Home to 30 km of golden sands, Albufeira is a beach lover’s dream. Characterised by dramatic craggy cliffs and miles and miles of sand, Albufeira’s beaches are definitely worth getting on a plane for.
This area of Algarve coastline offers a little something for everyone, with stretches of sand dotted along the area’s main resorts as well as more secluded spots with hidden coves and coral reefs for snorkelling. We’ve picked out some of Albufeira’s best beach hotels so you can make the most of the area’s sandy shores.
Enjoy views of the ocean from Hotel Baltum’s sunny terrace. Kitted out with a hot tub and a modern bar area, you can lounge and sip on cocktails in style. It’s positioned only 50 yards from Albufeira’s Pescadores Beach which is home to crystal clear waters and soft yellow sands. It’s also set on a lively street with restaurants and bars so you’ll be close to where it’s happening.
Hotel Sol e Mar
Sitting right on the edge of Praia do Peneco beach, you’ll have blissful beach days on your doorstep. Wake up each morning to views of the ocean from your very own private balcony before relaxing on the sands below. If you fancy a change of scenery, the hotel has an indoor pool. In the evening, you can enjoy a buffet or à la carte meal in the hotel’s restaurant followed by ice cream and cocktails in the beachfront cocktail bar.
For those after a relaxing sun-and-sea getaway, choose INATEL Albufeira. Positioned on Praia do Inatel beach on the outskirts of town, this prime spot offers a calm atmosphere free from the crowds. Find bliss in the hotel’s swimming pool area or stay active with a game of tennis. There’s a restaurant and a bar here too, but if you want a night away from the hotel, you’re only a 10-minute walk to the city centre.
Set in the cliffs above Praia do Inatel beach, Alisios has uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. Make the most of the sea views from the hotel’s panoramic deck where you can enjoy drinks, barbecues and the occasional live music performance during the summer months. There’s an indoor pool, sun loungers and fitness classes here too. If you want to head into town, (about 1.5km away) you can take advantage of the hotel’s bicycle rental service.
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa
Covering a wide stretch of coastline and packed with activities for kids and adults, families will love Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa. It sits on the secluded Santa Eulália Beach and has four outdoor swimming pools plus three for children. The little ones can keep busy with fun activities provided by the kids’ club, while you can find total relaxation in the spa’s sauna, hamman and massage rooms. There are self-catered rooms if you prefer to cook your own meals, as well as three on-site restaurants and bars.
PortoBay Falesia enjoys a prime position on one of the top 25 beaches in the world. Sitting above the sandy shores of Falésia Beach, the hotel looks out over its towering red cliffs and aquamarine waters. You can find shady spots among the pine trees on the hotel’s terrace area. Sunbathe by the pool, enjoy an al fresco lunch or simply take in the stunning views. Adding a touch of luxury to your stay, the hotel offers massages and wellness treatments in its spa.
Clube Borda D´Água
Clube Borda D´Água puts you within a stone’s throw to Praia da Oura beach. You can find bliss on the hotel’s ocean-view terrace which has a swimming pool to help you cool down. Each apartment is fitted with air conditioning and a kitchenette equipped with a microwave and a fridge. There’s also a restaurant and bar on-site too with an outdoor seating area that overlooks the beach.
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club
Switch between poolside and beachside in an instant when you stay at Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club. Featuring a large pool area that overlooks Praia da Oura beach, your only worry will be deciding between sun lounger or the sands. You can change it up by spending a few hours in the hotel’s indoor pool and wellness area where treatments such as massages and beauty services are available. For meals, book an apartment room with a kitchenette or dine in the hotel’s restaurant.
Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
Muthu Clube Praia da Oura lets you enjoy a hassle-free stay along the golden shores of Praia da Oura beach. The large resort has everything you need for a relaxing stay including two pools, tropical gardens and views of the ocean. Have your meals prepared for you in the à la carte restaurant, which serves up international dishes, before enjoying an evening of entertainment with live music or karaoke. The hotel is only a 10-minute drive to the Old Town if you fancy a night away from the resort.