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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. Many holiday makers return year after year because of the lovely beaches, very good climate, proximity of many restaurants, bars and pubs.  
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The town is divided into 2 parts, 'The Old Town' and the 'STRIP', or newer town, including Montechoro, Arias de Sao João.  
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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. Many holiday makers return year after year because of the lovely beaches, very good climate and the many restaurants, bars and pubs.
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The town is divided into two parts, 'The Old Town' and the 'STRIP', or newer town, including Montechoro, Arias de Sao João.  
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
The train station (Albufeira - Ferreiras) is 6 kilometres from the centre. There is a city bus that can take you into town. A small number of taxis are also available, and are generally timed with the train stops so be sure to grab one quickly, as it may be a while before another one turns up.
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The train station (Albufeira - Ferreiras) is 6km from the centre. There is a city bus that can take you into town. A small number of taxis are also available, and are generally timed with the train stops. Be sure to grab one quickly, as it may be a while before another one turns up. Although no Wi-Fi is offered at the station itself, a small café nearby offers free Wi-Fi for its customers (and surprisingly delicious ''pastels de nata''!).
  
Trains to Lagos & Faro take about one hour each.
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Trains to Lagos and Faro take about one hour each. The train to/from Lisbon takes 3-4h. There is now a rapid train that takes 2.5h but with more limited runs. A student fare costs €17 (for Portuguese students only).[http://www.cp.pt/cp/displayPage.do?vgnextoid=a4f6f9e12a584010VgnVCM1000007b01a8c0RCRD&lang=en Timetables and Prices]
The train to/from Lisbon takes 3-4 hours. There is now a rapid train that takes 2 1/2 hours but with more limited runs. A student fare costs €17 (for Portuguese students only).
 
  
Long distance buses are also available and go the city centre.
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Long distance buses are also available in the city centre.
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If you're travelling by plane, you can also ask for a private airport transfer.
  
 
==Get Around==
 
==Get Around==
Walk to the beach
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There are local buses that run throughout town - ask your hotel for a timetable.
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., and are open at night as well as during the daytime.
 
  
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Taxis are available and can usually be found in the city centre.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
Car rental facilities are located in the city center and include major international chains (Hertz, Europcar) as well as local ones. Even for the expert driver, getting around can be quite challenging in Albufeira as there are no street signs to navigate you through the maze-like structure of the endless roundabouts, making maps similarly difficult to interpret. Coupled with the high cost of car rentals, taxis or buses may be simpler modes of transportation.
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Car rental facilities are located in the city centre and include major international chains (Hertz, Europcar) as well as local ones. Even for the expert driver, getting around can be quite challenging in Albufeira as there are no street signs to navigate you through the maze-like structure of the endless roundabouts, making maps similarly difficult to interpret. Coupled with the high cost of car rentals, taxis or buses may be simpler modes of transportation.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
*<see name="Castelo de Almoáda" alt="" address="Paderne" directions="" phone="" url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paderne_Castle" hours="" price="Free Entrance" lat="37º09'25.85''" long="08º12'00.34">Moorish 12th century castle.</see>
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*<see name="Castelo de Almoáda" alt="" address="Paderne" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Free" lat="37º09'25.85''" long="08º12'00.34">Moorish 12th century castle.</see>
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*<see name="Dolphin Watching" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.dreamwavealgarve.com/uk/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Albufeira has become a very popular destination for dolphin watching. One company that specializes in this is Dream Wave World</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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The main attraction of the Algarve is the extended coast line with its numerous beaches. Especially during the busy summer holidays, you will find the larger beaches filled with beach chairs and parasols and usually one or more places where you can book water sport activities like parasailing and jet-skiing. Most beaches have life guards on duty during the summer period.
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In Albufeira there are a great variety of beaches:
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* Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermans Beach) – next to the old town of Albufeira. Here you can find a boulevard with many restaurants
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* Praia do Peneco – Also in the old town. At the end of Rua 5 de Outubro, straight ahead through the Tunnel
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* Praia da Oura – At the end of the well known “ Strip” (Avenida Sá Carneira) you keep walking down, until you reach the waterfront.
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If you don't like the large crowds, there are many smaller secluded beaches, ideal if you travel with small children or just if you like something more characteristic:
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[[Image:PraiadosArrifesPortugal.jpeg|thumb|Arrifes Beach]]
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* Praia dos Arrifes & Praia de São Rafael – in São Rafael (minutes away from the Marina of Albufeira)
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* Praia da Coelha, Praia do Castelo, Praia do Evaristo – here you can see the large rock formations and little basins where the kids can enjoy the sea
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* Praia do Lourenço & Praia da Galé – in Galé (about a 10min drive from the city of Albufeira)
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Attractions
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* <see name="Zoomarine" alt="" address="EN 125 65KM" directions="Guia" lat="Lat. 37.7.37 N " long="Long. 8.18.50 W" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.zoomarine.pt" hours="" price=""></see>
  
