The small town of Balaia is nestled on Portugal's Algarve coast. A landscape of traditional whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs surrounded by pine and almond trees await visitors. There are two first-rate beaches, as well as a number of bars and restaurants. Golfers can delight in the beautiful courses in town as well as those nearby. The town's proximity to the tourist centre of Albufeira means guests are never far from the action. A holiday in Balaia is the right choice for those looking for the chance to unwind and relax, and HomeAway is the place to find a apartment in Balaia.
Whether it be a family of four in need of an apartment with a pool and air conditioning, or a couple searching for an off-the-beaten path apartment with a seaside balcony for romantic evenings, HomeAway has got it covered. Rental villas in Balaia are also an option. Many of these rental facilities come equipped with internet and satellite TV and put guests as close – or as far – from the town centre as desired.
HomeAway also offers other holiday rentals in the Albufeira region.
The Algarve region is known for its golf courses, and Balaia has its own 9-hole course. It is located directly on the cliffs, providing players with some nice views. A driving range and putting green as well as a Gold Academy are also on site.
Praia da Maria Luisa:
This sandy beach is one of the two located in Balaia. It is quiet and secluded, though the beach bar located here is popular with tourists and locals alike. The surrounding cliffs provide a beautiful backdrop.
This chapel was constructed atop a former Arab mosque in the 15th century. The devastating earthquake in 1755 all but demolished the original structure and what visitors see today is a the reconstruction of the body and main doorway in the Gothic style.
Visitors to Balaia can see the remains of the original castle walls. The 1755 earthquake destroyed most of it, but the ruins of one of the towers can be found at the Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora. It served as the northern entrance to the city.
This interesting natural formation is located on the beach, within the cliffs near Albufeira. It served as a hiding place for the fugitive Moors during the Christian Reconquest in the 13th century. Guided tours are available during high season.
The famous Avenida Dr. Fancisco Sa Carneiro, or 'strip' in Albufeira is the place to go for a night out on the town. It is located about two miles from Balaia. Many of the bars and clubs located here are open 24 hours a day, and there are numerous restaurants to choose from.
Balaia, like the rest of the Algarve coast, enjoys sunshine and warm temperatures all year long. Balaia, though, has a relatively low summer temperature in comparison to other towns in the region; July is the warmest month in Balaia with an average temperature of 24°C. Sunshine is bountiful; some days in July are graced with 14 uninterrupted hours of sunshine. January is the coolest month with temperatures averaging 12°C, and December is the wettest.
Faro Airport (FAO) is located approximately 25 miles from Balaia. At the airport, there are many options for car hire and taxis are plentiful. It is advisable to book a ride in advance for a better rate. The drive takes about 40 minutes along the A22 or N125. Visitors can also take a bus or train from Faro city centre to Albufeira and grab a taxi to Balaia from there. Timetables are available online.