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Once a small fishing village, Albufeira is now one of the largest and most popular beach destinations in Europe. In three days, you're bound to see why!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

18 Places

7 City Tips

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18 Places

Day 1

Centro Historico de Albufeira

Neighbourhoods

Praia dos Pescadores

Beaches

Torre do Relogio

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Albufeira's Igreja Matriz

Churches & Cathedrals

Docaria Almeixar, Bistro Restaurante

Restaurants

Sherry's Bar

Bars & Clubs

Day 2

Tuk-Tuk Albufeira

Sightseeing Tours

Praia dos Olhos de Agua

Beaches

Passaro Azul

Restaurants

Praia do Barranco das Belharucas

Beaches

Falesia Beach

Beaches

Sayanna Wellness

Spas

Friends Bar

Bars & Clubs

Day 3

Balaia Golf Village

Golf Courses

Dolphins Driven

Kayaking & Canoeing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Boat Tours

Praia da Coelha

Beaches

BLUE BELL BAR

Bars & Clubs

Os Arcos Restaurante

Restaurants

FranciscoFA's City Tips

  • Tipping 10% is customary for good service.
  • The Tourist Office is located in the Old Town at 5 Outubro Street. It should be your first stop. You can pick up a map and talk to the knowledgeable staff there.
  • Giro, the city bus, runs about every half hour. You can purchase a one-way or day ticket on the bus, or buy a pre-paid card to reload — ask at the bus stop for details.
  • Since taxis are inexpensive and widely available, they are an easy way to get around. (If you're traveling in a group of three or more, they are often the cheapest option too!)
  • "The Strip" in Albufeira's New Town is a nightlife mecca. Always grab a taxi or walk there — do not drink and drive!
  • Since Albufeira is a laid-back beach town, casual attire is the norm.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for city walking, and don't forget to pack sunscreen and water.
    Day 1
  • Centro Historico de Albufeira
    Neighbourhoods
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Tucked beneath a steep hill, Old Town retains some of the charms of historic Albufeira. Surrounded by restaurants and bars, the main square comes alive with revelers, especially on summer evenings. But it's the labyrinth side streets that holds the real treasures. Many of the narrow, cobbled lanes are unsuitable for cars, which leaves pedestrians free to explore the small shops, bars, and restaurants as they meander down to Pescadores beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Find a cafe terrace that looks appealing to you, and stop to enjoy a refreshing drink while looking out at the ocean.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 57 things to do in Albufeira
    • Nice part of Albufiera 12/11/2018
    • Albufeira's Old Town 12/11/2018
    • Centro Historico de Albufeira
    Address:
    Old Town
    Albufeira 8200-110
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 586 952
    Other:
  • Praia dos Pescadores
    Beaches
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Praia dos Pescadores, or Fisherman's Beach, is named for the myriad fishing boats that used to anchor here (they now reside in Porto de Abrigo). You'll still often see a handful of fishermen working on the shores, and the restaurants that line the beach all serve up fresh catches. The beach itself, with its beautiful golden sand and cool ocean waves, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Head out on the water, or simply lay back and enjoy the sunshine.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Always wear sunscreen, and in spring and summer avoid the hours of 12-3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
    • Foot volley (a sport that combines football and beach volleyball) is said to have originated on these sands, and late afternoons often see pickup games. Stay to watch or join in!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 57 things to do in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach, during low season 06/11/2018
    • nothing fancy 02/11/2018
    • Praia dos Pescadores
    Phone:
    +351 966 362 878
  • Torre do Relogio
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Situated near Peneco's Beach, the Clock Tower was originally part of a medieval castle that now lies in ruins. Its decorative iron 'crown' dates back the 19th century, the clock still chimes every hour, and it is lit up nightly.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The opening hours vary by season, so check them out before you visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 57 things to do in Albufeira
    • Clock Tower of Albufeira 06/09/2018
    • Out for a stroll 02/06/2018
    • Torre do Relogio
    Address:
    Rua Jose Bernardino de Sousa
    Albufeira 8200-146
    Portugal
  • Albufeira's Igreja Matriz
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    The site where Igreja Matriz (or the 'Mother Church') now stands has long been a place of worship. The current church was built in the 18th century, after the 1755 earthquake devastated Albufeira's old parish church (which itself was originally an Arab mosque). The neoclassical Mother Church is stunning, with four side chapels, a central dome, and a beautiful central altar featuring Abufeira's patron saint, Our Lady of Conception. The bell tower, now an iconic part of the church, was added later in 1869.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • In early September, the city celebrates the Feast of Saint Vincent with a procession and Mass. It is a sight to see if you're in town during that time.
    • Masses are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Times vary by season, so stop by to check the schedule if you wish to attend.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 57 things to do in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wrong location linked with Uber 23/09/2018
    • Peaceful atmosphere 14/08/2018
    • Albufeira's Igreja Matriz
    Address:
    Rua da Igreja
    Albufeira 8200-650
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 585 526
    Other:
  • Docaria Almeixar, Bistro Restaurante
    Restaurants (Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese)
    FranciscoFA Says:

