Albufeira is a great place to live. The town leads in areas such as diversity, tolerance and safety. Also the tourism is a very important industry for this city. Famous personalities, such as Paul MacCartney, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler and Cliff Richard are connected to this city.
Since 1980s this old fishing town is famous for receiving foreign on the vacations time and also for living all the year. It’s possible to find people from all the world and there you can find a special international spirit. Nowadays the city continues to expand a lot and it’s easy to find an accommodation for any person with any budget. You have several options in Albufeira: Villas set on the hilltops or apartments in the center of the town. Visit this city and meet the truly sunny paradise.
Albufeira has a public transportation circuit, named “GIRO”. This is an easy way to go around the city very cheaply. Currently there are 5 routes and the ticket for one trip is 1,40€ or it is also possible to buy a daily ticket for 4€. This circuit take you around the city center, Albufeira Marina area, the Camping Park, Montechoro and Santa Eulália.
Also, it’s possible to drive your own car without any problem. During the low season you are going to find a peaceful city without traffic. The historical part of the city is situated right at the seafront and is predominantly a pedestrian area. During the summer and New Years eve the city expands to approximately 300,000 residents!
Living in Albufeira
The weather is enjoyable almost all the year. In summer is typical to have high temperatures and the days are very sunny.
The city is just 30 minutes faraway from Faro Airport. It’s famous for the beaches and the nightlife at the downtown. You can find a big variety of shot bars, karaoke clubs, discos, bars and strip clubs. People from all around the world choose this destination to spend their holidays, so it’s normal to find many foreign people.
In Albufeira you can find many some attraction points to visit: the beaches, the churches, the hermitages and the castle. Facing the south east is the famous Marina of Albufeira, where you can park your boat. One of the biggest shopping center in Algarve is in Guia, a freguesia of Albufeira. Algarve Shopping is the place to go if you want world wide known brands.
It’s possible to appreciate the flavorful of the traditional gastronomy, strongly influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine. Also, in Albufeira you can find a variety of fresh fish, such as sardines, mackerel and tuna, or seafood such as clams, oysters, crayfish or prawns.
Best place to live in Albufeira
The city of Albufeira has 4 different freguesias (parishes): Albufeira and Olhos de Água, Ferreiras, Guia and Paderne. You can choose if you want to live in the historical area of the city, next to the beach or just relax outside of the city center. Generally, a house near the sea is more expensive, of course that anything with a sea view has a high cost, especially in Algarve.
Albufeira and Olhos de Água
Recently, the parish of Olhos de Água emerged into the new parish Albufeira and Olhos de Água. This is the best place to find a house with a perfect sea view. Olhos de Água is a village 6 kilometers from Albufeira. The origin of the name is the natural phenomenon that occurred in this beach, where it’s possible to find water springs during low tide. Nowadays you can find some luxury villas with pools in this zone.
It is a parish in expansion, there are typical houses with roof terraces, colorful plat bands and characteristic Algarve chimneys. Also, it has a vast rural heritage with wind mills, presses, threshing floors and water wheels. If you want to appreciate the pure nature you can find a villa in this freguesia. The points of interest are the train station and S. José Ferreira Church.
Is the industrial zone of Albufeira, there you can find many big commercial centers. It is also a national culinary reference with its “Frango à Guia” (Chicken Piri-Piri), an unique grilled chicken dish of Algarve. You can easily find a new villa or apartment in this zone and for different prices. The points of interest are: Medieval Cemitery, two chapels, one church and the Salgados Lagoon.
The center of Paderne is located 11.9 kilometers north of Albufeira. It’s a perfect destination for rural tourism. The point of interest of this zone is the castle of Paderne. There are many old houses, this way is a great deal to buy a house and renew it. The other option is to buy a villa or a rural house.