If you like your sand golden, your sea bright aqua and your town painted white, and sitting neatly atop a cliff, then you'll find postcards of Albuferia pleasing. The pedestrianised streets of the older part of town are narrow, winding and full of charm. A warren of whitewashed cottages where you can still faintly see the town's Moorish roots. The choice of accommodation here is vast, but our selection of the best places to stay in Albufeira aims to recommend hotels with charm, as opposed to the enormous resort properties and chains that you'd usually imagine.
There are a number of lovely beaches right in front of Albufeira, so you don't have to travel far from your hotel for that postcard perfect view. Some of the largest beaches offer all sorts of water sports gear hire, in addition to staples: parasols and sun loungers.
Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Peneco are just down from the old town. There are also smaller, quieter beaches, like Praia de Sao Rafael, just a few minutes from the marina.
There are lovely beaches in both directions you turn along the coast. Those to the east are more developed, with long stretches of golden sand: try Praia da Oura, just off the Strip, or Praia da Falesia. If you prefer your beaches quieter and more cove-like try Praia de Gale.
Some of the Algarve's best family theme parks are a short drive from Albuferia, including Zoomarine and Krazy World.
If your kids don't mind a bit of pretty architecture then it's also worth planning a trip into the hills to the little village of Alte.
Albufeira also has a golf course and a horse riding centre.
A beautiful family-orientated country farmhouse surrounded by orange, lemon, and olive trees. With a huge salt water pool, beautiful rooms, and nearby beach and golf course, this is a great hotel for a family holiday at a good price.
Exclusive cliff-top family resort with Moorish-style accommodation in lush gardens. Contemporary, light rooms with white on white decor drawing the eye to the spectacular sea views. Fantastic children's facilities, tennis courts, golf course, luxurious spa, and excellent food. A beach paradise.
Two-star Michelin restaurant with five-star rooms, fabulous spa, and majestic sea views. Moorish style architecture and the use of "azulejos" tiles maintains a traditional feel. An abundance of activities on offer within the hotel. A truly indulgent stay.