Often referred to as “the gateway to the Algarve,” Albufeira has grown from its beginnings as a quiet fishing port to a bustling city, now favoured by tourists looking for package holiday deals in this idyllic coastal region of Portugal. Although Albufeira has been transformed by tourism, reminders of its history are in evidence and a visit to the Old Town will allow you to take in Arabic architecture and explore its Moorish origins.
For many visitors, holidays in Albufeira centre around the varied selection of beaches along its coastline, and the picturesque red cliffs that break up each of the bays are certainly a sight to behold. With twenty-five different beaches to choose from, whether you are looking for a family-friendly beach, one that is more secluded or which offers water sports, Albufeira can oblige. For instance, Praia dos Pescadores is where you will find a plethora of parasols and exciting activities such as jet-skiing and parasailing. The beach of Praia dos Arrifes meanwhile offers a retreat for holidaymakers looking for a quieter stretch of sand, and is conveniently located just a few minutes from Albufeira Marina.
If you wish to enjoy the food beyond that offered by your package holiday deal in Albufeira, you really will be spoilt for choice when you choose to dine out. There are many restaurants offering traditional Portuguese fare, including those specialising in seafood. However, if you are looking for more familiar food, you will also find a selection those serving British, Italian and Indian cuisine. The nightlife in Albufeira doesn’t disappoint either, and even the biggest partygoer will be happy with the pubs, bars and clubs in the area known as ‘The Strip.’ If you are however looking for a quiet drink, head to the Old Town, where you will find plenty of bars with a relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome from the locals.