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Located in the Faro District Albufeira is a city whose history stems from Roman and Arab settlement to more recently in the 20th Century the export of fish and nuts. In the 1960’s the then town started to become a hub for tourism and soon turned into the bright, buzzing and successful place it is today adding a must see visit on your trip to the Algarve.

Boat Trips

The coastline of Albufeira is littered with caves and alcoves formed by centuries of water erosion and weather. There are several excursions available from the city that over visits to these caves by boat including the largest caves set in the Algarve. During a full day’s excursion you’ll even get to enjoy the rock formations up close and personal and even swim amongst them.

Excursions

Several companies local to Albufeira offer Algarve safaris which are an excellent and organised way to take in the cultural highlights, tastes and sights that the region has to offer. Through organised transport visit local weavers, traditional craftsmen and enjoy a traditional lunch on the way. You’ll also be able to see the bee keepers tending the hives producing the honey that the region is famous for.

Beaches

There are two beaches local to Albufeira; Praia dos Pescadores, Praia de São Rafael and Praia do Peneco. Praia dos Pescadores is the closest and within the city itself. A common sunbathing stop for visitors with a long beach running to the waters edge there are some good and clean acilities available including toilets. There’s also a well stocked bar and restaurant with great access for wheelchairs and prams. The beach also offers a plethora of water sports activities too.

Praia do Peneco has a unique feature in that it’s named after a 20 meter tunnel which sits next to the tourist office nad cuts through the cliffs creating a link between Albufeira’s city square and the beach. Another popular blue flag attraction for visitors the beach has excellent access for buggies and wheelchairs including a lift and ramp. During the summer months there are lifeguards on duty and you’ll find loungers, parasols and pedalos are available for hire from the beach too. The main feature that makes this beach unique is of course the large rock formation that stands out in the middle of the beach making quite an impressive sight.

Fairs and Markets

Albufeira is alive with many markets, stalls and traditional shops. From local handycraft made by Algarvian artists and many enchanting and unqiue items only to found in the Algarve. Both fairs and markets are plentiful in the city and you’ll also be able to try and taste the myriad of traditional seafood dishes caught fresh including the famous "Cataplana" dish. Usually occurring monthly you can find out more about them from the reception at Rocha Brava. Items really do range in their uniqueness and unusualness from toys to tools to antiques and collectables!