Albufeira is a pretty town bursting with character that has developed from a small fishing village to one of the Algarve's leading tourist destinations. Situated in the centre of the Algarve, 30 minutes drive from Faro International airport, Albufeira is a perfect base for renting Villas in Albufeira and exploring the Algarve Region.
Portugal's most popular holiday resort is split into two distinct sections- the busy and lively 'strip', and the vibrant, cosmopolitan and charming Old Town of Albufeira.
The Strip, to the East of town, runs from the Montechoro Hotel down to the Praia da Oura, lined with dozens of cafés, restaurants and bars that keep going from breakfast to the small hours of the morning.
On the long stretch of beach below Albufeira's central square, accessed through a tunnel, craggy fishermen mend their nets. The famous square is the focal point of the Old Town and it is here that you can enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere both day and night, with an extensive range of Portuguese and International restaurants, street performers, live bands and late night music bars.
While the chief holiday attraction of Albufeira is its 23 or so enchanting beaches, most protected by ochre-tinted cliffs, there are some interesting sightseeing possibilities too, like the new Virtual Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery and a small museum showcasing Ming ceramics. Those with Villas in Albufeira who venture inland will find a tranquil green countryside to explore, where you can wonder through the many almond, fig, orange and pine trees and stumble accross little villages standing timelessly in the sun.