A Day Out in Albufeira Old Town

A Day Out in Albufeira Old Town

When I was in Portugal, I took a day trip to Albufeira. From my hotel, it took around 25 minutes to travel the 13 km journey by taxi.

My first glimpse of the lovely old town was a leafy avenue flanked with shops, restaurants and market stalls selling the usual touristy items like fridge magnets and postcards.

Whenever I go anywhere, I usually have a plan of where I want to go and what I want to see, but today was different – I had no plan. I was happy just wandering around.

First, I had some lunch and, as I was sitting in the restaurant, I spotted this impressive sand statue across the road. I had to take a picture or two (three!). Imagine the time it took to carve all the details and create something so brilliant.

I wandered along the small streets further into town, the white-washed buildings and the mosaic-like stones on the ground sparkling in the sunlight.

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Albufeira Old Town is small, so it didn’t take long before I found myself in the main square which is surrounded with more bars and restaurants – a lovely place to hang out with friends. The trees providing shade if you want to just sit and watch the world go by.

I circled the square and found more narrow alleys to explore. The little streets are beautiful with different patterned cobblestones, pretty balconies and orange-tiled roofs.

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Another thing I noticed, is that the old town of Albufeira is quite hilly, so be prepared to work up a sweat if you want to visit the archaeological museum or this lovely church on Rua Da Bateria.

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On the same street, you’ll also see this plaque where the doorway of Albufeira castle used to be.

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From Rua da Bateria, you get some really good views out to sea.

I love the street signs.

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I also love all the colourful buildings that have been transformed into cute little bars with outside seating – perfect for a quick break from sightseeing.

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From the highest point of the town, you get good views looking back over the town and aerial views of those lovely little streets.

If you get back onto Rue 5 de Outubro, the main pedestrian street in Albufeira, you will see a tunnel which leads to the beach.

If you don’t fancy sunbathing, you can simply stand and feel the fresh sea air on your face.

Heading back into town, I pass ornate balconies and doors.

Before settling in Paulos bar for a few drinks.

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I had a really lovely day out in Albufeira’s old town. There is probably lots more to see, so I, for one, will be going back when I can. I hope you enjoyed the little tour. πŸ™‚

6 Replies to “A Day Out in Albufeira Old Town”

  1. It looks much as it did in 1972 when I lived nearby for a few months. I don’t recall any fridge magnets though. Still, time and memory eh? Ha.

    Great post and photos Gill.

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