There is a great variety of beaches in Albufeira.
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Activities
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* <do name="Balaia Golf Course" alt="" address="Sitio da Balaia" directions="Albufeira" lat="" long="" phone="00351 289 570 200" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></do>
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* <do name="Pince Cliffs Golf" alt="" address="Praia da Falésia, Apartado 644, Falésia" directions="Sheraton Algarve, Albufeira" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 950 0377" tollfree="" email="" fax="+351 28 950 1311" url="" hours="" price=""></do>
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* <do name="Vale Navio Horse Riding Center" alt="" address="Estrada da Branqueira" directions="Albufeira" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 954 2870" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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* <buy name="The Strip" alt="" address="Avenida Sá Carneira" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy> Road with many souvenir shops, where you will find for example portuguese pottery, beach articles, jewellery and much more!
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* <buy name="Avenida da Liberdade" alt="" address="Old Town of Albufeira" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy> Road with many souvenir shops, where you will find for example Portuguese pottery, beach articles, jewellery and much more!
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* <buy name="Rooster of Barcelos" alt="" address="Any souvenir shop" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy> A typical Portuguese souvenir, supposedly bringing you "good luck"
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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There are many restaurants to choose from, with many of them offering traditional Portuguese fare as well as a wide variety of fresh seafood. Dishes involving different preparations of codfish are plentiful, and the Cataplana styled dishes are well known in this region. Shellfish such as prawns, lobster, and crab tend to be very expensive, while fish is much more affordable. For a break from seafood, try the chicken piri-piri (roasted chicken with a sort of spicy sauce).
  
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.  
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As a general rule, places near the beaches tend to offer average to downright bad quality food for 'touristy' prices, but as you go uphill the quality gets better. Unfortunately the touts outside most restaurants tend to be very pushy and will stand in your way and try to engage you in conversation about their menu/prices etc. This makes walking through the Old Town a real chore, especially in the evening.
  
*<eat name="Dream Wave" alt="" address="Albufeira" directions="Albufeira Marina" phone="+351 962 003 885" url="www.dreamwavealgarve.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="A Ruina" alt="" address="Cais Herculano" directions="Fishermans Beach" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 961 2094" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Superlative food, a little bit more expensive than the surrounding tourist traps but it's worth it. Very knowledgeable waiters, nice wine list and a killer view out over the ocean. The filet steak is stunning and they have a bottle of the real good stuff, 120 proof Aguardente de Medronhos that would make Hemingway proud and will put some serious hair on your chest. They might give you a glass if you ask nicely. </eat>
  
*'''O Bom Garfo''', in the Oura zone.
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* <eat name="Blue Sky" alt="" address="Areias S. João, 63-8200 Albufeira" directions="When you are on the Strip, walk towards Liberto´s night club, take the street on the left and walk about 300 meters. On your right you will find the restaurant" lat="" long="" phone="00351 969134801" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat> Specialities include Seafood rice, Chicken Piri-Piri, Cataplana and much more. Excellent quality, friendly staff. An English name but it´s a restaurant where you can experience the typical Portuguese atmosphere.
  
