- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Albufeira, Portugal
Albufeira is a city, seat and municipality in the district of Faro, in the southernmost Portuguese region of the Algarve. The municipality population in 2011 was 40,828, in an area of 140.66 km². The city proper had a population of 13,646 in 2001.
Once a scenic fishing village, Albufeira has all but lost the vestiges of its past – fishing boats are now moored at the ultramodern marina southwest of the centre. These days, the place is devoted to mass-market tourism; the old town – with its pretty cobblestone streets and Moorish influences – is concealed by gaudy signs, English menu boards and rowdy bars. It is the destination for cheap package deals, mainly catering to Brits and Germans and focused on cheap food, ale and beach fun for the kids.
If you are still hesitating whether you should visit the Portuguese seaside or not, we’ll give you reasons to visit Albufeira and get to taste the amazing feel of the purely authentic experience of the place.
Praia da Marinha
Considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, the clean sands and startling rock formations of Praia da Marinha are definitely worth the short trip from Albufeira.
International Sand Sculpture Festival
A jaunt northwest of Albufeira lies Pêra – home to this celebration of spectacular sand sculpting. It's a must-see, and generously runs from March to October!
If seeing dolphins at Zoomarine isn't quite satisfying, why not board a boat tour to spy these majestic creatures in the wild? You can even explore the caves while you're at it!
Praia dos Pescadores
Known as Fisherman's Beach for its former harbor economy, this is Albufeira's best recreational beach. Not in the mood for sunbathing? Try parasailing or the local seafood instead!
Castle of Paderne
Visit this 12th-century Moorish castle for great views over the Quarteira River, with a Roman bridge that's still in use! Don't miss the sleepy village of Paderne along the way.