- Discover Albufeira
Albufeira, in the centre of the Algarve is an old town with sandy beaches and cobbled streets. There are plenty of shops and restaurants and a lively nightlife. There is two parts to the town, the old town which is quieter and the new town where the strip is. On the strip are 24 hour bars and clubs and can be very loud and a bit crazy.
The old town is very pretty and has a lovely central square surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. The square is a great place to hang out day or night.
Albufeira beach can be accessed through the tunnel near the tourist office. It's recommended that you get to the beach early if you want to rent one of the loungers (€6). The water can be a little cooler than the Mediterranean but that can be a great relief from the hot sun.
Visit the marina on the western outskirts of the town if you want to partake in some diving, or boating trips or if you just want to grab a meal and a drink. It's worth coming here just to see the colourful buildings.
Aqualand – an impressive array of water slides and a semi–Olympic sized swimming pool
Zoo-Marine Algarve – Dolphin and sea lion shows, tropical birds, and a rescue centre for injured marine life.
Crazyworld – Theme park which has a large swimming pool, a small zoo, a golf course, and a petting zoo as well as bars and restaurants.
You will fly into Faro airport, which is 40 km from Albufiera. If you have not booked a transfer to your hotel you can get a train or a bus to Albufiera. You will need to get a taxi from the airport to Faro train station.
Flight times to Faro
Dublin 2.5 hours | London 2 hours | Hong Kong 13.5 hours | New York 7 hours | Jordon 11.5 hours | Sydney 22 hours
There is a local bus network called Giro which covers most part of the town. Tickets usually cost only around €1.40.
Taxis are cheap and safe. Official taxis have a green roof.
Albufeira is a perfectly safe town but you should take extra care when out on the Strip or new town as there have been numerous muggings and attacks on people walking alone. Normal rules apply, don’t drink too much and stick together.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.