Located in the centre of the Algarve’s southern coast and seemingly tailor-made for English-speaking visitors, Albufeira is one of the region’s most competitive vacation destinations. Here are seven local Airbnbs that offer an extra bit of home comfort and some special touches.
Albufeira attracts tourists looking for excitement amid the sun-kissed beaches, party nightlife and medieval streets. For visitors seeking a comfortable place to relax and rejuvenate before heading out for more fun under the Portuguese sun, here are some of the best Airbnbs on the market.
Just 300 metres from one of Albufeira’s beaches is this budget-friendly studio apartment that offers a privileged ocean view. It’s also walking distance from town and the bar/restaurant-lined strip. The apartment can host up to four guests and includes a kitchen, a comfortable living/sleeping area, a bathroom and a terrace with a charcoal barbecue. Why not try recreating one of Portugal’s favourite seafood dishes after shopping at the nearby market?
Steps from the Praia da Oura and its orange-red seaside cliffs is this lovely whitewashed studio apartment offering two sofa beds, each for one person, making the studio a nice choice for two friends to share. Perks of this accommodation, other than being just 30 metres from the beach, are its location inside a complex with free parking (not always easy to find in Albufeira during the summer), a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool, food markets and restaurants. It’s also another budget-friendly choice and the host, Filipa, is one of Airbnb’s super hosts.
If you enjoy the Algarve’s old, whitewashed walls, check out this two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Albufeira’s old town. The white colour scheme adds a tranquil vibe to this stylish and contemporary apartment that’s suitable for up to four guests. Double-glazed windows and electric blinds are sure to enhance this peaceful quality, and the apartment is within a five-minute walk of two local beaches. You’ll find free parking next to the apartment, and the bar district is minutes away.
You can watch the boats bobbing lazily in Albufeira’s marina from this property’s terrace, the outdoor pool or from the apartment itself. Located approximately 10 minutes on foot from the old town and the popular Fisherman’s Beach (favoured for the surrounding seaside cafés and seafood restaurants), this apartment oozes a maritime vibe with its white-and-blue colour palette.
Located in Albufeira’s Rossio neighbourhood, this lovely cottage is conveniently close to the two unique lookout points of Miradouro Rossio and the Elevador do Peneco. While staying at this spot, you can spend your days at the beach (just steps from the entrance) and your nights by the cosy fireplace. Adding to the charm of the fishing cottage is the flower-covered terrace that looks out on the coast.
Are you planning on visiting the Algarve with a group of friends or with your entire family? Book at Villa Zen and enjoy an exclusive experience at this recently renovated home with a garden, an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a barbecue area. This is a perfect retreat for those wanting peace and quiet. It’s also ideal for travellers who plan on using a car, as Villa Zen is slightly inland and a short drive away from the city centre and beaches.
Located in Guia, Vivenda Lucas is a stylish, contemporary, wheelchair-friendly home featuring six bedrooms, a garden, two outdoor pools (one for the children) and an electric gated entrance. It’s family friendly, with games for children, and the pool area is equipped with lounge chairs. It’s also situated near one of the Algarve’s sought-after golf courses. Vivenda Lucas is only 10 minutes from downtown Albufeira by car.