Fresh off the plane and there is something I need to share with you all.
Albufeira’s Old Town is stun.
I’m not joking here. What a lovely place! Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows…here are my do’s and don’ts for your trip.
The beach. As you can imagine, in peak holiday time the whole bloody place was heaving (no complaints though!), so we decided to get our arses out of bed and thunder down to the beach towels in arms at 8am. This was a mistake. Nothing really gets going, or opens in fact, until about 9am, regardless of it being summer holidays. That being said, we chose to rent an umbrella and two padded sun loungers and because of our haste we nabbed the ones with the best view and closest to the toilets and shops, so not all doom and gloom. These were saving graces in all honesty and definitely worth the money, as come 9am the beach begins to fill up, and fast – you won’t believe how busy it was! And all for €15 per day – bargain if you ask me.
We took full advantage of the tremendous amount of water activities on offer and rented a pedalo, which is great fun…if you’re 12 or a group of more than two people. Not for the bloody life of us could we steer it correctly, cut to us spending an hour frantically peddaling out of the jet boat section of the water. Not fun, and friggin hard work!
Absolutely do not…
Get annoyed with the beach sellers. Yes, they are there all day, singing the same tune about fresh pineapple and watermelon. Yes, it is an absolute bloody rip off for a snide MK bag. But at the end of the day, they are doing their job, and if you take a minute to talk to them, they are the friendliest sellers I have ever been approached by. There’s normally an interesting tale of where they are from in there also, so ask the right questions!
Take your head out of cyber space and wander around the Old Town. Don’t get me wrong, the shops are purely tourist driven, so don’t be expecting Oxford Road, but it is lovely just to have a wander around. This is where the Old Town really becomes alive at night also, with decent food and lots of live music and drinks to cater for everyone. Highlights for us included a mexican tucked away across from Meet Bar in the corner which did ENORMOUS portions and Atrivum (think that’s what it was called) which was right in the heart of everything for drinks.
Absolutely do not…
Miss happy hour, if that’s what you’re there for. Drinks can be a bit pricey when it’s not happy hour, and when it gets to 10pm and you realise that between the two of you that you have spent €180, you start to feel a bit queasy, and it’s most definitely NOT the drink.
*Side note – they do not water down their alcohol here, like you would get in several holiday hot spots around Europe, so do take care and stay with whoever you’re travelling with. Stick to your limits and remember, cocktails are LETHAL, and let’s face it, who wants to waste a day being stuck in bed hungover?
Finally, absolutely do…
Just enjoy your time. The Old Town, albeit only half of what Albufeira has to offer, is great fun for all members of the family. You won’t be disappointed with what this lovely place has to offer, and I know i will certainly be revisiting.
BEST FOR: Couple Holidays, Stag and Hen Do’s, Family Holidays…it really is a place that is best for everyone. We had no trouble, and no one got too rowdy. 4/5!