Downtown versus old town
Holidaymakers who visit Albufeira largely divide their time between two parts of the town. For the slick nightclubs, all-day and all-night bars and funky neon lounges, the downtown district thrums at every hour. Tourists and locals mingle freely in this popular part of town, where dancing until dawn is almost a rite of passage, and where crisp beers and zingy cocktails are all part of a night's work.
Head to the old town though, and it's instead awash with culture and tales of old. Here, handcrafted works and local artisans congregate around side-street cafes and coffee shops, and nightlife venues favour live music, downtempo lifestyles and good conversation.
Striking that balance is something few resorts can claim to have achieved, yet it's definitely apparent in Albufeira. What's more, the local architecture mixes classic Portuguese designs with modern Mediterranean chic. Just one stroll from the hilltop avenues to the colourful marina will let you experience this beautiful contrast.
In Albufeira, everything from high-end restaurants to casual seaside diners are available to you. Every budget, every palate and every preference of portion is ready for you and your fellow travellers to enjoy.
Poultry dishes and succulent seafood feature prominently in dozens of the establishments available to you, while vegetarian options are also known for being in abundant supply here, which some consider a delightful surprise compared to many similar resorts.
You'll find that restaurant menus are written in a huge range of different languages, which speaks volumes on Albufeira's global appeal as a tourist destination - cheap holidays to Albufeira can be found throughout the year, meaning a steady stream of tourism. That international mindset also stretches to the kinds of restaurants you'll find when you're ready to step away from the local classics. Yet as enticing as those European and Asian places are, the home-cooked classics they serve in town are so great, we wouldn't blame you for sticking to tradition either.
When you're ready to explore everything else the Algarve has to offer, Albufeira is a central place to launch your escapades from. You can head to the coast for diving and watersports, or out into the countryside for nature trails and hiking.
Theme parks and adventure excursions will keep the youngsters keen, like the Zoomarine park, where rides and dolphin shows are just another day's work. Aqualand waterpark is where wet and wild towers slide over pools full of laughing visitors, while cave tours and pirate cruises let the spirit of adventure take flight on land and sea.
Meanwhile, spa retreats are also ready to soothe tired bodies and minds. Spa Villas d'Agua gives you the chance to get a full body massage high atop a sunny clifftop, with ocean breezes and sea views enlivening your senses.