*'''Teodosio''' In Guia. Specializes in Chicken Piri-Piri.
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* <eat name="Cabana Fresca" alt="" address="Cais Herculano" directions="Fishermans Beach" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 958 5456" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
*<eat name="Vila Joya Restaurant" alt="" address="Praia da Galé" directions="" phone="+351 289 591 795" url="http://www.vilajoya.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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.</eat>
 
  
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* <eat name="Casa da Fonte" alt="" address="Rua João de Deus 7" directions="Albufeira" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 951 4578" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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*<eat name="Dream Wave" alt="" address="Albufeira" directions="Albufeira Marina" phone="+351 96 200 3885" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Bom Garfo" alt="" address="Estrada de Sta Eulalia" directions="Albufeira Oura area" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 954 1627" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Teodosio" alt="" address="" directions="Guia" lat="" long="" phone="+351 28 954 1627" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat> Specialized in Chicken Piri-Piri
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*<eat name="Vila Joya Restaurant" alt="" address="Praia da Galé" directions="" phone="+351 28 959 1795" url="http://www.vilajoya.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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.</eat>
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*<eat name="Pita Gourmet" alt="" address="Rua Camilo Castelo Branco" directions="" phone="+351 289 541 676" url="https://www.facebook.com/pg/PitaGreek" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Greek restaurant for youngsters and families.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Nightclubs, cafes and snack bars are abundant. Since 2009 the prices have been reduced considerably due to the European recession.  
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Nightclubs, cafés and snack bars are abundant in both Old Town as well as The Strip. Since 2009, 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!)
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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 until 06:00 in the summer!)
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
Colina do Mar, Rua Maria Teresa Semedo Azevedo, 3, Albufeira 8200-155, Portugal
 
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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* <sleep name="Apartamentos Marina de Albufeira" alt="" address="Galeria Comercial da Orada, Lt. 6, Nº 35 Marina de Albufeira" directions="27km from Faro Airport." phone="+351 28 958 2044" email="" fax="" url="http://www.apartamentosmarinadealbufeira.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€145.98 and up">All rooms with kitchen, dining area, washing machine, balcony and TV. Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, tours/ticket assistance, room service, airport shuttle, car rental and laundry service.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Varandas de Albufeira" alt="" address="Rua do Indico 14" directions="" phone="+351 28 954 0850" email="" fax="" url="http://www.varandasdealbufeira-pt.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="10:00" price="€26 and up">Rooms equipped with cable TV, air-con and kitchenette. Restaurant, bar, game room, billiards, outdoor swimming pool, safe deposit boxes and housekeeping.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Valmangude Jardim" alt="" address="Rua Dunfermline, Lote 5/7" directions="" phone="+351 28 958 0820" email="" fax="" url="http://www.valmangudejardimalbufeira.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€78 and up">All rooms have air-con, cable TV and kitchenette. Bar, pool bar, outdoor swimming pool, billiards, 24h front desk, safe deposit boxes, high-speed internet access and housekeeping.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Perola do Algarve" alt="" address="Rua do Pacífico, Lote 24" directions="" phone="+351 28 954 0850" email="" fax="" url="http://www.peroladoalgarvealbufeira.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="10:00 price="€45.50 and up">Rooms equipped with cable TV, air-con and kitchenette. Bar, pool bar, restaurant, games room, outdoor swimming pool, air-con public areas, billiards, 24h front desk and housekeeping.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Porto Bay Falésia" alt="" address="Quinta do Milharó, Olhos d´Água" directions="" phone="(+351) 289 007 700" email="falesia@portobay.pt " url="http://www.portobay.com" hours="" price="" geo="" tags> Located over the red cliffs and with direct access to the beach.
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*<sleep name="Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa" alt="" address="Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26 8200-916" directions="" phone="+351 28 958 3100" email="cerroalagoa@vilagale.pt " fax"+351 28 958 3199" url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=5" hours="" price="" geo="" tags>On the banks of the Ria Formosa, the interior is said to have an Arabian ambience of old southern Portugal. On-line booking</sleep>
  
