Albufeira has a nice beach, but at the weekends it is packed as local people relax and soak up the sun also.
But there are some lovely beaches, tiny coves all along this coast.
On the way north out of Albufeira we had only gone about a quarter of a mile and we turned left torwards the sea and found some lovely quiet beaches.
Explore and you will be surprised. One tiny beach even had a small restaurant with a verandah where you could sit outside, have a meal and a drink and watch the sun go down. It is was lovely.
In the best place
Usually, I skip restaurants in first line of the beach; some of them sell views instead of food, some other include the "view tax" in the invoice.
This time I accepted the risk, and choose a restaurant by the sea, in the old fisherman's beach.
Well, the food was good and if the "views tax" was included it was not excessive. Grilled fish
One of the most touristic cities in the Algarve
"Albufeira = Al-Buhera"
Al-Buhera is the arabic name of Albufeira, which means "castelo do mar" (=castle of the ocean)
There's a lot of history in every little corner of this touristic city.
Nowadays it's just too focused on tourism...walking there in autumn was good, because we didn't find many tourists....we did find lots of English, Australian, German and so on who visited and stayed in Albufeira.
The restaurants have menus in all the languages and food from everywhere.
The nightlife in Albufeira is very famous in the Algarve. There is a street where all the bars and discos are...the only problem is: they are all fokused on english tourists. Every little bar and disco has a television...and well..in my opinion they should invest more in showing the tourists how the portuguese like to party...but that's their tourism strategy and me, still as a tourism student, am not going to influence that now :)
"very international place"
We stayed there for 3 nights and loved it...we enjoyed walking through the beaches, the nightlife, people, weather (the first day was very rainny:), something that has a probability of about 10% - we weren't sooo lucky..hehe..)