Algarve attractions, Portugal

The Algarve in Portugal is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and attracts golfers, sun-seekers and fun-seeker from all over the world.

Whether you are looking for a family holiday, a sporting weekend, a cultural tour or a beach break, the Algarve will cater for all your needs.

Some of the best places to go in the Algarve and Albufeira include:

Algarve Pirate Ship Cruises

Pirate Ship Cruises on board the ´Leaozinho´ (the Little Lion) Ship take passengers to some of the most beautiful parts of the Algarve. Discover stunning white, sandy beaches on board a historic ship. You can choose from a half day cruise with cave visit, a Captain Hook Cruise, which is 2 hours long or a Sunset Cruise (2.5 hours) or a full day Barbecue Cruise. Cruises depart from Albufeira Marina from April to October.

Algarve Caves and Dolphin Watch Cruise

Jump on board the original caves and dolphin watching cruise boat, the ´Insonia.´ The cruise will take you along the coast to Carvoeiro, hopefully spotting dolphins along the way.

The Old Town

Visit the Old Town and see some fine examples of Albufeira´s colourful past, including the castle and architecture dating back to the times of the Moors and the Romans. You will also find plenty of quirky pavement cafés and bars in the Old Town, plus a wide choice of restaurants serving local food.

Golf Courses

The Algarve is famous for its golf courses. There are 19 courses to choose from near Albufeira, and four of the most popular are: The Greens, Salgados Golf, Pine Cliffs Golf Resort and the Inter Golf Club Agency.

Albufeira Beaches

Whether you want to get active and take advantage of the wide choice of water sports on offer at Praia de Gale beach or soak up the sun on one of the more tranquil stretches of coastline, Albufeira has it all. The shoreline of Albufeira boasts 25 amazing beaches with golden sand, dunes, and lagoons.

Albufeira Marina

The Marina is a perfect place to visit if you want to sample local food, sit by the water´s edge and enjoy a cocktail or two or browse the many designer shops and stores.

Zoomarine Algarve

This marine life theme park in Guia, is situated just 10km from Albufeira and is open all year round. The park provides a great day out for all the family and regular events include: dolphin and sea lion shows, birds of prey demonstrations and a tropical bird show. The ´Oceanus´ Aquarium and rehabilitation centre for sick and injured marine wildlife is well worth a visit. There are also swimming pools and a water flume, plus cafés and restaurants throughout the park.

If you are planning a holiday in the Algarve, book a guided tour of Albufeira before you leave home to make the most of this beautiful location. Whether you are planning a historical and cultural tour, an adventure tour, a gastronomic tour or a rural tour of the surrounding areas, a fully guided tour of the area comes highly recommended.