    Doçaria Almeixar is a must for your first day in Albufeira, because there's a good chance you'll want to visit it again and again! This simple, homey restaurant and sweet shop serves up everything from burgers, pizzas, and salads to crepes, cakes, and smoothies — all homemade with quality ingredients, and served with a smile!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • After dinner, try one of the local fruit liqueurs, like almond, fig, or carob.
    • You can't go wrong with any meal here. Breakfast is excellent, but so is dinner, and then of course there's dessert...
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 29 restaurants in Gale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • October Visit 08/11/2018
    • Great food 31/10/2018
    • Docaria Almeixar, Bistro Restaurante
    Address:
    Estrada de Vale Rabelho
    Restaurante Sao Domingos
    Gale, Albufeira 8200-428
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 592 314
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$29
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sherry's Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    There are Irish Bars and then there is Sherry's Bar. Situated just off the main square in Old Town, Sherry's is the type of place where you feel like a regular even if you've just arrived. The owners, an Irish couple, and staff are all about making guests feel at home, and the atmosphere is buzzing but still calm enough that you can have a decent conversation over a pint of Guinness.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The bar often hosts quiz nights or sing-a-longs, so don't be afraid to join in. The energy is contagious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 79 Nightlife in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very very good pub 12/11/2018
    • Warm welcome 06/11/2018
    • Sherry's Bar
    Address:
    Rua Alves Correia N. 51
    Albufeira 8200-090
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 153 985
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Tuk-Tuk Albufeira
    Sightseeing Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    The tuk-tuk, a sort of tricycle with a passenger cabin, is a main means of transportation in India and Southeast Asia, and now you can try them out in Portugal too! It's a fun way to explore Albufeira, or to get to some of the more difficult to reach beaches.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Go on a morning ride, because it's cooler then!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 67 Tours in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cute! 29/10/2018
    • Good fun! 11/10/2018
    • Tuk-Tuk Albufeira
    Address:
    Rua Samora Barros 29
    Albufeira 8200-178
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 924 134 976
    Price range:
    US$53 - US$53
    Other:
  • Praia dos Olhos de Agua
    Beaches
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Olhos de Água is a small fishing village where you can watch fishermen hauling in their catches that will be cooked up at local restaurants later in the day. On the beautiful beach, you can see the 'eyes' for which the town is named (Olhos d’Agua means 'eyes of water'): natural springs that sometimes gush up through the sand during low tide. The rock pools make fun spots to poke around, and the shallow waters are good for children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This beach is ideal for elderly and solo travelers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A very interesting beach . 17/11/2018
    • Fantastic beach 16/11/2018
    • Praia dos Olhos de Agua
    Address:
    Rua dos Pescadores 3
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-651
    Portugal
  • Passaro Azul
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese)
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Perched above the sand in Olhos de Água, Pássaro Azul is a great place to enjoy lunch without venturing too far from the beach. Here, you can dine on those fresh catches you saw being hauled in earlier in the day, perfectly paired with a fresh Vinho Verde Alvarinho white.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Even though seafood is the specialty here, non-fish eaters have many choices as well!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 55 restaurants in Olhos de Agua
    • Stunning Location - even better seafood! 18/10/2018
    • Nice beach restaurant 25/09/2018
    • Passaro Azul
    Address:
    Rua 25 de Abril 33
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-647
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 502 852
  • Praia do Barranco das Belharucas
    Beaches
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Located just outside of Albufeira, Praia do Barranco das Belharucas got its name for being the nesting spot of colorful birds called 'bee-eaters' (abelharucos). Backed by severe orange cliff, the beach itself is quiet, with calm waters great for all manner of water sports!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Access to the beach is via a dirt road. There is some parking, or you can walk from Praia dos Olhos de Água during low tide.
    • From water skiing to pedal boats, you'll find various watersport rentals available in the area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Golden sand - dramatic cliffs - beautiful 22/10/2018
    • spectacular beach 22/09/2018
    • Praia do Barranco das Belharucas
  • Falesia Beach
    Beaches
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Named for the rugged, blazing cliffs that tower above it ('falésia' means 'cliff'), Praia da Falésia is one of the most magnificent beaches in all of Portugal. Play in the water, or just kick back and take it all in. A variety of restaurants and bars here will sate your hunger (or thirst).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Even if you spend the day here, still return to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine!
    • The beach can get crowded, but if you're seeking a quieter area, just walk down away from the bars, and you'll find some less populated stretches of sand.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gorgeous big beach 18/11/2018
