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Vila Joya Restaurant

Helmed by Austrian chef Dieter Koschina, this fine-dining restaurant in the Vila Joya resort was Portugal's first to gain two Michelin stars. Koschina draws on a variety of culinary influences and premium Portuguese…
Portuguese in Albufeira

Dom Carlos

Higher-end restaurants tend to be out of town, but here you can splash out and still walk back to your hotel. The elegant but intimate interior, dressed in white and pale blue, feels worlds away from the frenzied ce…
Portuguese in Albufeira


Famed for its cataplana – here, a delicious pork and clam combination – Veneza also turns out superb dishes such as polvo à lagereiro (tender octopus with baked potatoes). Its wine cellar is one of the region's fine…
Sculpture in Albufeira


Fiesa is the world's biggest sand-sculpture contest. Artists are given 45,000 tonnes of sand to sculpt, and their truly amazing creations (up to 12m high and illuminated at night) can be admired throughout the seaso…
Beach in Albufeira

Praia da Falésia

One of the Algarve's most impressive beaches is this 6km-long strip of sand backed by stunning cliffs in several shades of ochre. Starting 8.5km east of Albufeira, the strand gets very crowded in summer, especially …
Portuguese in Albufeira

Casa da Fonte

Footsteps from the Turismo, Casa da Fonte serves everything from sandwiches to charcoal-grilled fish in a beautiful courtyard lined with azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and set around a lemon tree. Staff are friendly,…
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…
Beach in Albufeira

Praia da Galé

Beginning 9km west of Albufeira, Praia da Galé is long (5km), sandy and less crowded than many other beaches in the area.
Museum in Albufeira

Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

Excavated from the municipality and its surrounds (such as the castle in the village of Paderne), pieces dating from the prehistoric era to the 16th century are showcased at this small museum. Highlights include a b…
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 draws are the gilded wooden a…