Located in the south of Portugal, in the centre of the Algarve, Albufeira enjoys Mediterranean climate with pleasant air and water temperatures all year round.
With its miles of golden sandy beaches, it is an environment designed for the most diverse sports activities with a fascinating historical and cultural heritage.
A cosmopolitan area marked by white houses in the historical town centre, where the blue ocean combines with the blue sky, and where the sun shines over three hundred days a year.
Connected by highways to the main areas of the country, Albufeira has a modern transport system, allowing fast connection throughout the region, and only 35 km away from Faro international airport.
Official language - Portuguese.
Time - GMT.
Electricity - 220 volts (plugs used are two round pins).
Water - Tap water is completely safe to drink.
Business Hours Shops, Government Offices, Banks
The shops in Albufeira open between 9:00 and 19:00. Some close for lunch from 13:00 to 15:00.
Large shopping centres and department stores, however, do not generally close at lunchtime.
Some shops and all the shopping centres and department stores open on Saturday afternoon, whilst all shops are closed on Sundays, except for certain special periods throughout the year when the shops have permission to open. Most of the banks open at 8:00 and close at 15:00. However, there is an extensive network of cash dispensers.
Currency - Euro. You can change your money at any bank and at the hotels reception desks. International credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.