Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal Fisherman's Beach, Albufeira – image courtesy of Ed Kitaura/Wikimedia

Albufeira Honeymoon Guide

With its mild climate, scenic setting, Moorish-style old town, great choice of easy-to-reach beaches, fine-dining seafood restaurants, numerous bars, nearby theme parks and wide range of accommodation options, Albufeira is a perfect honeymoon destination at anytime.

Savour a fun-filled honeymoon or romantic getaway in Albufeira at the busiest and arguably most enjoyable resort on the Algarve.

Albufeira beach

What to do and see in Albufeira

Unwind on the town’s main beach or follow a coastal path over rocky ochre-red bluffs and through naturally sculpted rock tunnels to a string of beaches that stretch from nearby Praia da Oura to Santa Eulalia.

Alternatively, hop on a local bus to visit less crowded but more distant beaches such as Praia da Falesia (to the east) or Praia da Gale (to the west), which is home to one of the Algarve’s most exclusive boutique hotels – the luxurious Estalagem Vila Joya.

Away from the beach, explore the narrow and twisting alleyways lined with whitewashed houses that sprawl across the hillside above the Atlantic Ocean. Admire the remains of the ancient castle ramparts that once surrounded the city.

Visit the Ermide de São Sebastião – one of the region's oldest churches – with a distinctive Manueline door, gilded altarpiece and 14th-century statue of Nossa Senhora da Oradat (the local saint). Savour panoramic views over the Old Town and across to the sea from the patio of the whitewashed, domed Igreja de Santana church.

Take in a bullfight at the Praia da Oura bullring (unlike in Spain, the bull is not killed in Portugal). Enjoy a refreshing dip at nearby Aqualand, home to numerous slides, flumes and swimming pools.

Or swim with dolphins at Zoo Marine, a part-zoo part-theme park located around 7km from Albufeira, where performing parrots, sea lions and dolphin shows are perfect entertainment for children.

After dark, head to ‘The Strip' at Montechoro – a party zone filled with countless bars and nightclubs pumping out lively dance music until dawn.

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Top beaches on the Algarve

Honeymoon couples have a choice of several golden-sand beaches that surrounded Albufeira, as well as many more stunning beaches that lie just a short drive away.

Discover long strands of golden sand indented with numerous tree-covered headlands framing idyllic coves with perfect conditions for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

On occasions some of the beaches are also good for surfing and windsurfing.

The best beaches in and around Albufeira, include…

Praia do Peneco, Albufeira

Praia do Peneco (Albufeira)

Dig your tows into the soft golden sand of Albufeiro’s main beach, reached through a tunnel from the Old Town.

Framed by soaring rock formations, this wide beach is also known as Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman's Beach), so-called because local fishermen still beach their boats here between fishing trips.

Facilities include parasols, sun loungers, banana boats, jet skis and pedalos (foot pedal boats) for hire, as well as lifeguards, toilets and showers.

Go windsurfing and enjoy the many beachside snack bars and restaurants. If the organised section gets too crowded for your liking, just wander east and you can find a quiet spot along the 2km stretch of golden sand.

Albufeira is located around 46km from Faro International Airport.

Praia da Oura, Albufeira

Praia da Oura (Albufeiro)

Discover a scenic alternative to Praia do Peneco. This 800m-long crescent of golden sand is framed by sun-bleached cliffs topped with green trees and is easily accessible by following a coastal path over a rocky bluff.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Nearby sit a choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels.

Come for a day or stay at the luxury Oura Beach Club, which overlooks the golden sand and turquoise water.

Praia da Santa Eulália, Albufeira

Praia da Santa Eulália (Albufeira)

Unwind on this 500m-long crescent of golden sand that nestles beneath ragged red-ochre cliffs topped with trees.

The beach gently shelves into the turquoise waters of a sheltered bay that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling beneath the rocky headlands.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, and lifeguards. Discover creature comforts at a choice of nearby hotels including the luxurious Grande Real Santa Eulalia – one of the most luxurious hotel resorts in the Algarve. Praia da Santa Eulália is just 4km east of Albufeira.

Praia da Falésia, Olhos de Agua

Praia da Falésia (Olhos de Agua)

Unwind on this long and narrow beach that sits beneath towering russet-coloured cliffs topped with pine trees.

Sunbathe and swim or windsurf should the south-westerly winds kick-in. Facilities include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos for hire, as well as lifeguards, toilets, showers and beachside snack bars.

