Flights to Albufeira
Albufeira is one of Portugal’s most popular tourist destinations and it’s situated on the southern coast of the country in the Algarve region. This pretty town offers historical attractions as well as many tourist services including countless hotels and restaurants, great weather, and culture.
Flights to Albufeira come in to the Faro Airport (airport code: FAO), just a few kilometers outside the city. Many flights to Albufeira are seasonal, so your options may be more limited during the winter. British Airways stops once in London, but you’ll have to switch airports during your connection. South African Airways goes through Dakar and Lisbon, and TAP Air Portugal makes its transfers in Luanda and Lisbon. The duration of flights to Albufeira from South Africa can range from 15 to more than 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Albufeira:
Albufeira is best known as a summer holiday destination and is very popular with Western Europeans. As has been the case with many other popular resorts there’s been construction to meet demand and now the town features large areas of hotels lining the sandy beaches, restaurants catering to many different tastes, and nightlife. Though this is very much a touristy destination Albufeira still retains its own charm and unique attractions so it’s a great place to come if you’re looking for a beach holiday combined with history and culture.
In the area in and surrounding Albufeira there are over 20 beaches, most of which are wide and sandy so there’s plenty of opportunity for enjoying relaxing days on the beach. Some of the beaches also have water sports available so you can keep active if you’d prefer.
Paderne and Paderne Castle
Less then 12 kilometres inland from Albufeira is the village of Paderne. Paderne offers quite a contrast to the busy streets of Albufeira and makes a nice day trip. The village is best known for its church and castle. The church was built in the latter half of the 16th century with major alterations in both the 18th and 19th centuries. Today it’s a combination of Renaissance, Manueline and baroque styles both inside and out.
Paderne Castle was built by the Moors in the 12th century and it’s just outside today’s village of Paderne. The castle is actually one of seven that appear on the Portuguese national flag and there are fairly significant ruins to see at the castle site today. The location of the castle was strategically important, situated on a bend in the River Quarteira where an ancient Roman bridge crosses the river. The Roman bridge still exists today and is another of the region’s attractions.
Nightlife and Dining in Albufeira
Though you can easily have yourself some quiet evenings on a holiday in Albufeira the town is lively and has plenty of bars for those who prefer a more lively night out! Many of the louder and busier bars are conglomerated into one area known as ‘The Strip’, while in between Albufeira and the town of Vilamoura is a popular nightclub.
There are restaurants here that will suit all tastes, including those looking for more authentic local cuisine. Steamed shellfish is one of Albufeira’s specialities, and fish stew is popular too.
When Should You Visit?:
Albufeira has a Mediterranean climate and is most popular during the summer months. Rain is least likely to fall during the summer and temperatures peak at an average high of just under 30C in July and August. A less busy time to visit is the spring and autumn when temperatures are still warm though it is a little wetter.