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Albufeira is renowned as a hub of seaside tourism, and for good reason. Beyond the immaculate beaches and historic points of interest, inland Portugal offers gorgeous rural scenery, ripe for hikes and excursions. Here are some of the highlights!

Zoomarine Algarve

Zoomarine Algarve

One of southern Portugal's leading tourist attractions couples a superb aquarium (which includes birds too) with daily sea lion and dolphin shows. You can even swim with the latter!

Praia dos Pescadores

Praia dos Pescadores

Known as Fisherman's Beach for its former harbor economy, this is Albufeira's best recreational beach. Not in the mood for sunbathing? Try parasailing or the local seafood instead!

Castle of Paderne

Visit this 12th-century Moorish castle for great views over the Quarteira River, with a Roman bridge that's still in use! Don't miss the sleepy village of Paderne along the way.

Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila

Another sightseeing excursion. This one features the fascinating remnants of an ancient Roman villa that dates back to when Caeser Augustus ruled the Algarve!

Praia da Marinha

Praia da Marinha

Considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, the clean sands and startling rock formations of Praia da Marinha are definitely worth the short trip from Albufeira.

International Sand Sculpture Festival

International Sand Sculpture Festival

A jaunt northwest of Albufeira lies Pêra – home to this celebration of spectacular sand sculpting. It's a must-see, and generously runs from March to October!

Dolphin spotting

Dolphin spotting

If seeing dolphins at Zoomarine isn't quite satisfying, why not board a boat tour to spy these majestic creatures in the wild? You can even explore the caves while you're at it!

Planning Your Albufeira Visit

When to visit?

Albufeira is famed for being a year-round destination. Unfortunately, the recession has forced many businesses to start closing off-season (November to March). Although the holiday season is probably the best time to visit, you might also want to take advantage of the city's winter prices! The weather will still be pleasant, if possibly too brisk for swimwear!

How to get there?

Albufeira is just 40 km from Faro Airport. From there it can be easily reached by regional train, bus, or car/taxi. Note that Albufeira train station is on the outskirts of the city, so you'll need to complete your journey to the center by taxi. If arriving at Lisbon Airport, make your way to Gare do Oriente and catch a train from there.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    Albufeira is lovely all year round. Summers are hot, but not scorching, with a 70°F average, and winter temperatures don't dip below 50°F. From June to August Albufeira will be at its most festive, so the beach-happy in particular are recommended to go at this time!

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What people are saying about Albufeira

We went on this tour with a group of 4 & one additional girl joined our van. We were picked up at 230, however the wine drinking/ Winery tour didn’t start until 430. We did get to have some wonderful information passed to us about the history of Portugal and we were able to see the last standing castle. Our guide Juao was great, very engaging and funny! We stopped off at the castle & were able to explore for an hour. From there we made our way to the winery. We stopped off at PAXA wines, the tasting room in the Winery was beautiful, and the host, Nidia was wonderful. The wine was very delicious of course! Overall it was a great day out. Again, the Portuguese hospitality was amazing! Juao dropped us off at our dinner reservation instead of our original pick up spot & gave us good recommendations for restaurants. Personally I wish we had booked the longer tour to go to several wineries. But overall was a great day out!

From Albufeira: Half-Day Winery Tour and Silves Reviewed by Julia, 10/05/2020

It was a fantastic trip! We got to see the dolphins and all the beautiful caves. Benagil was beyond beautiful. The only thing I was slightly disappointed about is that we didn’t get to stop anywhere because we were told that we would take a small break at one of the beaches along the algarve near the caves. Also, we only stayed at the benagil cave for a short time, would’ve been amazing if it was for longer. Despite that, wonderful trip!

From Albufeira: Benagil Caves Boat Cruise Reviewed by Zaisam, 10/19/2020

The caves were beautiful and absolutely made this trip for me. I did get a bit wet but it wasn't bad - glad I brought a light jacket as it does get a bit cold on the ocean. You can tuck a day bag under the seat but I wouldn't recommend brining much. We didn't manage to find any dolphins, but the time on the water and the shoreline were absolutely worth the experience. Lovely guide and driver as well.

This was my first time parasailing and my nerves were starting to kick in before we took off but once we lifted off up into the air the experience was like no other and also thanks to an amazing team, I would definitely recommend this to anyone, its absolutely fantastic and well worth the money :-) thank you guys

Albufeira: Parasailing Boat Trip Reviewed by Dean, 10/11/2020

Bernardo - the guide was phenomenal. Very friendly, informative and funny. Seems like he loves what he does and enjoys showing people the beauty of the area. The views, the ocean and experience are one of a kind. You will feel incredibly grounded, connected, peaceful and blissfully AF. I sure did!