Albufeira is a little holiday town that is centrally located in the Algarve region of Portugal. Its easy to see why the town is flooded with tourists. Interesting shops, narrow cobbled streets, charm of an old town, lovely beaches and sandstone cliffs. Who wouldn’t want to go there!
We stopped over in Albufeira initially to take a short break, but ended up staying a little more than 4 hours. The modernized side of Albufeira has plenty of restaurants, pubs, bars, gardens and car parking facilities, while the old town has charismatic white washed houses, mosaic pavements striking a perfect balance of a holiday resort town.
The name Albufeira is derived from the arab word “Al-Buhera” which means “Castle of the Sea”. Albufeira has been a fortified town for many years, and then as a fishing village until it became a thriving centre of tourism.
Praia du Tunel and Praia dos Pescadores – the 2 beaches that are the heart beat of Albufeira. These beaches are sure pretty packed in Summer, but we were glad to enjoy the solitude during the mild winter.
* Albufeira is 32kms from Faro Airport. There are frequent shuttle bus that works cost effective.
* Train station is 6 kms away from the city, so choose your transport option wisely.
* It’s nearly impossible to find car parking space in Old Town. Look for car parks within New Town and walk your way to old town.
* Although Albufeira is a holiday resort and it’s safe, the nightlife in new town can get crazy at times.
* There are amazing coastal walking trails around Albufeira region that are worth checking out.