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Top Things to do to in Old Town Albufeira for the Weekend

Beach in old town Albuferia

Are you taking a weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira and need to know what to do? No worries, this list will give you all the juicy details that you need to have a fantastic time. There are so many things to do in Old Town Albufeira that it can be hard to pick where to start. It all really depends on what type of holiday you are looking to have.

There are countless places to party in Albufeira. There are also so many beautiful beaches and some of the best restaurants in Albufeira with a view. You will not regret visiting Old Town Albufeira for the weekend, or even longer if you have the time. Get ready to see where to stay, and how to get around, save yourself some money, and even find the best place to dance the night away.

Take a look at our guide to the Albufeira old town, with all the juice info you want to know!

Girl and her dog walking along the Old Town Beach

Top Things to do on a Weekend Trip to Old Town Albufeira

Does Albufeira Have an Old Town?

Old Town Albufeira is a white-washed, cobble-stoned historic district dating back to the Roman era. Here you will find narrow streets where cars are not allowed and city centers filled with locals and travelers alike. There are so many things to do on a weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira that you might find yourself extending your stay.

Once a thriving fishing village, Albufeira’s old town is one of the nicest places to visit in all of the Algarve, and even all of Portugal. Once known as Baltum in the Roman era, the Old Town of Albufeira is called Rua da Bateria today. There is a romantic vibe throughout the town making it one of the best places for a fun weekend trip to old town Albufeira with your love.

Fishermans beach in Portugal

Where is the old town Albufeira?

Getting from the old town to the new town in Albufeira is 3.2 km away, and should take you about 45 minutes to walk. If you are staying in the Faro the old town of Albufeira should take about 35 minutes in a car.

A popular ride-sharing app in Portugal is Bolt. It is just like Uber and is a very popular cheap way to get around the bigger cities.

Things to do in Old Town Albufeira

One of the most popular things to do in old town Albufeira is to go to Praia dos Pescadores or as the locals call it Fisherman’s beach. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, fishing, surfing, or even grabbing a seat at the many oceanfront restaurants and cafes. You can spend the entire weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira at the beach and never get bored.

Fishermans beach I Albufeira Portugal weekend trip

Another one of the best things to do in Old Town Albufeira is to walk around and take in the sights. During the day you will be greeted with a smile by all the small boutique shop owners. Plus, almost everyone you pass will hit you with a “Bom Dia”, which means, hello and good morning.

The architecture in Old Town is magnificent and you can spend all day admiring all the different sites. So grab yourself a cafe and a snack and find somewhere nice to sit in the sun. And just take a moment to soak it all in.


If you are curious about the nightlife you will not be disappointed. There are countless bars and restaurants for whatever vibe you are looking for. There are bigger clubs like the Vegas Bar, or Club Vida to go to and dance all night and that is absolutely one of best the things to do in old town Albufeira.

Another super popular bar that is open until the early hours of the morning is Matt’s Bar. These types of places will charge more for drinks, but the atmosphere is unmatched. You will enjoy your weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira at any of these places.

Some of the more laid-back bars for Albufeiras nightlife are O’Dailys Irish Pub and Restaurant. Here they have live music every night, even during the off-season, and the Havana meets Jamaica bar. Both of these bars take cash-only, but no need to worry there are many ATMs all around.

Nightlife during a weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira

Albufeira old Town nightlight is very popular and you will find hundreds of bars to choose from. If you want a real authentic experience, try finding a bar or cafe where the locals hang out. It is a guarantee that it serves reasonably priced drinks and food. This is one of the best ways to meet locals and learn about the culture.

Where to Stay

One of the first Old Town Albufeira Hotels you will see on the beach is INTEL Albufeira. It is located in the center of the sandy beach right by the fishing pier. This would be a perfect place to wake up on your weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira.

Another accommodation in Old Town Albufeira is Rocamar Exclusive Hotel and Spa. This luxury resort is an adults-only hotel in Albufeira. The unrestricted views from on top of the hill are unmatched.

Fishermans beach in Old Town Albuferia Weekend trip

Airbnb is another popular choice in Albufeira so make sure to check out their website, you should be able to find something relatively cheap for the whole weekend and may even find one that is close to the beach.

Don’t worry about walking down the steep hills to reach the beach, there is an elevator on one side of the beach and an escalator on the other they have thought of everything for you to enjoy your weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira.

Surfer in Portugal

Albufeira Old Town Restaurants

One of the best Old Town Albufeira restaurants is for adults only. It is called The Windmill restaurant. This is such a fun restaurant that is inside a remolded windmill, which is a huge presence in The Algrave. Make a reservation before you arrive in the Old Town, they only have 12 seats and fill up fast.

Another spot that is one of the best restaurants in Albufeira is BDT Lanches. This is a burger joint a little further in town, but make your way up there and you will not regret it one bit. They serve up huge homemade burgers and cheese fries that you will not find anywhere else. The owner is the one serving up the food almost every day and you can tell that he is passionate about what he does.

Yummy food at in Albuferia

The Sugar Rabbit Kaffe in the old town of Albufeira serves fresh and healthy food daily. This would be a wonderful place to stop in for breakfast or order online to pick up and take to the beach with you.

Unique Things to do

Besides the beautiful beach and the epic nightlife at Albufeira’s old town nightlife, there are so many other things to do that are under the radar. Right in the town square, there is a little hidden gem, the Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros art studio. This is a two-story building that changes up the exhibits frequently so even if you have been before head back to see what is new.

Another museum is the Archaeological Museum. This beautiful museum used to be the Town Hall until the 1980s. Most of the pieces that are displayed today were found by a local man. They are from the Roman villa in Retorta, the Castle in Paderne, or the necropolis of Morgado da Lameira. It may look small from the outside, but the inside is beautiful and spacious.

Weekend trip to old town albufeira

During your weekend trip to Old, Town Albufeira don’t forget to check out Namaste Yoga. This local yoga studio is in the center of town and offers classes in English or Portuguese. So, head on over to feel the good vibes and enjoy one of the best things to do in Old Town Albufeira.


You will enjoy your weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira, it is a beautiful place full of lovely locals and amazing views. Spend your whole time on the beach soaking in the sun with a cold beverage, or maybe sleeping in late and grabbing brunch is your jam. Don’t worry Portugal is a very laid-back culture. Let us know down below if you loved your weekend trip to Old Town Albufeira as much as we did!


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