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Plan Your Albufeira Holiday: Best of Albufeira

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Hugging the coast of Portugal’s southern Algarve region, Albufeira pairs neon and noise with poetic remnants of the past: pretty squares, 18th-century churches, the ancient remains of a Moorish castle, plus tiled pedestrian lanes winding through the whitewashed old town. The city's beaches bring the drama and pull in visitors with golden sand, rugged cliffs, and the bright teals and blues of the Atlantic. Along with Algarve coastal hot spots, these are some of the best and buzziest beaches in Europe. Water sports of all kinds could easily fill multiple days. But you could also pass the time feasting on just-hauled-in seafood (stewed cataplana is a local speciality) at Michelin-starred restaurants and partying until dawn. Inspired? We’ve got more recs below.
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Some must-try traditional restaurants in and around Albufeira

People come to Albufeira for a lot of reasons—its lively nightlife, its beautiful beaches—but for me, the big draw is the food. Chefs at this seaside town work wonders with traditional dishes, especially when it comes to seafood. You can’t go wrong with a fish dish, but my hit list includes kitchens that do amazing things with chicken, veal, and pork, too.
Miguel Andrade, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Veneza
    In the village of Paderne, this rustic and romantic garrafeira (wine cellar restaurant) is known for its top-notch bottles, but the food is just as good. The must-try meat dishes range from the juicy pork filets with onion to the mouthwatering pan-fried veal loin topped with an egg. If you're a fan of garlic, I recommend that you order the pan-fried pork tenderloin.
  • Restaurante La Cigale
    Imagine dining on an umbrella-shaded terrace, gazing out past dramatic rock formations to the Atlantic Ocean. This is the backdrop for La Cigale, a restaurant in the charming fishing village of Olhos de Água. João Luís, the owner, takes pride in serving perfectly grilled fish dishes. The place is extremely popular, so take my advice and book well in advance.
  • O Jacinto
    In the seaside resort of Quarteira, this traditional eatery has built up a reputation for its excellent seafood dishes. To avoid the long lines that are so common in the summer months, arrive early to try the delicious arroz de marisco (seafood rice) or one of the other dishes that are simmering on the stove, like açorda (bread soup) and cataplana (seafood stew).
  • Restaurante Teodosio
    Arrive at this eatery as soon as they unlock the front door, because otherwise you’ll have to wait. The location—in the village of Guia, not far from the beaches around Albufeira—guarantees a crowd. The enormous dining room isn’t much to look at, but the signature dish, chicken piri-piri, is always perfectly cooked and served with a tasty tomato salad.
  • Restaurante Jorge do Peixe
    Owner Jorge Silva comes from a family of fishermen, so it’s no surprise that Jorge do Peixe specialises in seafood. He sometimes catches the fish served in the pleasant dining room himself, so it couldn’t be fresher. The menu features such dishes as raia alhada (skate with garlic), tiger shrimp with coriander, and fried cuttlefish roe, but a longtime favourite is the hearty stew made with grouper, clams, and fresh mint.
  • Pedras Amarelas Restaurante
    This beachfront restaurant located on Praia da Galé offers a relaxed vibe that’s perfect for a casual meal with friends or a romantic evening with your significant other. The menu offers a wide variety of appetizing dishes, but locally sourced seafood is the speciality. Don’t miss the tagliatelle with prawns and mussels.