Paderne is a traditional, authentic village, located about 8 miles North of Albufeira. Explore its windy cobbled streets, with a handful of restaurants, charming cafes and some gift shops. Tap into the history at this beautiful village where you’ll find ancient castle ruins, known to be one of the 7 castles portrayed on the Portuguese flag. Visit the popular resort of Albufeira that provides a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants and is famed for its ‘piri-piri’ chicken dishes.
Local markets and shopping
There is a mini market in the village as well as a supermarket, where you can stock up on the daily essentials. Once a month there is a market where you can join the locals buying fresh produce - great for stocking up to cook some tasty dishes back at the villa. The nearby old town of Albufeira, around a 20 minute drive from Paderne, has a maze of streets lined with shops offering a selection of crafts, local wine, and souvenirs.
Bars and restaurants
There are a handful of restaurants in Paderne, which offer traditional Portuguese dishes, whilst a little further afield, Albufeira has a great selection of cuisines for everyone. You can eat like a local and try the grilled sardines with a view of the sea. Around the marina in Albufeira, you’ll find plenty of European and Asian restaurants and trendy bars for a cocktail at sunset. After dinner, why not walk through the main square or the streets running down to the beach and choose between cocktail lounges, sports bars, and nightclubs.
Fisherman’s Beach is an absolute highlight of Albufeira with a huge crescent of golden sand backed by glowing sandstone cliffs and beach cafes with a view of the boats. The sheltered bay is ideal for sea swimming and there are plenty of watersports to try, only a 20 minutes’ drive from Paderne. If you want to travel a little further, the nearby sandy beaches in Praia D’Oura which has coveted Blue Flag status and Fort San Joao are both worth visiting.
For families, there's plenty to do away in and around the area. Try a dolphin watching boat trip, paragliding or sea kayaking, all available to book at the Albufeira marina. The popular Zoomarine theme park is perfect for a day out with hundreds of fascinating sea animals and fish and only 20 minutes’ drive from Paderne. Aqualand waterpark is also only 20 minutes’ drive away. For older children and teenagers looking for some high adrenaline action, take a 25 minute drive to Parque Aventura in nearby Santa Eulalia which has paintball and tree top adventure courses.
Places of Interest
Explore the traditional village of Paderne, where you’ll find ancient castle ruins that are known to be one of the 7 castles portrayed on the Portuguese flag. To explore the Algarve further, take a jeep safari or hire a car and see the villages and towns behind the coast. Or why not take a 30 minute drive into the hills behind the coast to Loule, a charming traditional town. With a daily food market, old castle and shaded shopping streets, it makes an ideal stop for lunch before returning to the coast.