Albufeira, on the south coast of Portugal, is a place where you can get the best of both worlds on your holiday. The historic Old Town boasts ruins of an old Roman castle and the beautiful beach is backed by whitewashed buildings. The more modern part of Albufeira however, shows it can keep up with other European destinations by opening clubs for nearly 24 hours a day.
In Albufeira, you have your pick of beautiful beaches to spend the day on. Praia de Pescadores, or Fisherman’s Beach, is an easily accessible area of sand and is popular with guests for its BBQ’d fish and variety of restaurants. Praia de Peneco slightly to the west of Fisherman’s Beach, is backed by picturesque white-washed buildings and Oura Beach near the main strip, is a delightful, clean blue flag beach which is perfect for families.
The colourful marina is a great starting point for excursions and days out in Albufeira. Hop on a boat trip to take in the scenery of the coastline or head out on a dolphin safari to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. If you need more of an adrenalin rush though, hire out a jet-ski or blast away on a rocket speed boat for an exhilarating ride on the waves.
Although this town still has pockets of tradition, you’ll find that most restaurants along the beachfront have English menus and cater to the tastes of the tourists. In the Old Town, however, you’ll find a more traditional set up where local restaurants and trees line the pretty central square. After sundown, Albufeira really comes to life and the area of Sao Joao is the place to be for the upbeat music and late night bars.