The old town and its neighbouring beach (Inatel) are the best areas to stay in Albufeira, as they are just a few meters away from the city centre, as well as offering easy access to the most beautiful beaches. It is a quiet area, although if you are looking for atmosphere, there are many bars, nightclubs and restaurants within just a few minutes walking distance.
The Historic Centre´s pedestrian area is full of shops and other commercial activity, such as a market in the Plaza 25 de abril, where you will find necklaces, coloured rosary beads, pendants, dresses, sarongs and much more. The square offers something for everyone and also leads you to the Peneco Beach and Fishermans Beach, which is one of the Algarve´s most famous beaches due to it being centre stage for the city´s most important sporting and cultural events.
Within walking distance you will also come across the Engehneiro Duarte Pacheco Square, the Jacinto D´Ayet Square where the XVIII century Santa Ana Church can be found, the Municipal Museum of Archaeology and the Museum of Sacred Art. You can also visit the marina, which is a pleasant 15 minute walk away. If you are looking for places to have lunch or enjoy a bit of nightlife you don´t have to go far, as the area is home to many bars offering live music, delicious drinks and excellent food.
Don´t leave without visiting the Lagoa dos Salgados. Just 20 minutes away by car, you will find this beautiful tourist spot which boats amazing views and is considered part of Algarve´s regional heritage, as it is home to an immense and varied number of bird and plant species. Faro airport is also just 40 minutes away.
BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN ALBUFEIRA
Price per night
Vila Sao Vicente Boutique Hotel
Largo Jacinto d'Ayet Nº4
90€ - 101$
Avenida 25 De Abril, 26
98€ - 110$
Price per night
Av. Infante D.Henrique
RECOMMENDED / BEST VALUE
56€ - 63$
Rocamar Exclusive Hotel & Spa
95€ - 106$
Av. Infante D. Henrique, 83
108€ - 121$
Inn the Beach Apartments
Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho, 37
150€ - 168$
Hotel Sol e Mar
Rua Jose Bernardino de Sousa
219€ - 245$
On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Albufeira, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.
The old town and Inatel beach, the best places to stay in Albufeira
One of the best options for enjoying the beautiful landscape in Albufeira, with all of its amenities, is to stay in a room with a sea view near to the old town, where you can wander along the shore of the Inatel, German and Praia dos Aveiros beaches. If you are travelling by car, bear in mind that the old town´s streets are narrow and crowded, so it’s advisable to park near the town hall and supermarkets and take the escalators which join the upper area with the Pescadores beach.
The privileged location of Albufeira, up in the colourful cliffs of the Portuguese Algarve which is sown with pristine white houses with a Moorish touch, allows you to explore the beautiful nearby covey beaches and enjoy the spectacular sunsets. In the last few years, Albufeira´s old town has grown and modernized its appearance, incorporating a large number of shops, all kinds of restaurants, agencies renting water sports equipment and organising boat trips to see dolphins and visit the coastal sea caves, making it a great holiday destination for all travellers.
Other places to stay in Albufeira
Olhos de Água
Olhos de Água is the ideal place to stay for those looking to enjoy a calm and relaxed holiday. It offers easy access to the famous Falésia Beach, considered to be one of the best beaches in central Algarve, showcasing golden sand, crystal waters and spectacular cliffs, and just 6 kilometres from the Albufeira old town. This fishing village boasts numerous top-quality restaurants at very reasonable prices compared to other coastal locations in the area and the recent improvements have equipped the area with all the necessary services for a day at the beach, with a convenient access ramp down to the sand, shimmering sea voyages and pristine public beach resorts.
Areias de Sao João
With easy access to the Oura and Santa Eulalia beach, the Areias de Sao João area is the best place to stay if you want to enjoy the sun but also like to party. The accommodation in Areias de Sao João is perfect for experiencing the famous nightlife which the area is known for, such as the Albufeira “Strip” (officially known as Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro Avenue) which is close by and offers a myriad of pubs and nightclubs for all tastes. You can also take a little urban train from here, which runs around the coast right up to the old town.