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Albufeira

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Albufeira is a city in Algarve, in the south of Portugal.Once a small fishing village it has now developed to be a very touristic area. However many holiday makers return year after year due to the lovely beaches, very good climate, proximity of many restaurants, bars and pubs. The town is divided into 2 parts, 'The Old Town' and the 'STRIP', or newer town, including Montechoro, Arias de Sao João.

For free holiday maps of Old Town Albufeira and The Strip, download from www.freemaps.net. Or pickup your FREEMAPS when you enter Albufeira. All places in the 'FREEMAPS' guides are anonymously checked to offer very good food and service, at reasonable prices, by the editors who have lived in Portugal over 30 years.

Get in

The train station is 6 kilometres from the centre. There is a city bus that can take you into town. Trains to Lagos & Faro(about one hour each). The train to Lisbon takes 3-4 hours. The is now a rapid train that takes 2 1/2 hours. A student fare costs €17.

Long distance buses, however, go the city centre.

Get Around

Walk to the beach Fishermans beach in the Old Town is a the most famous. And Fishermen's boats are still pulled in every morning. The beach side is lined with restaurants, bars etc.


By car

See

  • Castelo de Almoáda, Paderne, [1]. Moorish 12th century castle. Free Entrance. (37º09'25.85'',08º12'00.34)

Do

There is a great variety of beaches in Albufeira.

Buy

Eat

There are many restaurants to choose from, as Portugal has a long tradition on good food and twice-a-day hot meals. There are also fast-food or self-service restaurants.

  • Dream Wave, Albufeira (Albufeira Marina), +351 962 003 885, [2].
  • O Bom Garfo, in the Oura zone.
  • Teodosio In Guia. Specializes in Chicken Piri-Piri.
  • Vila Joya Restaurant, Praia da Galé, +351 289 591 795, [3]. One of the top Michelin Restaurants in Portugal, Vila Joya resembles a small oriental palazzo and is nestled in a breathtaking garden setting on a cliff with stunning views facing the sea.


Drink

Nightclubs, cafes and snack bars are abundant. Since 2009 the prices have been reduced considerably due to the European recession. Everything is a bit more expensive in the discos at night, so many holiday makers will drink in the bars and go to the disco after 1am (they are open to 6am in the summer!)

Sleep

Colina do Mar, Rua Maria Teresa Semedo Azevedo, 3, Albufeira 8200-155, Portugal

Mid-range

  • Porto Bay Falésia, Quinta do Milharó, Olhos d´Água, (+351) 289 007 700 (), [4]. Located over the red cliffs and with direct access to the beach. *Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa, Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26 8200-916, (+351) 289 583 100 (), [5]. On the banks of the Ria Formosa, the interior is said to have an Arabian ambience of old southern Portugal. Online booking
  • Vila Galé Atlântico, Praia da Galé, Lote 7 - Apartado 108 8201-902, (+351) 289 570 800 (), [6]. Close to Praia da Galé and only 6 km away from the centre of city. Online booking
  • Vila Galé PRAIA, Praia da Galé, Lote 33 - Apartado 2204 8201-917, (+351) 289 590 180 (), [7]. Located right at Praia da Galé, 5 minutes away from Albufeira. Online booking.
  • Eden Resort, Vale de Santa Maria, (+351) 289 002 700 (), [8]. A condominium with luxury villas and apartments.


There's also a pascha which is very nice, only 3 euros to get in! ....

Get Out

Lagos,Silves,Lagoa,Tavira,Evora,Milfontes,Troia,Lisbon.

Lisbon: From the Old Town to the railway station the easiest route is by taxi (it's 6km). This can be bought quite reasonably for 8-10 Euros, get your hotel to ring one for you, journey time is 5-10mins. The first train leaves for Lisbon at 07.19am and this takes 2h 40m, other services take 3h 20m so be sure to check when the trains arrive/depart. Definately book tickets in advance, www.cp.pt (there's an English version, just click the flag). Return journey cost 32 Euros. It's well worth the money and you see lots of Portugal on the way.



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