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.
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.
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.
There is a great variety of beaches in Albufeira.
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.
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!)
Colina do Mar, Rua Maria Teresa Semedo Azevedo, 3, Albufeira 8200-155, Portugal
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.