Albufeira is not just beaches: 9 activities to enjoy

One of the city’s main attractions is the untouched coves and cliffs. But the beach isn’t everything. There is so much to do and so much to see in Albufeira, you won’t have time to get bored.

Albufeira is a city in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal. Born as an Arab fortress (“Albufeira” means “sea fortress”), later converted into a fishing village, today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Portugal. In summer it is filled with visitors (around 5 million) from all over the world, attracted by the lively social life and beautiful beaches.

Praia dos Arrecifes, Praia da Galé and Praia de Maria Luisa are some of the most beautiful beaches to see in Albufeira, surrounded by rocks with small caves and hiding places.

The slow pace, typical of Portugal, is evidenced by the non-frenetic activity of the fishermen at the marina, also a symbol of Albufeira.

If you happen to be one of those people who can’t stand lying in the sun, pay attention to the countless activities you can do in Albufeira.

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1. The Old Town

In addition to the beaches, the historic center is one of the tourist areas not to be missed. With its low, white houses and narrow streets, it maintains the charm of the old fishing villages that liven up the old heart of Albufeira. Here you will find small treasures such as the Church of São Sebastião, Rua da Bateria, Praça da República, the Bell Tower, the Museum of Sacred Art, among others.

The town center is full of the picturesque charm of the Algarve’s old fishing ports. The narrow streets, the traditional white houses with multicolored frames and the lively squares are a true invitation to a wonderful stroll. There are many lively bars and restaurants, perfect for an aperitif with friends or even a candlelit dinner.

Both day and night, strolling through these streets is always a pleasure thanks to the presence of countless clubs, bars and characteristic restaurants.

2. Paragliding

Take advantage of your stay in Albufeira to try paragliding. After a briefing and once equipped, all you need to do is enjoy the approximately 15 to 20 minute flight over the Algarve coast.

Take the opportunity to admire the different color tones of the Mediterranean Sea and the white sand beaches. We guarantee a perfect mix of emotions and a feeling of freedom.

3. Dolphin watching

Embark on a 2-hour trip to observe dolphins and other marine animals such as sharks and turtles in their natural habitat. This trip will also be an opportunity to observe some caves and the turquoise waters for which the Algarve is famous.

4. Paderne Castle

Behind these centuries-old walls lies a part of Portuguese history. It is no coincidence that Paderne Castle is one of the seven castles that belong to the Portuguese flag!

Built in the 12th century, this fortress is a fine example of Muslim military architecture. In 1280 it was conquered by Paio Peres Correia, an important figure of the Reconquista. Unfortunately, part of the fortifications were destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, the same one that destroyed a large part of our prestigious Lisbon.

Today, Paderne Castle is a must-see when visiting Albufeira. The paths, shaded by carob and pine trees, lead to a superb panorama.

5. SUP

If you want to enjoy the days in Albufeira without lying down or lying on the beach, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is the ideal activity for you.

SUP is a complete sport that allows you to enjoy the pleasure of gliding on the water while working your entire body, including your balance.

At São Rafael beach, you can rent a board and try it out alone or go on a group trip.

6. Jumping off cliffs

If you like radical plans, in Albufeira you can have one of the most original — and adrenaline-filled — experiences ever.

Cliff jumping (the original name of this sport) is an exciting combination of cliff jumping and climbing. You can explore the Albufeira coast from a new perspective by exploring caves, jumping from extraordinary heights and then swimming in crystal clear waters.

Check the best places to do cliff jumping in Portugal

7. Adega do Cantor

Are you looking for something to do in Albufeira to discover the region’s specialties? Go to Adega do Cantor!

In the program you will have a visit to the vineyards and the cellar, a discovery of the winemaking process and a tasting of local wines.

A welcome break for the most curious and, above all, those with a sweet tooth too! A great opportunity to bring gifts to your loved ones as a souvenir.

8. Albufeira Marina

The Albufeira marina is a little far away, but it’s worth visiting.

This beautiful marina is surrounded by multi-colored buildings that hark back to the seventies. They form an unusual landscape, which may be unpleasant but which certainly does not leave you indifferent! There are hotels, restaurants, shops, a yacht club and a leisure center.

In addition to all this, the marina is the starting point for all types of sea excursions: dolphin watching along the coast, cruises to Benagil and exploring the region’s caves.

9. Nightlife and lots of fun

In the heart of the old city, there is a neighborhood that, like the others, enchants with its white wines and jasmine scent. But when night falls, Albufeira lights up. Nightlife lovers will have nothing to complain about. The thousand clubs in the old city offer alternatives for anyone: from a simple bar to chat and drink a beer to karaoke, from a game of billiards to dance floors to let loose.

This is the street for partygoers in Albufeira, where all generations meet to have fun, in a typical Iberian Peninsula atmosphere.

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