Albufeira Tourism

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Teeming with history, the old town of Albufeira, located in the coastal Algarve region of southern Portugal, is speckled with ancient monuments and churches. Its charming, cobbled streets blossom in daylight into lively restaurants, cafes, bars and shops offset on one end with luxurious beaches abundant with silky, golden sand and azure waters. Albufeira sightseeing is will make you want to stay here!

Coupled with the wonderful weather conditions the region experiences, it is, in fact, little wonder that Albufeira is a much-coveted tourist destination for globetrotters and travel enthusiasts around the world, seeking some Portuegese sun and sand, overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Just a short transfer from Faro airport, Albufeira caters to a range of travellers with honeymooning couples, families and hippies unanimously in awe of the city’s splendour. Besides its old-world charm, Albufeira nightlife is lively and boats itself in São João and Albufeira marina is populated with quirky sugar candy-coloured apartments.

In Roman times, Albufeira was called Baltum, later re-named Al-Buhera by the Moorish settlers in the 8th Century. In the 13th century, it was finally taken over from the Moors by the 'Knights of the Order of Santiago'.

Like many Algarve towns, Albufeira is home to the remains of an 18th-century castle, most of the original structure of which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. The Torre do Relogio (clock tower) endures however, built on one of the old castle towers, testament to its long-standing history; lit up on special occasions for a festive show of celebration.

Until the advent of Albufeira tourism in the ‘60s, Albufeira was a small Portuguese fishing village. Since then, considerable development has turned it into the most popular seaside resort town in the Algarve region, but its persists quietly in retaining its innate cultural charm.

The Albufeira Marina is on the western outskirts of the town and it is quite unlikely that you’ll miss the popping colours of blue, pink, orange, green and yellow that most of the apartments and buildings here are painted! The marina walkway also has some intriguing dolphin statues, and a visit here is sure to give you that away-from-everything-feeling due to the inherently quirky nature of the place. A Holiday in Albufeira will be a colourful event.

The marina is also the starting point for many of the most popular things to do in Albufeira, such as boat trips, fishing trips and diving excursions. If taking a dip in the deep blue isn’t your thing, then get adventurous on dry land – rent a Segway and cruise down the marina’s promenade with a view of the fishermen going about their daily business.

While the summer months are a natural tourist peak in Albufeira, autumn and winter bring with them a different sort of charm when the city lies emptier and quieter, while retaining the same effortless grace. The bars, restaurants and shops remain very much open so for those allergic to the bustle of city life and crowds, head out here off-season for some peaceful relaxation in the Portuguese sun to the ancient town of Albufeira.

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Facts and Stats for Albufeira*

  • Pollution Statistics in Albufeira

    Know the pollution level of Albufeira before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 15 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Albufeira: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Albufeira for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Albufeira.

    • Burglary and Theft 36.11 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 30.56 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 22.22 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.56 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 97.22 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 66.67 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 5.56 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Living in Albufeira - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 71.33 (High)
    • Pollution Index 27.07 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 53.91 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.39 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 40.99 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Albufeira

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Albufeira

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.96 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 78.62 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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