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Albufeira Tours

Little more than a fishing village at the beginning of the 1960s, Albufeira is now the busiest vacation resort along the Algarve, which runs in a necklace of sandy beaches and pretty towns along the south coast of Portugal. It’s a cultured city with roots that stretch back to Roman times, but thanks to a devastating earthquake in 1755, much of the old town has disappeared.

Historic buildings that do remain in the once-Moorish old town include the 14th-century Capela da Misericórdia (Chapel of Mercy), which was formerly a mosque, but most of the whitewashed, Baroque-style churches have been replaced since the earthquake. A few fragments of the castle walls are still standing along with the castle’s landmark clock tower, but it is the squat, stone Torre da Medronheira, which was built in the 1500s as a watchtower for pirates, that has best stood the test of time.

A 30-km (18.5-mile) string of sandy beaches graces the Albufeira waterfront, with a stretch to suit everyone from deserted sweeps of sand at Praia dos Salgados or pretty cliff-backed coves such as Praia da Coelha. The most popular and crowded is family-orientated Praia de Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach) in the heart of the city, where traditional fishing boats still bob incongruously in the water among the swimmers. To the west of Praia de Pescadores, Albufeira’s smart new marina is backed by brightly painted, smart apartment blocks and surrounded by the city’s best seafood restaurants. It is also the base for a range of water sports and tours from speed boating and scuba diving to paragliding and dolphin spotting.

Albufeira’s late-night clubbing scene lies east of the old town and is centered on the southern end of the notorious Strip, which is rowdy around Areias de So Joao but becomes progressively more staid as it heads north into Montechoro, where there are a sprinkling of designer shops and high-end restaurants tucked away in cobbled backstreets. 

Practical info

Albufeira is an easy drive of 42 km (26 miles) from Faro airport on the Algarve; it is also possible to get there by taxi, bus or train. The main tourist information office is at Rua 5 de Outubro, by the tunnel down to Praia de Pescadores. The Tower of Medronheira is open daily from 9am–6pm.

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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira, Albufeira, null
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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Your Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise begins at the new marina of Albufeira where you will board the boat "Insonia". Cruise along the Algarve ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.52
'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira, Albufeira, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Find a comfortable seating place in the mid-deck or the shade of the aft deck as you commence your cruise from the new marina of Albufeira. You have the choice ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.35
City Sightseeing Albufeira Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, The Algarve, Day Cruises
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City Sightseeing Albufeira Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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There is no better way to see the colourful coastal city of Albufeira than on an iconic City Sightseeing open-top, double-decker bus! See the biggest and best ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 1 to 4 days

From USD $22.38
Algarve Jet Boat Tour from Albufeira, Albufeira, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Algarve Jet Boat Tour from Albufeira

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Kids will love this high-speed adventure! Zip around the waters of Albufeira on an exciting 30-minute jet boat ride. Driven by an expert captain, the boat ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.30
Algarve Jet Ski Rental from Albufeira, Albufeira, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Algarve Jet Ski Rental from Albufeira

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Hop on a Jet Ski for a fun ride along Portugal’s Algarve coast! After renting a Jet Ski at the Albufeira Marina, power across the water on an exhilarating ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.46

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