Albufeira typifies the way tourism has transformed the the sleepy fishing towns of the Algarvian coast into todays bustling holiday resorts. Until the sixties only fishermen used the beach below the town, but now with the beach extended and transformed it is home to thousands of sun bronzed bodies! Albufeira with it's superb climate, averages more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year, with the friendly charm of its people we find more and more people select Albufeira as their favourite destination because of its multiple attractions, lively and social nightlife, the beautiful beaches, varied water sports, golf courses, glorious countryside and the local cuisine. Albufeira is internationally famous for its nightlife. The two main areas where partying is the most lively are the in the Old Town and the Strip in Oura and Areias de S. João areas on the East side of Albufeira. A wide choice of bars and clubs welcome the younger groups throughout the night.One thing is certain that each and every visitor will find holidaying here most enjoyable due to the vast and varied things to do in Albufeira.
To get to know Albufeira at the start of your holiday why not try the Albufeira tourist train this is a great way for a whistle stop tour of the town! The train runs from Fishermans Beach to the Commercial centre (Modelo shopping center) down the strip to the Forte Do Vale hotel and returns back to Fishermans beach.
There are two main beaches in Albufeira itself - Fishermans beach (Praia dos Pescadores) which is overlooked by a various restaurants and there is always the tempting aroma of barbecued fish in the air. Here it is possible to walk straight onto the beach without the need for steps to enjoy the large beach. Adjoining Fishermans beach is Albufeira beach (Praia do Túnel), slightly to the west through the tunnel of the Sol e Mar Hotel near the tourist office. There are more bars and restaurants here and steps down to the beach. Almost all the beaches in Albufeira have restaurants and bars in which to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink when the sun is bearing down, or sit to enjoy the sunset, with the sun dipping into the sea, Falesia beach is ideal to view a stunning sunset over Albufeira. - The perfect finish to a day well-spent.
The Salgados Golf Course is located near Albufeira to the west, past the Marina towards Gale Beach. Salgados has been inserted into the Nature Reserve and is home to several species of birds, some endangered, giving golfers a unique experience of golf course integration with nature. Gale beach is a few meters away and the sea certainly contributes to the very nice experience, enthusiasts of golf, the yellow tees provide a pleasant game. For a more challenging game, the white tees are available for players with a single digit handicap or professionals. Services available at Salgados Golf are: Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Green & Bunker, Restaurant and Bar, Golf Shop, Pro-Shop, Equipment rental: buggies, trolleys, clubs and bags.
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