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*<sleep name="Vila Galé Atlântico" alt="" address="Praia da Galé, Lote 7 - Apartado 108 8201-902" directions="" phone="+351 28 957 0800" email="[email protected]" fax"+351 28 957 0850” url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=6" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">Close to Praia da Galé and only 6km away from the centre. On-line booking</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa" alt="" address="Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26 8200-916" directions="" phone="(+351) 289 583 100" email="cerroalagoa@vilagale.pt " fax"(+351) 289 583 199" url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=5" hours="" price="" geo="" tags>On the banks of the Ria Formosa, the interior is said to have an Arabian ambience of old southern Portugal. Online booking</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Vila Galé PRAIA" alt="" address="Praia da Galé, Lote 33 - Apartado 2204 8201-917 " directions="" phone="+351 28 959 0180" email="praia@vilagale.pt" fax"+351 28 959 0188" url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=7" hours="" price="" geo="">Located right at Praia da Galé, 5min away from Albufeira. On-line booking.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Vila Galé Atlântico" alt="" address="Praia da Galé, Lote 7 - Apartado 108 8201-902" directions="" phone="(+351) 289 570 800" email="[email protected]" fax"(+351) 289 570 850” url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=6" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">Close to Praia da Galé and only 6 km away from the centre of city. Online booking</sleep>
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* <sleep name="PortoBay Falésia" alt="PortoBay Hotels & Resorts" address=" Quinta do Milharó" directions="" phone="+351 289 007 700" url="https://www.portobay.com/en/hotels/portugal/algarve-portugal/porto-bay-falesia/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email=" [email protected]" fax="" hours="" geo="" tags=""> With an unrivalled location, overlooking the Falésia Beach, at Olhos de Água, close to Albufeira and Vilamoura. The hotel is close to the shopping district and has direct access to Falésia Beach.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Vila Galé PRAIA" alt="" address="Praia da Galé, Lote 33 - Apartado 2204 8201-917 " directions="" phone=" (+351) 289 590 180" email="[email protected]" fax"(+351) 289 590 188" url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=7" hours="" price="" geo="">Located right at Praia da Galé, 5 minutes away from Albufeira. Online booking.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Boa Vista Hotel & SPA Albufeira" alt="" address="Rua Samora Barros 20. 8200-178 Albufeira - Algarve" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.belverhotels.com/boa-vista-hotel.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" hours="" geo="" tags="tags"></sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Eden Resort" alt="" address="Vale de Santa Maria" directions="" phone="(+351) 289 002 700" url="http://www.edenresort.net/#/?lang=2" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" hours="">A condominium with luxury villas and apartments.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Resort Porto Dona Maria" alt="" address="Sitio dos Montinhos da Luz - Praia da Luz, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.belverhotels.com/porto-dona-maria.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" hours="" geo="" tags="tags"></sleep>
  
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*<sleep name="Hotel da Aldeia" alt="" address="Av. Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro - Areias de São João – Albufeira,Portugal" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.belverhotels.com/hotel-da-aldeia.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" hours="" geo="" tags="tags"></sleep>
  
There's also a pascha which is very nice, only 3 euros to get in! ....
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*<sleep name="Casa Renée" alt="" address="Aldeia da Torre, 6" directions="Albufeira Olhos de Agua" phone="0032479281219" url="http://www.welcome-worldwide.com/holiday-villas-for-rent/villas/details/params/id/2744504/Casa-Renee/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Villa in the center of Olhos d'Agua (Albufeira) 50m from supermarket and market, 100m from pharmacy, banks and restaurants and 500m from the beach</sleep>
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===Splurge===
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*<sleep name="Eden Resort" alt="" address="Vale de Santa Maria" directions="" phone="+351 28 900 2700" url="http://www.edenresort.net/#/?lang=2" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" hours="">A condominium with luxury villas and apartments.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Encosta da Orada" alt="" address="Rua Jose Ramos Pimenta" directions="" phone="+351 28 938 1551" url="http://www.encostadaorada-albufeira.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€145.98 and up" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Rooms equipped with TV, kitchenette, refrigerator and microwave. Swimming pool, casino, garden, tennis court, golf course, room service, dry cleaning, parking, bicycle rental and airport shuttle.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Jardins de Santa Eulalia" alt="" address="Estrada de Santa Eulalia" directions="500m from Santa Eulália Beach" phone="+351 28 938 1551" email="" fax="" url="http://www.jardinsdesantaeulaliaalbufeira.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€145.98 and up">Rooms equipped with in-room safe, kitchenette, refrigerator, fireplace, television and dining area. Bar/lounge, garden, outdoor swimming pool, airport shuttle, laundry service and car rental service.</sleep>
  
 
==Get Out==
 
==Get Out==
Lagos,Silves,Lagoa,Tavira,Evora,Milfontes,Troia,Lisbon.
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Lagos, Silves, Lagoa, Tavira, Evora, Milfontes, Troia, Lisbon.
  
