Albufeira Amazing Landscape Nature and lifestyle | Algarve Portugal - Old Town
If you are looking for a great place to enjoy a holiday then the Old Town of Albufeira is one of the best locations to choose in the local area because it retains the charm and traditions that first made it popular with visitors decades ago.
If you are looking to be able to experience cobbled streets, winding alleys, boutique shops and traditional cafes and restaurants then this is the best part of Albufeira for you.
The heart of the old town has to be the main square area, the Jardim Público de Albufeira. Around this square you will find the open air restaurants, cafes and bars where you can take a break after browsing the local shops.
In the old town of Albufeira you can also find many of the historical sites of the local area, including the Sant’Ana Church and the Museum of Sacred Art.
Praia dos Salgados
A paradise for nature lovers, this long sweeping beach is backed by sand dunes rich in local flora and fauna and a lagoon area which is home to plenty of birdlife. You can walk all the way from Albufeira to Armação de Pêra along this beach so you will never struggle to find a spot to lay your towel here – even in the peak of summer!
Praia da Galé
Explore the rocky outcrops and play in the usually gentle waves along the east and west Galé beaches. A perfect place for families with children who are old enough to explore the little path, waves and play around the rocks while parents relax on the fine sandy beach.
Praia do Evaristo
Not the easiest beach in the world to find and most famous for the restaurant that you will find here which is far more than your average beach restaurant. There is not a lot of parking here so it is better to visit in the quieter months unless you are happy to walk a bit.
Praia do Castelo
A picture perfect cove beach with craggy cliffs, white sands and clear waters. This beach is just around the corner from Evaristo and gets its name because the rocks here look like a castle. A good one for small children as the beach is not too large and you can keep a good eye on the entire beach if you need to.
Praia de São Rafael
A cove beach but this time with a bit more space making it a good place to go with friends or groups – although if you want to park it is a struggle during the summer months. The cliffs here are beautiful and there is a good beach restaurant to soak up the views. One of the highlights of this beach is the rocky outcrop on the shoreline – making this a perfect place for an Instagram post or two!
Praia da Maria Luísa
This beach is popular with people staying in Olhos de Água and is famous for the red cliffs that flank the golden sands. The cove beach has an intimate feel and a relaxed atmosphere making it ideal for older visitors or those looking for a calm day down by the sea.
Praia dos Olhos d’Agua
This is the main beach of Olhos de Água and is right in the very heart of the resort town making it a top choice with the families and groups staying here who don’t want to drive to the beach in the summer. This beach has a traditional feel to it thanks to the fishermen’s huts at the end of the beach and fishing boats that are still in use.
Praia dos Arrifes
One of the smallest local beaches with shallow waters, this beach is good for families with young children but be sure to get there early in the summer to find a space as it can get very busy making it perhaps more suitable for a visit out of season in the spring or autumn.