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Best things to do in Albufeira

Albufeira is renowned as a hub of seaside tourism, and for good reason. Beyond the immaculate beaches and historic points of interest, inland Portugal offers gorgeous rural scenery, ripe for hikes and excursions. Here are some of the highlights!

Zoomarine Algarve

One of southern Portugal's leading tourist attractions couples a superb aquarium (which includes birds too) with daily sea lion and dolphin shows. You can even swim with the latter!

Praia dos Pescadores

Known as Fisherman's Beach for its former harbor economy, this is Albufeira's best recreational beach. Not in the mood for sunbathing? Try parasailing or the local seafood instead!

Castle of Paderne

Visit this 12th-century Moorish castle for great views over the Quarteira River, with a Roman bridge that's still in use! Don't miss the sleepy village of Paderne along the way.

Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila

Another sightseeing excursion. This one features the fascinating remnants of an ancient Roman villa that dates back to when Caeser Augustus ruled the Algarve!

Praia da Marinha

Considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, the clean sands and startling rock formations of Praia da Marinha are definitely worth the short trip from Albufeira.

International Sand Sculpture Festival

A jaunt northwest of Albufeira lies Pêra – home to this celebration of spectacular sand sculpting. It's a must-see, and generously runs from March to October!

Dolphin spotting

If seeing dolphins at Zoomarine isn't quite satisfying, why not board a boat tour to spy these majestic creatures in the wild? You can even explore the caves while you're at it!

Planning Your Albufeira Visit

When to visit?

Albufeira is famed for being a year-round destination. Unfortunately, the recession has forced many businesses to start closing off-season (November to March). Although the holiday season is probably the best time to visit, you might also want to take advantage of the city's winter prices! The weather will still be pleasant, if possibly too brisk for swimwear!

How to get there?

Albufeira is just 40 km from Faro Airport. From there it can be easily reached by regional train, bus, or car/taxi. Note that Albufeira train station is on the outskirts of the city, so you'll need to complete your journey to the center by taxi. If arriving at Lisbon Airport, make your way to Gare do Oriente and catch a train from there.

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    Albufeira is lovely all year round. Summers are hot, but not scorching, with a 70°F average, and winter temperatures don't dip below 50°F. From June to August Albufeira will be at its most festive, so the beach-happy in particular are recommended to go at this time!

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What People Are Saying About Albufeira

The boat trip provided an opportunity to view the beautiful coastline.

If you are looking for a chance to view the coastline from the water, this three hour tour allows that opportunity, Along the way, the crew (sorry I do not remember his name) provides a running commentary about the many beaches seen, as well as about the various hotels and history of the area. The water was a bit choppy so we couldn't get in too close to the caves,as well as the fact that it is a large boat. This is not a party trip (bar on board though) or one from which you can enter the caves or jump off the boat to swim - but it is a great way to spend a few lovely hours at sea. We were blessed with beautiful weather. All five in our party enjoyed it very much.
Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip Reviewed by Tim, 10/01/2016

Thoroughly enjoyable experience, highly recommend

This was a fab boat trip. Very interesting and we have some fab pics of the caves to take home. The tour guides was very interesting and had a sense of humour! Would definitely recommend.
Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip Reviewed by Alison, 08/30/2016

Awesome trip! And a peffect guide leader!

We saw many dolphin and the coat trip was also awesome. The speed boat was great too. And the best of all was our guide leader he told us everything about the trip, dolphin and the coat.

Very nice tour much better than expected

The tour was perfectly organized. The guides were very professional. The selection of wine cellars was perfect. The choice of smaller cellars was very good. This is really what is making the difference. This was really a very enyoing day.
Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting Reviewed by Bernard, 04/07/2016

Fantastic, exciting, amazing, wonderful.

The most wonderful trip. Speeding out to sea was exciting. Took awhile to find any dolphins and I think they had almost given up, and then we found a very large group of dolphins. Couldn't say how many, but it was large and totally amazing. Another speedy trip back to the coast to see the caves and rock formations and coastline. If I was a geologist/geographer, I would be in absolute heaven. The 2 chaps who took us, one being the guide and the other driving the boat (who also spoke a lot to my husband, who was sitting at the back) both did a wonderful job. Brilliant job and top marks to them. A fantastic trip all round and so pleased we went (family of 4, including 2 teenagers). A most memorable trip.
2-Hour Dolphin Watching and Cave Tour: Algarve Coast Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/04/2015

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