Albufeira is known for its many beaches, rocks and cliffs and is the Algarve’s premier resort. With sunbathing during the day and an exciting nightlife at the clubs, bars and restaurants at night, the atmosphere proves to be enjoyable and relaxing. The green countryside around Albufeira is spotted with almond, fig, orange and pine trees in which the colourfully decorated chimneys peek through from their yellow roof tops.
A visit to one of the many beaches that are all surrounded by rocks and cliffs to protect sunbathers from hot winds will delight visitors. All are edged with turquoise blue ocean, covered in fine sand, and each beach has its own unique features that are simply enchanting.
The Falesia beach is endless miles of soft white sand, rimmed with pine trees and the reddish colour of the cliffs that surround it. Beauty in its truest form. The São Rafael and Vigia beaches hold great beauty and are separated by massive rocks. They have excellent tourist facilities. The nearby Ponte Pequena and Ninho das Andorinhas are rock formations that are quite fascinating.
Albufeira Golf Courses
There are three golf courses in the area that are most popular with tourists and locals alike. The Salgado is near the coast and the ocean breezes that come across the course are more than welcome to players. Pine Cliffs is a smaller course, but equally beautiful with lots of breathtaking scenery and ocean views. Finally, Balaia Golf Village where fine accommodation is available. Although the Balaia is mainly for beginners it also attracts more advanced players who use the facilities to improve their distance control.
Albuferia Old Town
Within the town of Albufeira itself there are other extraordinary sites to visit. The Bell and Clock Towers are two of the most beautiful towers in southern Portugal. Both were built in the 19th century and are full of historical information. The Parish Church and the Misericórdia Chapel are also breath taking churches that are located in this fair city.
History buffs should pay a visit to the Municipal Archaeological Museum – Arquivo Histórico e Biblioteca Municipal – as it is home to many manuscripts recording the history of this fascinating region. Another worthwhile sight is the Xorino Cave which was used as a hiding place by Moors who were escaping from Christians during the Reconquest of the town.
During the peak holiday season in August there are three main festivals to look out for: the Feira de Na. Sra. da Orada, the Feira de Frango (Chicken Festival) and the Feira de Nossa Senhora da Guia. If you are planning on travelling at the beginning of February you can catch the Feira do Pau Roxo.