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Albufeira is the liveliest, largest, and most developed resort in Portugal's Algarve coastal region. Already blessed with fine beaches, countless restaurants, and vibrant entertainment, Albufeira has added family-friendly facilities to offer the full package on this stretch of the coast. With theme parks, water sports, dolphin-spotting, and excursions along the coast, Albufeira has no shortage of attractions to suit a wide range of travelers. Whatever your preferences or budget, online travel specialist Hotels.com can offer the best value Albufeira hotels. Use our website's interactive map function to locate the proximity of all the major attractions and book your Albufeira accommodation in advance to ensure a relaxed vacation on the Algarve.

What's Albufeira Like?

Between an 18th-century earthquake and 20th-century development, most traces of Albufeira's original status as a Moorish fortress town have been erased. These days, the beach is Albufeira's main attraction, with Praia da Oura in the heart of town being the most convenient of all. This area can get crowded, but the long, sandy Praia da Gale, a little to the west of central Albufeira, is an attractive alternative, popular with water-skiers. Family attractions include the Parque Aventura playground and the Aqualand Algarve water park with rides and slides. A variety of cruises and excursions from Albufeira include dolphin-watching trips and visits to cave grottoes beneath the rocky cliffs along the coast. Cultural highlights are not an obvious attraction in Albufeira, but the Museum of Sacred Art is an exception. Located in the 18th-century Chapel of San Sebastian, it features a collection of religious artifacts collected from Algarve village churches, including an impressive gilded wooden altar. Albufeira hotels are a handy base for exploring the diverse coastline and scenic towns of the Algarve.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Albufeira

Albufeira is a popular resort with English-speaking visitors, so you are unlikely to encounter any language difficulties in the town. Although tipping is not usually mandatory in Portugal, Albufeira waiters have become used to it and 10% is a common addition to a restaurant check. Swimming on this stretch of the Algarve is safe, but don't stray too far from the shore as the Atlantic waves can have a strong undertow. It's also wise to be vigilant with valuables in the crowded areas of Albufeira, around the main concentration of bars and nightclubs. Check the amenities of Albufeira hotels by using the features on the Hotels.com site. Our certified guest reviews provide honest ratings of Albufeira accommodation, while photos and sample room layouts give a clear picture of what to expect.