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Located 160 miles from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and 28 miles from the larger town of Faro, Albufeira isn’t a big place. In fact, back in 2001, the city had only 13,000 residents. However, these days the city and its region are home to over 40,000 locals. And even this number is dwarfed by the 300,000 people that occupy the town during the summer.
As the numbers show, Albufeira is most definitely a tourist town. Tourism is by far the main industry in Albufeira, and it’s no mystery as to why. Blessed with sunny weather, sandy beaches, and a dramatic rugged coastline, Albufeira draws visitors from all over Europe and around the world to enjoy a beach vacation.
The name Albufeira comes from the Arabic Al-buhera, meaning Castle of the Sea, and this was indeed a Moorish settlement, like many of the towns along the Portuguese coast. Starting in the 12th century, Christian forces began to retake the Iberian Peninsula, and Albufeira was conquered in 1249.
For most of its history, Albufeira relied on fishing and agriculture to support itself. However, in the mid 20th century, the fishing industry began to decline. As fisheries closed, the population of the town halved. Beginning in the 1960s, however, the fortunes of Albufeira began to change thanks to an influx of tourists. Now, five million tourists visit the Algarve region every year, and a large portion of them find their way to Albufeira.
For most of its history, Albufeira wasn't an important enough place to be blessed with many important buildings or monuments. Instead, much of what makes the region so special is its natural beauty. This is an unapologetic resort town, and it makes the most of its fortunate location on a stunning coast to keep visitors occupied.
Get your beach time at the Praia de Marinha. Often ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe – and the world – this stretch of golden sand is surrounded by rugged cliffs. As well as stunning rock formations, the beach has been recognized for the outstanding quality and clarity of its water. All in all, it's an absolutely beautiful place to spend some time.
Have a blast at Zoomarine Algarve. This amusement park combines water slides and a wave pool with dolphin shows, an aquarium, and its own sandy beach. Let the kids blow off some steam while you relax with a cool drink at this exciting attraction.
See the glamorous side of Albufeira at Marina de Vilamoura. This upscale neighborhood has developed around Portugal's largest marina. Shop local boutiques and prestigious international brands, dine in some of the best restaurants around, or try your luck at the casino.
Explore more of the Algarve coastline at Algar Seco rock formations. A clifftop walk on an elevated walkway leads to these intriguing caves and limestone rock formations. Visit at sunset for an extra photogenic scene.
Sample the local cuisine at Restaurant Palacete. This Albufeira institution serves up delicious traditional Portuguese cuisine, with emphasis on fresh seafood and local flavors. Finish off your meal with a glass or two of the local wine for truly Portuguese experience.
The nearest airport to Albufeira is in Faro. You'll need to travel first to Faro's main bus station before boarding a bus for Albufeira.
The express bus from Faro to Albufeira takes around an hour, while the regional bus takes about an hour and a half.
Giro is the local bus company in Albufeira and runs five bus routes through the town, serving all the major beaches and tourist attractions.
As a small town built around tourism, Albufeira is highly walkable. Thanks to the warm weather and gorgeous scenery of this part of Portugal, that's really the best way to get around. But heavy bags can quickly turn a pleasant stroll into an arduous slog. That's why Bounce offers luggage storage in Albufeira. Drop off any unneeded bags before you hit the beach, the Old Town, or any of the other local attractions. You'll be glad you did.
Silves: Only half an hour's drive from Albufeira, Silves provides a welcome break from the beach for those looking for more culture. Silves was once the capital of the Kingdom of the Algarve, and is best known for its hilltop Moorish castle. Explore the history of the region and take in stunning views from this ancient fortification, and take the time to explore the town. Make your journey easier on yourself by dropping off any unneeded bags at an Albufeira luggage storage in Albufeira shop.
Lagos: Westward along the coast from Albufeira, the coastal town of Lagos is well worth the 45 minute journey. The old walled city and the famous lighthouse makes it an atmospheric place to visit, and the views over the Atlantic are stunning. Don't miss the castle that bears witness to the historic importance of Lagos. And make sure to drop off any heavy bags at a luggage storage location in Albufeira before visiting.
Faro: Chances are, you'll pass through Faro on your way to or from Albufeira anyway. But the Algarve's capital is more than just a stop along your way. The ancient Cathedral, municipal museum, and the charming cobblestone streets of the old town are all worth at least a day of exploration, if not more.
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The price for luggage storage in Albufeira is just €5/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations all around Albufeira which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Albufeira, Quarteira and many other areas.
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Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Albufeira. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Albufeira where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 Bounce Gurantee.
The most popular restaurants to visit are Restorante Dallas, O Marinheiro, and Praia Grande. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Albufeira are Vidamar Algarve Resort, Boa Vista, and Albufeira Beach Hotel.
Albufeira offers several scenic parks including Calçadão de quarteira, Parque da Igreja, and Torre da Água.
You can find local tourist information at Alte, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, and Praia Grande.
If you're looking for a good museum in Albufeira, we recommend Museu Municipal de Arqueologia, Museu de Arte Sacra, and Museu do Traje e das Tradições. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Albufeira's most popular historical attractions including Milreu Roman Villa, Paderne Castle, or Forte de Santo António da Pedra da Galé and monuments like Ponte de Paderne, Moinho Abandonado, or Monument. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Castelo de Albufeira, Ruínas da Fortaleza de Arrifana, or Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila.