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How to Spend 1 Day in Albufeira

How to Spend 1 Day in Albufeira

With its lively marina, rugged coastline, and golden sand beaches, it’s no wonder that Albufeira is one of Portugal’s top holiday resort cities. Perfect for families, the resort has opportunities for relaxation and exploration in equal measure. Here’s how to spend one day in Albufeira. 

Morning: Caves and Coast

No visit to The Algarve would be complete without a boat trip. Escape the crowds on land and admire the Atlantic coastline from the water on a cruise by speedboat or catamaran. Tours typically cover Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha, voted one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. Some boats use advanced sonar technology to increase your chances of spotting wild bottlenose dolphins along the route. If you’re after something a little more active, opt for a tour that explores the coastline by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. These excursions allow access to caves and grottoes that are unreachable by larger vessels.

Afternoon: Country Escape

Back on dry land, spend the afternoon exploring the rural villages and orange groves of The Algarve on a countryside tour; some will transport you between attractions in an all-terrain Jeep. Tours typically take you to elevated lookout points, fruit plantations, and a historic castle, and include tastings of Portuguese delicacies such as medronho, a local spirit, and honey. For more exhilaration after the tour, get the best views of Albufeira from above during a parasailing session.

Evening: Food, Glorious Food

Devote your evening to the local cuisine of The Algarve, which combines robust flavors with fresh ingredients, such as seafood, thyme, and citrus fruits. Get the inside scoop on the best local food and wine on a tour, options for which are plentiful: Focus on wine during a tasting tour, or experience the breadth of southern Portugal’s culinary influences on a tour that takes you to several different eateries and bars. Toast your day in Albufeira with a cocktail at a bar in the marina after sunset.

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Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira

Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira

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Discover the Algarve countryside during a wine-focused half-day tour. Learn about the heritage and history of this region in Portugal while visiting the town of Silves and its Moorish castle. Sample a variety of wines including red, white, and rose alongside traditional Portuguese tapas.
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Half-Day Algarve Countryside and Villages Jeep Safari

Half-Day Algarve Countryside and Villages Jeep Safari

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Venture off-road to explore the historic villages and natural wonders of the Algarve on a half-day jeep safari from Albufeira. Along the way, stroll through the orange groves, and sample regional specialties such as Medronho brandy at a local village, then cool off with a swim beneath a waterfall.
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Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil

Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil

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Take the scenic route between Albufeira to Benagil on this group catamaran cruise. Admire the dramatic coastal cliffs; hop off to explore the sea caves, including the Algar de Benagil; and dive in to cool off with a swim.
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Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip
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Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip

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Explore the Algarve coastline on high-speed boat adventure and dolphin watching tour from Albufeira. Look for the dolphins that thrive along the coast as the captain steers the agile boat into caves and past rock formations, then hold on tight through spins, slides, and power breaks. A marine biologist is on board throughout the cruise to help spot dolphins and share interesting facts about the fascinating animals.
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Parasailing from Albufeira Marina by Boat

Parasailing from Albufeira Marina by Boat

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The Algarve’s golden coastlines and turquoise ocean are best seen from above. Enjoy panoramic views and experience adrenaline-pumping thrills during a 10-minute parasailing ride in Albufeira. After a thorough safety briefing, you’ll board a boat, get kitted out, and take to the skies as you reach heights of up to 262 feet (80 meters). Relish the tranquility and privileged views before returning to seal level.
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Algarve Half Day Jeep Safari Tour

Algarve Half Day Jeep Safari Tour

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Explore the wild and untamed areas of the Algarve on this half-day jeep safari tour from Albufeira. You won’t have to worry about driving on unfamiliar roads, as you’ll have a driver for the day. Enjoy the convenience of a hotel pickup, and stop off at local places that would be hard to find alone. Highlights included tasting honey, liquors, and jams, learning to make firewater, and seeing beautiful old villages.
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Private Algarve Tidbits Route

Private Algarve Tidbits Route

Go off the beaten track and discover a side to the Algarve that is missed by most visitors on this guided tour. In a small group, travel around the countryside of central Algarve, exploring the region's heritage and sampling its traditional cuisine, finishing with a lunch accompanied by local wines.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari
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Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

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This half-day Algarve jeep safari is an action-packed adventure of great landscapes, beautiful historic architecture, and delicious tastings. You won’t have to worry about booking transport as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. By traveling in a jeep, you’ll access rural roads that would be hard to get to alone. Visit small villages, try delicious regional produce, and access incredible viewpoints.
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  • 4 hours
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