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Albufeira

Immerse yourself in the beaches, nightlife, and traditional Portuguese culture of this old fishing village.

Our most recommended things to do in Albufeira

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

1. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a guided boat trip between Albufeira and Benagil Caves on a tour that combines nature and adventure. Discover the Algarve coastline's most iconic landscapes and keep your eyes open for playful dolphins on the way. Start your journey at the meeting point, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Skip the line at the check-in kiosk and benefit from a special welcome package. Have a coffee or some water at the coffee lounge while you wait to board the boat. After priority boarding, start your tour by cruising along the beautiful, 18km-long Algarve coastline. Listen to your knowledgeable guide and learn all about the sights you pass by. Feel the relaxing sea breeze and be amazed by the coastal view. Head inside the famous Benagil caves to admire this rock formation. Take amazing pictures of the caves and capture the light entering them. Spot São Rafael and Marinha beaches, among the most emblematic beaches in Portugal, famous for their cliffs and fine golden sand. Make a short swimming stop and immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Algarve coast. During the tour, look for the dolphins on the way. If they are spotted, see them playing in their natural environment and take photos of them jumping in and out of the water.

Algarve Aquashow Park Admission Tickets

2. Algarve Aquashow Park Admission Tickets

Book your day ticket here for the Aquashow Park, Portugal’s largest and most popular water and thematic park. There’s plenty to enjoy and enough thrills to keep the kids happy all day. You’ll find an amazing variety of slides for all ages: • The 32-meter-high Free Fall/Kamikaze, a combination of 2 slides giving you the sensation of surfing on a big wave • The fabulous Speed Race, where you can compete with other guests to see who is the fastest slider • The White Fall which invites the bravest for a unique slide • The Wild Snake offering a ride into the dark The little ones can safely play in the water in their own mini-park world. There are slides and other water attractions to ensure they have lots of fun. For those looking to relax, the park offers a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, and green areas with sunbeds. One of the park’s main attractions is the wave pool, simulating real sea waves. You’ll also find the biggest Water Coaster in Europe, reaching a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour. The Air Race is a thematic ride that has you sitting inside a real airplane doing aerobatics and stunts. Top Swing is one of the favorite thematic attractions, offering a new and unique experience.  In the show area you can take in shows featuring birds of prey, exotic birds, and reptiles. When you finally realize that you’re hungry you’ll find some good meal choices at one of the snack bars or BBQs. You can also find a small souvenir shop, changing rooms, lockers, and other facilities. Due to COVID-19, AquaShow Park is currently operating at a lower capacity. After booking, you'll receive a link to check-in at AquaShow Park and choose a date to visit.

Albufeira: Off-Road Quad Tour 90-Minutes

3. Albufeira: Off-Road Quad Tour 90-Minutes

Choose from a 1-seater quad bike or 2-seater quad bike on this tour from Albufeira. This tour is suitable for beginners, families with teenagers, and keen novices. After the safety briefing, you will drive a 300cc quad ATV in the countryside where you will be able to face various challenges and test your abilities. This 90-minute tour does not have any stops so you will be always driving. Our tour leader will show you the route and set the pace to guarantee your safety. The perfect choice for those who are wondering about something bold and different to do in the Algarve.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

4. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers. Enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat with commentary from a guide and marine biologist. See the Alfanzina Lighthouse and the seaside Benagil Cave. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views. Learn about the surrounding marine life from the local marine biologist onboard.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

5. Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

Start your tour from Albufeira Marina, where you'll set off on the spacious and comfortable catamaran. From here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful rock formations and deserted beaches. The team will tell you more about our fantastic coastline and all its hidden secrets. Relax to some nice music and enjoy a cool drink. Visit the beautiful caves and rock formations as far as Benagil (Cathedral Cave). Head back east towards the marina before stopping off for a swim in the sea.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

6. From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

Discover inland locations not easily accessible on foot or by public transport on a half-day ATV tour of the Algarve countryside from Albufeira. Soak up sweeping views as you rumble along rural trails and benefit from the insider knowledge of your local guide.  Spend more time riding as you rumble through off-road trails and observe the beauty of the untouched nature. As a special highlight, visit the historic Paderne Castle, an ancient fortification constructed in the 12th century by Berbers.  Along the way, stops are made for photography and time to relax time. The trails are sure to be challenging for all levels of experience.