Come for a day or stay longer at the 5-star Sheraton Algarve, which was designed in the style of an Algarvian village and set amid a subtropical garden dotted with pine trees overlooking the beach.

Praia da Falésia is around 7km east of Albufeira and adjoins Praia da Vilamoura to the east.

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Praia da Vilamoura

Praia da Vilamoura

Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of this long beach (also known as Praia Marina) that stretches infront of the popular beach resort of Vilamoura.

A choice of luxury, beachfront hotels including Dom Pedro Golf Resort Hotel, Vila Sol Spa & Golf Resort and Hilton Vilamoura lie just steps away.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets, showers and beachside snack bars. Water sports include pedalos, parasailing and jet skiing.

Praia da Falésia, Vilamoura

This entire region is one long beach strip identified by different names. To the west lies Praia da Falésia (photo), while to the east Vilamoura Beach continues into Praia da Quarteira.

Praia da Vilamoura is around 10km east of Albufeira and 15km west of Faro Airport.

Praia da Galé, Algarve

Praia da Galé (Galé)

Pick your own spot to unwind on the soft white sand of this 2km-long beach that merges into Praia de Salgados to the west.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers, with several beachside snack bars and restaurants nearby. Water sports include banana boats, jet skis and pedalos.

Come for a day or stay longer at the exclusive beachfront Hotel Estalagem Vila Joya; this luxurious boutique hotel boasts a renowned Michelin 2-star restaurant.

Praia da Galé is around 8km west of Albufeira.

Praia do Castello, Algarve

Explore the gorgeous string of small golden-sand beaches that extend around the eastern coastline towards nearby Albufeiro.

Framed by scenic ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs and craggy rock formations indented with numerous rock pools, caves and grottos, these beaches are a less-crowded alternative to Albufeiro’s bustling town beaches.

Check out Praia do Castello (photo), a favourite beach of the Portuguese jet-set who favour the famous beachfront Casa do Castello Club.

Visit the secluded tree-fringed Praia Evaristo and Praia Coelho, accessed by descending winding hillside tracks, and Praia São Rafael, a wide expanse of golden sand framed by scenic rocky outcrops, located just 3km west of Albufeira.

Praia do Vale do Lobo, Algarve

Praia do Vale do Lobo

Relax on the soft golden sand of this idyllic stretch of beach that nestles beneath red-sandstone cliffs topped by palm trees and the green fairways of the Vale do Lobo Resort’s world-class golf course. Come for a day or enjoy a wide range of creature comforts at the resort.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Unwind at the several beachside bars, cafés and restaurants.

The resort of Vale do Lobo is located around 40km east of Albufeira.

Praia de Marinha (Benagil)

Praia de Marinha (Benagil)

Relax on this secluded 300m-long beach of golden sand that nestles beneath soaring sandstone cliffs facing the calm turquoise waters of a pretty cliff-framed cove.

Follow the cliff-top walking trail to find two smaller and even more secluded beaches.

Or snorkel beneath the towering headlands, indented with grottos and caves just waiting to be explored. Take your own food and drinks, as there are no facilities at this beach. Praia de Marinha is located around 30km west of Albufeira.

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Where to stay in Albufeira

Albufeira offers an excellent choice of hotels and resorts to suit all budgets, including the following…

Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort
Location: Praia da Falésia, Albufeira
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD750 per room
Description: Pine Cliffs is a luxury resort in a naturally beautiful location, half a kilometer from the Atlantic beaches. It features a spa center, 2 swimming pools and a 9-hole golf course. All guest rooms at the Pine Cliffs Residence are equipped with satellite TV and air conditioning. In addition, every room has kitchen facilities including a microwave and a refrigerator. The resort features a wide variety of restaurants and bars, serving a range of local and international foods and beverages. Guest can dine at The Beach Bar, the Jardim Colonial Restaurant, or relax on the cliff-top sun lounge. Guests can use a variety of recreation facilities, including floodlit tennis courts, a fitness center and massage treatments. Pine Cliffs also has direct access to the beach where you can enjoy diverse water sports. The property is a 7-minute walk from the beach. Pine Cliffs Residence is 6.4 km from Albufeira and 30.6 km from Faro. Free on-site parking is available.

