Before I traveled to Albufeira, when I searched things to do. A suggested said ‘Try a different beach every day, afternoons in the old town, and enjoy a night out on The Strip.’ Unfortunately for me, my partner hates sitting on a beach, so we, of course, enjoyed the latter.
Flight duration: 3 hours from Belfast International
(Try not to fly with Ryanair, also want to split you up on the plane when you haven’t paid for set seats but there is always more seats available – Crooks!)
Dates: 30th May – 4th June
Stay At: Cheerfulway Hotel California in Old Town
Supposedly, Albufeira is the place that put the Algarve on the map
Transfers from Faro airport to Albufeira : 40 mins I booked transport beforehand online –( Bus would usually cost around 40euro return for both of us )
Old Town Vs New Town
Essentially the old town more family orientated while the new town has a large strip and is full of stag and hen parties. There is around a 1.5-mile walk between the two which takes around 20minutes.
Cheerfulway Hotel California
After reading a lot of terrible reviews online, I decided to go ahead anyway. I’ve stayed at reviews with 1 or 2 stars in places like Magaluf. So, what could be worse?
Overall, it’s what you paid for Basic!
We had a simple room, no balcony and the view from the room was a roof top.
The A/C worked which was glorious!
Pool & Sunbathing
The view was overlooking a valley of white buildings (It looked quite Greek). There was never that many people around, which I quite enjoyed. I could get in and out of the pool when I pleased and didn’t have to worry about getting a sunbed. One thing that was annoying were the sunbeds were static, It would have been comfier if I could adapt…
The Algarve boasts long sunny days and temperatures of around 30°C in summer. In spring and autumn, the thermometer lingers in the mid-20s. Which rang true when we were there, every day it was at least 25degrees. Although at night time it was slightly cold! I would recommend a jacket as it can get quite windy. Keep an eye on the weather forecast.
A 30-kilometre coastline of unspoiled beaches and little bays – Albufeira’s supersized coastline notches up no less than 25 different beaches. A great way to view these beaches is on the quads!
Things to do
Things I researched were:
Join a convoy of 4x4s
Visit Lisbon – beautiful and historic, it’s no surprise that most visitors are smitten by it.
Out on the strip
ZooMarina – a zoo, fair and waterpark all rolled into one.
The only thing we actually did was go out on the strip. We did rent a quad for a day though! It was 75 euro for a day with a credit card as a deposit. We drove to Lagos and had a lovely lunch beside the sea.
Average prices for some commodities
Bottle of local beer: 1.50-3.50 (You can shop around but most prices go up at night)
Local ice-cream range (depend on number of scoops): 2-5euro
Bottled water (1.5-2lts) ranged: 80cent -1.50euro
Overall, Albufeira was a beautiful relaxing place. If you want to find out about the amazing food we ate while we were there, check out my next blog!