Albufeira: Off-Road Buggy Tour and Visit to Paderne Castle

7. Albufeira: Off-Road Buggy Tour and Visit to Paderne Castle

Discover the Algarve countryside on a buggy ride experience departing from Albufeira. These carefully selected off-road trails are suitable for all levels of experience. Soak up the scenic views as you cover a wide variety of terrain and observe the beauty of the unspoiled landscapes of the Algarve and surrounding hills. As a special highlight, stop at the historic Paderne Castle, an ancient fortification that was constructed in the 12th century by Berbers.

From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

8. From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

Uncover the treasures of Benagil's coast on a stand-up paddle and kayak tour from Albufeira. Follow your guide to hidden caves and secluded beaches, and enjoy a drink on your boat ride back to the marina. Start your Benagil tour and depart from Albufeira Marina on a specially-built boat. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you sail in the boat for 40 minutes, before stopping and transferring to the Kayak or SUPs. Paddle into the caves and caverns and stop to take pictures of the rock formations. You can choose to paddleboard and embrace the freedom to move around. You can reposition yourself to wherever you feel comfortable, standing up or on your knees. Have a safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or skill level. Alternatively, you can ride in a single kayak or double kayak. Gain confidence even as a beginner with a water safety briefing from your guide before starting the tour. Take a dive in the ocean before returning to the marina by boat, where you can enjoy a cool drink on board.

Lagoa: Slide & Splash Water Park Entrance Ticket

9. Lagoa: Slide & Splash Water Park Entrance Ticket

Spend a day at Slide & Splash in Lagoa, filled with slides, pools, and aquatic attractions. Younger kids will love the fantasy water world of Tropical Paradise, while thrill-seekers can ride the gravity-defying Big Wave. Take a break from the slides and relax in the Jacuzzi or the giant Laguna pool.   Be amazed by the colorful lights and music as you slide down Disco River, a real sliding discotheque. Aside from the aquatic amusements, the park’s 10 hectares are filled with different leisure areas, grassy lawns, restaurants, shows with animals, massages, and a fish spa. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family.

From Albufeira: 4x4 Off-Road Safari & Vineyard Wine Tasting

10. From Albufeira: 4x4 Off-Road Safari & Vineyard Wine Tasting

Cross picturesque villages, orange groves, and dense forests of cork oak on this off-roading adventure in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle on this day trip from Albufeira. Delight your senses with a tasting experience at a local winery.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your doorstep in Albufeira. Expereince the thrill of getting off the-beaten-track as you drive off-road. Explore forests and admire sublime views as you traverse hills and valleys. See native cork trees and learn a bit about the cork process along the way. Learn the region's culture from a local. Pass through rolling vineyards where grapes ripen to perfection in the Portuguese sun.  Stop in a local winery to savor several wines that are prepared with fresh bread, cheese, jams, and smoked ham. Return to your accommodation in Albufeira a the end of your day trip. 

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What people are saying about Albufeira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17,599 reviews

We found the meeting point without any problems, the trip was very successful, because we completed all the points, and most of all we saw dolphins, a lot of dolphins. We were sailing quite fast, crossing the waves, we were quite shaken, in fact it is not an option for people with a diseased spine.

Superb excursion, the places visited were up to what was offered. plus we saw the dolphins. A special mention for the guide Paulo as well as for the boat driver Johnny. I highly recommend .

It was so nice, the staff were so accommodating and the trip was great. Take a jumper incase it is windy as it gets really cold on the boat sometimes :)

great experience, beautiful caves, seen many dolphins and spectacular experience with the super fast boat.

Great experience! Would recommend but note to bring a towel lol we totally forgot but still had a blast.