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Image of beach and Mediterraean Sea from Albufeira, Portugal

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.

Albufeira is only forty minutes from Faro (FAO) Airport and Albufeira holidays offer the chance to relax on a number of beaches that look out onto the Atlantic Ocean. 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 Prai 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.

Image of beachside restaurant overlooking the Mediterranea in Abufeira, Portugal

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 Albufeira 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.

The Algarve is generally easy to move around without hiring a car; most main destinations are within easy walking distance. For those who want to visit one of the popular water parks on holidays to Albufeira, such as Aqualand, it is easy to arrange transportation from the main hotels. For visitors who enjoy golf, the Algarve contains many golf courses, with a number of these located in the Albufeira area.

When to go

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.


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

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