Complete guide to exploring Albufeira

Venture out and enjoy the famous beaches of Albufeira. Let yourself be carried away by the rhythm of the city and get to know the points that mark the essence of the municipality.

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The Portuguese city is one of the biggest tourist spots in Portugal. The beaches, the rhythm of nightlife and social dynamics are some of the factors that make Albufeira a city not to be missed, especially in summer.

In addition to getting to know the beaches of the municipality, you should also give an opportunity to the historic centre of Albufeira, take a boat trip and dive in the caves of Albufeira. Summer festivals, flea markets and art shows are other events that can liven up your holiday.

Excelente has put together a set of suggestions so your adventure is more relaxed. Visit downtown Albufeira, appreciate the best landscapes at the Rossio Viewpoint and Coronel Águas Viewpoint and stroll down the different beaches.

What to visit?

Municipal Museum of Archaeology

At the Municipal Museum of Archaeology, you can find pieces that tell the history of Albufeira, from Prehistory to the Modern Age. The cultural space presents architectural elements and artefacts that portray the evolution of Albufeira. The Museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday.

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Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is an iconic spot in Albufeira. What's so special about this tower? Unlike the usual bells, the bell of this tower is set in an iron crown. If you want to see the Clock Tower you can head to Bernardino de Sousa Street.

Clock Tower, Portugal

Municipal Gallery

The Municipal Gallery is part of the Albufeira City Hall building and has two floors. On the first floor, visitors can find exhibits and on the 2nd floor a bookshop is located.

Museum of Sacred Art (Church of St. Sebastian)

The Museum of Sacred Art is a part of the Church of São Sebastião. The church is located in Miguel Bombarda square. The museum features several pieces on display.

Albufeira Marina

Albufeira Marina is open to ship owners, but visitors to Albufeira can also explore the space. The Marina is at the heart of the city's activity. Therefore, if you are visiting the Marina, take the opportunity to stroll through the shops and taste traditional Portuguese food in the restaurants of the area.

Albufeira Marina, Portugal

Church of Sant' Ana

Created in the 18th century, the Sant' Ana Church is in Largo Jacinto d'Ayet. Visitors to the monument highlight the high altar and pulpit of the church as distinct traits.

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Salgados Lagoon

The Salgados Lagoon is the most notable birdwatching space in the Algarve. The lagoon is located on the old marshes of Pêra and can be visited without booking beforehand. However, if you want a guided tour, you can contact the Environment, Urban Hygiene and Green Spaces Division.

Pau da Bandeira Viewpoint

From the Pau da Bandeira viewpoint, you can see the historic centre of Albufeira and Praia dos Pescadores (the Fishermen’s beach). According to the municipality of Albufeira, “Pau da Bandeira is one of the most touristic places in the city, where millions of tourists stop to take a picture overlooking the Fishermen’s beach”.

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Peneco Lift and Viewpoint

The lift has a height of 28 metres and transports people from Praia do Peneco to the viewpoint, where they can see the beach and the ocean. The elevator was created in 2009 and can be accessed free of charge.

Zoomarine

In this park, you can watch the performances of the animals, you can access the aquarium, see the butterflies and the botanical garden, you can watch the flight of macaws and the rides of the turtles, the Americas habitat and the alligators. If you think this is a lot, there's more! With the family, you can watch 4D movies and venture through all the water activities and the different amusements. If you are looking for more unique experiences, you should go to Dolphin Emotions and enjoy the dolphins.

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Krazy World Zoo

Krazy World Zoo is an interactive Zoo in which visitors can interact with birds, turtles, rabbits, among other animals. In addition to animal visits and animal performances, you can take a dip in the park pools or try the minigolf. The Zoo also offers a restaurant and activities such as tree climbing, pedal karting, pony riding and paintball.

Aquashow

The Aquashow has an outdoor park and an indoor park. Mammothblast, Watercoaster, Wave Pool, Aqualandia, Twin Space Shuttle, River Slide, Mini Train, Top Swing, Tropical Pool, Aquakids, Free Fall, Shark Slide, Pink Slide, Air Race, Speed Race, Tubes, White Fall, Jacuzzi, Swimming Pool, Thunder Cruise, Wild Snake, Lazy River, Foam Tracks, are some of the attractions of the park. In addition to these amusements, visitors can see the bird of prey and reptile shows.

Albufeira has several beaches. Excelente highlighted three, the Oura beach, the Fishermen’s beach and the Falésia beach. However, you can always walk the sands of São Rafael beach, Arrifes beach or Inatel beach, and dive into the sea of Aveiros beach, Balaia beach and many others.

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Oura Beach

Oura beach is suitable for sunbathing, diving and water sports. The beach offers a car park, bathrooms, restaurant and bathing facilities.

Oura Beach, Portugal

Fisherman's Beach

Fisherman's beach  is located near the Fishermen's Quarter and is close to shopping and catering areas. You can access the beach from Largo 25 de Abril and you can reach the beach from escalators. On the beach, you have access to bathrooms, bathing and recreational supports.

Fisherman's Beach, Portugal

Falésia Beach

Falésia beach is highlighted because of its extension of sand and the cliffs that surround the space. The sand of the beach comes from the erosion of the cliff rocks. And, in addition to the usual pebbles, Falésia beach presents typical dune plants, the sand daffodil, the sea kale, the sand cloves, the clover and the sea thistle.

