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Things to do in Albufeira

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The top 43 attractions in Albufeira

Beaches in Albufeira
Praia Gale
I think it's one of the most stunning beaches where you can watch the sunset. It has two parts, one with sand where you can play sports and another more natural offering rocks and cliffs. You have your beachfront bars to eat and drink, I recommend the Mojito ... delicious. They are very clean and not overcrowded. It is one of the most spectacular beaches I have ever visited in Portugal, it has everything, quiet areas with sand like flour, and areas between the rocks and nature, beach front and and luxury bars, but the best thing are the stunning sunsets that you can enjoy, a must see.
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia da Falésia
The Praia da Falesia is a beautiful beach located in the Algarve region of Portugal, close to the towns of Albufeira and Olhos de Agua. There is plenty of parking near the beach, and if you park at the beginning of the path leading to the beach, it can be enjoyed as well, as it's really beautiful. What caught my attention most at this beach were the cliffs made of brownstone. The views from there are wonderful.
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia de São Rafael
It´s a little beach which is located in the area of ​​Sesmarias, passing through the Albufeira area. It is not difficult to find as it is well signposted. What I liked best as you can see is the clear water and although it is a cove (a big one), when I was there I had enough room, it was not very crowded. I was there a few days ago and it was one of the things that I liked best about this area.
Historical Monuments in Albufeira
Albufeira Old Town (Monte Choro)
The historic center, old town or Montechoro in Albufeira is one of those places that are impossible to miss, and it is because within its walls and its narrow streets, you can still see the roots, some of them are Roman but the majority are Arab, of of this village called Castillo de Mar. Its streets are typical of the Algarve, which are lined with houses or pale white tiles and have retained that peculiar style of Arabic that mixes the scent of jasmine, with narrow cobbled streets and the typical smell of a fishing village. You have to visit because its history tells us that one day, many centuries ago, it was one of the most important fortresses in the south of Portugal. Albufeira was wrested back from the Moors under King Alfonso III, and remained under military command in 1504 and in 1986 it was named a city, becoming a major tourist center. The information is provided by the Municipality of Albufeira.
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia dos Arrifes
This beach is in the Sesmarias region, close to Albufeira. There are two coves, one with a snack bar that you can access by stairs and the other is a littler small and a little more difficult to get to since there are no stairs and it´s a bit rockier. It was such a surprise to find them though! They're really beautiful. Getting to the beach is not complicated since it is well posted with signs and is the first beach that you come to in the center of Albufeira at the port. It´s small scale but there are still people there. I was there in July and it was nice. I hope you enjoy it too!
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia do Peneco
On the coast of Albufeira and the Atlantic Ocean, are the most beautiful beaches with green and blue waters, red stone cliffs and very picturesque views. We found our way to the Peneco beach using the elevator which, despite being located in the city and surrounded by white houses, was seemingly hanging from the rocks of the cliffs. There were a large number of apartments and large golden beaches where there are water activities and ample sun bathers. We were also able to enjoy the white sands and gentle waves of the Pescadores beach. Information can be found at the Tourist Office of Albufeira.
Of Touristic Interest in Albufeira
Albufeira Tourist Train
We took the train several days and it cost 3.5 €/person/day. It has 4 stops: the 1st at the beach bars, the 2nd a little later between Albufeira and Oura, the 3rd is right on the beach of Albufeira and the 4th is at the McDonalds of Albufeira. For the price you pay it's not bad as you can use it as many times as you like per day, it's not air conditioned and is slow but it's a good choice of transport.
Flea Markets in Albufeira
Albufeira Flea Market
Like in any typical tourist town, this has a pedestrian street with lots of little shops and products. There are lots of nice things from Portugal / Algarve / Albufeira, but generally they are things that you can find in most beach towns . I was surprised how many "Chinese" stores there were. I recommend that you go into Naturasia, as it is a shop in this area around the square on April 25. The address is: Av de Liberdade, nice view building 65, loja B, 8200 albufeira. This is the exact address but if you just walk down that street you will see it right away. The shop features products made with coconut roll Zen is really very nice things have animal shaped lamps made in coconut for 24 € I think, we bought one with 2 palms (I attached photo). The items there are original, not found anywhere else, the cashier also super friendly.
