With its lively marina, rugged coastline, and golden sand beaches, it’s no wonder that Albufeira is one of Portugal’s top holiday resort cities. Perfect for families, the resort has opportunities for relaxation and exploration in equal measure. Here’s how to spend one day in Albufeira.
No visit to The Algarve would be complete without a boat trip. Escape the crowds on land and admire the Atlantic coastline from the water on a cruise by speedboat or catamaran. Tours typically cover Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha, voted one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. Some boats use advanced sonar technology to increase your chances of spotting wild bottlenose dolphins along the route. If you’re after something a little more active, opt for a tour that explores the coastline by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. These excursions allow access to caves and grottoes that are unreachable by larger vessels.
Back on dry land, spend the afternoon exploring the rural villages and orange groves of The Algarve on a countryside tour; some will transport you between attractions in an all-terrain Jeep. Tours typically take you to elevated lookout points, fruit plantations, and a historic castle, and include tastings of Portuguese delicacies such as medronho, a local spirit, and honey. For more exhilaration after the tour, get the best views of Albufeira from above during a parasailing session.
Devote your evening to the local cuisine of The Algarve, which combines robust flavors with fresh ingredients, such as seafood, thyme, and citrus fruits. Get the inside scoop on the best local food and wine on a tour, options for which are plentiful: Focus on wine during a tasting tour, or experience the breadth of southern Portugal’s culinary influences on a tour that takes you to several different eateries and bars. Toast your day in Albufeira with a cocktail at a bar in the marina after sunset.