Albufeira is a 37 km transfer from Faro airport with a journey time of roughly 40 mins. It has a population of 41 000, and gained it's popularity as a touristic spot since the early 60's. The old town, a rich historical center with monuments such as Beato Vicente, the Igreja Matriz, the Torre do Relogio and the Cais Herculano, is abundant in local restaurants offering a variety of fresh fish dishes, along with the vibrant night life of the Oura 'Strip' which has made it the center of Algarve holidays.
Albufeira boasts several fine beaches, in the main town, the Praia dos Pescadores is excellent for swimming, and to the west smaller beaches of São Rafael, Coelha and Castelo excellent for surcluded sun bathing. Beyond the cliffs lies Praia da Oura praised by windsurfers and parasailers. Another popular attraction in this area of the Algarve is located in Guia, where one will find the Zoomarine, a theme park focused on protecting the oceans wildlife. Here, visitors will learn and interact closely with wild animals, exotic birds, sea lions and dolphins. The park also has a research center, a sea mammal hospital, many water slides, artificial beach and a Jurassic river ride for families with kids. The Albufeira marina is a active nautical hub for diving expeditions, boat trips, deep sea fishing, dolphin observation and boat visits to the famous Benagil caves. Jeep safaris and excursions are widely available for new experiences, being the vineyards of Quinta do Miradouro and Sir Cliff Richard's wine tasting, one of the favorites.
Albufeira, once a fishing village, is split into two popular areas - The Old Town and The Strip. The Old Town sits at the opposite end of The Strip, with winding streets lined with stalls selling local crafts. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan and laid back attracting many to the main square which is surrounded by a fine array of shops, restaurants and bars, with live bands and local groups.
Transfers to Albufeira are systematic with ezClick offering private services that may seat up to 16 passengers in well equipped, air conditioned mini-buses. These services include an English speaking driver on arrival and all assistance with passenger belongings. Baby seats or child boosters, may be requested when booking. Wheelchair transport is also available for limited or elderly passengers.
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