Portugal is one of the most popular holiday destinations, awarded the best European Tourist Destination by the World Travel Awards in 2019, winning an impressive total of 39 prizes overall. And it’s not hard to see why. Spring Break Portugal takes place in Albufeira, the largest, liveliest and most energetic of all resort towns in the Algarve.
To give you a glimpse of what to expect from a holiday in the Algarve, we’ve compiled a list of the top five things to do in Albufeira:
Make the most of the beauty of the natural landscapes with an off-road quad biking experience and are an incredibly popular tourist activity in Albufeira, with tours by Quad Ventura rated the #1 outdoor activity in Albufeira on TripAdvisor.
Caves & Coastline Boat Tours – Visit Benagil Caves
The Algarve is well known for having some of the most stunning coastlines in Europe. There are regularly scheduled boat trips from Albufeira Marina that explore the rocky coastline, the hidden caves, coves, and new beaches. The tours include a trip to Praia de Benagil, a spectacular beach situated near Lagoa. The beach is famous for its stunning cave – Algar de Benagil. The Benagil Cave is only reachable by water and has a distinct round hole in the ceiling and a secret beach within it. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best things to see in the Algarve.
Albufeira is home to some incredible water parks, such as Slide & Splash and Aquashow, which have both been considered as some of the best and largest parks in the country and in Europe.
Slide & Splash water park boasts a total area of 7 hectares with newly renovated slides, pools, and rides, as well as lawns and sun loungers. The park also offers an array of aquatic entertainment, including animal shows and a massage and fish spa.
Aquashow Park is a thematic park based in the Algarve and is attached to a leisure complex with a 4-star hotel and a future indoor water park. A wave pool, various waterslides, and rides and a jacuzzi are just a few of the things Aquashow has to offer.
One of the things Albufeira is known for is its lively nightlife. The Strip, located in the heart of Albufeira, is home to a plethora of vibrant clubs and bars with parties that continue into the early hours of the morning and is one of the many places you’ll visit during Spring Break Portugal 2020. Matt’s Bar is a favourite among tourists and a regular host to stag nights. It offers amazing DJs, a mechanical bucking bronco bull outside the bar, and reasonably-priced drinks.
The Old Town
Old Town is known for its scenic whitewashed walls and cobbled streets and a range of things to do. Old Town has many bars, superb dining options, and shops. During the summer months, there is often live music and entertainment in the streets, offering a still lively yet more relaxed alternative to The Strip.
Water Sports (jet-skiing & parasailing)
Looking for something a bit different? Head to Albufeira Marina for the opportunity to indulge in water sports.
Make the most of the amazing views of Albufeira’s coastline as you cruise through the crystal blue waters on an exhilarating jet-ski ride! Seize the opportunity to explore the caves, coast, and abundant marine life while cruising up to 65 miles per hour. And no previous experience, certificates or licenses are required. Companies will provide training until you feel comfortable to go out by yourself – so you have no excuse!
And for a (quite literally) higher thrill, explore the views from above and take flight on a parasail! Explore the breathtaking views from a panoramic perspective as the gentle breeze guides you. Let the warm breeze (and your instructor) guide you as you fly above the water on an unforgettable journey.
Can’t decide between a thrill-seeking experience, and a more relaxed discovery of the local history, culture and nature? If you fancy the best of both worlds, a safari tour experience your comes highly recommended, with various tours operated by Alsafari Tours ranked 5* by over 300 reviews on TripAdvisor.
Enjoy the stunning scenery of Algarve‘s countryside while learning about the rich history and culture by your friendly, professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Visit the ancient villages, hidden waterfall and Arab castle. You will also have the opportunity to visit a small Moorish farm to taste the famous firewater, homemade honey and learn about the traditions and customs of the rustic villages.
Head down to the Albufeira Marina for a day of indoor go-karting! Cruise along the 400m track in 200cc karts, with straight sections that allow you to get up to full speed, as well as a series of tight twists and turns to bring out the competitive side in you.
Booking ahead is optional (although recommended), and full safety equipment – including helmets, neck supports and racing suits are available and included in the cost of your ticket.
You’ll find an array of activities to undertake at Albufeira Marina, including some we’ve previously mentioned! From horse riding on the beach, to reef fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, and a variety of water sports, there’s something for everyone at the Marina.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hop on a cruise from the Marina to Carvoeiro Beach and watch out for the dolphins, whales and abundant marine life in the caves and caves, while guided by your experienced crew. Hop off at the beach and take a swim before returning back to the Marina with memories that will last a lifetime.
Which of these experiences are you most looking forward to on your next trip to Portugal? Second, of course, to the party of a lifetime – Spring Break Portugal! Book your event pass here or speak to a SBPT rep for more information.
Which of these are you most excited to visit? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments!