Albufeira Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Albufeira

Albufeira, once a sleepy fishing village, since the 1960s has developed into a large holiday resort. Visitors can be amazed by the choice of nightlife entertainment, wonderful beaches, and beautiful architecture lining the narrow streets of the town. There are also a number of fine museums and art galleries. Follow this orientation walk to explore Albufeira's most notable attractions!
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Albufeira Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Albufeira Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Albufeira (See other walking tours in Albufeira)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: hollyg
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Marina
  • Nossa Senora da Orada Church
  • San Vicente de Albufeira Statue
  • Sant'Ana Church
  • Sebastião Church and Museum
  • Clock Tower
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros
  • Rua Cândido dos Reis
  • Praia dos Pescadores

1) Marina

Albufeira's Marina is a popular attraction located near the center of town. After entering through the Porto de Abrigo, you will feel the soft breeze coming off the water and can enjoy a stunning view of the harbor. The marina has a kid's play area, many wonderful restaurants and bars, swimming pools, and other attractions.
Nossa Senora da Orada Church

2) Nossa Senora da Orada Church

Hermits inhabited the Nossa Senora da Orada Church in the 15th century. The church was rebuilt in the 18th century principally to serve as a place of worship for local fishermen. A statue of the patron saint of Nossa Sra da Orada was moved to the Parish Church of Albufeira years ago, but it is brought back to Nossa Sra da Orada every year on August 15th for a special religious ceremony.
San Vicente de Albufeira Statue

3) San Vicente de Albufeira Statue (must see)

The St. Vincent of Albufeira Statue honors the missionary Brother Vincent of San Antonio, who was born in Albufeira in 1590. He was an intelligent man who continued his studies in Lisbon. After his parents died, he became a missionary and left Portugal for Japan. After suffering religious persecution abroad, he died in 1632. In Portugal, September 3rd is a holiday dedicated to the memory of Saint Vincent.

Why You Should Visit:
A quiet place in the historical Old Town where you can sit in the shade on a bench and simply enjoy the city.
It's worth the walk up winding ancient streets to get a feel of how the locals used to live.

Churches around the area are also worth a look along with a tiny museum just down the hill from the statue.
Sant'Ana Church

4) Sant'Ana Church (must see)

The original Chapel of Santa Ana was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755, except for the main portal that led to the entrance of the chapel from the castle. The current Santa Ana Church was constructed at the end of the 18th century. It is especially known for its main altar, which is believed to have been made by famous artists Francisco Xavier Guedelha and João Baptista. Visitors also flock to the church to see the carving entitled 'Our Lady of Pain'.

Why You Should Visit:
The whitewashed walls are superb and the views afforded from the main entrance are awesome, particularly those down to the Old Town and the sea.
The interior is richly decorated, peaceful and thought-provoking, though not accessible at all times.
Sebastião Church and Museum

5) Sebastião Church and Museum

Sebastião Church was constructed in the mid-18th century in the Manueline and Baroque styles. The church is situated on Miguel Bombarda Square. In addition to serving as a place of worship, it houses the Museum of Sacred Art (Museu De Arte Sacra). Upon entering the church, you will see a wooden altar covered with gold, as well as painted, wooden carvings of saints and a 16th-century stone sculpture.
Clock Tower

6) Clock Tower (must see)

The Clock Tower is the main symbol of Albufeira. It was constructed in the 19th century and has a crown on its top and a bell that rings on the hour. The Clock Tower is located on Bernardino de Sousa Street, with a lovely view over the Atlantic. This beautiful landmark is definitely worth a visit!

Outside the clock tower, you can also see the interesting remains of two Moorish houses that date back to the 12th-13th centuries. There is no direct access due to the location being cordoned off, but the remains are still clearly visible.
Archaeological Museum

7) Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Albufeira was established in 1999. The museum is housed in Albufeira City Hall near the Clock Tower. It displays artifacts related to the history of Albufeira and the Algarve region, as the area has passed from Roman rule to Muslim rule to Christian rule and beyond. The museum is open daily except for Mondays and national holidays.
Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros

8) Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros

Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros, a prominent Albufeira art gallery, is located on Duarte Pacheco Street, in the historic center of town. The gallery was named after famous artist José Ricardo Júdice de Samora Barros, who was born in Albufeira. It displays masterpieces by a variety of artists and showcases many different painting techniques.
Rua Cândido dos Reis

9) Rua Cândido dos Reis

The old town of Albufeira can offer you not only nice cafés and restaurants, but also a wide range of shops. If you walk from the main square you can find many branch streets with a variety of beautiful shops, but the most attractive is the Cândido dos Reis street that will amaze you with its specialty shops as well as unique clothes and leather boutiques, outstanding gift shops, and creative souvenir kiosks. Make sure to visit the Rua Cândido dos Reis for a real shopping delight.
Praia dos Pescadores

10) Praia dos Pescadores

Albufeira has two main beaches, Praia dos Pescadores, or the Fisherman's beach, and Praia do Túnel. Access to the beaches is straight from the esplanade, for people coming from the higher areas open-air escalators (eastside) and an open-air elevator (westside) were built. The beaches are connected, and from the "Praia dos Pescadores" beachgoers can walk for miles eastbound and will find everytime again a new beach.
Despite the modern achievements and the millions of tourists that visit every year, Albufeira has maintained its moorish feel and is still the fishermans village it has always been. Praia dos Pescadores in Albufeira is a marvelous place for relaxation. It is covered with white, soft sand and provides a great view over the city. The waters are usually calm what makes this place very attractive.
Sight description based on wikipedia