The last day …
Albufeira was our last stop during our trip along the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. Even the weather was sad that it was our last day in Portugal. 🙂 We arrived to Albufeira from Lagos. On the way to Albufeira we stopped several times to discover the most amazing rock formations. Then we reached Albufeira in the evening. On the next day we didn’t have that much time. Due to the fact that these were our last hours in the Algarve, we were able to see only 3 places. So, if you want to read a little about Albufeira and discover its beautiful beaches, then stay with us till the end. You will find some tips here and lots of beautiful pictures!
After 3 days out of town 😛 we came back to the city again. Not surprisingly we started our trip from finding something to eat . Fortunately, it went very fast and came out pretty cheap.There are plenty bars in Albufeira for which you will pay up to 3.5 euros for English Breakfest!! All this is due to the English, who definitely dominate among foreign tourists in this region. Actually, it is impossible to hear Portuguese here. We had the impression that this area looks like an English colony. Just to warn you this place might be loud. And if you don’t like English pubs, English Breakfest (the only positive fact from large amount of English tourists) or you don’t want to hear English in Portugal, than don’t go to Albufeira. 😛
Besides this British accent, which we didn’t like, Albufeira turned out to be a nice town. I can’t compare it to other cities in the Algarve, because when we were traveling on this part of the coast, we focused mainly on the beaches. We can say that Albufeira was the biggest city stop on the Algarve coast. We didn’t waste the time because we really enjoyed. There are not many monuments here, but those white buildings with some colorful elements looks really preatty. 🙂
Interestingly, Albufeira was once a small fishing village with 30,000. residents. However, the tourist business has changed this small town into a city, where in the high season can be up to 300 thousand people!
The city also has direct access to the beach. Just go through the short tunnel and you will be already over the ocean. However, this is not a spectacular beach to which the Algarve has already accustomed us, but I am sure you will still like it!
The most beautiful beaches around Albufeira
Not only Lagos offers beautiful rocky coastline. Also in Albufeira you will find stunning views. Without a doubt, our leader in this area is Sao Rafael Beach. We visited this beach yesterday, so if you want to read about it, check out the previous post. By the way, we had the good fortune that we saw it yesterday. During our last day the weather was very cloudy. It was nice, but sometimes the wind made goose bumps. The ocean was heavily agitated and flooded most of the beaches.
We said good bye to the city and we drove to the nearby beaches. We visited only two and the first one was Arrifes. Arrifes is not that far from city center – around 15 min by car and you are on the spot. As mentioned above, the ocean was really wavy that day, so we admired beaches only from view point. The view was amazing – big waves were crashing into the rocks. 😉 You could stare at them all the time. Maybe the weather was not perfect for those who wanted sunbathing, but at least we could admire this rock formations fighting against big waves.
The land around the seashore is almost red and reminds me of the colors of the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to look down when walking. There are plenty of seashells fossil that look incredible! 🙂
Coelha Beach is located only few km away from Arrifes. A bit smaller and maybe not so spectacular, but certainly worthy of your attention. The rocks in some places are also densely centered and they may be a lil bit similar to Sao Rafael beach. I must admit that this area reminds me the Grand Canyon, only in a slightly yellower version. I would say that all this rock formations look very similar. 🙂
Besides, we think that the beaches here are more secure than those in Lagos. Why so? The beaches around Albufeira are larger, so even if some rocks are lined up, there is a good chance you won’t be reached. On small beaches in Lagos, there was nowhere to hide, or even to sit at a safe distance. But I think there is nothing to worry about such things. 😛
Coelha was our last stop. We got in the car and headed to the airport. The road to the airport took us around 40 min.
The End 🙁
We left Algarve with so many positive memories. We had so much fun and I guess we saw a big piece of this beauty land. If you want to read more about Algarve, don’t hesitate to >>click here<< ! 🙂 Luckily, this year Ryanair opened first direct flights from Warsaw to Faro, so we didn’t have to change on our way back home!
And how about your impressions of Albufeira and its beaches? 🙂