Things to do in 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.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

2. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, including the Benagil Sea Cave, enjoy close ocean animal encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches. Depart from the Marina de Albufeira and head towards Carvoeiro Beach enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, pleasant weather, and crystal-clear waters of Portugal's southern shore along the way. Marvel at the contrast of colors between the rocky cliffs and caves, the blue of the sea and the indigenous flora and fauna. Get a safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable once on board the boat, and enjoy the services of an experienced captain throughout the journey. Benefit from life jackets and raincoats to keep you safe and dry on the trip. Explore a selection of sea caves along the coast of the Algarve, looking for dolphins and other animals on your adventure. Enter the caves for up-close encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches to make this an experience to remember for a lifetime.

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.

Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

4. Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

Embark on an adventure by catamaran. Discover the caves and outstanding beauty of the Benagil coastline, and take a swim as you go. Departing from the Albufeira Marina, you’ll start by cruising westward along the coastline of the south of Portugal. Learn about the places and sights that you pass by from the skipper and crew – in particular, you’ll get a great view of the rock formations and caves of the areas of Benagil, Galé, and Carvoeiro. During the cruise, the captain will choose somewhere to stop the boat so everyone who wants to can take a dive and swim in the ocean with the supervision of the crew. Take advantage of free wi-fi on board the vessel. On the way back, before you reach the Marina again, you will be served a cup of champagne while the background music is still playing, to toast the end of a relaxing cruise.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Look for dolphins and hidden caves on a half-day dolphin watching cruise of the Algarve from Albufeira. Bring your swimsuit and towel, as the activity includes a stop for a swim. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that other vessels can’t reach. A marine biologist will be on board to provide all necessary information about these wonderful creatures. Be aware that as dolphins are wild animals, sightings can not be guaranteed.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

6. From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

Capture the essence of the Algarve aboard a 4WD jeep on a half-day off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Portuguese countryside. Depart Albufeira and travel through beautiful landscapes to see regional architecture, dense forests of cork trees that supply the wine industry, and groves of fragrant orange trees. Sample the gastronomical delights of the region at a local farm, and taste their honey and homemade liquors. Go to an old distillery to try some of the legendary Medronho (Aguardente de Medronhos). Drive along hidden tracks and encounter historic villages, swim in a local river, and marvel at spectacular waterfalls. Learn about the customs and traditions of the rustic villages from a guide full of knowledge about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

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.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

8. 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.

From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

9. From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

Climb aboard a unique catamaran in the marina of Albufeira for a 2-hour trip along the coast of the Algarve. Look for native wildlife, including whales, sharks, turtles and sea birds, and encounter dolphins in their natural environment. Benefit from the chance to admire these friendly animals in the water, and keep your eyes open for the prevalent, short-beaked common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins that can live for up to 45 years and reach 4 meters in length. Along the way, marvel at the caves and rock formations that make the south coast of Portugal one of the most beautiful in the world.

Algarve: Zoomarine Amusement Park Entry Ticket

10. Algarve: Zoomarine Amusement Park Entry Ticket

Treat yourself and your family to a full day of marine-themed learning, relaxation, and excitement at the Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park. See a dolphin show, wonder at the aquarium, relax at the Zoomarine beach, and enjoy educational areas for the kids. See a spectacular dolphin presentation that is both educational and entertaining – get close to sea lions and seals, and walk among birds of prey and tropical birds in an enchanted forest. Learn about the oceans in the aquarium, an educational tour to the amazing underwater world. The pedagogical area has more than 20 ecosystems, distributed according to the central theme. Finish off by riding the Rapid River rafts, a fun and exciting ride. Relax at the Zoomarine Beach, a new aquatic fun area, where you will find a wave pool surrounded by white sand, water slides, swimming pools and an aquatic playground.

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What people are saying about Albufeira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17,599 reviews

Excellent. First time family trying out surfing, ages 11-43. Fantastic. Instructors were brilliant. Very good English and very friendly and helpful. We all enjoyed the lessons so much. We were all able to stand at end (well the 3 younger ones were) The instructors took the time out to show everyone in the class what we had to do and what we were doing wrong. Really enjoyable 2 hours and would definitely go back.

Good experience for me and my wife. Andre had a lot of knowledge about the area and it's history. We booked the 6pm slot which was okay but was chilly due to the time of day. If I do it again I would book an early time slot whilst the sun is shining. Andre stopped of at a few places and allowed us to take photos which was really nice.

Absolutely incredible experience! I cannot recommend enough. The speed boat was so fun and we were able to get so close to dolphins. Additionally, we got amazing views of so many caves. Our guides were amazing! This was absolutely the highlight of our trip.

We really enjoyed our experience down in the Salt Mines. We have visited Loule many times before but we only discovered that they existed under the City this week!!! Alex was a great guide & very informative. Anne & Ian

Was an amazing day , we met a lady very kind called Ana who explained very well and clear . Top