With great sands, nightlife and hotels and villas, Albufeira, in the Algarve, is a top pick for last-minute holidays.
The best beaches in Portugal
There are 25 beaches around Albufeira — that’s 30 kilometres of coastline to explore. The shop-lined promenade at sandy Praia do Peneco sorts out ice-creams and inflatable. Meanwhile, you’ll spot crabs dodging children’s fishing lines in the rockpools of São Rafael.
The restaurant capital of the Algarve
Fishermen’s Beach is great for a seaside lunch — the al fresco eating spots here dish up seafood straight from the skipper. And in the old town there are plenty of places for five-course menus finished off with a snifter of Portuguese sherry.
Stalls cram the skinny streets of the old town, selling everything from locally made ceramics to woodwork and Portuguese wine. Or if you really want to give the credit card a workout, try the 80-plus shops of the shopping mall.
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