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About Albufeira

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.

For a Beach Break

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.

  • If you're looking for somewhere special book the Vila Joya. The rooms are five star and the restaurant has two (Michelins). Add to that the most spectacular ocean views in town, and a fabulous Ayurvedic spa, and you have one of the best places to stay in Albuferia for anyone wanting to treat themselves to every luxury imaginable.

For Families

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.

  • If you like the sound of the beaches but not the crowds, one of the best places to stay in Albuferia is Quinta da Cebola Vermelha. A beautiful, family-orientated farmhouse surrounded by orange, lemon and olive groves, this hotel is just far enough out of town to feel quiet and aloof. But still close to the beaches and the golf course.With only seven rooms, it exudes a real home-from-home feeling.
  • Some 17km west of Albufeira, close to Porches, you'll find Vila Vita Parc - a good option if you're looking for a resort lifestyle holiday. There's a fantastic children's club, which entertains toddlers through to teens - not together of course! - a nine hole pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, boats for hire, yoga classes, a world class spa and some of the family suites and villas come with their own pool. So if you want to treat your family to every individual luxury, this is one of the best places to stay in Albufeira.

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Best Hotels in Albufeira

  • Quinta da Cebola Vermelha 7 rooms from $131

    Boliqueime, Algarve

    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.

    Farmhouse  -  Magnificent farmhouse surrounded by olive, lemon and orange trees.
    Country Escape  -  A great base from which to explore the Algarve
    Families  -  Close to the beach and golf course
    Less £  -  115-135 euros per night
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Vila Vita Parc 170 rooms from $229

    Porches, Algarve

    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.

    Families  -  Loads of kiddie stuff so parents can unwind- playground with trampoline, swings and slides, kids club, creche and pool.
    Foodies  -  Eight onsite restaurants to choose from- we recommend the tasting menu from two Michelin Star Ocean with wine pairing.
    Diving  -  Vila Vita Parc run dive certification courses as well as courses in underwater photography& deep sea diving.
    Fishing  -  The concierge will organise for guests to head out on the ocean and try their hand at deep sea fishing.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Vila Joya 21 rooms from $263

    Albufeira, Algarve

    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.

    Foodies  -  Chef Dieter Koschina runs the Two Michelin Star restaurant- phenomenally tasty, locally sourced and utterly inspired cuisine.
    Spa breaks  -  An indulgent spa with extensive therapies including Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian massage.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Fodors
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