

    The official language spoken in Albufeira is Portuguese.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Albufeira?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Albufeira?

    Travellers over the age of 13 will need to pay tourist tax of €1.50 per person, per night when staying in Albufeira between March and October.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Albufeira?

    British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Albufeira. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Albufeira?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Albufeira on the FCO website.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Albufeira for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Amanda Burroughs:


    Always my first choice for booking holidays. Seamless from beginning to end every time. Great locations, accommodations and prices.

    Clinton Vince:


    Had a fantastic holiday. The booking was smooth and straight forward, the prices were good. The whole experience went like clockwork. On the beach are on the ball when it comes to booking a holiday. This is the 4th time I’ve booked with them

    Janet:


    Excellent service and very detailed customer care meaning keeping me up to date with everything also keep giving me reminders of what I should have done Thank you

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    Albufeira Weather

    It may be cold, wet and grey in the UK, but the weather on Albufeira holidays couldn’t be more different. Summers are hot and dry and last right through until October, while winters are much milder than British ones. With so many great beaches around the area and great sunshine, your Albufeira holidays will be packed full of great memories.

    Jan 13ºC
    Feb 14ºC
    Mar 16ºC
    Apr 18ºC
    May 22ºC
    Jun 23ºC
    Jul 26ºC
    Aug 26ºC
    Sep 24ºC
    Oct 21ºC
    Nov 17ºC
    Dec 14ºC

    Landscape

    Albufeira has five main beaches: Praia da Gale, Praia da Oura, Fisherman’s Beach, Beach of Bryn and Marina e Bryn Beach, so there are plenty of places to relax and catch a tan. Aside from the gorgeous white sand and clear water beaches the landscape is awash with colour from the stunning architecture in the city. The Marina e Bryn area is especially colourful with its pink, blue and yellow buildings, which have earned it the nickname "Legoland"! 

    Things To Do on Albufeira Holidays

    There’s plenty to see in Albufeira, including some fascinating monuments. The Torre Sineira, the bell tower, was built in 1869 as part of the Parish Church Edifice and is one of the city’s most popular monuments. The Igreja Matrix temple is another popular attraction. Built in the 18th century, it replaced a church which had been demolished by an earthquake in 1755. The Chapel of Our Lady on the Wayside dates back to the 18th Century, although the original church was built in the 16th century. It is also the church where the blessing of the sea takes place during the festival of Nossa Senhora da Orada in August every year - a great time to visit if you're a bit of a culture vulture.

    However, most most people choose holidays to Albufeira for one thing and one thing only; relaxing. The prime attraction in this area are the many sandy beaches. Don't forget that there is no shortage of good golf courses around Albufeira; nearby Balaia has an excellent course and training available. So if you want to brush up on your putting this is the place to be!

    Book a Albufeira Holiday now!

    Don’t waste your time waiting for the weather to improve at home, it'll never happen! But there’s still time to catch some sun if you book a holiday in Albufeira today. Visit On the Beach for some great offers on cheap Albufeira holidays and you could be wearing that bikini in no time.