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First visit to Albueira

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First visit to Albueira

Can anyone help will be in Albufeira for four week commencing 26 November. Where to go, what to see, good places to eat and drink at affordable costs.

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1. Re: First visit to Albueira

Hi Derek,

Where are you staying? It would help to know then we could recommend places nearby.

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2. Re: First visit to Albueira

Seconded. Albufeira is a very big place and we must be honest in saying some parts of town are going to be very quiet after the end of October. But 41,000 people live here, so there are always places to go.

What actual date are you leaving? There are special considerations for December 24th and 25th here.

What to see? Any particular likes and dislikes? Also, will you have a car? Some places of interest are hard to get to otherwise.

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3. Re: First visit to Albueira

Hi Stacey

Staying Eden Resort one bed apartment.

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4. Re: First visit to Albueira

Hi Cubsur

Staying until 23 December will not have a car will use public transport including trains.

Interests Old pubs, Church's, Castles and any places of interest

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5. Re: First visit to Albueira

Hi Stacey i am staying at Eden Resort Apartments. which bars would you recommend

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6. Re: First visit to Albueira

OK here goes

Eden Resort is about 15 minutes walk from the old town centre of Albufeira and about 5 minutes more to the beach. It probably won't be sitting on the beach weather but it's good for a walk on a nice day.

As you will be leaving on 23rd December you will find it a bit busier during the last week of your stay, as that is the first week of the Christmas and New Year holiday period. A lot of places open up especially for that fortnight.

Old pubs - there aren't any, sorry to say. Almost everything here is modern. The Atrium restaurant in the old town (Rua 5 Outubro) is the former theatre and opposite is the building that once was the casino that also now houses a restaurant, the name of which escapes me at this moment. I am told the inside is worth a look.

Church's, Castles - Albufeira has numerous churches but none are generally open to visitors. None are particularly old as everything was demolished in the 1755 earthquake. There's an interesting museum in the old town on the top of the hill in the Praça Republica near the Sol E Mar hotel.

Albufeira castle is long gone. There are some traces if you look hard, up on the hill in the old town.

Silves has the best preserved castle walls in the area although there isn't much inside. Silves also has a Cathedral and a fairly well kept old town centre. It's worth a trip. You can actually get there easily on the bus from the stop near the Eden Resort opposite the Health Centre (Centro do Saúde) by the supermarket. Bus times at http://www.algarvebus.info/021.htm

There are the remains of a little castle at Paderne, a few km north of Albufeira. It's a heck of a hike up the hill from the village, but if it's a nice day worth the effort as there are some good views except for the motorway junction! The path is well signposted. Bus times for Paderne are on the same page as Silves.

Other places usually worth a visit are Loulé (all buses go from the main bus station 3/4 mile from Eden Resort), Lagos (ditto for buses and reachable by train as well) and Faro itself with the cathedral and old city within the walls.

Albufeira railway station is about 5km from Eden Resort. There is a bus every half hour, seven days a week, from the Health Centre stop. Buses are not timed to connect with trains (too easy) but most of them do.

More information on that at http://www.algarvebus.info/042.htm

Bars - loads. There are Portuguese cafés and pastelarias everywhere. In the old town centre there are some bars run by British people where old fools like me can be found. These will be open : The Cavern, Rua do MFA, weekdays from 6pm, weekends from 12 noon; Tunes bar near the Sol E Mar daily from 1030 except Wednesdays when it's 1.30, The Cellar Bar near the Square open every day but I don't know what exact time. There are others scattered around.

You might find this map useful - http://sdrv.ms/18YxFiG

Anything else? Ask away.

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7. Re: First visit to Albueira

Hi Cubsur

Thanks for all of the informations. question on transport, just returned from Budapest all transport is free to the over 60s. is there any subsidy or allowances for bus / train journeys

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8. Re: First visit to Albueira

Not so good here. The only age related discounts on buses are for residents aged over 65 or students under 25. But it's cheap here - a ten journey pre pay pass for the local GIRO buses in Albufeira allow any journey in town for 80 cents. The pass card itself costs 3 Euros and that is refunded when you hand it back or you can of course keep it for next time and reload it.

I am reliably informed that over 65's can travel half price on trains if ID (eg passport) is shown when buying tickets.

In general public transport fares in Portugal have increased by between 50% and 100% last five years as a result of the government mismanagement of finances.

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9. Re: First visit to Albueira

I will be visiting Monte Gordo on the 04/04/14 - 11/04/14 Staying at the Vila Real de Santo.

I understand that i can cross into Ayamonte Spain via the ferry service.

Can i travel to Granada / Sevilla via Bus or Trains.

How far is the Train Station from Faro Airport, How do i get to the station, will i be able to travel to Monte Gordo.

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10. Re: First visit to Albueira

Eden Resort has a complimentary bus to the old town 4 times a day, also in winter