Around Albufeira

In the many hotel receptions, travel agencies and some shops you can find many programmes that include excursions all over the Algarve. Jeep Safaris, magnificent boat crossing along the coast, and also visits to the emblematic caves. As for the nautical sports, there are many alternatives, from windsurfing, sailing, diving, jet skiing, aquatic ski to parasailing.

Albufeira's Marina came to widen the water activities. So, if you enjoy the ocean, you can choose a cruise along the coast in a pleasant atmosphere, or go out to the sea to meet the lovely dolphins or even go for a dive.

You can visit the Zoomarine and see the different species of animals, go out and experience the vibrant nightlife in Albufeira, go to the beach, go shopping, have a nice meal, take a walk in the historic city centre, and much more…

The inland part of Albufeira is also rich in experiences. Go walking through the interior of the municipality and enjoy the rural landscape. Or on a stroll through Salgados, close to the lagoon of the same name, where you can observe the unique flora and fauna while getting a close-up view of the different bird species that nest there.

Play Golf

If you enjoy playing golf, you can find 3 courses in Albufeira that make part of quality resorts and also offer truly and distinctive sceneries.

Balaia Golf Village Course Situated between Albufeira and Olhos d’ Água, this 984 metre course has 9 holes and is ideal to test the capacity of each player, regardless of his/her handicap. You can play 9 holes or choose to go out and play 18 holes, so you can concentrate in the short game without the discipline that is needed in practise.

Salgados Golf Club Situated in the extreme east of the council, in a lagoon area with 6080 metres, its 18 holes are well set up as 2 halves of the course have two par 5 in about 500 metres and two par 3 with around 170 metres. In total the course makes a 72 par.

Pine Cliffs With a spectacular view over the cliff and over the sea, it has 9 holes and a course of 2274 metres. It is a set of four par 3, four par 4 and one par 5, this last one in reality one par 4 with 400 metres, is an excellent hole. But the Pine Cliffs ex-libris is hole 9, over a ravine with dozen metres in height and where you can see the immense sand beach.

Zoomarine

Zoomarine theme park in Guia, is a place where you can spend a great day out with the whole family.

You can spend the day watching dolphins, seals and sharks, turtles, exotic birds, sea birds, crocodiles and tropical fish.

The park also has restaurants, shops, amusements and swimming pools. Visit Zoomarine website for more information.

Wineries

Taking a tour of the vineyards and winery at Quinta do Miradouro, and enjoy a tasting of Sir Cliff Richard’s Vida Nova, is an excellent entertaining day out while holidaying in Albufeira.

The entire process, from growing the grapes, to bottling the wine takes place on the estate. The vineyard is situated a few kilometres northwest of Albufeira.

The tours are an hour long and tasting is by appointment. There are several tour times throughout the day, depending on the time of year and availability. Visit the website to make a reservation.

Boat Trips

If you want to enjoy an experience out in the open sea, than you can choose from yachts, sailboats, catamarans and sport fishing boats.

In Albufeira you will have all of these choices in the palm of your hand: Boat rentals of all kinds, sailing yachts, catamarans, a boat with or without the skipper and so on…

Sail around the coast of Albufeira in the Algarve on yacht charters. You can have a fun day of sport fishing or just sailing around and enjoying the warm sun while taking a dip in the lovely sea.

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Dolphin Watch

The Algarve has long been famed for its beautiful coastline, with endless stretches of sand, red cliffs and a sparkling sea; it is often tipped as one of the best locations for a beach holiday. With such a stunning coastline it is no wonder boat trips and tours are a popular pastime in the area, but as an added bonus, the Algarve is home to one of earth's most loved and intelligent creatures, the dolphin.

The waters in this region are populated by various whales, dolphins and porpoises at different times throughout the year. The most common species are the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) - so these are the ones to watch out for.

Dolphins are widely recognised as social animals and their behaviour is a constant source of fascination with both biologists and dolphin fans alike. Holidaymakers will be delighted by the level of interaction from the animals as the dolphins are perfectly content swimming and diving around the boat, unfazed by people and flashing cameras. The trips are run by an experienced crew who know all the best spots for meeting dolphins.

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Big Game Fishing

The warm Mediterranean currents which flow along the Algarve have proven to make this area a World class venue for hooking a Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Mako Shark, or Hammerhead Shark.

With a strong maritime tradition, sea fishing in Algarve remains integral to the country's culture and diet. Up to 200 different species of fish can be found in Portuguese waters including 450kg (1000lb) marlin so there are many fantastic fishing opportunities. We currently offer reef, sea and big game fishing in the Algarve.

If you would like to go sea fishing in The Algarve you can charter a boat exclusively for you and your companions or join a prearranged group trip. Our experienced local guides will provide you with insider knowledge, all fishing equipment and bait and if you're a beginner will show you the ropes. Most boats operate a catch and release policy for big game and rarer fish species but you may be able to take other common fish species home for the barbecue!

Non-fishing friends or family are welcome and can be tempted along with the promise of fantastic scenery and a sun tan and the possibility of spotting wild dolphins!

Don’t miss out on one of these experiences and enjoy a reel adventure fishing trip.

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Walking Tours

For those who like natural environments, nothing better than a good walk with the possibility of encountering some extremely beautiful places that will astound you with its peculiarity.

Apart from the excellent weather conditions, especially at the end of the winter and during all spring, Albufeira offers many types of sceneries to visit: beaches, pine wood cliffs and rock formations.

During the low tide, the sea invites you for a long and pleasant walk along the beach.

On Falésia's beach, you can walk on the sand as well as on top of the cliff always having the sea in the background.

