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Albufeira is one of the most vibrant seaside resorts in the Algarve known for its lively and carefree atmosphere, located near the beach just 35 minutes from Faro Airport. Albufeira is the ultimate family holiday destination as well as the best place in the Algarve to party. The town is divided into the Old Town and the Strip. The old town is a beautiful white city with cobbled streets, where you can find a number of family focused restaurants. The Strip is renowned for its nightlife full of bars that stay open until the early hours, a villa in Albufeira really can offer something for everyone.

Things to do in Albufeira

There’s a wide choice of activities in Albufeira making it an ideal choice for a villa holiday in the Algarve. In front of the old town of Albufeira you will find two beaches, Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Peneco (Túnel). You can go to the beach via a tunnel, an elevator, an escalator or by walking from downtown Albufeira.  Relax on the beach and watch the colourful fishing boats being unloaded with their catch of the day before going off to the nearby fish auction. Albufeira has a relatively new marina, which is located west of the old town. Take a walk around and see the many boats and super-yachts in the marina, surrounded by the brightly painted blue, green, pink, orange and yellow buildings.

With villas close to the beach, you will be just a short distance from having the golden sand under your feet.

Albufeira sand beach, Algarve, Portugal
Albufeira old town, Algarve, Portugal

History and Culture in Albufeira

The history of Albufeira dates back to the Roman Empire. In Roman times, Albufeira, the settlement, was called Baltum. It had a port and was involved with commerce and agriculture, and as such, you can see the remains of Roman bridges in Paderne and Guia. Albufeira is also known for its town of white houses and it still has narrow winding streets, to be explored by day or by night. The streets lead to Túnel and Peneco beaches, a stretch of sand framed by the town, which forms an amphitheatre facing the sea. Alongside the beach, the promenade provides other views, bounded to the west by the Xorino Cave, where the Moors took refuge in the 13th Century following the Christian reconquest of the town.

Family holidays in Albufeira

Despite being famous for its street ‘the Strip’ with lively nightlife, Albufeira still provides a family friendly vibe, particularly in the Old Town. With plenty of beaches, child-friendly activities and family focused attractions, and a bustling marina, Albufeira is an excellent place for a long overdue family villa holiday. Nearby you’ll find activities to suit all, a karting circuit, crazy golf course and the Algarve water park with pirate shows and pools on site. It’s no wonder it’s within the top 10 places in Algarve for families to go to.

Zoomarine, Algarve, Portugal
Albufeira sand beach, Algarve, Portugal

Adventurous activities in Albufeira

Along with the beaches and water sport activities Albufeira is famous for its busy nightlife. The best areas for going out exploring are the  Strip where you will find plenty of vibrant bars. The Strip is located near the Praia da Oura, a beach that is popular among young tourists. There are cocktail bars, bars with live music, karaoke bars and bars where you can dance. The nightlife in Albufeira is said to be like no other.

Relax in your villa with private pool during the day, before venturing out again in the evenings.

Romance in Albufeira

Relax on the beautiful beach or wander round the old town of Albufeira which consists of lovely cobblestone streets with mosaic patterns retaining its romance and charm over the years. There are shops, restaurants and bars in the old town offering a lively yet relaxed atmosphere, a couples villa in Albufeira provides you with the perfect base from which to explore.

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