Are Albufeira’s beautiful beaches and energetic nightlife calling you to southern Portugal’s Algarve region? You’re not the only one. Considered one of the more exciting Portuguese towns, Albufeira is a favourite among English speakers and isn’t short on accommodation. You’ll find stylish apartments right by Fisherman’s Beach, a cosy bolt hole just outside the city and a family-friendly enclave perfect for the whole gang.
Enjoy a relaxed environment at Vila São Vicente, an adults-only hotel just steps from Praia do Peneco, one of Albufeira’s main beaches near the historic old town. The hotel is just a short walk from many popular bars and restaurants, but guests wishing to stay close may enjoy the on-site terrace bar, outdoor pools and sunbathing deck.
Known as Algarve’s destination for stag and hen parties, Albufeira is the place to go if you want to be surrounded by a dynamic nightlife scene, and Califórnia Beach Hotel is close to all the action. It’s just steps from Piccadilly Cocktail Bar – considered one of the best bars in Algarve – and down the street from the area’s liveliest district. After the excitement in town, guests can relax by the pool-side bar at the hotel.
Hotel Brisa Sol is a large, family-friendly apartment hotel near the centre of Albufeira. Contemporary and spacious, it offers two outdoor pools (one for children), an indoor pool, a playground, an arcade room and tennis courts. Located around a 10-minute walk from the beach and main attractions, it’s close enough to all the sights yet far enough for a relaxing stay. Each room is also equipped with a kitchen area, a bonus for anyone on a budget.
Falésia Hotel is another adults-only accommodation in Albufeira; rooms come with private balconies offering views of the pool, the nearby golf course or a serene garden. Located by Falésia Beach, it’s a lovely location for days in the sand and sun. Alternatively, the hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool, and a tennis court surrounded by a lush backdrop. You can also enjoy the spa hydrotherapy in addition to other treatments.
This is the place to hone your golf swing and relax in luxury. This large five-star resort has 148 guest rooms, an 18-hole golf course and a beach nearby. The spacious rooms come with a private patio and terrace. Although the excitement of town and the sands are temptingly close, guests may not want to leave this beautiful space – the eight restaurants, two poolside bars, eight pools, five tennis courts and luxurious spa services are enough reason to stay.
Private, romantic and elegant, Vila Joya may be everything a traveller is looking for in a seaside retreat. Surrounded by lush grounds and perched above the sea, it may be hard to believe this peaceful accommodation is in bustling Albufeira. The boutique hotel has 21 guest rooms and two restaurants — a real treat being the two Michelin-star restaurant run by chef Dieter Koschina, as well as an exquisite spa service.
EPIC SANA is a five-star accommodation by Falésia Beach surrounded by pines and offering a variety of amenities. You may enjoy the health club, one of the four outdoor pools, an indoor pool and spa centre. The resort is also family-friendly and provides babysitting services and beds for the little ones, plus a kids’ pool and playground. One of the main highlights is Al Quimia, a stylish concept restaurant serving dishes made from local, sustainable ingredients.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Nina Santos.