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Vila Joya Restaurant

Run by Austrian expat chef Dieter Koschina, this is one of Portugal's best fine-dining restaurants, located in the Vila Joya resort. Koschina draws on a variety of culinary influences and sources the best Portuguese…
Museum in Albufeira

Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

This small museum showcases items excavated from the municipality and surrounds (such as the castle in the village of Paderne). Pieces date from the prehistoric era to the 16th century. Highlights include a beautifu…
Museum in Albufeira

Museu de Arte Sacra

This tiny museum is housed in the beautifully restored 18th-century Chapel of San Sebastian and exhibits sacred art from surrounding churches that survived the 1755 earthquake.The main eye-catchers are the gilded wo…
Portuguese in Albufeira

Os Arcos

One of the original tourist restaurants – it's been around since 1978 – The Arches serves no-nonsense, traditional Portuguese steaks and grilled seafood at tightly arranged dark-wood tables. The menu is more meat th…
Portuguese in Albufeira


This restaurant is famed for serving what many consider to be the Algarve's finest cataplana (seafood stew) – here, a delicious pork and clam combination – but, in truth, almost all of its dishes taste so good you'l…
Art in Albufeira


On the beach at Armação de Pêra, this is the biggest sand-sculpture contest in the world. Artists are given 40,000 tons of sand to play with and their truly amazing creations can be admired throughout the season.
Portuguese in Albufeira

Casa da Fonte

A short uphill walk from the turismo, this popular place serves everything from sandwiches to scabbard fish in a beautiful courtyard lined with azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and set around a lemon tree. The staff ar…
Portuguese in Albufeira

Dom Carlos

If you want to splash out a bit but walk back to your hotel, the Dom Carlos has the best dining in town. The elegant but intimate interior dressed in white and baby blue feels worlds away from the central feeding fr…