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Albufeira was a traditional fishing village until the 1960s, when the advent of mass tourism changed it forever. The vestiges of the old town that remain are now fronted by a long necklace of packed crowded beaches and a marina full of gleaming yachts. Seafood restaurants dot the waterfront promenade, and there are plenty of opportunities for late-night bar hopping. Add championship golf courses and amusement parks to the list, and you could easily spend a week or more here. But if you've only got a day, you can still cram a lot in. Here's how to fill your 24 hours in Albufeira!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Zoomarine Algarve

Theme Parks

Aqualand Algarve

Water Parks

Centro Historico de Albufeira

Neighborhoods

Falesia Beach

Beaches

Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

Specialty Museums

Parque Aventura

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Restaurante Clube Pesca Desportiva e Nautica Albufeira

Restaurants

Montechoro Strip

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sasha H's City Tips

  • The local transport network in Albufeira, run by Giro, is a series of four different routes — all easily identified by color.
  • It is customary to leave a 10% tip at restaurants.
  • Most people on the Algarve eat very late in the evening, so the quality restaurants generally do not open until after 7pm.
  • Most boat tours operate out of the Albufeira marina between May and October.
  • Portugal is a very Catholic country, and visitors should always cover up before going into churches.
  • Wandering around Albufeira's town center in beachwear (or shirtless) is frowned upon. Keep bikinis and swimming trunks for the beach.
  • Zoomarine Algarve
    Theme Parks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Zoomarine is the Algarve’s answer to SeaWorld, and families with kids of any age will find nowhere better to spend the day. There are wave pools and waterslides at Zoomarine Beach, gentle carousel rides for toddlers, and big wheels for adrenaline junkies. The park also offers daily falconry displays, comical seal shows, and aquariums full of awesome sharks and velvety manta rays. However, the biggest draws of all are the spectacular dolphins shows and their trainers.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Children under 1m (3.3ft) tall are not allowed on most rides.
    • Zoomarine Algarve is in Guia, just a few minutes west of Albufeira. It’s best accessed by car on the N125.
    • Take swimsuits for Zoomarine Beach, and be prepared to get wet on most of the rides (and soaked if you sit up front at a dolphin show).
    • It’s possible to swim with the dolphins (aged 6 and up); book ahead of time for this experience.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Guia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Zoomarine in April 04/17/2019
    • Wet day out 04/17/2019
    • Zoomarine Algarve
    Address:
    Estrada Nacional 125, KM65
    Guia, Albufeira 8201-864
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 560 300
    Price range:
    $37 - $37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Aqualand Algarve
    Water Parks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Another of Albufeira’s enjoyable and reasonably priced family attractions is located 20 minutes inland in Alcantarilha. At Aqualand, there is plenty to occupy families all day, with water rides to suit everybody from timid toddlers to daredevil teenagers. Aqualand Algarve also has an artificial surfing beach, family swimming pools, lazy river rides, and several beach-style cafés.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take flip flops, as the ground can get very hot.
    • Buses for Aqualand Algarve leave Albufeira town center regularly in the summer months.
    • Aqualand is open between June and early September, 10am–6pm daily (5pm in June).
    • Lines get long, so pre-book fast passes online before you visit.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Alcantarilha
    • Fun day out 01/15/2019
    • This park is the best to visit for ride time. 10/29/2018
    • Aqualand Algarve
    Address:
    E.n. 125
    Sitio das Areias - Apartado 11
    Alcantarilha 8365-908
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 282 320 230
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Centro Historico de Albufeira
    Neighborhoods
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    Sasha H Says:

    Despite the annual onslaught of beach-seeking tourists, Albufeira has retained some remnants of its ancient heart. Today, the steep and cobbled streets of the pretty Old Town, which was built by the Moors, are lined with whitewashed bars, stylish boutiques, and cute cafés. However, you'll also find a few other fragments of fortified walls, the clock tower of an ancient castle, and a handful of historic buildings. The 14th-century Capela da Misericórdia (Chapel of Mercy) remained standing after the 1755 earthquake, while the Igreja Matriz (the 'Mother Church') - which was built after the earthquake devastated Albufeira's old parish church - is a stunning neoclassical structure well worth exploring.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Tower of Medronheira, built in the 1500s, also survived the 1755 earthquake. It’s open daily — climb up the steps for great views along the Algarve coastline.
    • Visit the Old Town in the morning, before the crowds hit the streets — or come in the evening to seek out local restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 58 things to do in Albufeira
    • outstanding 04/16/2019
    • A PRETTY OLD TOWN 04/15/2019
    • Centro Historico de Albufeira
    Address:
    Old Town
    Albufeira 8200-110
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 586 952
    Other:
  • Falesia Beach
    Beaches
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    Sasha H Says:

    Located 10 km east of Albufeira, Praia de Falésia is one of the Algarve’s most outstanding beaches. Less packed than the town beach at Praia do Peneco, it is 8 km (five miles) long and sheltered by fiery red cliffs. The soft sandy strip has facilities for watersports, several beach bars, and azure waters, with lifeguards on duty throughout the summer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is plenty of parking above the beach, and Giro buses stop nearby.
    • Holidaymakers keen to get out on the water should organize excursions from the marina in Albufeira; popular choices include snorkeling, dolphin spotting, and windsurfing.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautifull duned beach 04/15/2019
    • Stunning beach 04/13/2019
    • Falesia Beach
    Address:
    Rua da Falesia Mar
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-593
    Portugal
  • Museu Municipal de Arqueologia
    Specialty Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Museu Municipal de Arqueologia is a must-see for anyone with an interest in understanding Albufeira’s long and often turbulent history. Opened in 2009, the museum displays archaeological finds from digs around the Algarve region, with artifacts dating from prehistoric times to the 17th century. Highlights include a 5,000-year-old Neolithic vase, Roman coins, fragments of Moorish columns, canons, and floor mosaics.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Explanatory English-language pamphlets are available throughout the museum.
    • Opening hours are Tue-Sun 9.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–5.30pm.
    • There is a small admission charge, but seniors and students enter for free.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 58 things to do in Albufeira
    • Small museum - a quick tour is worth it 10/13/2018
    • Dont bother 10/08/2018
    • Museu Municipal de Arqueologia
    Address:
    Rua Henrique Calado
    Albufeira 8200-136
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 570 712
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Parque Aventura
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Opened in 2010, Parque Aventura is a fun, family-friendly attraction down by Santa Eulalia Beach. Here, you can get the adrenaline racing with paintballing sessions or high-rope assault courses through the treetops. There are varying degrees of challenge to suit all ages and all levels of fitness.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take sun cream, water, and hats, and wear sturdy shoes.
    • Prices vary according to activity, and all packages include three hours of activity.
    • This is a good spot to visit in the afternoon, when the sun isn't as strong.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place 04/17/2019
    • Fantastic family day out 04/17/2019
    • Parque Aventura
    Address:
    Estrada de Santa Eulalia, 215
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-381
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 913 185 782
    Price range:
    $21 - $21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Restaurante Clube Pesca Desportiva e Nautica Albufeira
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups)
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    Sasha H Says:

    A chilled-out restaurant with a novel of a name, the Clube Pesca is located in a smart blue-and-white clubhouse down by the marina. It is the HQ for local fishermen, and by far the best place in Albufeira to sample the sea's abundance. Fresh sardines, clams, whiting, octopus, and more are all skillfully but simply cooked, and accompanied by vast tomato salads and fries.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Fresh fish can be very expensive when bought by weight, so always ask for prices before ordering whole fish.
    • The restaurant is closed on Tuesday. The rest of the week, it's open 12-3pm and 7-10.30pm.
    • Keep prices down by ordering from the set menu.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #184 of 774 restaurants in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Immersion eating, they do seafood like Zorro does swords 03/01/2019
    • KEEP AWAY!! 01/30/2019
    • Restaurante Clube Pesca Desportiva e Nautica Albufeira
    Address:
    Estrada do Farol
    Albufeira 8200-110
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 592 332
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Montechoro Strip
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Brash and loud, Albufeira’s notorious strip is lined with tourist restaurants (from fast food to top-end cuisine), bike-hire shops, ice cream parlors, bars, and nightclubs. It's relatively calm by day, and then explodes into life after dark, with neon signs and live-music bars. Lying east of the Old Town and connecting the district of Montechoro southwards to Areias de So Joao, the Strip is steadily advancing seawards toward Praia da Oura.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you’re looking for a traditional Portuguese nighttime experience, avoid the Strip and head to the alleyways of the Old Town to find restaurants tucked into pretty squares.
    • Although the Strip all but closes in winter, it’s usually open until 4am in summer. Most bars have daily Happy Hours.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 58 things to do in Albufeira
    • main strip 03/17/2019
    • Still love coming to this place. 02/28/2019
    • Montechoro Strip
    Phone:
    +351 969 773 262
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