The 10 Best Things to Do in Albufeira, Portugal

July 30, 2017 Chanda Heide

There are lots of beach types, and with 20 very different beaches to choose from, Albufeira delights them all. Hugging the coast in Portugal’s southern Algarve region, this prime vantage point showcases sparkling white houses with Moorish flair, breathtaking multi-hued cliffs, and old fortress remnants that ground modern amenities with a charming historical flair.
Restaurants in Albufeira

1. Falesia Beach

Aldeia da Falésia, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-593, Portugal +49 1512 1805738
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Falesia Beach

Reviewed By Lesterbeach - Winnipeg, Canada

A huge beach to the east of Albufeira. Beautiful colours in the cliff. Wide sandy beach. Good wooden staircase down to the beach. Not a lot of parking considering the size of the beach. The small cafe at the stairs has decent washrooms.

2. Praia Sao Rafael

Urbanizacao de Sao Rafael, Albufeira 8200-613, Portugal
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Praia Sao Rafael

Reviewed By Vongil - Albufeira, Portugal

One of the nicest Beaches in the Algarve. Easily accessible and safe bathing. Small beach but so very pretty. We love it. There is also a restaurant on the beach so you can get food and drinks. It is a little on the expensive side though, as are all beach restaurants.

3. Praia Gale

Estrada da Gale, Gale, Albufeira 8200-385, Portugal
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 984 reviews

Praia Gale

Reviewed By luv2holidayinthesun - England, United Kingdom

We just love this beach!
So much to offer.
Can walk as far as Armacao de Pera where there are nice beach bars and restaurants too.
Beach bars open in the season all the way along the beach
Beautiful sand and safe bathing
Great to watch the surfers when the waves are big
Lovely to sit in a sheltered spot to watch the world go by.
Behind the beach is a board walk amongst the sand dunes.
Further along is a nudist beach which may not appeal to some!

4. Zoomarine Algarve

Estrada Nacional 125, KM65, Guia, Albufeira 8201-864, Portugal +351 289 560 300
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Zoomarine Algarve

Discover the mysteries of the oceans at the Algarve best family theme park. Located in Guia, just a few kilometers from Albufeira, you can watch presentations with dolphins, seals and sea lions, with tropical birds and birds of prey. Besides these presentations, there is also an amazing aquarium with sharks, various habitats, 4D Cinema, attractions, amusements, swimming pools and the new Zoomarine Beach, that will make your visit to Zoomarine unforgettable. Unique sensations on a journey through world of knowledge and adventure where adults and children discover the mysteries of marine life in a day full of surprises and emotions.

Reviewed By pinkduck44 - Nanteuil En Vallee, France

A visit to Zoomarine today was such a pleasure with pleasant staff and many interesting shows and experiences. In particular, the dolphin show was superb and the sea lion show very entertaining, we haven't seen better even at the well renowned SeaWorld.
The member of staff at The Americas bird habitat was very informative and made that visit really interesting. The cafeteria was clean and the food tasty. We would highly recommend Zoomarine for all the family and will definitely return on our next visit to the Algarve.
The food at the cafeteria was tasty

5. Praia dos Salgados

Salgados, Gale, Albufeira, Portugal
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 516 reviews

Praia dos Salgados

Reviewed By Malcolm1984 - Ramsbottom

We weren't sure what to expect after Reading this was a nature reserve. What we found was a fantastic location for a family outing. The beach is endless and has golden sand running out into a shallow surf. Perfect for our adventurous 6 year old and his new body board. The cafe is clean and has friendly staff. It also has nice tidy showers for 1 euro. The boardwalk into the nature reserve was perfect for cooling off when we visited with a breeze coming off the water.

6. Praia da Coelha

Sesmarias, Gale, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 449 reviews

Praia da Coelha

Reviewed By PHILIP C - BURNHAM BUCKS ENGLAND

The sea can be a bit aggressive but the lifeguards are very attentive and quick to help.The tide really reduces the size of the beach at high tides. The Beach bar is superb,Luis and Wendy work very hard and the food is excellent.The view from the deck is so absorbing you don't want to leave.

7. Praia dos Aveiros

Praceta dos Aveiros, Albufeira 8200-294, Portugal
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Praia dos Aveiros

Reviewed By Neil K - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Praia Dos Aveiros is a superb beach that although a bit of a shale beach,it's waves are a bit more tranquil and it's ideal for young families.
If you walk down a bit the beach brings you onto Praia Dos Pescadores which is another great beach and onto the Old Town.
Praia Dos Aveiros has the usual beach amenities available and offers great swimming opportunities and like all the Beaches on this resort well worth checking out.

8. Praia do Barranco das Belharucas

Olhos de Agua, Albufeira, Portugal
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Praia do Barranco das Belharucas

Reviewed By Springy17 - Beverley, United Kingdom

We walked to this beach from Vilamoura early one morning. Wonderful views, peaceful beach. Not that many spots to stop for a drink along the way so make sure you take plenty of water along. Stopped here for a drink and a bite to eat. Sat in the beach bar, Golfinho, looking out to sea and didn't want to move. If you are walking back to Vilamoura too the tide comes in and the beach is a little sloped and harder to walk along on the way back.

9. Learn2Sail

Marina De Portimao | Edifício Administrativo - Ponta da Areia, Portimão, Portugal, Albufeira 8200-315, Portugal +351 917 336 202
Excellent
97%
Good
1%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 108 reviews

Learn2Sail

Sailing Boat Day Trips and Sunset Cruises from Albufeira Marina, all year and every day.

Reviewed By Colin C - London, United Kingdom

Southern Portugal with Learn2Sail is the perfect place to improve your sailing (I did the Coastal Skipper course). The weather is warm and the wind does blow, and the local restaurants offer great food at good prices.
More importantly the tuition is excellent - challenging but supportive, with concepts explained in understandable and memorable ways. If you go for the whole package then all you need to do is get to Faro airport and everything falls into place from there!
Many thanks to Mark and Jane - it was a great five days.

10. Praia dos Olhos de Agua

Rua dos Pescadores 3, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-651, Portugal
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Praia dos Olhos de Agua

Reviewed By steve c - Durham, United Kingdom

lovely safe little beach in olhosa d'agua, sandy clean, we visited in Feb so didn't go in for a dip but the water looked as if it was a shallow walk in cafe's restaurants close by public w/c on the front which makes a change from some locations, this beach will be hopping in mid summer no doubt, but it is beautiful.

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