 
'''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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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€, and the journey time is 5-10min. The first train leaves for Lisbon at 07:19 and takes 2h 40min, other services take 3h 20min so be sure to check when the trains arrive/depart. Definitely [http://www.cp.pt book and print tickets in advance], (there's an English version, just click the flag). Return journey cost €32 for a regular class seat. It's well worth the money and you see lots of Portugal on the way.
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[[File:SandsculptureFestivalPortugal.JPG|thumb|Sand Sculpture Festival Algarve]]
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* [[Alte]]  - known for its Springs, typical Algarve village
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* Castle of Silves - [[Silves]], about 19km (12 miles) from [[Albufeira]]
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* International Sand Sculpture Festival - Each year 25 May-25 Oct in Pêra (about 28min drive from [[Albufeira]] )
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Latest revision as of 07:56, 12 September 2017

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. Many holiday makers return year after year because of the lovely beaches, very good climate and the many restaurants, bars and pubs.

The town is divided into two parts, 'The Old Town' and the 'STRIP', or newer town, including Montechoro, Arias de Sao João.

Get in[edit]

The train station (Albufeira - Ferreiras) is 6km from the centre. There is a city bus that can take you into town. A small number of taxis are also available, and are generally timed with the train stops. Be sure to grab one quickly, as it may be a while before another one turns up. Although no Wi-Fi is offered at the station itself, a small café nearby offers free Wi-Fi for its customers (and surprisingly delicious pastels de nata!).

Trains to Lagos and Faro take about one hour each. The train to/from Lisbon takes 3-4h. There is now a rapid train that takes 2.5h but with more limited runs. A student fare costs €17 (for Portuguese students only).Timetables and Prices

Long distance buses are also available in the city centre. If you're travelling by plane, you can also ask for a private airport transfer.

Get Around[edit]

There are local buses that run throughout town - ask your hotel for a timetable.

Taxis are available and can usually be found in the city centre.

By car[edit]

Car rental facilities are located in the city centre and include major international chains (Hertz, Europcar) as well as local ones. Even for the expert driver, getting around can be quite challenging in Albufeira as there are no street signs to navigate you through the maze-like structure of the endless roundabouts, making maps similarly difficult to interpret. Coupled with the high cost of car rentals, taxis or buses may be simpler modes of transportation.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Castelo de Almoáda, Paderne. Moorish 12th century castle. Free. (37º09'25.85'',08º12'00.34) edit
  • Dolphin Watching, [1]. Albufeira has become a very popular destination for dolphin watching. One company that specializes in this is Dream Wave World  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

The main attraction of the Algarve is the extended coast line with its numerous beaches. Especially during the busy summer holidays, you will find the larger beaches filled with beach chairs and parasols and usually one or more places where you can book water sport activities like parasailing and jet-skiing. Most beaches have life guards on duty during the summer period.

In Albufeira there are a great variety of beaches:

  • Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermans Beach) – next to the old town of Albufeira. Here you can find a boulevard with many restaurants
  • Praia do Peneco – Also in the old town. At the end of Rua 5 de Outubro, straight ahead through the Tunnel
  • Praia da Oura – At the end of the well known “ Strip” (Avenida Sá Carneira) you keep walking down, until you reach the waterfront.