EPIC SANA Algarve HotelEPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
Location: Praia da Falésia, Albufeira
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD497 per room
Description:Located between Vilamoura and Albufeira and overlooking Falésia Beach, the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel has luxury accommodations in a landscaped pine forest with direct access to the beach, an extensive spa and outdoor and indoor swimming pools. The rooms at EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel are spacious and have contemporary design, complemented by white marble bathrooms with rain showers and bathtubs. All rooms also include balconies with partial ocean or resort views. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the resort. Breakfast and all-day dining is available at the main restaurant, both indoor and outdoor. A poolside restaurant provides the opportunity of relaxing with a drink or a meal while enjoying the sun. In the evening, a gourmet restaurant and 2 bars are also available. Recreational facilities include a multi-sports court, a fitness center and an extensive spa. For families with children, a kids’ club provides supervised activities and care, so that parents can take a break and relax. The EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel features a conference center for business and social events. Faro International Airport is 30.6 km away and the center of Albufeira is a 15-minute drive away. Free on-site parking is available. Oura Beach is a 10-minute drive away.

Salgados Dunas SuitesSalgados Dunas Suites
Location: Guia, Albufeira
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD421 per room
Description: The deluxe Salgados Dunas Suites is a 2-minute walk from Salgados Beach, through an exclusive pathway built over the dunes. The 5-star hotel has 9 outdoor swimming pools and modern rooms with panoramic views. The air-conditioned accommodations at the hotel features private bathrooms with a hairdryer and free toiletries, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and a balcony. The hotel features a sit-down restaurant, where guests can enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes as well as international flavors. The restaurant includes a scenic terrace area. A lounge bar with a terrace is also available. Following a dip in one of the swimming pools, guests can relax in the nearby lounge chairs and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The poolside area overlooks the green garden and features a snack bar, where refreshing cocktails and light meals are served. Guests wishing to explore the area without their cars can do so by renting bicycles with the hotel’s 24-hour front desk. It is a 6-minute walk from the famed Salgados Golf, with its green 18-hole courses. Salgados Dunas Suites is 5.6 km from Albufeira and its extensive beaches. It is a 40-minute drive from the Faro International Airport and there is a shuttle service available for a fee.

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Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel SpaGrande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa
Location: Praia de St Eulália, Albufeira
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD364 per room
Description: This property is less than 92 metres from the beach and has spa facilities including massage, sauna and Turkish bath. Grande Real Santa Eulália features 4 outdoor pools as well as a hot tub, gym and sauna. There is a free shuttle service available upon request to 7 golf courses nearby. All of the contemporary rooms are air-conditioned and include satellite TV and a balcony. Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa has 3 pool bars and the Pergula restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. Grande Real Hotel is only 4 km from Albufeira.

PortoBay Falesia PortoBay Falesia
Location: Praia da Falésia, Albufeira
Rating: 4.5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD289 per room
Description: This hotel features private access to the white sandy Falésia Beach and 2 restaurants. It features a lagoon-style pool with Atlantic Ocean views, a spa center and a putting green. Porto Bay Falésia is just a few minutes walk from the eateries and bars of Olhos de Agua. The in-house dining offer includes themed buffets and à la carte Italian cuisine. An after-dinner drink with live music can be enjoyed at the bar. The luxurious spa area includes a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and a fitness room. Guests can choose several beauty treatments, including reflexology and aromatherapy. The elegant guest rooms come with flat-screen TVs and feature a porch or balcony opening onto the Falésia Porto Bay's green gardens. Wi-Fi is available, at an extra fee. Guests can enjoy a game with friends on the tennis courts. There's also an indoor pool for colder months and a children’s shallow pool adjacent to the outdoor pool.

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Best time to honeymoon in Albufeira

Anytime is good for an Albufeira honeymoon: the region sees little rain and lots of sunny days throughout the year.

The peak travel months are July and August; these are also the hottest months of the year, with the temperature averaging 28°C (82°F) but often reaching the high 30°Cs

During peak season, advance bookings are generally necessary at the top hotels, while low season travel brings great hotel deals with savings of up to 70 per cent.

Spring and autumn are splendid alternatives to a peak season summer holiday (although the water may be somewhat chilly).

Find more climate info: Albufeira Weather Guide

Getting to Albufeira

Albufeira is located on the southern coast of Portugal, 37km west of Faro (the nearest international airport) and 325km southeast of Lisbon.

By air, Albufeira is easily accessed from Lisbon or from Faro Airport, with daily flights to and from all major European cities, including London. Faro is just a 40-minute flight from Lisbon.

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