Viewpoints in Albufeira
Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho
This viewpoint is just above the Plaza 25 de Abril, with a view of the Fishermen's Beach (Praia de Pescadores). It is named after a great Portuguese naval officer, navigator and historian, and was built in 1898.
Squares in Albufeira
Praca da Republica
This square, old Plaza de Armas is a very nice place, but at the time we were there they were doing archaeological excavations and it was somewhat chaotic. The Municipal Museum of Archaeology is there and the former Sacred Art Museum of San Vicente Church. Another of the monuments that's really worth mentioning is the Clock Tower (Torre do Relógio), which dominates the Square of the Republic.
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia dos Pescadores
Another beach that caught our eye in Albufeira was the Fishermen's Beach with it's escalators, which we chose to take back up after spending part of the afternoon on the beach. This beach along with [poi = 9779481] Peneco beach [/ poi] up the coast of Albufeira, is in an almost secluded place that brings together many families, a bit of surfing, calm waters and white sands. Surrounded by rocks and cliffs that give a wild look to the surrounding environment, it is filled with the clear waters of the Atlantic. The information is from the Tourist Office of Albufeira.
Coves in Albufeira
Praia Santa Eulalia
At Easter, with some wind and a few rain drops, I was glad to breathe in the smell of the Atlantic beach ... At night, a bass and a good glass of white wine did just the trick. Walking on the promenade, looking to the horizon and imagining distant African beaches, was such a delight for the senses.
Of Touristic Interest in Albufeira
Views to Albufeira
As I've mentioned elsewhere, Albufeira's coast is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions of the Algarve. A town with steep, narrow streets with a busy seaport, with little remaining of the old town after the earthquake of 1755. In Roman times it was known as Baltum, and became a central area with plenty of commercial and agricultural activity. Of the major infrastructures built at the time, such as aqueducts, roads and bridges, you can still see some traces remaining. The Arabs called it Al-Buhera (Sea Castle), which is where its current name comes from. It has really beautiful views and great beaches.
Cities in Albufeira
Albufeira Marina
Although the new construction of apartments, hotels and private villas in the Algarve coast is being done in a crazy fashion, it is always possible to find something that at least isn´t a complete eye soar. This is the case of the Marina of Albufeira, which stands out all for its color, management and marina.
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia da Oura
The Oura Praia is located in the district of Oura, a few metres from the nightlife centre. It has several beaches with crystal clear water and coarse sand, with umbrella service and water sports activities. Lifeguards are on duty. You can watch the sunset while enjoying a nice dinner at the beach restaurants.
Churches in Albufeira
Torre Sineira
Torre Sineira (or Bell Tower) was built in 1869, I.e. after the construction of the church, as part of the Church of Mother of Our Lady of the Conception of Albufeira. The tower is 28 meters high and on top there's a very beautiful bell tower with eight bells and to appreciate it you have to climb a special stairway.
Churches in Albufeira
Church of St. Sebastian
This church was built in the mid eighteenth century and is on Praça Miguel Bombard. It has a single nave and its outstanding feature is the Baroque main entrance. The striking thing about this church is its dome and its two portals. Inside there's a wooden altarpiece from the second half of the eighteenth century, different images of saints and the Virgin of Fatima.
Squares in Albufeira

The best things to do in Albufeira

Looking for Albufeira activities, Albufeira attractions, and all the information you need to enjoy the perfect Portuguese holiday? You've come to the right place! And in this amazing city, you'll never have to worry about being bored...there's just so much on offer!

Of course, the most popular attractions in Albufeira are the beaches. The pristine cliffs and coves, the small caves and hideouts...all of the coast is packed with stuff to do in Albufeira, and you'll have so much to explore! Praia dos Reef, Praia de Galé, and Praia de Maria Luisa are among the most beautiful beaches. If you prefer the long, urban beaches, then one of the things to do in Albufeira is paying a visit to Praia de Peneco.

But you might be wondering what to do in Albufeira other than the beach. The Montechoro historical district is one of the places to visit in Albufeira that you should not miss. Both day and night, walking through its streets is a pleasure. Filled with low whitewashed houses, it is charming.

The city center is packed with little treasures like the Church of San Sebastián, Republic Square, Sineira Tower, the Museum of Sacred Art ... some of the most interesting things to see in Albufeira that will take you beyond the beach!

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