Where to eat?

Platinum - Wine & Tapas

The space presents itself as a Wine House that offers snacks, cheese boards and traditional cuisine dishes. If you want to snack on different Portuguese flavours this restaurant is the most suitable for you. Cod pastries, tempura shrimp, clams, squid, grilled cheese and chorizo with mushrooms are some of the delicacies highlighted by the people who visited Platinum - Wine & Tapas.

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Indian Taj

The Indian Taj is mostly appreciated by foreign tourists, but is also highlighted by Portuguese visitors. The menu features Nepalese curry dishes, Paneer and Vegetable curry dishes, grilled dishes, among others.

Frank's

At Frank's, you can find some typical Portuguese flavours with a modern presentation. Created by English chefs, the restaurant is highlighted for its friendliness and food qualit. The chicken burger, roast chicken and roasted aubergine are some of the dishes you can find at Frank's.

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Chutneys

Considered as “one of the best Indian restaurants in Albufeira”, at Chutneys you can try Mango Chicken, Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Massala, Gambas Curry, among other dishes.

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Rusty'co Bar e Restaurante

The restaurant is known for its burgers. Cheeseburgers or Bacon and cheese burgers are one of the most famous delicacies. The toasts, salads and wraps are other elements that make up the menu of the Rusty'co Bar and Restaurant.

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Taberna Vicentina

At Taberna Vicentina you can discover traditional Portuguese food. Feijoada? Squid? Octopus salad? Roasted Chorizo? Cod with chickpeas? Yes, in Taberna Vicentina you can find all these dishes. To enhance your meal, try a new cocktail and the petit gâteau with ice cream.

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Copos & Petiscos

In this restaurant, you can indulge in drinks and snacks. In addition to the famous francesinha, the alheira, the octopus, the well-known tripe, the shrimp and the pataniscas, you can also explore the various desserts and the variety of cheese.

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Restaurante & Bar Quinta da Saudade

At Quinta da Saudade, you won't miss Portuguese food. Sardines, barbecue chicken, cod and seafood are some of the products that fill the restaurant's dishes. The space is regarded as a rustic restaurant, with “very well-prepared food”.

Al Quimia

According to Al Quimia, the restaurant will enable  you “to taste all the freshness of our sea and a palette of local ingredients”. Here, you can have “a gastronomic experience inspired by the sea and land, with the Executive Chef Luís Mourão’s modern touch”. At Al Quimia, you have the opportunity to try out tasting menus.

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Versatile Restaurante

Risotto, Veal Loin with Parsnip Puree, Sea Bass Fillet in a Bed of Spinach and Sauteed Potatoes and the Chateaubriand de Veal are some of the delicacies you should try at the Versatile Restaurant. Those who have eaten at the restaurant highlight the atmosphere, friendliness and gastronomic experience.

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Where to sleep?

Alfagar Aparthotel

Alfagar Aparthotel faces the sea. Consisting of apartments with one or two bedrooms, the hotel offers private access to Santa Eulália Beach. Each unit features a kitchen, living room and a bathroom with sea or garden views. The hotel has three swimming pools, free parking and a bar.

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Orada Apartamentos Turísticos - Marina de Albufeira

Located 100 metres from Albufeira Marina, the hotel offers apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, private kitchen, bathroom and balcony. The guest house has an outdoor swimming pool and several sights are within a kilometre.

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Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa

Offering an indoor and outdoor pool, Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa is 800 metres from Oura Beach and Santa Eulalia Beach. The hotel's rooms have a private balcony and bathroom. Some studios offer a  kitchenette and can be occupied by two, three or four people. The hotel prepares meals and organises moments of evening entertainment.

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Hotel Sol e Mar Albufeira

The hotel, aimed at adults only, is situated on the beach, right in the heart of Albufeira. Hotel Sol e Mar Albufeira features two restaurants and two bars. The rooms, with balconies facing the sea, have a bathroom and a refrigerator. Guests can access the restaurant's buffet, bar and evening entertainment.

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Sao Rafael Atlantico

The hotel features two indoor pools, three outdoor pools, a spa, a gym and private access to São Rafael Beach. Rooms have sea or garden views, private bathrooms and minimalist design. The hotel has a restaurant and serves breakfast.

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PortoBay Falesia

PortoBay Falesia features a wellness centre, a swimming pool, two restaurants, a putting green and access to Falésia Beach. The rooms come with a bathroom and a balcony. The wellness centre offers a sauna, a fitness room and a steam bath.

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Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

At Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club you will find a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool and a view of Oura Beach. The apartments and studios are composed of living areas. Only some units feature a kitchen. Near the hotel, guests can access water sports and golf courses.

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3HB Falésia Garden

3HB Falésia Garden has an outdoor pool and restaurant and it is a ten-minute walk from the centre of Olhos de Água. Each apartment features a kitchenette, some have a balcony or seating area.

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EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel

From EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel, guests can access the beach, four restaurants, a spa, an indoor pool and five outdoor pools. Rooms feature a bathroom and views of the beach, ocean or resort. The hotel has a sports court as well as a fitness centre.

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W Residences Algarve

The hotel consists of a swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre, a fitness centre, a bar and restaurant. The residences feature a private kitchen, bathroom and can accommodate three to seven people.

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Complete guide to exploring Albufeira
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Complete guide to exploring Albufeira