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An Off-The-Beaten Track Guide To Albufeira

3 Apr 2024 | travel & explore

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Nestled within the heart of Portugal’s Algarve region, Albufeira shines as a beacon of cultural history and natural beauty. Despite hosting millions of tourists each year, the city offers much more than the well-trodden paths and bustling beaches it’s best known for. With its blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty and untapped adventures, Albufeira offers a unique journey for those willing to explore its less-visited paths.

If you’re an intrepid traveller who wants to explore the town’s lesser-known locales, look no further than this off-the-beaten-track guide. 

Albufeira Old Town

Stepping into the Old Town of Albufeira is like walking through a living museum, where each cobblestone tells a tale of history and heritage. This area is a labyrinth of narrow streets and quiet alleys lined with traditional Portuguese houses, vibrant cafes and artisan shops. Surrounded by ancient buildings, the main square plays host to live music and cultural events, bringing the town to life each evening. Explore the winding alleys nearby to find local restaurants serving the freshest seafood and traditional dishes, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds.

The Marina

Albufeira’s Marina is a burst of colour and activity, distinct from the traditional white and blue palette of the town. The modern, brightly coloured buildings create a lively atmosphere, providing a fascinating backdrop for an afternoon stroll. From here, you can embark on a boat tour to get an out-of-the-ordinary perspective of the Algarve’s coastline, including dolphin watching and cave tours. Or if you prefer, you can explore the Marina’s wide variety of boutique shops, cosy cafes and seafood restaurants, before watching the sunset over the harbour.

Areias de São João

Often overlooked by the typical tourist route, Areias de São João is a vibrant district of Albufeira known for its lively nightlife and entertainment scene. This area is home to a mix of local bars, international restaurants and lively clubs that draw in diverse crowds. It’s the perfect place for those looking to experience Albufeira’s most unforgettable experiences after dark.

Albufeira - old town centre at sunset

Praia da Coelha

Praia da Coelha is a hidden gem tucked away between cliffs; this secluded beach offers a tranquil escape from Albufeira’s numerous popular beaches. The crystal-clear waters and golden sands make it an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing. Accessible via a scenic path through the cliffs, Praia da Coelha also features a charming beach restaurant that serves delicious local seafood, providing a perfect blend of natural beauty and culinary delight.

Adega do Cantor

This vineyard showcases Albufeira’s rich wine culture. Adega do Cantor, which translates to ‘Winery of the Singer’, offers tours and tastings where visitors can learn about how wine is made and sample a selection of local vintages. Because the vineyard is nestled in the rolling hills of the Algarve, its surroundings are as pleasing to the eye as its wines are to the palate. Visit here to get a memorable insight into the passion behind Portuguese winemaking.

Centro Hipico Quinta da Saudade

How many people can say they’ve experienced Albufeira by horseback? If you’d like to be one of the select few, consider visiting Centro Hipico Quinta da Saudade and try this unique way to explore the Algarve countryside. This equestrian centre provides horse riding tours through scenic routes, including the Salgados Beach and nature reserve. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, these tours offer a serene and intimate experience of Albufeira’s natural landscapes. 

Algar de Benagil

If you’re a fan of stunning natural cave formations, then you might have seen the Algar de Benagil before. Located on Albufeira’s dramatic coastline, which is worth a visit in its own right, the caves are best known for their large hole in the ceiling, which lets sunlight stream in and creates a breathtaking effect. The simplest way to access them is to take a boat tour from the city, and once inside the cave, you’ll be able to relax in the sand, take a swim in the cool water and marvel at the power and beauty of nature.

Casa do Cerro

Housed in a beautifully restored traditional Portuguese villa, Casa do Cerro is a testament to Albufeira’s art and culture. Here you can view exhibitions from local artists, featuring everything from painting and sculpture to photography and digital art. But this hidden gem isn’t just a gallery but also a bougie venue where you can relax with drinks and shisha while you take a break from viewing the exhibitions.

Albufeira - decorated house

In conclusion

If you’re in search of a holiday away from the tourist crowds, Albufeira boasts some incredible off-the-beaten-track locations for you to experience at your own pace. While the city lacks an airport of its own, Faro is located a 47-minute drive away. The journey from the airport adds an additional layer of excitement to your trip, granting you the freedom to travel there in whichever way you see fit. Whether you decide to use public transport or arrange a Faro to Albufeira airport transfer, you’re sure to see so much more of the Algarve in such a short space of time

Albufeira promises an adventure that transcends any regular holiday, but its allure lies not just in its popular beaches and vibrant nightlife but also in the quiet beauty of its lesser-known spots. From the historical echoes in the Old Town to the natural tranquillity of Praia da Coelha and the cultural vibrancy at Casa do Cerro, there is a wealth of experiences waiting for you to discover. Venture off the beaten track to find the true essence of the Algarve, creating memories that are as unique as they are unforgettable.

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