Albufeira has been blessed with an abundance of beaches varying from long, sprawling sandy ones to tiny, rocky coves. Formerly a fishing town that transformed into a tourist spot in the mid-’60s, this town has gone through many identities and still changes dramatically with the seasons. Visitors coming in the height of summer will experience a buzzing city with loud music and clubs galore, packed with restaurants and more activities than you can pack into a fortnights break.
Should you choose to visit Albufeira off-season, you’ll find a somewhat different atmosphere. It’s so much more relaxed, and visitors can discover the other side of Albufeira, with horse rides on the beach, spa and wellness retreats, inland adventures and even as a base to explore different regions. There’s always something to do in Albufeira whether it’s cultural, gourmet, luxurious, artistic, budget, upbeat or tranquil, they’ve been mastering the art of delivering multi-faceted tourism for nearly 60 years, and there truly is something for everyone here.
If a day of banana boats, riding a bucking bronco, dancing until 6 am and grabbing a kebab on your way home is your thing, then come in the summer. Alternatively, you can enjoy 2 Michelin star dining and total tranquillity. Albufeira has it all.
Created by a local architectural studio, Hotel California Urban Beach is an Adults only, four-star hotel slap bang in the centre of the old town and just a 2-minute walk to the famous Praia dos Pescadores Beach. A rooftop pool and views overlooking Albufeira complement this modern, funky downtown hotel.
With elegant air-conditioned rooms that are contemporary in style, featuring Smart TVs with some rooms including a seating area.
Enjoy a visit to the onsite D’Spa, with its heated indoor pool and a water circuit along with a good range of massages and beauty treatments using Organic & Vegan products. Cocktails and refreshments are available at the pool bar, lounge bar and also in the onsite restaurant Wine & Sushi Califórnia.
Jupiter Albufeira Hotel – Family & Fun
Newly renovated five-star Jupiter Albufeira Hotel – Family & Fun is located in Montechoro, in a quiet area just a 10-minute drive by complimentary free shuttle service to and from Oura Beach and Albufeira’s centre. A water park, many outdoor pools, a spa area and entertainment program giving the hotel a resort feel.
Modern décor, with private balconies, en-suite bathrooms with a walk-in shower and large rooms make this hotel perfect for families. Restaurants serving buffet, Italian and a la carte are available on room-only or all-inclusive board. The rooftop bar is the cherry on the cake with stunning views over Albufeira and the ocean.
A selection of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments make up this aparthotel. All apartments are fully equipped with fitted kitchenettes and large balconies and bright, airy decor.
Slightly set back in a more residential area, and around a leisurely 15 minutes’ walk from the main Albufeira beaches and the old town. With an indoor heated pool, and two outdoor pools (one just for children) and set in landscaped gardens with bridges and water features.
The onsite Restaurante, A Lota where guests can enjoy a continental breakfast or traditional Portuguese cuisine in the evening. The complimentary shuttle bus is available to and from the beach, and downtown Albufeira.
Salgados by Vidamar Hotel
Beautiful restaurants, a variety of crafted outdoor swimming pools, outdoor and indoor bars and sculpted gardens create the mood here in the Salgados area of Albufeira.
Designer rooms and suites come in a range of pool or garden views, right next to the sea with large balconies and great amenities. Interconnecting family rooms are also available.
This five-star resort is on the Marina side of Albufeira and is set in a tranquil location, perfect for a week or so to recharge your batteries in luxurious surroundings. The surrounding area has many of the Algarves’ best restaurants and pristine beaches. There’s a kid’s club for the children along with room service to add to your comfort.