Non-stop sunshine, crystal clear waters and world-class beaches; that’s a holiday to Albufeira. But don’t just take our word for it. The best way to find out exactly what an Albufeira holiday is about is to go and see exactly why this city is one of Portugal’s hottest destinations.
Albufeira is located in Portugal's Algarve region on the south coast. The city’s location makes it perfect if you love warm, sunny weather. In fact, the weather is so great all year round, the city is also a fantastic winter destination. Throw in sea views, delicious food and wine, and a huge range of activities and you have all the makings of a great holiday.
Sun seekers will love Albufeira’s incredible eight hours a day of sunshine. With so much sunshine for you to enjoy during your holiday, be prepared to hit the beach or take to the hiking trails.
Once the sun goes down, the town comes alive with neon lights and lively bars, with most of the busiest clubs set along Albufeira's Strip. Albufeira is a non-stop party at night. But the city has a quiet side if you’re looking for a little peace on your Albufeira holiday.
Albufeira is arguably the top destination in the Algarve. Fantastic beaches, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and world class tourist attractions are just a click away with easyJet holidays
One of the first resorts to appear on the Algarve’s beautiful coastline, Quarteira is geared to make your holidays as effortless as possible. The resort is popular with tourists both from Portugal and beyond, perhaps because it’s only a 30-minute drive to the bustling Albufeira, and just a stone’s throw from exclusive Vilamoura, making it a good middle ground for families with young children or mature couples looking for a quiet spot to kick back and relax. The beach is Quarteira’s main draw –it’s a slice of golden sand that stretches across the length of the town, lapped by safe, clean waters where the little ones can play at ease, and the not-so-little ones can enjoy a range of water sports.Vilamoura
Born in the 1980s as a golf resort, Vilamoura retains the air of luxurious sophistication that made it so popular with last century’s elite, who keep coming back to enjoy the resort’s five golf courses, as well as its glamorous nightlife and stunning beach. But the resort’s most attractive feature – and there are many – is its marina. Lined with designer shops, chic cocktail bars and upscale restaurants, it’s the perfect spot to watch the docked yachts sway with the breeze during a romantic stroll. Holidaymakers from all walks of life will feel welcome here, especially if they have a taste for the finer things in life.Almancil
Those who want a quiet resort where they can experience a slice of traditional Portuguese village life should head to Almancil. The picture-postcard market town boasts a beautiful church featuring traditional blue tilework called azulejo, and is within easy reach of the exclusive golf resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. Chic boutiques, exclusive restaurants and vibrant cafés line Almancil’s pretty streets, where arts and culture buffs will find plenty to discover. Fancy soaking up the sun? The Vale do Lobo beach is just a ten-minute drive away, as is the Quinto do Lago lagoon.Praia da Falesia
Praia da Falesia is a six-kilometre-long sun-soaked beauty. The sand is fronted by red rock cliffs and forests. Peaceful, flat, and shaded from the wind, it is the perfect resort for families and couples looking for a peaceful day to themselves, away from the busy city.Olhos de Agua
If you want to hit the links, Olhos de Agua offers an excellent golf experience. After playing 18 holes you can venture to one of the great wellness centres or wander along the beach in search of the cave-like rock formations. Out for a night on the town? Dine, drink or dance the night away in one of Olhos de Agua’s top buzzing night spots.Praia da Oura
Praia da Oura is another blue flag beach that dots the region. If you tire of soaking up the Portuguese sun, Praia da Oura is famed for its nightlife and restaurant scene. Dine at fresh seafood restaurants that serve sea bream, John Dory, and turbot straight from the fishing boats. Tuck yourself away at a local bar, and get your hands on a spider crab for a real hands-on treat.
Exploring Albufeira...Visit São Lourenço Church
If you’re staying in Albufeira, we definitely recommend taking a trip to Albancil to visit São Lourenço Church. Considered one of Algarve’s most treasured architectural gems, it dates back to the 18th century to honour local patron Saint Lawrence. The domed church’s most famous attribute, and what makes the trip worth it alone, is the stunning azulejo – blue tile –art decorating the walls and ceiling.Play golf
You’ll find plenty of exclusive golf courses within easy reach of Albufeira, offering stunning surroundings to pot some holes. Vilamoura, for example, boasts five exclusive golf courses where you might meet a celebrity or two, while The Magnolia Hotel in Quinta do Lago is renowned for it luxurious golf course. If you don’t want to venture too far from Albufeira town, don’t despair, there are plenty of golf courses just a stone’s throw away, including the Balaia Golf Village Resort and the Pine Cliffs Golf Course.Ponte Medieval de Paderne
The Ponte Medieval de Paderne packs a historical punch. The Paderne bridge was built in the 12th century, around the same time as Paderne Castle; and the bridge leads to the old fortification. Experts believe that the castle was one of the original fortifications featured on Portugal's national flag. Wait until the sun catches the rock formations and lights up the weedy riverbed for ultimate photographer’s heaven.Torre da Medronheira
The Torre da Medronheira was built in the 16th century. The tower's original purpose was to provide a line of sight out to the sea. It now provides visitors with a majestic sea view. The nearby beach has great bars and restaurants to fuel you up after walking the tower’s grounds.Parque Aventura
Whether you’re holidaying with kids, or not, Parque Aventura is a sure-fire winner. Found just outside of the city in Santa Eulalia, it’s a huge site with tree-top adventure courses, paintball, zip wire, and team building games. The activities are tiered by difficulty, so all ages from four upwards can take part.Hiking in Albufeira
If you come to Albufeira hoping for a good walk, you won’t be disappointed. Hiking routes dot the southern part of Portugal. One of the best hiking spots is the trail that takes you up to Paderne Castle. Bonus tip: there’s a good range of beachside cafés to pop into at the end! For something really quite challenging, take the Albufeira to Oura Olhos de Agua trail along the coast. Definitely take some refreshments with you for this one though, as it’s an almost 12-mile round trip!
Albufeira cuisine is classic Portuguese food at its best, and the town specialises in fish and seafood. No visit is complete without trying Arroz de Marisco, a mix of rice and seafood - think of a Portuguese paella. Other favourites include barbequed sardines and clams, and most restaurants will serve up what they purchase off the fishermen that morning.
Gastronomy Festival runs for a week in September every year. During the festival, the city’s streets smell delicious as the locals champion Algarve produce and ways of cooking.Albufeira Restaurants
Being so close to the sea, there are plenty of delicious seafood restaurants to dine at. But there are also a number of restaurants dishing up foods from all over the world. Many British restaurants and pubs have opened in recent years. So, if you are looking for a big breakfast or Sunday roast, there is a good chance you will find it.
Whether you want to get off the beaten track or relax in one of the many world-class Albufeira resorts and hotels, easyJet holidays have great deals for holidays in the Algarve. By booking your easyJet flight and hotel together, you’ll get away for even less. Visit Albufeira and get to know Portugal this year!