Albufeira Travel Guide
Albufeira Castle - Most of the castle was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, But the remains of this moorish fortresss are an interesting collection of walls and rooms. Around the town you will find much evidence of the Moorish occupation in the archetecture and many churches and chapels.
Zoo Marine - A great family outing is to be had at this fine zoo to the north of town on the N125. There is not only regular animal shows, but a fairground, pool, play area and restaurants in a huge area with plenty of places to picnic.
Slide and Splash - Located just north of the town on the N125. Plenty of tubes, slides and rapids to keep the whole family happy for a day. This facility is large and doesn't get too crowded. There are plenty of grassy areas for enjoying a snack from the cafe.
Albufeira Church - This church is a landmark in the old town and the tall bell tower overlooks the area. Most of the town was destroyed by the earthquake in 1755, but they rebuilt this church. It's a lovely neo-classical building and the airy interior is dominated by the painting from the local artist Samora Barros over the alter.
Resturante Bank Bar Lovely place, lovely staff, great DJ!!!!! Rosie does fantastic cocktails & Bruno, Marco really good door men`! Nuno good manger, Hugo very very very good DJ. I cant wait to go back out there and spend every day with them, especially Hugo. All the staff work really hard to keep all the customers happy. The bands that play there are really good too. Me and my family like groove line.
submitted by Vicki, 15/10/07
The Carnaval Bar The carnaval bar is at the top end of the strip in the square across from John's bar. A hidden jem, it caters fo families and younger people. You can't but have a good time. The staff are great, there is karaoke and free internet, Xbox and just a great party atmosphere.
submitted by Lennie, 16/01/07
Stones Bar My family and I were walking through the strip and saw the 'Stones Bar'. It was nicely decorated for the Brits, with football tops plastered around the walls and a giant TV at the front that only showed football, Peter Kay and big brother. Great for the families and the pool table is cheap.
submitted by Matthew, 27/12/06
Cockerel Country Kitchen Best food in Albufeira. Just off the Strip, turn at the corner where the Jade Chinese restaurant sits, go up that road, sits on the right hand side. Great food, service, good portions and value for money.
submitted by Mary & Wullie Cassidy, 25/07/06
Ancora The Ancora bar is on the 'strip' in Albufeira. The bar staff are great and friendly too. Great live music from 'Eclipse'. Great shots too!
submitted by Josie, 09/05/06
Merlins Snackbar Best full breakfast you will find in Albufeira... real bacon and real saussage and... service with a smile!
Also great snacks and some full dishes!
Worth a visit!
submitted by Kay Darow, 20/04/06
PapaJoe´s Restaurant Fantastic food for value. Great for groups and family. Definitely a must. In the Oura Estrela Apartment Complex. Has the best Steak in town. Specialty is 7 different types of chicken.
submitted by Jeannie Pereira, 10/04/06
Merlins Snackbar In Merlin´s bar you can enjoy a full breakfast in the sun for only 3.50! They use the original bacon and saussages... really a must! Located in the Old Town, opposite the church.
submitted by Debbie, 06/04/06
Merlins Bar Right on our first day we walked into Merlins Bar in the old town of Albufeira. Everybody made us feel welcome and when we left we felt that we were already part of the Merlins Bar Family! We spend a big part of our holidays there.... starting with breakfast (best in town AND served with a smile!) ending with a night singing songs and getting a good pint! Worth a visit, you will enjoy it!
submitted by Nicky Deegan, 21/09/05
Merlins Bar Located in the old town, opposite to the old church, we found this great pub, where everybody is welcome! It was a great mixture of locals and tourists. Angelina and Spike are the new owners and what makes them great is that they care about their customers! They try to make you feel at home! Great bar, great couple! They made our holiday!
Go and visit them! You will love them!
submitted by James willow, 28/04/05
The Bivvy rules Great place and well worth a visit any time of the year as its one of the few bars open all year round. Local to the ex pats and Jason the Karaoke singer is well good ask him to do Michael Jackson. Go there
submitted by Steve James, 08/03/05
Fisherman's Beach - Lies conveniently at the end of the street of bars. Just be careful where you sit as you might find the remains of someones meal last night. There is a vollyball court and you will find many beautiful bodies posing. It is large enough to find a quiet spot on the soft smooth sand.
West Beach - Located on the other side of town to Fishermans beach and close to all the town's facilities. Can get crowded, but not as Fishermans. The sand here is fine and stone free, sea is perfect for swimming and though in town is crystal clear.
Marihna Beach - Just out of town on the road to Portimao. This is a very interesting beach full of little coves among spectacular rock formations. This is fairly sheltered and great for swimming, tanning and snorkelling among the outcrops of rock that attracts colourful sea life.
Carvoeiro Beach - Also on the road to Portimao, this is a bigger expanse of sand overshadowed by high cliffs. Good for quiet sunbathing and if you get bored, its possible to take a boat to explore local caves.
Albufeira Restaurants and Bars
Os Azeiteros - Cais Herculano, This popular local restaurant is situated near the praia dos pescadores beach. It is small and surrounded by other eateries, but don't let that put you off as this place has a reputation for serving the finest in local seafood.
Tres Coroas - Rua de Correio Velho 8. A favourite in the town this lovely restaurant specialises in fresh sea food and the bonus is the sea views. The menu does not only contain fish and there is a fine choice. The service is fast and friendly and prices won't break the bank.
Cervejaria Granfinus - A restaurant for the family on a budget. Situated in the old town at Av. 25 de Abril, 20. Open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The portions are large and food very tasty. They do a special childrens menu. The choice is extensive and International.
The Panacee - Located in the Sao Joao area near Club Oceaneo. This is a lovely little restaurant and the perfect place to try Chicken Peri-Peri a portuguese speciality. Good for a romantic get together and they offer fresh sea food.
Belver Steak Bar - Head for the Hotel Da Aldeida if you have had too much fish. This unpretensious steakhouse will cook your meat thwe way you want it, and for budget travellers you won't have to worry. Limited choice, but friendly, efficient service.
Albufeira Bars & Clubs
Alburtus Bar - Located in the Strip which is the main area in town at night. Although this is a small bar. It's very popular and everyone joins in on the Kareoke evenings. The bar is always well stocked and every night is party night.
Picadilly - rua dos bares (Street of Bars) is where you'll find Picadilly. In the daytime it's a relaxing cafe and sports bar, but this bar gets busier later in the night and one can people watch from the balcony upstairs. Great selection of original cocktails.
Sir Harry's - A favourite with Brits on holiday in the old town. The large pub is a great venue for watching your football team and afterwards dancing to live bands. They serve tasty snacks around the clock here.
Vegas Bar - This very popular bar/restaurant never seems to close and after a nights debauchery they open their door at 9am for hangover cures. The large bar and eating area gets packed every night. Often there are live bands playing covers or originals. A great selection of drinks and cocktails.
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