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There are many reasons to visit Albufeira in the Algarve – from stunning beaches and beautiful nature to adventure parks, a buzzing nightlife and a large English-speaking community. Then, there are the traditional Portuguese side and unique heritage to discover. Here are Culture Trip’s top experiences to have in Albufeira.
The coast isn’t the only reason to visit Albufeira, and the town is well-known for its vibrant social scene and nightlife. There are plenty of bars and coastal cafes where locals and tourists like to kick back with a drink or two (or three) while listening to music. Two of the most popular spots in the entire Algarve are Piccadilly Cocktail Bar and NoSoloAgua Albufeira. There is also ‘The New Town’, a neighbourhood lined with even more venues where you can drink and dine out.
There are easily hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Albufeira, covering everything from traditional Portuguese cuisine to Asian and vegetarian food. If you’re not on a budget, look into the Michelin-starred Vila Joya restaurant, located at the eponymous five-star hotel. Budget travellers may love chicken piri-piri, otherwise known as frango assado. As one of Portugal’s favourite fast-food meals, it is always a good idea, and Albufeira is a fantastic location with great barbecue chicken shacks and restaurants.