With its picturesque coastlines of secret coves, sandy beaches, and rugged cliffs, the Algarve region offers beauty as well as laid-back vibes as a beach holiday destination. There are plenty of resort towns to choose from, depending on your holiday checklist. However, my personal favourite is the charming old fishing village of Albufeira.
Despite being a tourist hotspot, I love this resort as it’s managed to retain its beautiful heritage and character. Characterised by narrow streets leading you past traditional white-washed homes and sweet fisherman’s cottages – and let’s not forget the gorgeous beach! But it’s not all about relaxing, because the town has also got a fantastic array of nightlife for the more adventurous traveller.
Get to Know Albufeira in 3 Days
If you have the time, I’d recommend spending at least a few days in this area to experience everything Albufeira has to offer. Here’s an idea of what you could get up to.
Day One: Explore the Beaches
Since it’s home to some of the best coastline in the country, you really must dedicate an entire day to exploring the very best beaches that Albufeira has to offer. There’s more than 30 kilometres of sand to explore, and each beach or cove offers a unique atmosphere. I’d suggest starting with the Praia dos Pescadores, as it’s right in front of the old town. Top tip: the further down you walk, the quieter it gets.
For something a little more special, I recommend a visit to Marinha Beach, one of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and sparkling waters, this is truly a place to remember.
Day Two: Visit Carvoeiro or Parque Aventura
I’d suggest picking just one of these, as the latter definitely requires a bit of energy. If you want to dive deeper into the local culture, take a day trip to the nearby village of Carvoeiro. It’s fairly small but makes a perfect activity for a relaxing day of wandering the streets and perhaps doing a spot of snorkelling. If you feel like doing something a little more exhilarating, visit Parque Aventura. This thrilling and popular treetop obstacle course is challenging but extremely fun.
Day Three: Explore Benagil Cave
This is an incredible natural cave that has been worn into the rugged landscape through many years of erosion, and one of the area’s top attractions. If you’re in the area, it’s really an unmissable highlight of the Algarve. While you can drive there, taking a boat, paddle board or kayak are other fun ways to travel!
Where to Stay:
Casa da Vila – This lovely two bedroom apartment has a private terrace and city views. The modern unit includes a fully fitted kitchen, living room, and complimentary WiFi.
Paradise Full Ocean – This fully furnished apartment is centrally located and boasts sea views as well as air conditioning, a terrace and an outdoor pool. A true home from home!
The Beach Apartment Helena – Located on the beachfront, this spacious, airy apartment offers all the amenities required for a very comfortable stay. Close to everything, including opportunities to go hiking.
How to Get There:
Flights from the UK to Faro remain affordable throughout the year. You can fly with a number of airlines, including Easyjet, Ryanair, WizzAir and others from about £30. The flight time is under three hours.
A summer holiday should be as effortless as possible, which is why I always recommend that travellers pre book their Faro airport transfer. An airport transfer from Faro airport to Albufeira is cost effective and takes away the stress of trying to tackle the public transport with all your luggage.
UK to FAO Flight Time: 2 hours 54 minutes
FAO to Albufeira Distance: 48 kilometres
Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 44 minutes
Types of Transfer
Shuttle Direct can always be relied on for a reliable airport transfer. Faro to Albufeira is a popular route and they have a variety of options depending on your needs. Here is an overview of what an airport transfer could look like for you.
A pre-booked airport taxi, Faro to Albufeira, saves time waiting around for a public service. It’s a favourite option for those looking for added independence and privacy as well.
But sharing isn’t so bad – in fact it can be great fun! A shuttle bus transfer from Faro Airport to Albufeira is a fantastic way to save money and you might even meet some new friends on the journey.
If you’re looking for a platinum-level service, I’d suggest booking a private transfer. Faro airport to Albufeira is far enough that this added level of luxury and privacy makes all the difference.
This Faro airport transfer is a popular option for many solo travellers as it’s much cheaper and there’s no need to travel alone. Also good for larger groups of family and friends and the associated luggage.
Choosing the Right Transfer
There are a few important factors to consider when choosing the right airport transfer for you. Begin with your budget and then factor in your personal preferences. This will help you decide whether you can splash a little more cash or stick with a budget option. If you have any specific questions, contact Shuttle Direct. Their team is very friendly and helpful.
Cost: This is the primary factor to think about for many people, as playing for an airport transfer is an extra cost so a budget option is welcomed.
Convenience: If you’re travelling solo, it’s likely that you won’t have lots of baggage so a private airport transfer might not be necessary. However, for some people, luxury and convenience are paramount, so this is something to consider.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct prides itself on its quality service and experience. No matter which kind of transfer you’re looking for, we can ensure that you’ll have a smooth and pleasant journey. Our friendly and knowledgeable local drivers will be there to help get you from the airport to your accommodation and back, without hassle and in the fastest possible time.