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Albufeira Holidays

One of the most popular resorts in the Algarve, Albufeira holidays are a tourists' haven with comfortable village settings, miles of beach space and a range of terrific accommodations.

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With fantastic options of villas and apartments, holidays to Albufeira will provide the relaxing getaway you've been craving while also offering plenty of fun in the sun with activities galore.

The old town is a peaceful place to explore with old castle and clock towers that have stood for centuries. This cobbled area is at the centre of Albufeira while the coastline boasts an impressive 25 beaches to choose from.

While this resort is generally calm and quiet, there are plenty of towns and attractions nearby to inject excitement into your holiday. There are some great golf courses to choose from, family fun parks like Zoomarine in Guia and an excitable nightlife in Sao Joao.

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Pick your spot on the beach

There's no chance of feeling like tourist cattle herded onto the sands of Albufeira. With 25 beaches spread across 30km of coastline, you're afforded the luxury of choice and space with some fantastic coastal areas to select from.

Some of the stretches are tourism-centric with bars, cafes and restaurants lining the beachfront like at Fisherman's Beach, Albufeira Beach and Praia d'Oura. The latter is also a 5km long Blue Flag winner with plenty of water sports offered off the coast.

Many of the other beaches are natural areas where cliffs hide secluded sands and even some small caves. Praia da Falesia is an expansive area where you can tan uninterrupted by the holiday hustle and bustle.

So much to do

Once the beaches or the peaceful streets of the old town have sufficiently relaxed and rejuvenated you, you may want to start looking at the wide array of activities to enjoy in the Albufeira region.

Casual sport lovers can get things started by playing a round on one of the three superb golf courses. If you're after something a bit faster there is plenty of rental equipment with fun vehicles or water sports. Equally as exciting are the diving trips or boat tours which take you around the coast and in search of the local dolphins.

Dolphins are also found at the water theme park Zoomarine in Guia where there are so many attractions you may want to spend two days here. Just 25 minutes away is the popular waterpark of Aqualand which features slides and fun for all ages. With so many opportunities for excitement found within and around the town, family holidays to Albufeira are a great choice that will put a smile on everyone's face.

Live entertainment and late nights

Between the laidback venues of Albufeira and the lively clubs on the Sao Joao strip, you can choose which direction you want your night to take.

Montechoro is the name of the resort area where people favour fruity cocktails over flaming shots and live music over disco dancefloors. It's a family friendly place to watch live entertainers and brave karaoke singers in a sociable atmosphere.

Sao Joao attracts the younger crowd who aim to stay up until the small hours of the morning. Bars and clubs line the popular strip here where you're likely to stumble across happy hour drinks deals and neon lit buildings.

Sao Joao shops

The same street that hosts all the clubs at night also offers a fantastic array of shops during the day. Tourists will find plenty of souvenir opportunities and holiday essentials both here and in the cobbled streets of the old town.

During the summer you'll find plenty of stalls set up around the streets where hand decorated ceramics are on sale as well as delicious Portuguese wines.

Fantastic food choices

What are you in the mood for? Whatever you're hankering after, you'll find it somewhere within the hundreds of restaurants of Albufeira.

Seafood by the beachfront and Portuguese classics in the old town is the general trend of food here but there are plenty of European and international options too.

There are also dozens of cafes giving you the opportunity to sit out in the sun and people watch.

30km long coastline

The transfer from Faro Airport to your accommodation in Albufeira will take between 40-50 minutes depending on your location in the large resort.

Car hire is available and presents the easiest way for you to get around the town and to the many beaches of Albufeira.

If you'd rather save money then there are plenty of local busses to catch that can also take you to other resorts like Lagos and Faro. The Albufeira train station also offers a convenient way to reach other major towns in Algarve.

Best time of year to visit

A summer day spent on one of Albufeira's 25 beaches is accompanied by temperatures that are likely to reach 30C. The southern region of Portugal enjoys a warm climate from March until November when the average high usually hits at least 20C.

Experience a traditional Portuguese celebration at the end of July with the five day Festival Al-Buhera. Craft stalls are laid out in the streets while there is often some form of live entertainment to be found both day and night.