Should You Visit Albufeira?

Are you thinking about visiting Albufeira, Portugal? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Albufeira worth visiting?

Albufeira is worth visiting for three to seven days so that you can explore everything that the resort town has to offer. Albufeira may have once been a quiet fishing town but today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal. It's the largest resort town in the Algarve and there is little left of the traditional life that once was. The area is synonymous with lively parties, particularly along "the Strip." The beaches are golden and beautiful, and because it's the most built up town in the Algarve, you'll also find no shortage of activities including snorkeling, dolphin watching, theme parks, and more.

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Reasons to Visit Albufeira

Nightlife
It's probably the most infamous party destination in the Algarve and it won't disappoint. During the peak summer months you'll find the streets around the popular "Strip" filled with tourists and party-goers. There are hen and stag parties, backpackers, and drunken travelers out for a good time. The Strip has become so popular that there are now bars and clubs on the adjacent streets as well. If you're not staying in the area, you'll likely want to take a taxi, as it's a couple kilometers outside of the town center.

Resorts
As the largest resort town in the Algarve, you'll find a wide selection of hotels to choose from. Party-goers will want to stay near the Strip while families will prefer the old town or resorts in Olhos de Agua.

Beaches
With their golden sands and blue waters, the beaches are world class. The area also has a diversity of beaches that are perfect for all types of vacationers. For water sports, head to Praia dos Alemaes but for relaxation and catching some rays check out Praia da Falesia. You'll find some interesting rock formations at Praia dos Olhos de Agua. One of the most convenient beaches to town is Praia dos Pescadores. For nightlife you'll want to head to Praia da Oura.

Food
As the largest resort town in the Algarve, the city also has the widest selection of restaurants. There are traditional options that serve up classic dishes like grilled sardines, as well as international restaurants with traveler favorites. As expected, you'll find a lot of seafood, but you'll also find inland influences from local farms in the area.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
There are countless vendors who will take you by boat to explore the underwater world, either by snorkeling or scuba diving. The marine life is impressive and the water is generally clear.

Hiking
There are countless coastal walks that are perfect for all skill levels. Many offers stunning views along the rocky coast and pass through natural settings. Popular trails in the area include Praia Grande Interpretation Trail and Paderne Castle Trail.




Is Albufeira worth visiting in the Summer?

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 25°C (78°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 34°C (93°F).

The peak season for travel is summer in Albufeira, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is very popular with tourists, and in the high season it's even busier than usual as this is when most people like to visit. Expect tourist crowds to be very large, and prices to be higher than normal. However, there's plenty to do here this time of year, too.

With the warmer weather this time of year, the beach is the main attraction. Spend time enjoying the waves and sand during your trip. This is a great time of year to relax at the beach, get out into nature, and enjoy the amenities of a resort. Also, you'll be able to enjoy the city's energy and enjoy an evening out.


Summer Weather in Albufeira
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
August 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
September 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)

Is Albufeira worth visiting in the Autumn?

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Albufeira. This is an extremely touristy destination, so in the shoulder season you'll still see plenty of other tourists when you visit. However, good prices and deals are to be found on hotels and tours.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 19°C (67°F).

You'll find plenty to do during autumn, as you'll be able to admire the wonderful scenery, discover the big city activities, and take a hike.


Autumn Weather in Albufeira
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
November 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
December 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)

Is Albufeira worth visiting in the Winter?

This is the low season for travel in Albufeira. This is an extremely touristy destination, so in the low season you'll still see plenty of other travelers when you visit, but less than other times of the year. Good deals are to be found on hotels and tours because it's not the best time of year to visit.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during winter with average temperatures around 11°C (52°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the cuisine, the nightlife scene, and the big city activities.


Winter Weather in Albufeira
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
February 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
March 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)

Is Albufeira worth visiting in the Spring?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 15°C (60°F).

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Albufeira, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This is an extremely touristy destination, so in the shoulder season you'll still see plenty of other tourists when you visit. However, good prices and deals are to be found on hotels and tours.

One of the main reasons to come this time of year is because of the gorgeous scenery. This is a great time of year to admire the wonderful scenery and enjoy the evening activities.


Spring Weather in Albufeira
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
June 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Albufeira

Shopping: Albufeira isn't exactly a shopper's destination. You'll find most of the shops are geared toward souvenirs or beach items, particularly near the beach and marina. If you look hard you might find some nice ceramics or items made of cork.

Lots of Tourists
Albufeira sees a high number of visitors every year, which means you might have to wait in line and deal with large crowds during your visit.

Not As Family-Friendly
While there are some family activities, it's not as child-friendly as other destinations.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Albufeira might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Albufeira here or see if Albufeira is expensive here.

Related

What is Albufeira most famous for?

Albufeira is most famous for its golden beaches and limestone cliffs. The resort town is very popular for its nightlife, resorts, and beaches. It's also known for food and scuba diving & snorkeling. And many travelers come for the hiking, as well. It is often described as high energy, party hard, vibrant, touristy, popular, and activity-filled.

What is the most famous sight in Albufeira?

The most popular sight in Albufeira is Praia da Falesia. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Albufeira on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Praia da Falesia and other attractions here.

How touristy is Albufeira? Is it a popular resort town to visit?

Albufeira is a very touristy resort town that attracts travelers from around the globe. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Algarve Coast Full-Day Private Tour: $184
  • Lagos and Sagres Premium - Shared small group > VTours Algarve: $136
  • Parasailing Experience in Vilamoura: $54
  • Loule and Estoi Palace Premium Private > VTours Algarve: $136
  • Silves and Monchique Wine Taste Premium - Private> VTours Algarve: $271
  • Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira: $30
  • Lagos and Sagres Premium - Shared small group > VTours Algarve: $136
  • E-Bike Tour in Albufeira: $49

How long should I spend in Albufeira?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Albufeira is at least three or as many as seven days. Since Albufeira has a variety of activities such as nightlife, resorts, and beaches, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Albufeira?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Albufeira?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Albufeira?.