    • Beautiful 14/11/2018
    • Falesia Beach
    Phone:
    +49 1512 1805738
  • Sayanna Wellness
    Spas
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Sayanna Wellness sets the tone for relaxation with its very location, overlooking Praia de Falésia. The beautifully appointed spa offers a very wide range of services, plus a private Jacuzzi and an outdoor garden.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Call ahead to reserve your treatment.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 05/10/2018
    • Yoga Retreat 05/09/2018
    • Sayanna Wellness
    Address:
    Aldeia da Falesia - Pinhal do Concelho Rua da Falesia
    EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-593
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 104 300
    Other:
  • Friends Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    After catching the sunset, head back to Olhos de Água for a nightcap at Friends Bar. The proprietor, Ricardo, makes sure that this bar lives up to its name — event though he busily makes cocktails, he seems to always have time to joke and laugh with patrons.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • On warm evenings, the outside terrace is a great spot to be.
    • The bar is located on top of a steep hill, but it's worth the climb!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Made the holiday 14/10/2018
    • Great atmosphere 07/10/2018
    • Friends Bar
    Address:
    Rua da Ladeira 21a
    Olhos de Agua
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-642
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 572 672
  • Day 3
  • Balaia Golf Village
    Golf Courses
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    With its mild climate and beautiful courses, the Algarve region is a golfer's paradise. And since it's arguably one of the best places in the world to play golf, it's worth hitting a few rounds in the Algarve, even if you're not a golfer! With a nine-hole golf course, three putting greens, and a driving range, Balaia Golf Village is a great place for veteran and beginner swingers alike to experience the golf wonderland that is the Algarve.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Call ahead to schedule a time, and choose a round early in the morning, before it gets hot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 81 Outdoor Activities in Albufeira
    • As good as ever 21/09/2018
    • Fab six days 22/07/2018
    • Balaia Golf Village
    Address:
    Sitio da Balaia
    Albufeira 8201-912
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 570 200
    Other:
  • Dolphins Driven
    Kayaking & Canoeing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Boat Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    The waters surrounding Albufeira are not just popular with people — they are a favorite swimming hole for sea life as well. Dolphins and whales frequently swim in these waters, and dolphin watching is a fun pastime for the whole family. A variety of tour companies lead dolphin-watching boat tours, a fun way to get out on the water, and if you're lucky, you might come across a pod or two of wild dolphins!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Purchase a disposable waterproof camera for the day, and keep your mobile safely stored.
    • Bring along a swimsuit in case you decide to take a plunge!
    • Tour times vary, and tours usually last two to three hours.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 32 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best ride ever! Lots of dolphins 07/11/2018
    • WORST experience of my life. Book with someone else. 28/09/2018
    • Dolphins Driven
    Address:
    Marina de Albufeira
    Albufeira 8200
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 913 113 094
    Price range:
    US$53 - US$53
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Praia da Coelha
    Beaches
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    A secluded cove below the cliffs, Praia da Coelha is a peaceful beach and a good spot for a quiet afternoon of relaxation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid being on the beach between 12-3pm in spring and summer.
    • Great beach for families.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 57 things to do in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just spectacular 06/11/2018
    • Stunning beach. 19/09/2018
    • Praia da Coelha
    Address:
    Sesmarias, Gale
    Albufeira 8200
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 968 849 318
    Other:
  • BLUE BELL BAR
    Bars & Clubs
    FranciscoFA Says:

    For around 20 years, Blue Bell Bar has been welcoming guests with its friendly atmosphere and tasty drinks. Situated in the heart of Old Town, this is a great place to stop by for happy hour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get there early to clime a place on the terrace!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 79 Nightlife in Albufeira
    • Hidden Gem 20/09/2018
    • Peaceful 04/09/2018
    • BLUE BELL BAR
    Address:
    Old Town
    Albufeira 8200 - 655
    Portugal
  • Os Arcos Restaurante
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese)
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Os Arcos Restaurante is a traditional Portuguese restaurant located on a quiet street in Albufeira Old Town. The owner is very welcoming, and the atmosphere cozy and rustic. Locals and tourists alike love this spot for its delicious, well-made cuisine, which includes plenty of seafood as well as traditional meat dishes such as steak and Alentejo pork (a traditional dish with pork and clams).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • This is a popular restaurant, so be sure to reserve ahead of time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 766 restaurants in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent fish 18/11/2018
    • Fabulous food & service 29/10/2018
    • Os Arcos Restaurante
    Address:
    Rua Alves Correia 25
    Albufeira 8200-090
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 967 651 474
    Other:
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