Backpacker Guide to Albufeira

Albufeira Algarve

Surrounded by warm turquoise seas, the Albufeira’s honey tinged beaches are the perfect place for backpackers on holiday. Portugal’s southern coast is a gorgeous stretch of terrain and has a rich variety of beaches, wildlife and budget apartments available.

The Algarve boasts more sunshine per year than California and provides travellers with an ambient and beautiful place to hang out.

Albufeira attracts thousands of visitors each year and is a splendid place to unwind on holiday. Backpackers can chill out in quaint Portuguese cafes and go surfing in glorious conditions.

Like many Algarve towns, Albufeira has ancient Roman ruins, but most of the castle along with the old town, was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake.

Only a short transfer away from nearby Faro Airport, Albufeira is the unofficial gateway to the Algarve and makes for a stunning holiday destination.

Fishermans beach Albufeira

The old marina village is home to the ‘Fishermans beach’ (Praia dos Pescadores), which has a seductive aroma of barbecued fish in the air. Perfect for adventure loving backpackers, the beach has fascinating rock formations, caves and grottos.

Albufeira Coastline

The Albufeira coastline boasts 25 beaches, so you’ll easily find something that suits your taste. Praia da Rocha is home to iconic golden sands that have inspired millions of postcards. It’s an exceptionally long beach and one that attracts millions of visitors throughout the high season.

Alternatively, Praia da Oura is in the heart of the famous tourist ‘strip’ is the perfect place for people watching and water sports.

Praia da Oura

Whatever you choose on holiday in the Algarve, with temperatures of 15C in January to 28C in July, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up those rays. With over 74 blue flag beaches available, backpackers will be spoiled for choice if they ever want to soak up the Algarve lifestyle.

Where to stay in Albufeira


  • Soldoiro is a clean self-catering unit only at 130 metres from the beach, 300 metres from the famous ‘Strip’. Prices start from €8.32 .
  • Regina Apartments*** is a pleasant tourist apartment with a beautiful terrace overlooking the old town. Prices start from €8.33.
  • Clube Praia Da Oura is a luxury furnished apartment with 24-hour renovated reception and lobby bar/café. Prices start from €9.74.
  • Clube Maria Luisa is a friendly holiday resort only a few kilometres away from the famous strip at Areias de São João, and Albufeira. Prices start from €10.61.