Albufeira, a city and municipality in the southernmost region of the Algarve requires no introduction. With average highs of 26 °C between May and September it is the perfect holiday destination for families, golf lovers, groups, and couples looking for a relaxing retreat. The proximity to the UK makes the Algarve incredibly accessible with direct flights to Faro, the closest airport, taking just under three hours. With so much to do and see, here’s our guide to spending 48 hours in Albufeira the Rich Vein Travel way.
Staying at the impressive 4* Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel means that each morning can begin with a leisurely run around the running track. Enjoy the beautiful weather and tranquility as you take up the opportunity to run a 10k before breakfast.
Return to your hotel apartment located approximately 1 minute away from the track. Then head down to breakfast where you will find an extensive selection of continental and cooked options, as well as fruit and cereals. If you are travelling with children it is worth mentioning that breakfast is free of charge at the hotel for children up to 2 years old.
Despite it only being 9:00am it is common for the temperature to be well over 22 °C in the morning during the summer. So exit the hotel and make your way to Blue Flag Falésia beach approximately 6 minutes away on foot from the Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel. Consistently voted one of Europe’s best beaches, Falésia beach takes it's name from the fascinating red sandstone cliffs that form a backdrop to the endless stretch of sand. This stunning 6-kilometre golden sand beach stretches from Vilamoura in the west to Olhos de Agua in the east. Take a stroll along the sand in either direction as you soak up the sun.
Offering a wide range of sea based activities and excursions an AlgarExperience tour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Algarve. With several modern vessels and an experienced knowledgeable team, AlgarExperience is the leading company in the area. Tours depart from Albufeira Marina. We recommend the "Dolphins and Beach BBQ Tour". This five-hour tour begins with dolphin watching followed by a beach BBQ with sangria, wine and soft drinks. Afterwards, the knowledgeable team will show you some of the Algarve’s most impressive caves and hidden beaches, before returning to the marina.
However, as an alternative you may prefer parasailing, the caves and coastlines excursion, or reef fishing to name a few. The vast majority of excursions are suitable for children aged 3 years and above making it ideal for those travelling with older children. The only exception is the evening beach party excursion which is strictly adults only.
As the marina is only 25 minutes away from the Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel by car you will arrive back to your apartment in no time at all. After your early morning start and an afternoon of ocean adventures you will have earned a well-deserved nap.
Freshen up before dinner and make your way downstairs. With a half board stay, dinner is included so take full advantage of the extensive range of fresh seafood, meat, and delicious fresh salads. With something for everyone and lots of vegetarian options no two dinners are the same. For dessert, try one of the hotel’s delicious cheesecakes, gateaux’s, and mousses.
Have a lie in then make your way down for another delicious breakfast at the Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel.
After breakfast apply copious amounts of sun screen (trust us on this one) and make your way down to the pool area. With an abundance of sun loungers there will be no need to rush downstairs early in the morning to reserve your favourite spot. Spend the remainder of the morning reclining beside the inviting outdoor swimming pool, or alternatively make your way back to the alluring Falésia beach.
If you are travelling as a couple or with a small group of friends we recommend spending the afternoon at Vila Joya. The two-Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant at this luxurious boutique hotel has been selected as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. With an unwavering commitment to excellence in technique and ingredients chef Dieter Koschina and the wider team create a memorable experience from start to finish. Should the weather permit expect to dine on the ocean-facing terrace. The view alone, if nothing else is reason enough for this spectacular restaurant to be added to your bucket list when visiting Albufeira. Click here to read our full restaurant review.
However, if you are travelling with young children you may prefer to spend the afternoon at Zoomarine. Zoomarine theme park is the best family theme park in the Algarve. With exhilarating water slides, rides, a giant swimming pool, dolphin presentations, and more, visiting this theme park is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained for hours. Lockers are available near the swimming pool and can be hired for fee. And there are several restaurants on site meaning that you can enjoy a quick lunch without leaving the theme park.
Both options are approximately 25 minutes away from the Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel so are easily accessed by car with free parking available at both sites.
Make your way down to the dining area for another sumptuous dinner with fresh seafood, salads and more. Then take a leisurely evening stroll along Falésia beach as the sun begins to set.
Spend the remainder of the evening in the local square just a few minutes up from the hotel. Quaint, charming, and authentic, many of the shops, restaurants and bars are family owned and run. With pints of Sagres, a Portuguese light-bodied pale lager costing only 2-3 euros, spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere, and perfecting your Portuguese as the sun sets in the sky. Should a significant sporting event be on such as the World Cup, or an important football fixture, expect the game to be televised throughout the square and be ready for the cheers that erupt every time a goal is scored!
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