Things to do in Albufeira
The city of Albufeira has a long and interesting history that is thought to stem back certainly as far as Roman settlements, and possibly even before that. Its excellent position on the coast has meant that the fishing industry played a large part in its culture, with the export of fish and nuts being very important in the 20th century. Tourism really boomed here in the 1960s and now there is a whole host of things to see and do.
Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 26 km (half an hour's drive)
Fairs and Markets
An array of fairs and markets are widely available in the city. Fairs and festivals are quite a regular occurrence and our reception will have all the information you'll need about these and upcoming local events.
Markets tend to happen weekly and they are always a hub of traditional stalls and local goods. Admire the wares and crafts of the local tradesmen, enjoy fantastic smells and flavours of fresh produce and traditional seafood dishes, wander the stalls and see everything from art to antiques, toys to tools. It makes for an interesting way to wile away some time and gives you a great insight into the local way of life.
The two closest beaches to Albufeira are the Praia dos Pescadores and the Praia do Peneco. With the great weather of Portugal's south coast, a trip to one of these golden beaches is always a must.
Praia dos Pescadores is the closest and located within the city itself. This is a clean beach and has a good amount of facilities including toilets, a bar and a restaurant. With easy access for wheelchairs and prams this is a very welcoming beach and offers a good selection of water sports to keep visitors busy.
Praia do Peneco is a Blue Flag beach which again is accessible for buggies and wheelchairs, it even features a lift and a ramp. During the summer season a lifeguard will be on duty and you can hire loungers, parasols and pedalos from the beach. A large rock formation stands in the middle of the beach, making for an impressive sight but what is really unique about the Praia do Peneco is the 20 meter tunnel located next to the tourist office which cuts through the cliffs and creates a link between Albufeira’s city square and the beach itself!
Albufeira's coastline is a honeycomb of interesting caves and secret coves. A boat trip exploring the stunning coastline is an excellent way to discover hidden places and admire the beautiful rocky scenery. There are a number of excursions available from the city that visit these interesting places. You can even take a trip to the largest cave set in the Algarve! During a full day’s excursion you will get to swim amongst the incredible rock formations, enjoy crystal clear waters and discover all sorts of secret places.
If you are just as interested in the surrounding landscape as the coastline there are several companies local to Albufeira that offer Algarve safaris, which venture into the marvellous countryside. Explore the beautiful landscapes of the Algarve on one of these organised tours and learn about the local culture and interesting sights that the region has to offer. The excursions allow you to spend an interesting day of exploration and enjoy a traditional lunch along the way. Visit local weavers and traditional craftsmen, and watch the bee keepers tending to the hives that produce the honey the region is famous for.