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Six reasons to visit...Albufeira


A wide selection of restaurants to suit every taste and budget, from the two-Michelin star Vila Joya to great fish and seafood on the beach at Evaristo and A Sardinha, sumptuous steaks at Solar das Oliveiras, and the Algarve’s iconic chicken piri-piri restaurant Ramires.


See and be seen with the beautiful people at the Moorish-influenced Casa do Cerro, be in with the in crowd at Le Club, or dance the night away at Kiss Club.

Sir Cliff Richard may be known for his eternal youth and chart success throughout the decades but he is better known in this area for his involvement in the Adega do Cantor winery. The winery produces a range of reds, whites and pinks and you can see how it all comes together yourself by taking a guided tour which also includes a tasting session and the chance to purchase from the shop.


The crowds flock to the huge retail complex at Algarve Shopping, off the EN-125 at Guia, all year round, but it’s particularly attractive during the January and summer sales, when there are some great bargains to be had, especially on the fashion front. And if you’re stocking up your holiday villa or apartment, Apolonia in Galé is streets ahead of any other supermarket in the area, with a great selection of food and wine.


Test your nerve at the iconic par 3 sixth hole at the Pine Cliffs Golf Course and watch your shot as it flies (hopefully) over the beach-front ravine. A round of golf at the course is sure to be a memorable one thanks to the cliff-top views across the Atlantic and the clever design by Martin Hawtree - and follow up with a cool drink at the Mirador bar of the Pine Cliffs Hotel.


Water sports, jeep safaris, boat trips, fantastic beaches…the region has tons of kid-friendly activities. Swim with the dolphins at Zoomarine or enjoy the aquariums, natural animal habitats, bird-of-prey shows, funfair rides, outdoor swimming pools and 4D cinema.


For villas and other holiday accommodation options, see our Property Rentals section (click HERE).

For a romantic treat, wake up to the sound of the sea at the award-winning Vila Joya, the world’s leading boutique resort hotel. Or for family holidays, and spa breaks, try the Grande Real Santa Eulalia or the Pine Cliffs Hotel.


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