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Albufeira, or the 'Gateway to the Algarve', is a popular destination for all types of visitors. It is one of the largest and busiest resorts in the Algarve with a terrific climate and beautiful sandy beaches. Taking holidays in Albufeira gives you the chance to experience the magic for yourself.

Why go?

Albufeira is one of the best value destinations in Europe for beach holidays and offers plenty of entertainment.

Fisherman's Beach retains its traditional fishing village characteristics with plenty of fishing boats moored day and night. An early morning or evening visit to Fisherman's Beach is a great time to see the local fishermen unloading their catch. Praia da Oura is also a large sandy beach, with plenty of water sports available, such as parasailing, pedal boats and windsurfing.

The Praia de Tunel (Tunnel Beach) is accessed from the Old Town through a tunnel that is bored through the cliffs. Falesia Beach runs from Albufeira to Vilamoura with miles of golden sands. Praia dos Olhos d' Águ contains many rock pools and hidden coves and offers plenty of adventures for the younger members of the family.

Albufeira caters for all tastes in music, with its nightclubs, jazz bars and even Irish pubs. Nearby Sao Joao contains 'the strip' with plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants nearby. The Old Town in contains an abundance of street cafes and restaurants and many shops off its town square, selling locally made leather goods and gifts. The Old Town also retains its traditional winding cobbled streets and picturesque, single storey homes, perfect for exploring on foot.

The buildings surrounding the marina are modern builds, painted in a variety of bright pastel shades and there are dolphin sculptures dotted along the marina walkway. The marina also offers boat trips and diving excursions, ideal for a day away from the beaches.

Albufeira is only forty minutes from Faro (FAO) Airport and holidays here offer the chance to relax on a number of beaches that look out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Use TravelSupermarket's search tool to find cheap holidays to Albufeira.

When to go?

Most people will consider the Algarve for a summer holiday only; however, with year-round sun, Albufeira can be visited throughout the year.

Summer in Albufeira is usually hot and dry, with temperatures of around 28 degrees. A gentle sea breeze helps to control the Albufeira weather. The area also has mild winters (temperatures around 14 degrees) and very little rainfall. During spring and autumn you will often find long sunny days with decent temperatures.

What's on?

With events throughout the year, the Algarve has plenty to offer the traveller over and above the beach.

The Jazz Festival is an annual event in September in Albufeira and there are a number of popular food festivals held over the summer.

There are many other festivals celebrating saints' days and religious festivals, such as Carnival in the lead up to Easter, as well as public holidays, including Portugal Day on June 10.

Throughout July and August, there are also sports events held on the beaches in Albufeira.

What to do?

Looking for something to do on your holiday? Here are a few suggestions for holidays in Albufeira.

Families: For those who want to visit one of the popular waterparks, such as Aqualand, it is easy to arrange transportation from the main hotels. Zoomarine is zoo, waterpark and funfair all rolled into one, with rides and entertainment throughout the holiday season.

Sporty types: For visitors who enjoy golf, the Algarve contains many golf courses, with a number of these located in the Albufeira area.

Relaxing: Head to Monchique. These hills inland from the coast have a number of small white-washed villages which are a delight to visit and Caldas de Monchique is a spa town set in the wooded hills high above the coast.

Active types: Further to the west you can visit the dramatic cliffs at Cabo de Sao Vicente which plunge 75 metres down into the Atlantic and offer superb views. Walk the windy beaches and spot birdlife.