The cliffside shores of one of the Algarve’s most popular destinations provides the perfect backdrop for our luxury villas in Albufeira, offering a relaxing sun-filled holiday in a historic fishing village.
With fully air-conditioned rooms, private gardens and barbecue spaces for outdoor dining in each of our one to nine-bedroom Algarve villas, you can unwind in peace in your own Portuguese oasis. Albufeira offers a number of bistros, attractions and nightclubs, right on your doorstep. There is something for everyone here, from exploring the landscape on an off road safari tour, to riding the waves with a water sports class.
After a long day’s exploration of the old town streets, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in your own private, heated pool, before heading out again for a taste of local cuisine.
Albufeira is a pretty town bursting with character that has developed from a small fishing village to one of the Algarve’s leading tourist destinations in just over three decades.
The town is split into two distinct sections- the busy and lively Praia d’Oura Montechoro ‘strip’, and the vibrant, cosmopolitan and charming Old Town of Albufeira.
The famous square is the focal point of the Old Town and it is here that you can enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere both day and night, with an extensive range of Portuguese and International restaurants, street performers, live bands and late night music bars. There are a selection of superb beaches to choose from in Albufeira, including the lovely fisherman’s beach; Albufeira beach, which is accessed via a tunnel cut into the cliff from the Old Town; the popular Praia d’Oura beach, which has a good choice of water sports; and the stunning picture postcard beach at Santa Eulalia.
Even by Algarve standardsAlbufeirahas a stunning number and range of beaches. Such is the diversity you can visit a different first class beach every day for weeks.
They can be broadly split into open tourist friendly beaches and beaches that are more defined by their caves and coves. The large, facilities rich, family friendly beaches of Albufeira are enormousPraia da Falésia,Gale Leste,Oura,Santa Eulalia,with its colourful fishing boats dotted around the beach andAlemãeswith a floating playground a few metres off the coast. Of the cliff lined beaches with intimate covesSao Rafael,Castelo,CoelhaandEvaristofit the bill.
These differences are not always stark with some beaches having both open and secluded areas. You will also find at least one restaurant and beach bar, offering snacks and locally caught seafood dishes on every beach.
Between the beach, the marina, the strip, Old Town and the cultural hotspots just out of town Albufeira has a varied selection of places to eat and drink, both day and night.
For people looking for beach eatsEvaristo Restaurantcomes highly recommended but is by no means your only option. After a few minute stroll in any direction once you hit the sand you will find a concession stand serving snacks.
Traditional Portuguese cuisine can be found all over Albufeira with the converted barn houseRestaurante & Bar Quinta da Saudadea standout.Fine dining requirements are catered for by the likes ofAl Quimaand others. If you crave the homeliest and most comfortable of comfort foodsStews & Morewill fill your stomach and your heart.
When it comes to international cuisine, much like everywhere else in the world, south Asian food is well represented. There are several Indian restaurants around the Algarve withJaipur Indian Restaurantenjoying mythical status. UK holiday makers looking for a taste of homeThe Cockerel Country Kitchenhas been catering to Albufeira’s many British expats for many years.
When it comes to bars Alburfeira shows the same versatility. The marina is full of watering holes serving fine food likeBelize Café Terrace & DeckwhereasSun Deckprovides a great vantage point to plan your night on The Strip. Elsewhere on The Strip the themedBJ’s Canadian Sports Bartouts itself as ‘a taste of the true North in the beautiful South’.
For people looking to step away from the hurly burley and catch up with the sport from home a visit to33 Sports Barshould be on your list and if you are looking for a quintessential Irish pub while you’re exploring the charms Old Town, a trip toSherry’sis recommended.
Central Albufeira has two nine hole and an eighteen hole golf course offering different experiences. It is not unusual for enthusiasts to visit more than one course during a trip to the region.
The 18-holeSalgados Golf Courseis an open course set in a wildfowl habitat between sand dunes and marshland. Exposed to the elements and designed to flow perfectly with the surroundings its open nature has seen it described as a links course. However unlike traditional links courses where golfers are in a constant battle against the wind and rain, Salgados has traded those elements for year round sunshine.
