Central on the Algarve coast and only 40 minutes away from the Faro airport, Albufeira has been the most popular holiday destination in the south of Portugal since the 1970s. Originally a fortified Roman town, and for centuries a typical algarvian fishing village awash with simple white houses and the smell of grilled sardines, this picturesque location is now a thriving tourist town offering activity and diversion day and night, and surrounded by a host of beautiful beaches.
photo: José Manuel
Cultural sights in the town include the Manueline doorway of the Church of São Sebastião and the archway in the Travessa da Igreja Velha, evidence of the Moorish presence in the town. The ‘old church’ in the name of the street refers to what was once a mosque, latterly transformed into a Christian church and destroyed in the earthquake of 1755. The clock tower on Rua Bernardino de Sousa is considered a local treasure and its filigree iron bell support is illuminated on festival days. Another tower of note is the 19th century bell tower of the Matriz Church. 28 metres high, it complements the neoclassical white church below whose interior boasts a precious piece by local painter Samora Barros above its main altar. The local municipal art gallery holds differing exhibitions and a collection of medieval Ming ceramics is on show at the local museum.
photo: Osvaldo Gago
photo: José Manuel
For the visiting golfer, three courses stand out. Salgados is well-known and offers a challenge to even the most practised with its lakes and seaside terrain. Beginners fare well on the 9 holes at Balaia and The Sheraton Hotel, situated in a breathtaking cliff top location to the east of Albufeira, has its own 9-hole course, Pine Cliffs, built as its name suggests in pine woods.
Albufeira bed and breakfasts
- 2 Bedroom Apartment - Monte Da Balaia (9n) (from €325.00)
Spacious 2 bedroom apartment set within a luxury private condominium built in 2006. The apartment is in a peaceful location, yet only a 15 minute walk into Olhos de Ãgua, offering many shops, bars,
- 2 Bedroom Apartment, Monte Da Balaia (10q) (from €315.00)
This modern apartment is in a new private condominium with a large communal swimming pool, a childrens pool and a tennis court. Its adjoining the Balaia Golf village golf course and it is 5 minute dri
- 2 Bedroom Apt, Parque Da Corcovada, Albufeira (41-3c) (from €350.00)
Parque da Corcovada opened in 2008 and for those who enjoy contemporary living, this development provides the ultimate in luxury accommodation. The complex is located in central Albufeira and is just
- 4 Bedroom Villa With Private Pool, Albufeira (Vdp26) (from €1150.00)
A very large 4 bedroom villa to sleep 8 people. Extra children are welcome as there are 2 small fold out beds and travel cots available. Fully air conditioned and very well equipped. It has a very lar
- 6 Bed Villa In Algarve (from €1100.00)
Villa Malindi is a six bedroom villa with its own pool just a short fifteen minute walk to the beach. Set in a quiet residential area, it is in a central position for the restaurants, bars and shops o
- Acqua Maris Balaia (from €88.00)
Set in a relatively quiet green area on the coastal road from Oura to Olhos d'Água and overlooking the Santa Eulália coastline (10 minutes on foot) the hotel has a modern and attractive design. Comm
- Adriana Beach Club - All Inclusive (from €102.96)
Boasting an excellent location halfway between Albufeira and Vilamoura this resort borders the beach and provides families groups of friends and couples with exceptional facilities and services.Set on
- Albufeira 1 Bedroom Apartment Close To Beach (D0-3s) (from €300.00)
Tastefully furnished. This modern 1 bedroom apartment is situated overlooking Albufeiras beautiful beaches. Set within a securtiy gated complex, just off Albufeira strip, this apartment has all you ne
- Albufeira Apartment - Rua Vasco Da Gama (from €270.00)
Beside Praia da Alemeas, Praia da Forte Sao Joao at the East side of Albufeira Beach. Praia da Aveiros (Secluded small cove) Praia da Oura (busy with all water sports & restaurants).
- Albufeira Quinta Da Barracuda, 1 Bedroom Apartment (D0-2r) (from €300.00)
These stunning one-bedroom apartments truly are luxurious. They have been completed to a very high, five-star standard, with tiled floors and air conditioning installed in each apartment, an undergrou