From Ponta da Baleeira to Salgados beach you will find adequate places to take walks. Here, you will find interesting rock formations.

At Salgados, there is a lagoon, with the same name and for those that enjoy bird watching, it is a true delight.

The Salgados Lagoon has a unique eco-system in the county and is visited by many species of rare birds.

In the months of January and February, the flowering almond trees, invites you to visit places like Paderne, Guia and Olhos d’Água, where you can enjoy such beauty.

In Paderne there are 3 different walking routes to choose from.

In the area of Açoteias, there are many footpaths and walkways that are appealing for hiking and bicycle rides. Every morning many are the ones that use these tracks.

Stunning views and excellent conditions for the practise of sports, that include a Cross Country trail in Açoteias where the mythical event of Cross das Amendoeiras em Flor take place.

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Scuba Diving

Albufeira is one of the most popular seaside cities in the Algarve that offers an easy access to all the best diving locations on our coast.

In Albufeira, you can have access to a wide range of diving experiences from diving among wrecks, caves and artificial reefs, to an abundance of shallow, scenic, and shore dive sites.

Its wealth of fascinating marine life, beautiful coastline and year round sunshine altogether make Albufeira a top diving destination.

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Cycling Tours

Albufeira provides such a great range of scenery that cycling is one of the best ways of getting around and seeing all places of interest.

Albufeira cycle tours are suitable for both occasional cyclists who enjoy shorter distances and reasonably flat cycle tours away from traffic, as well as more demanding tours for more experienced cyclists who relish the challenge of a few hills.

Depending upon your preferences, you could cover anything from 20-35km on a cycle tour (2-4 hours of cycling), leaving plenty of time to stop off along the way, take photos and enjoy some wonderful sightseeing.

We can provide a choice of guided cycling tours to match your fitness levels and requirements. We will get you fixed up with a good quality trek mountain bike and a helmet from the premier mountain bike hire store in the central Algarve region.

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Jeep Safaris

Jeep Safaris Tours are a great way to explore the Algarve. Join them on one of their jeep safaris tours through the beautiful countryside, stop for a traditional lunch and take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of an Algarve river.

Jeep Safaris Tours offer a unique insight to the Algarve and introduce you to some of the hidden gems of the region. Taste some locally made Medronho or Almond liqueur direct from the producer; see the local craftsmen/women weaving baskets as they have done for generations; find out about the cork oaks and maybe see bee keepers at work to produce the honey that the Algarve is renowned for.

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Fairs, Markets and Antiques

In each parish within the council, you can find traditional municipal markets where all essential foodstuffs can be bought like fruit, vegetables and pulses, fish and meat, but also regional confectionary and handicrafts. Don't miss the local markets if you want to get to know the local habits and traditions a little better.

The street markets that are found in Albufeira, Guia, Ferreiras and Paderne are also an important tourist attraction. These markets are made up of colourful products set out on trestles and in tents, and most of the time you can haggle the price with the stall owners. You'll find all sorts of products there, like textiles, footwear and household products.

The Caliços market in Albufeira takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month; the Guia market takes place on the 3rd Friday of the month, Ferreiras takes place in the 2nd Tuesday of the month and the Paderne market takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month.

The Antiques Fairs are another event that bring together various street sellers and where you can find very interesting articles which are sometimes a rare old find. The Albufeira antiques fair takes place in the Rua das Escolas on the 3rd Saturday of each month. The other antiques fair in Albufeira takes place in the Av. Sá Carneiro-Northern Area on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The Olhos D'Água antiques fair takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month, just by the muncipal market.

Every year the council holds three fairs. On 25th July the Santiago Feira Franca takes place in Paderne. On the 7th, 8th and 9th October the Feira da Guia is held. And on 29th November there is the Albufeira Feira Franca. These are the biggest and most important fairs which take place in the council.

Don't miss the street markets or the free trade fairs.

City Sightseeing’s Tour

Take a journey around the city and enjoy 360 degree panoramic views from the top of an open top double-decker bus. Take a full tour round or hop off at conveniently located stops at your leisure with your 24 hour ticket.

Visit Albufeira’s picturesque Old Town which offers an abundance of authentic local shops and restaurants along endless cobblestone roads. The town square presents a backdrop of enchanting old churches and the square itself is filled with a choice of excellent bars, live music bars and cafes.

Wander through the tunnel, past the bell tower and through the old castle to the fantastic Fishermen’s beach.

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Birdwatching

Laying some 15kms West of Albufeira, Salgados Lagoon consists of a large brackish coastal lagoon that is protected from the ocean by the large adjacent dune system of the Praia Grande beach. Salgados Lagoon attracts a wide variety of birds throughout the year.

The Spring and Autumn migrations see the greatest number of different species. Some of the birds while rare elsewhere, are easily seen here. This is the a breeding site in Portugal for the globally endangered Ferruginous Duck and a favourite haunt for nesting Purple Swamp Hens, Purple Herons and Little Bitterns.

Other herons are usually present, as well as Spoonbills and Greater Flamingos in nationally important numbers as are many waders and terns. The lagoon attracts great clouds of hirundines and swifts, which often include most of the European species.

For those with the bug for finding the unusual, this area has turned up an impressive array of Portuguese and European rarities like for example Lesser Flamingo, Pacific Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher and Chimney Swift and is a regular wintering site for Richard’s Pipit. The great variety and sheer quantity of birds make this area a must for any visiting birdwatcher.

Bowling Green

The Algarve as a Bowling Green destination is proving to be very successful.

Bowling is a perfect recreation for the warm Algarve climate all year round and Balaia Golf Village is able to give the chance to play it!