If you don't like the large crowds, there are many smaller secluded beaches, ideal if you travel with small children or just if you like something more characteristic:

Arrifes Beach
  • Praia dos Arrifes & Praia de São Rafael – in São Rafael (minutes away from the Marina of Albufeira)
  • Praia da Coelha, Praia do Castelo, Praia do Evaristo – here you can see the large rock formations and little basins where the kids can enjoy the sea
  • Praia do Lourenço & Praia da Galé – in Galé (about a 10min drive from the city of Albufeira)

Attractions

  • Zoomarine, EN 125 65KM (Guia), [2]. (Lat. 37.7.37 N,Long. 8.18.50 W) edit

Activities

  • Balaia Golf Course, Sitio da Balaia (Albufeira), 00351 289 570 200.  edit
  • Pince Cliffs Golf, Praia da Falésia, Apartado 644, Falésia (Sheraton Algarve, Albufeira), +351 28 950 0377 (fax: +351 28 950 1311).  edit
  • Vale Navio Horse Riding Center, Estrada da Branqueira (Albufeira), +351 28 954 2870.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Strip, Avenida Sá Carneira.  edit Road with many souvenir shops, where you will find for example portuguese pottery, beach articles, jewellery and much more!
  • Avenida da Liberdade, Old Town of Albufeira.  edit Road with many souvenir shops, where you will find for example Portuguese pottery, beach articles, jewellery and much more!
  • Rooster of Barcelos, Any souvenir shop.  edit A typical Portuguese souvenir, supposedly bringing you "good luck"

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many restaurants to choose from, with many of them offering traditional Portuguese fare as well as a wide variety of fresh seafood. Dishes involving different preparations of codfish are plentiful, and the Cataplana styled dishes are well known in this region. Shellfish such as prawns, lobster, and crab tend to be very expensive, while fish is much more affordable. For a break from seafood, try the chicken piri-piri (roasted chicken with a sort of spicy sauce).

As a general rule, places near the beaches tend to offer average to downright bad quality food for 'touristy' prices, but as you go uphill the quality gets better. Unfortunately the touts outside most restaurants tend to be very pushy and will stand in your way and try to engage you in conversation about their menu/prices etc. This makes walking through the Old Town a real chore, especially in the evening.