The aptly namedPine Cliffsis a 9-hole course on the coastal cliffs of the Algarve with pine tree lined fairways leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Part scenic tour part golf course Pine Cliffs GC’s raised position on the coast ensures each hole provides stunning views. The other 9 hole course is atBalaia Golf Village.This par 3 is ideal for those looking to tune up their game or play your friends and family for bragging rights with some friendly ‘nearest the pin’ wagers.
There’s lots of family friendly fun available in Albufeira. Waterparks likeSlide & Splash,AquashowParkandAqualandwill keep young and old busy all day with enough activities to tucker out the most active of family members.
However for sheer variety of things to do a visit to facility ladenZoomarineis highly recommended. Just a 10 minute drive from downtown Albufeira this theme park inspired by marine animals looks to educate as well as entertain. Similarly the fun-filled theme parkKrazyWorldis blessed in the sheer amount of entertainment available, combining a mini-zoo, petting farm, crazy golf, paintball and much more.
For those looking for a bit of adventureParque Aventuraoffer a fantastic day traversing tree top courses and paintball, suited for family or large group excursions. If you’re looking to quench your need for speedHot Wheels RacewayonAlbufeira marinaoffers carting fun on a track claiming to be the fastest in the Algarve.
Alternativley you and your family can enjoy a good old fashioned day out atHotshot Bowling & Leisure Centre. As well as the 9 lanes for bowling you can indulge in pool, air hockey, a Virtual Reality Experience, arcade classics, amusements and children’s rides.
Away from the beach or pool there are plenty of things to do in Albufeira that are suitable for kids of any age (including you). If you are coming with teenagers or above the active pursuits likewater sports,horse ridingorcyclingaround Albufeira will also suit a family day out.
Golf Resort are all within ten miles of downtown Albufeira.
There are a number of cruises and tours available out of Albufeira to take you out to a world ripe for exploration.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular, with a number of vendors providing lessons and equipment. Under the tutelage of fully certified experienced instructors you can fully explore what’s on offer just below the ocean surface. A number of natural and artificial reefs are home to a wide selection of marine animals where you can expect to see fish, spider crabs, octopuses and on some occasions the odd pod of dolphins.
On the wateryacht tours,catamaran cruisesandglass bottomed boatsare the best way to discover the caves, rock formations and isolated bays dotted along the eye catching coastline. You can also choose how long you want to be on the ocean according to the sturdiness of your sea legs. Hardy seafarers can opt for a full day fishing or take a journey of discovery all the way up to the Cabo Carvoeiro lighthouse which has been in operation since the end of the 19thcentury. If you want to relax watching the descent of dusk a spectacular ‘Sunset Cruise’ may be more your speed.Algarve SeafarisandAlgarve Experienceare two of the most popular vendors providing boat trips out of the marina.
On land you can go exploring under your own steam on the increasingly popularbike tours. However if you prefer to be ‘carried rather than walk’ ahorse ridingor horse carriage tourof the beaches and countryside of Albufeira are recommended as are atuk tuk tour. This mode of transport is growing quickly in the Algarve and is proving a creative way to go exploring. Tours with a guide on these small, clean machines will introduce you to some of Albufeira’s hidden gems you wouldn’t have found by yourselves.
Albufeira is a pretty town bursting with character that has developed from a small fishing village to one of the Algarve’s leading tourist destinations in just over three decades. Over that time it has developed plenty of contrasting locations to keep night owls, culture vultures and history buffs happy.
The town is split into two distinct sections, the busy and livelyPraia d’Oura Montechoro ‘strip’and the cosmopolitan and charmingOld Townof Albufeira. On the west side of the old town is the new luxurymarina, boasting amazing sea excursions and activities along with its own run ofrestaurants, andbars. To the east of Albufeira, heading in the direction ofVilamoura, you will find the bustling village ofOlhos d’Agua. Like Albufeira, Olhos d’Agua has developed over the years from a sleepy fishing village into the popular tourist destination it is today.
For those looking to experience the ‘real Algarve’ a trip to the markets ofLouleandCalicosis highly recommended. If you are looking to soak up a little history a visit to the churchesChurch of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha & Igreja Matrizand their surrounding areas are an interesting and educational day out.