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How to Spend 3 Days in Albufeira

How to Spend 3 Days in Albufeira

Three days in Albufeira lets you do it all. You’ll have time to lounge on some of The Algarve’s best beaches, see wild dolphins on a boat trip on the Atlantic Ocean, escape to the country in an all-terrain vehicle, and spend a day exploring further afield on a trip to Lagos or Sagres. Here’s how.

Day 1: Caves, Coastline, and Countryside

Devote day one to the natural attractions of Albufeira, both on land and at sea. Boat tours are a great way to escape the city’s crowds and increase your chances of spotting wild bottlenose dolphins. Tours typically pass secluded beaches such as Praia da Marinha—voted the best beach in The Algarve—and the Bengali Caves, one of Portugal’s most famous sea caves. Alternatively, you can get off the beaten path on a Jeep safari tour, many of which visit a historic castle, fruit plantations, and elevated lookout points—and include tastings of Portuguese delicacies such as medronho, a local spirit, and honey. Get back on a boat for a sunset cruise with live music and open bar, or stay on land to enjoy classic Portuguese dishes at a restaurant in Albufeira Marina.

Day 2: Day Trip in The Algarve

Spend your second day exploring further afield. Albufeira boasts a prime location in the center of the region, making it easy to explore either the western or easter part of The Algarve on a day trip. Head west to see the medieval hilltop castle of Silves, the sea cliffs and crashing waves of Sagres—one of Europe’s surfing capitals—and the glitzy marina of Lagos, or go east to discover the traditional village of Tavira and the historic Old Town of Faro. Tour options from Albufeira are plentiful and allow you to skip the stress of renting a car. Most tours include a traditional Portuguese lunch and round-trip transfers from your hotel.

Day 3: Beaches and Bars

Kick off your final day with adrenaline-fuelled activities, such as parasailing or jet-skiing. If you’re after something a little less extreme, opt for a stand-up paddleboard tour of the coastline, or spend a few hours soaking up the sun on some of the region’s best beaches, which include Praia Gale, Praia dos Salgados, and Armacao de Pera beach—all of these are a short drive from the center of Albufeira. If you’re travelling with kids in tow, spend the day either at Zoomarine, a water theme park with aquarium, or Splash & Slide water park.

End your time in Albufeira on a tour that appreciates the food and wine of the region. The Algarve’s warm climate produces grapes, oranges, and vine tomatoes in abundance. Indulge a love of wine during a tasting tour and discover new flavors during a food-focused experience dedicated to small plates.

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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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  • 4 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Western Algarve Day Trip to S. Vicente Cape, Luz, Sagres & Lagos

Western Algarve Day Trip to S. Vicente Cape, Luz, Sagres & Lagos

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This is the ideal tour for travelers with limited time in the Algarve. Discover multiple highlights on one tour including Sagres, Lagos, and Silves. No need to book transport, as round-trip transportation is included. Travel with a small group in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan between dispersed sites. Highlights include Cape of St. Vincent, Fortress of Sagres and Ponta da Piedade cliffs. You can either have a scenic view of Ponta da Piedade or choose to upgrade and go on a boat tour to visit the grottoes.
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  • 8 hours
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Eastern Algarve Small Group Day Trip to Olhão, Tavira and Faro

Eastern Algarve Small Group Day Trip to Olhão, Tavira and Faro

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Discover the wonders of Eastern Algarve by going on a small-group day trip. By traveling in a smaller group, you’ll have a more personalized experience without feeling your trip is overcrowded. Enjoy roundtrip transport, traveling comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll see the quaint village of Olhão and it’s market, the pretty town of Tavira, and have a guided walking tour of Faro’s old town and cathedral or an optional boat trip in Ria Formosa lagoon.
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  • 8 hours
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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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  • 10 minutes
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Albufeira Jeep Safari Tour (Full Day)

Albufeira Jeep Safari Tour (Full Day)

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Discover the Algarve’s gorgeous countryside on a full-day Jeep tour from Albufeira that follows off-road tracks to tiny villages and farms. You’ll pass groves of orange trees, sample local produce, then enjoy a lunch of regional cuisine and wine at a restaurant that’s tucked deep into the mountains. For a more personal experience, group size is limited to 15 people, and this tour includes lunch, snacks, and round-trip transport from Albufeira hotels.
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  • 7 hours
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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Algarve Tidbits Route

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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