  • A Ruina, Cais Herculano (Fishermans Beach), +351 28 961 2094. Superlative food, a little bit more expensive than the surrounding tourist traps but it's worth it. Very knowledgeable waiters, nice wine list and a killer view out over the ocean. The filet steak is stunning and they have a bottle of the real good stuff, 120 proof Aguardente de Medronhos that would make Hemingway proud and will put some serious hair on your chest. They might give you a glass if you ask nicely.  edit
  • Blue Sky, Areias S. João, 63-8200 Albufeira (When you are on the Strip, walk towards Liberto´s night club, take the street on the left and walk about 300 meters. On your right you will find the restaurant), 00351 969134801.  edit Specialities include Seafood rice, Chicken Piri-Piri, Cataplana and much more. Excellent quality, friendly staff. An English name but it´s a restaurant where you can experience the typical Portuguese atmosphere.
  • Cabana Fresca, Cais Herculano (Fishermans Beach), +351 28 958 5456.  edit
  • Casa da Fonte, Rua João de Deus 7 (Albufeira), +351 28 951 4578.  edit
  • Dream Wave, Albufeira (Albufeira Marina), +351 96 200 3885.  edit
  • Bom Garfo, Estrada de Sta Eulalia (Albufeira Oura area), +351 28 954 1627.  edit
  • Teodosio, (Guia), +351 28 954 1627.  edit Specialized in Chicken Piri-Piri
  • Vila Joya Restaurant, Praia da Galé, +351 28 959 1795, [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.  edit
  • Pita Gourmet, Rua Camilo Castelo Branco, +351 289 541 676, [4]. Greek restaurant for youngsters and families.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Nightclubs, cafés and snack bars are abundant in both Old Town as well as The Strip. Since 2009, 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 until 06:00 in the summer!)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Apartamentos Marina de Albufeira, Galeria Comercial da Orada, Lt. 6, Nº 35 Marina de Albufeira (27km from Faro Airport.), +351 28 958 2044, [5]. All rooms with kitchen, dining area, washing machine, balcony and TV. Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, tours/ticket assistance, room service, airport shuttle, car rental and laundry service. €145.98 and up.  edit
  • Varandas de Albufeira, Rua do Indico 14, +351 28 954 0850, [6]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Rooms equipped with cable TV, air-con and kitchenette. Restaurant, bar, game room, billiards, outdoor swimming pool, safe deposit boxes and housekeeping. €26 and up.  edit
  • Valmangude Jardim, Rua Dunfermline, Lote 5/7, +351 28 958 0820, [7]. All rooms have air-con, cable TV and kitchenette. Bar, pool bar, outdoor swimming pool, billiards, 24h front desk, safe deposit boxes, high-speed internet access and housekeeping. €78 and up.  edit
  • Perola do Algarve, Rua do Pacífico, Lote 24, +351 28 954 0850, [8]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: "10:00. Rooms equipped with cable TV, air-con and kitchenette. Bar, pool bar, restaurant, games room, outdoor swimming pool, air-con public areas, billiards, 24h front desk and housekeeping. €45.50 and up.  edit
  • Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa, Rua do Munícipio, Lote 26 8200-916, +351 28 958 3100 (), [9]. On the banks of the Ria Formosa, the interior is said to have an Arabian ambience of old southern Portugal. On-line booking  edit
  • Vila Galé Atlântico, Praia da Galé, Lote 7 - Apartado 108 8201-902, +351 28 957 0800 (), [10]. Close to Praia da Galé and only 6km away from the centre. On-line booking  edit
  • Vila Galé PRAIA, Praia da Galé, Lote 33 - Apartado 2204 8201-917, +351 28 959 0180 (), [11]. Located right at Praia da Galé, 5min away from Albufeira. On-line booking.  edit
  • PortoBay Falésia (PortoBay Hotels & Resorts), Quinta do Milharó, +351 289 007 700 (), [12]. With an unrivalled location, overlooking the Falésia Beach, at Olhos de Água, close to Albufeira and Vilamoura. The hotel is close to the shopping district and has direct access to Falésia Beach.  edit
  • Boa Vista Hotel & SPA Albufeira, Rua Samora Barros 20. 8200-178 Albufeira - Algarve, [13].  edit
  • Resort Porto Dona Maria, Sitio dos Montinhos da Luz - Praia da Luz, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal, [14].  edit
  • Hotel da Aldeia, Av. Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro - Areias de São João – Albufeira,Portugal, [15].  edit
  • Casa Renée, Aldeia da Torre, 6 (Albufeira Olhos de Agua), 0032479281219, [16]. Villa in the center of Olhos d'Agua (Albufeira) 50m from supermarket and market, 100m from pharmacy, banks and restaurants and 500m from the beach  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Eden Resort, Vale de Santa Maria, +351 28 900 2700 (), [17]. A condominium with luxury villas and apartments.  edit
  • Encosta da Orada, Rua Jose Ramos Pimenta, +351 28 938 1551, [18]. Rooms equipped with TV, kitchenette, refrigerator and microwave. Swimming pool, casino, garden, tennis court, golf course, room service, dry cleaning, parking, bicycle rental and airport shuttle. €145.98 and up.  edit
  • Jardins de Santa Eulalia, Estrada de Santa Eulalia (500m from Santa Eulália Beach), +351 28 938 1551, [19]. Rooms equipped with in-room safe, kitchenette, refrigerator, fireplace, television and dining area. Bar/lounge, garden, outdoor swimming pool, airport shuttle, laundry service and car rental service. €145.98 and up.  edit

Get Out[edit]

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€, and the journey time is 5-10min. The first train leaves for Lisbon at 07:19 and takes 2h 40min, other services take 3h 20min so be sure to check when the trains arrive/depart. Definitely book and print tickets in advance, (there's an English version, just click the flag). Return journey cost €32 for a regular class seat. It's well worth the money and you see lots of Portugal on the way.

Sand Sculpture Festival Algarve
  • Alte - known for its Springs, typical Algarve village
  • Castle of Silves - Silves, about 19km (12 miles) from Albufeira
  • International Sand Sculpture Festival - Each year 25 May-25 Oct in Pêra (about 28min drive from Albufeira )



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