Albufeira is one of the Algarve region's most popular destinations. Thousands of visitors flock to this interesting town year after year because Albufeira provides the perfect mix between old and new, excitement and relaxation. The old city centre is lined with cobblestone streets and traditional architecture; the famous São João strip is booming with 24-hour night life; the marina is bright, modern, and relaxing, and the gorgeous sandy beaches and clean waters were made for relaxing. If a trip to Albufeira is in the future, the right accommodation can be found with HomeAway.
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The origins of Albufeira Castle date back to the Romans. It suffered greatly, though, in the earthquake of 1755, so most of what visitors see today was built in the late-18th century. The clock tower, or "Torre do Relógio", was constructed on the site of the old castle tower and is one of Albufeira's most famous landmarks.
Albufeira Old Town:
The old town in Albufeira is representative of the traditional style in the Algarve. Narrow cobblestone streets wind their way up the hillside, and the town square is covered with trees and shrubs. Numerous cafés and restaurants can be found here. There are also stores selling locally made leather goods, delicacies, and handicrafts.
When the mood to party strikes, São João is the place to be. This lively nightlife area is full of and bars and clubs ensuring visitors can party any time, day or night. The "strip" of Albufeira is always busy and always full.
The first thing visitors may notice when approaching the Fisherman's Beach, or Praia dos Pescadores, is the smell of grilled fish in the air. Numerous restaurants and stands adorn this beautiful stretch of golden sand, located a stone's throw from the old town. The sand and water are very clean.
This marine life theme park is found in the town of Guia, about six miles from Albufeira. Dolphin, seal, and sea lion shows are held year-round, as are bird shows. There is a 4-D movie theatre, a rehabilitation centre for marine wildlife, as well as pools and a small amusement park.
This colourful part of town is hard to miss! The buildings are painted in bright blue, green, pink, yellow, and orange. The marina area has a nice selection of shops nearby. There are quite a few bars and restaurants along the marina itself, making it a relaxing place to watch the ships roll in.
The Algarve region boasts 3,000 hours of sunshine throughout the year, making it a popular destination any season. Summers in Albufeira are hot and dry. Temperatures average about 28ºC in July and August, with some days climbing up into the mid-30s. Thankfully the breeze from the Atlantic keeps it cool and pleasant. The water temperature is about 22°C during the summer. Winters are mild with an average temperature of 15ºC in January.
Faro Airport (FAO) is located approximately 25 miles from Albufeira. There are many car hire agencies located at the airport, and taxis are numerous, but book a ride in advance for a better rate. The journey is a simple 30-minute drive west along the A22 or N125. Visitors may also opt to take the regional train or bus from Faro city centre to Albufeira. Up-to-date timetables are available online.