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In the very south of Portugal's famous Algarve region lies Albufeira, a popular tourist resort full of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and welcoming restaurants and shops. Once a small fishing village, Albufeira has since expanded into a much-loved hotspot for couples and families. The town itself is divided into two distinct sections ' the original Old Town and the newer area, otherwise known as The Strip. Wherever you stay, you're sure to have a beach on your doorstep, the sun in the sky, and an open itinerary to do whatever you feel like - all the essentials for a perfect holiday!
For the unique charm of this tiny Portuguese village, the Old Town has it all. Winding cobbled streets, an open town square and hole-in-the-wall boutiques selling traditional wares and leather goods. Come here to do your souvenir shopping to pick up some one-off gifts.
Areias de Sao Jaoa
The decidedly busier new town is where you'll find the main nightlife district with 24-hour bars and restaurants. Walk down the Strip to the crystal clear waters of Oura Beach and then stop in for a glass of local vinho verde or Portuguese port as you make your way back up the hill.
Just out of the town centre is the marina with its unmistakable coloured apartment blocks. Enjoy a fresh seafood feast along the wharf or simply soak the sun on an outdoor terrace. You'll also visit the marina if you're planning on any boat or diving trips; come down a bit earlier to watch the local fisherman going about their daily chores.
Spend a day at Fisherman's Beach
Praia Dos Pescadores is just in front of the Old Town and probably one of the best-known beaches in the Algarve. It's still used by local fishermen today so you can expect the beachfront seafood restaurants to have some of the freshest produce in Portugal. Take a stroll around the main square, it's often used for open-air concerts, so you never know what you'll stumble across!
See the dolphins
Kids will love the dazzling acrobatic-style dolphin show at the Zoomarine Waterpark in Guia, just a few kilometres from Albufeira. An educational day trip, the whole family can enjoy learning about wildlife, sealife and the environment. See hundreds of tropical fish, dolphins, seals, sea lions, sharks, and even tropical birds!
Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa
Can't decide between the old and new town? This modern hotel is perfectly situated between the two: 750m to the Old Town and Fisherman's Beach, 1.2km to the Strip. The Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa itself has great on-site facilities including a heated indoor pool, British-style pub, Turkish baths, pool bars and children's activities.
Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos
In the heart of Areias de Sao Jaoa, this adults-only resort offers direct access to the beaches of Oura and Santa Eulalia so you don't have to miss a second of sun time. The hotel is also close to the Strip and the main thoroughfare of restaurants, bars and clubs. You'll feel like you've been on more than one holiday with a trip to Albufeira. From the traditional Old Town to the busy Strip, this Portuguese hotspot has it all. Book your stay with Direct Holidays today.