Most people gather in Albufeira for New Year's eve. Some of them prefer to stay in the hotels. That´s what we did, in Hotel Paraíso de Albufeira.
Several options, several levels of price, but no one stays at home in that night.
- Budget Travel
Praia do Evaristo
The main beach at Albufeira is nice... but if you can get in a car, there are very nice secluded, beautiful beaches to the west of the city. Praia do Evaristo is one of them. It also has an excellent restaurant - no menu, it's that fresh (reserve if you will be there on a weekend! otherwise, you can eat at your seat on the beach from the food at the snack bar). You will not be disappointed if you try one of these many small secluded (well, almost secluded, you're there right) beaches.
- Adventure Travel
Walking through the beaches...
Well...we discovered that portuguese people aren't so used to walk...so they thought we were a little crazy by walking so much.
We went to the left side of the beach (looking to the ocean) and started walking from beach to beach, "climbing" the stones between them....getting wet by waves, enjoying the wind, sun and totally empty beaches!
The Algarve coast is amazing!!!! With all its "falesias" (=cliffs)...it's just worth seeing it.
We met a brazilian guy there and he said he doesn't think it's so nice in portugal, 'cause the beaches in Brazil are much prettier...it's not true...they are just different. In Brazil we don't have cliffs...so seeing them in Portugal is just spectacular!
- Hiking and Walking
The Cathedral in Silves is apparently very nice, however when we visited it was locked!!
Building started on the cathedral on land that was once a mosque in the 14th century. However over the years and with battles going on the cathedral has had to be restored.
Some crusaders are buried here, there is also a headstone on the floor saying it is the resting place of King Joao II 1455-1495.
- Family Travel
- Castles and Palaces
As we had hired a car and not one to sit on a beach all the time, we got out and about.
Silves was once the capital of the Algarve and was the scene of battles and sieges during the 12th and 13th centuries. This was a time of the crusaders, and the town had been fought over by Moors/Romans/Muslims. Even Richard the Lionheart fought here!
In the castle which is built of red sandstone there is a well that is 65 metres deep.
You can go in the castle which is open from 9am- 5pm daily, in the summer it is open until 9pm.
There is a museum and artifacts in the castle and the view from the ramparts is lovely.
The town of Silves is pretty with white cottages, and winding narrow lanes. Silves is north of Albufeira
- Family Travel
A day in Sevilla
From the Hotel I planned a trip to Sevilla by coach. It was well worth it and I really enjoyed my time seeing Sevilla, even if it was just for the day.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Marinha is about a 20 minute car journey from Albufeira, towards Lagoa. We first went there on the way back from Silves, with Carmen and Stace, but the sun was all wrong for the best photos, so we decided to visit there again, on the way to Cape St Vincente. It was well worth the detour, although to reach it from the main road, the N125, you have to do a strange u-turn! You cannot turn right at the traffic lights, but instead pass through them, and immediately turn right, and loop back to the left, to more lights. You then turn left, headed back the way you came, and then right at the first set of lights!
It was about 10.30 am when we got there, with only one or two other cars, and already very hot. Westayed just long enough for some pictures, and returned the way we came, and on towards the Cape.
Cape St Vincent
Cape St Vincent was one of my favourite memories of my first visit to Portugal a while ago, and of course it was our main day trip while in Algarve this last time. Remains of history and mythology in a incredible landscape, do we need anything else?
Sagres, the fortress
Sagres is better known as the Cape off St Vincent is there, but also on your way to the Cape you can stop here at the fortress. I guess in its times it must had been such an incredible and strategic place, but know you can only see the walls the chapel and a few more buildings with exhibitions and the restaurant.
Worth a visit.
Silves, the castle
Silves is the second biggest city in Algarve (or at least I remember reading that) and has the best conserved castle of the area (and there are quite a few due to the importance of this area during the kingdom of Enrique The sailer). Even if right now they are under renovations on the site, you can walk along the walls of the castle and enjoy the views.
Having a nice drink or dinner in the beach
Albufeira is a Tourist spot for beach, pool, walk eat and drink, nightlife holidays.
There are plenty of fun activities and you can stay a week or more visiting all those places.
I've a great time if i stay somewhere were i can see the ocean having a drink or meal.
There is a Restaurant i never remember the name where I go all years.
It is after the tunnel to the beach on right it is beautiful, not expensive and i can stay there as long as... my kids let me.
A large export product from the Algarve’s is cork.
In July the cork peelers start to peel the bark from the cork tree and transport it to the factory.
The tree has to be 25 years before it can be used for cork.
Portugal is the largest cork purveyor of the world.
Typical windmill. A short, round, white building with four long sticks perpendicular to a shaft.
Between the ends of the sticks are robes where the sails are rolled when the mill isn’t turning.
At the robes are pottery pots attached, the wind is blowing in the pots that gives a sound, so when the miller is working at the fiend and don’t hear the mill he knows that something is wrong.
a museum... for the rare rainy days
In case you'll be in Albufeira on a rainy day, you could spend a few hours at the Archeological Museum. it's located in the old Town Hall building, opposite the bell tower. Its exhibits tell the history of the region from prehistoric, Roman, Islamic to the present day. In the same building you can also find the Historical Archive and Council Library (Arquivo Histórico e Biblioteca Municipal). Don't miss the manuscripts setion, ok?
the sea stacks, and other rock formations
There's so many natural wonders in and near Albufeira that one would hardly get bored. The most impressive are the sea stacks - which are actually mostly located on beaches. When you reach Albufeira's beach from the town (through the tunnel) there's one on your left (the most impressive one). Another one lies at the very end of the beach - you'll finding by walking towards the pontoon and thewn further down the beach (where the first promontory starts). There's also natural arches in the sea - and sea and beach caves... as well as many really scenic and imposing cliffs
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