Albufeira is the town where tourism in the Algarve really began. until the 60's it was a lovely old fishing town, with the familiar whitewashed cottages and winding, cobbled Moorish streets leading to charming squares and churches, and fishing boats all clustered around the sea shore. The scenic old town is much the same today, but benefits from the modern accommodation and luxury holiday villas that border it.
The town has a fine marina, and about 1¼ miles away is the main strip – Avenida Dr Francisco Sà Carneiro. This is the centre of the club scene and comes alive with cocktail bars, karaoke joints, and discos that never seem to close. Albufeira remains the most popular resort in the Algarve for a good reason.
You could say a villa holiday at Albufeira has it all – lovely beaches, an ideal climate, a family-friendly mixture of history and culture alongside modern amenities and a fantastic nightlife. The old town has a lovely, leafy central square surrounded by little streets of shops selling a huge array of handbags and handcrafted goods that make perfect gifts.
While attracting a young, international party crowd, as well as the yachting community, Albufeira is first and foremost a family holiday resort. The old town and Fisherman’s Beach appeal to all ages, and the fine array of typical Portuguese restaurants selling the catch of the day are popular with locals and holiday-makers all the year round.
The marina, on the western side of town, is a vibrant and colourful location and a great place for either a stroll, or just to sit and have a drink and watch the passing parade of humanity.
Adjoining Fisherman’s Beach is Praia do Túnel, reached through the tunnel near the tourist office. The steps down to the beach offer more bars and restaurants to enjoy. These are just 2 of the 25 beaches dotted along the coast around Albufeira available on your villa holiday.