Destination guide

Sun-soaked days in Albufeira

Albufeira draws vacationers to its wide swaths of golden, sandy beaches, where sun-soaked days are spent lounging by the sea on the southern Algarve Coast of Portugal. Once a fishing village, the city now boasts a ton of amenities and family-friendly attractions along its colorful streets, from bustling shopping centers and tasty restaurants to golf courses, waterparks and zoos. When it's time to select your Albufeira vacation rental, you'll find an array of luxurious villas and cozy apartments await, many within walking distance of the best beaches, with sweeping views over the sparkling blue ocean and refreshing pools for cooling off on hot summer days.

Things to do

Uncovering the history of Albufeira

Though the streets of Albufeira are now full of modern amenities, the town has a fascinating past, preserved at spots like the Municipal Archaeological Museum, which presents a collection of artifacts and exhibits from the prehistoric, Roman, Moorish and modern eras of Portugal. The remains of castle walls can be spotted in the city, but head just outside of town to see Paderne, a 12th-century Moorish structure, once built of mud and sandstone, with a centuries-old church and Roman bridge among the ruins. Pack a picnic and enjoy the hilltop views.


Get out on the water in Albufeira

While it may be tempting to spend your entire vacation relaxing on the soft, sandy beaches of Albufeira, carve out some time to explore the waters beyond, where coastal vistas and a range of sea life await. Several tour providers are on hand to take you on catamaran cruises or high-speed boat rides, where you can admire the dramatic cliffs and caves along the spectacular coast line. When you get further out to sea, be on the lookout for the dolphins that swim in these waters. Some excursions provide an opportunity to jump in the sea for some snorkeling or paddle boarding, too.


Long summers in Albufeira

Summers in Albufeira draw vacationers to the pristine beaches, where golden sands are perfect for afternoon naps and enjoying gorgeous sunsets over the sea. Temperatures rise into the 80s during the peak of summer, so refreshing dips in the ocean are a must. If you visit during this time, choose an Albufeira vacation rental with a pool for fun-filled afternoons spent splashing around with the kids. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, opt for a stay in spring or fall, as afternoons still average temperatures in the 70s during May, June and October.

Natural features

Hitting the beach in Albufeira

Thanks to its coastal location, the local beaches are the best way to enjoy the outdoors in Albufeira. With a mild, year-round climate, there's no bad time to walk along the soft shores and watch the sun dancing on the waves. Falesia Beach's long strand of sand boasts a gorgeous backdrop of colorful cliffs in shades of red that contrast with the green ocean beyond, where you might spot sea creatures playing in the waves. Another popular spot, Fisherman's Beach, is just steps from downtown streets filled with shops and restaurants, and close to a number of Albufeira vacation rentals.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Albufeira

The nearest airport is in Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.), located 16.4 mi (26.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Portimao (PRM), which is 18.6 mi (29.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Albufeira?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,024 vacation rentals near Albufeira. From 3,151 Villas to 1,064 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Albufeira for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Albufeira?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Albufeira:

  • Galé: 1,416 vacation rentals
  • Areias de São João: 578 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 1,175 vacation rentals
  • Montechoro: 326 vacation rentals
  • Vale de Parra: 590 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Albufeira?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Albufeira. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Albufeira Old Town Square: 9,626 vacation rentals
  • Algarve Shopping Mall: 11,087 vacation rentals
  • Balaia Golf Village: 9,134 vacation rentals
  • Albufeira Marina: 9,562 vacation rentals
  • Pine Cliffs Golf Course: 8,747 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Albufeira listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Albufeira?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,151 Villas in Albufeira. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Albufeira include:

  • Houses: 1,064 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 3,530 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 70 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Albufeira?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,285 vacation rentals with pool available in Albufeira. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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