10 places to visit in Albufeira you do not want to miss out!
A charming fishing town with about 40,000 inhabitants, white houses, and 30 km of golden beaches and gorgeous views. Enjoy and explore its fascinating historical and cultural heritage.
Its name derives from the Arabic "Al-buhera" and means "sea castle". For centuries, Albufeira was a fishermen town and in the 60s awoke to tourism and in 1986 became a city.
Known as a sun and sea destination the city has much more to offer and to explore!
The narrow streets, the reflections of the sunlight on the white houses, the friendly and welcoming people will draw you in an inspiring and romantic atmosphere. Stroll through the typical streets facing the sea and visit its historical centre where you will find reasons to keep exploring.
Let us guide you and visit:
Torre do Relógio (Clock tower)
Considered one of the cities ex-libris, the tower was implanted in the old prison building. From the top of the tower enjoy a privileged view over the city. It stands out for the original decoration in wrought iron that supports the bell.
Igreja Matriz de Albufeira (Main church)
It was built in the late 18th century. Remarkable is the valuable image of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Conception), city patroness.
Igreja de São Sebastião (St. Sebastian church)
Here you can see a wooden altarpiece unique in the Algarve and visit the Museum of Sacred Art.
Igreja de Sant’Ana (St. Ana´s church)
Dated from the 18th century, with popular architectural features and baroque expression. It is used as a funeral chapel.
Capela da Misericórdia (Mercy chapel)
It was built on the site where an Arab mosque once existed and was restored as a chapel of the in 1499 and rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake.
Ermida da nossa Senhora da Orada (Monastery)
This former monastery was a place of devotion for the fishermen. It is a typical example of popular Algarve architecture and bears witness to the fishing community’s great devotion to Our Lady of Orada.
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia (Municipal Archaeology Museum)
The Archaeology Museum is located in the old Town Hall of Albufeira. This building also has a beautiful sea view.
Miradouro do Pau da Bandeira (Viewpoint)
This viewpoint is the ideal place to have a magnificent view of Albufeira.
Lagoa dos Salgados (Salgados Lake)
Considered a regional heritage it is a must-see place especially for birdwatchers.
Castelo de Paderne (Castle)
Paderne ia a quiet village about 15km from the centre of Albufeira. This is one of the seven castles represented on the portuguese flag. Its relics are one of the most significant examples of Muslim architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. You can also see a bridge of medieval origin that crosses Ribeira de Quarteira (Quarteira Riverside).
Shake off the sand from your beach towel, take off your flip-flops and put on some comfortable shoes and visit the city of Albufeira, a city full of history and tradition. A must see!