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Things to do in Albufeira

Once a Moorish stronghold, later a fishing settlement, today Albufeira is one of the liveliest, most popular holiday resorts on the Algarve.  Most of the charming Old Town centre, with its pretty, whitewashed buildings, is car-free, although today there are of course extensive modern developments  scattered across the hills around the resort. Albufeira has some great sandy beaches, backed by ochre cliffs.  There are developed beaches east of the town and some quieter coves to the west, although even these get pretty busy in July and August.  The resort offers a wide selection of places to eat and drink and a vibrant nightlife.  Whether you’re looking for somewhere to party in the sun or for a family holiday destination, you’ll find that Albufeira has something for everyone.

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  • São Sebastião, Albufeira

    The aesthetically pleasing, whitewashed church of São Sebastião (Saint Sebastian) on Praça Miguel Bombarda is thought to date back to the early 18th century, having been re-built on the site of a 16th century church.

    It...

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  • Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

    Located in Albufeira's old town, just behind the beach, is this archeological museum. The Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira is housed in, what was until the late 1980s, the town hall. Despite its diminutive appearance the museum is...

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  • Albufeira church - Igreja Matriz

    The parish church (Igreja Matriz) in Albufeira is one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the Algarve. Built in the late 18th century it stands on the site of an earlier church which was converted from a pre-existing mosque....

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  • Castelo de Paderne

    Not a great deal remains of Parderne's castle, but given its antiquity this is not surprising. Built from sandstone and earth the castle sits on a promontory overlooking the Quarteira River around 10 kilometres inland from Albufeira.

    The...

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  • Zoomarine Algarve

    Promoting conservation, environmental education and FUN! Zoomarine combines an important message with hands on shows and a huge water park.

    Located just a few kilometers from Albufeira, here you can see presentations with the parks animals...

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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...

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