Beaches are the big draw in Albufeira, but there are plenty of other diversions in the area, from water parks to boat trips and horse riding.
Praia do Peneco, through the tunnel near the Turismo, is usually packed sardine-style with sunloungers.
Beyond the town are beautifully rugged coves and bays, though most are heavily developed and often crowded.
To the east are Praia da Oura, at the bottom of ‘the Strip’ 3km to the east, and the Praia da Falésia, a long beach 8.5km to the east, as well as Balaia and Olhos de Água. Buses serving these beaches depart from above the escalators by the old fishing quarter.