Albufeira is considered the gateway to the Algarve with its fabulous shoreline, glorious sandy beaches and vast array of restaurants, bars and pubs situated in both the Old town and also along “The Strip”. Those seeking the untouched traditional side of Portugal will be better off elsewhere, but if you are searching for a lively resort complete with modern comforts, then this coastal city will ensure you enjoy a memorable golfing break in the Algarve region of Portugal.
Resorts and Courses
This alluring part of the region possesses a fantastic selection of top-class hotels and resorts and has the added benefit of being within reach of many courses in Vilamoura and the surrounding area.
The paranomic setting of the Sao Fafael Suite Hotel is nothing short of sensational – on the cusp of the blue ocean and set beside the glowing sand. Its luxurious five star accommodation has excellent links to an array of superb golf courses which include the Salgados and Alamos complexes.
The Salgados is intricate in its design through its prominent use of water on most of the holes. Set within a protected natural wildlife reserve, it offers players the unrivalled experience of seeing a number of bird species, some of which are nearly extinct, in their natural habitat.. This course will test the accuracy of any player through its various holes ranging from 185 yard par 3’s to 550 yard par 5’s.
On the other hand, the Alamos is packed with tight fairways which require pinpoint accuracy. Stunning views can be enjoyed over the local lakes and vineyards as you try to conquer the greens which are smaller than those on its sister course Morgado located just across the road.
Things To Do In Albufeira
For adrenaline junkies, there is an adventure park known as the Parque Aventura located near Santa Eulalia beach. It is committed to providing outdoor activities in a safe environment with a multitude of rope courses, various physical challenges amongst the trees and a large paintball area with natural obstacles.
The magnificent natural surroundings make a boat trip around the coastal backdrop a necessity. From dolphin watching to fishing and caving to grotto sightseeing, you will not be disappointed.
History fanatics can indulge in the city’s past through its ancient monuments and charming cultural sightseeing. The 18th century Sant’Ana Church is a beautiful piece of architecture and the Paderne Castle built as a Moorish stronghold during the period of the Almohad dynasty is a pivotal part of Albufeira’s history.
Avid walkers should embrace the Old Town – another significant attraction thanks to its picturesque squares and narrow winding streets, complete with quaint cafes and some lovely boutiques.
Where To Eat
An abundance of restaurants are scattered throughout the city so whether you’re after a lavish retreat or cheap Albufeira golf break all budgets and taste buds are catered for.
If fine dining and gourmet dishes are your command, then the two Michelin star Vila Joya will give you a culinary experience like no other. Its delicate blend of Portugeuse and Northern European flavours saw it ranked 22nd on a list of the world’s top 50 restaurants in 2014.
Alternatively, if money is tight, a visit to authentic Porteguse restaurant O Lusitano may be your best port of call. Hidden away outside the bustling city centre, this restaurant has a high standing for excellent service and a reputable integrity to replicating Iberian classics.
Night and day in Albufeira is very much a tale of two cities. At night, the town transforms its character as its dramatic background colours are brought to life with its most coveted place ‘The Strip’ lighting up the entire avenue.
There are an abundance of bars and discos with many frequently hosting events and entertainment to stand out from the crowd and help pull in numbers. Matt’s Bar and Renos Bar are two of the most popular party establishments with tourists and both stay open until 4am, guaranteeing you a fantastic time and if you’re lucky the chance to see the sunrise.
Why Choose Albufeira?
Albufeira has cemented itself as one of the Algarve’s most popular destinations and is believed by many to be the capital of tourism throughout the whole country. With the contrast of relaxation throughout the day, the vibrant atmosphere in the evening and world class courses, it continues to tempt golfers all year round.