5 Things You Didn't Know About Albufeira

Albufeira is a popular holiday destination, with its prominent Strip attracting locals and tourists alike to the assortment of clubs, bars and parties. And although the Strip is impressive, open almost 24 hours of the day and home to famous nightclubs such as Albufeira’s top super club Club Vida and Kiss Disco Club, which regularly hosts Portuguese film, television, fashion and sports stars each weekend, there is far more to Albufeira than its nightlife. Here are five things you didn’t know about Albufeira:


1. Popular area to relocate.


Portugal has an extraordinary climate and Albufeira is privy to more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year. This, as well as the friendly and accepting nature of the locals persuade many to relocate to Albufeira. Many people select Albufeira as their favourite destination as it offers the best of both worlds: a lively, bustling nightlife as well as beautiful beaches, picturesque countryside and local cuisine. For the past three consecutive years, the Algarve has been named as the best place in the world to live in or retire to.


2. Safe and sound.


The Algarve is ranked as one of the safest regions in Europe, with the country as a whole ranking as the 17th safest country in the world. Violent crime seldom occurs, and the majority of petty crime that does occur is during the busy tourist season, when the town’s inhabitants grow from 25,000 to 100,000.


3. The Origins of Albufeira.


Albufeira's history dates back to the Roman Empire. The Romans first put their stamp on the town and named it 'Baltum' and used the town for commerce and agriculture, taking advantage of the port. The influeunce of the Roman Empire is still visible today in the town; remains of the Roman bridges in Paderne and Guia still stand.


4. Why is it called 'Albufeira'?


The name 'Albufeira' is derived from the Arab term 'Al-buhera', which translates to 'castle of the sea.' This was during the 8th century when the Arabs occupied the town and used it as a defensive stronghold, protected by the city’s location on tall cliffs, defended by a wall which is still partly visible today.


5. The cost of a pint.


And of course, most importantly - Averagely, Do you know how much a beer costs in the Algarve…? Only £1.82! As if you needed any more convincing to join us at Spring Break Portugal 2020 — £1.82!!

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Did you know that only 15% of people that went to Spring Break Portugal 2019 booked a Super Early Bird package? That’s crazy!

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8 Hotels for Spring Break Portugal – Options for Every Price Range!

“It’s going to be too expensive, once you add in flights and hotels...”

Well, no. Not necessarily. Spring Break Portugal is still some time away, which means both flights and hotels are the most affordable they’re going to be right now. And to show you just how affordable they are, I’ve compiled a list of 8 great hotels with two options in each price range, so that’s one excuse to cross off of your list!

With five blissful days of sun, sea and exclusive events and parties, you’ll need an equally fabulous hotel to stumble back to each night – and we’ve got you covered.

We are delighted to announce we have teamed up with Muthu Clube Praia Da Oura hotel and have packages available through the Spring Break Portugal website. Many Spring Breakers and members of the team will be staying here so if you have a tendency to develop FOMO, be sure to book with us!

On a budget?

Under £150 for 5 nights

Janelas do Mar

Option one: Apartamentos Turisticos Janelas do Mar

Price: £135pp for 5 nights - £27 per night!

Accommodation type: Aparthotel

Star rating: ★★★ - 7.4 on Booking.com

Spacious apartments with vibrant, modern interior, a range of accommodation types are on offer, from studios to penthouse apartments. The hotel amenities include two outdoor pools, a gym, an indoor pool and sports centre and is situated 1.6 miles away from Oura Beach.

Rooms come with a balcony with a stunning view, a flat-screen TV and satellite channels, a safe for your valuables, a drying rack and hairdryer. In addition, free toiletries, towels and linens are provided. And if you want to save a little extra money, minimise your spending on food by making use of the oven, refrigerator and other kitchen facilities!

Oura Lancemar

Option two: Oura Lancemar by Sunny Deluxe

Price: £142 for 5 nights - £28.40 per night!

Accommodation type: Apartment

Star rating: ★★★ - 9.6 rating on Booking.com

Situated just 0.6 miles from Oura Beach, these accommodations offer free Wifi, air conditioning, an outdoor pool and garden. Rooms come with a balcony boasting a city view and a fold up bed in case you need the extra space 😉

Your basic essentials such as toiletries, towels, linens are provided alongside TV and satellite channels and ironing facilities. A fully kitted out kitchen is included in the rooms but if you’re not up for cooking, you also have the option of an onsite restaurant.

Airport transfers via shuttle bus is also an option for an additional cost.

Lil’ Bit More

£200-300 for 5 nights

Vila Petra

Option one: Vila Petra

Price: £239 - £47.80 per night!

Accommodation type: Aparthotel

Star rating: ★★★★ - 9.0 rating on Booking.com

Just a short walking distance from Albufeira’s famous Strip, this vibrant hotel offers a apartments with balconies overlooking the outdoor pool and a plethora of additional activities and amenities, including a fitness centre, a serene indoor pool, a bar and even a buffet restaurant with a range of gluten-free options! A continental breakfast is available for an additional £8 (a perfect hangover cure)

And for all those heavy sleepers, there’s even a wake-up service!

Pinheiros da Balaia

IDEAL FOR GROUPS!

Option two: Pinheiros da Balaia Villas

Price: £287 for 4 people - £71.75 per person!

Accommodation type: Villa

Star rating: ★★★★ - 9.0 rating on Booking.com

This property is rated as having the best value for money in Albufeira and it’s not hard to see why. This property offers two storey, two-bedroom villas that overlook the Atlantic Ocean and sleep either four of six people in single beds from as little as £71.75 per person for 5 nights – a serious bargain if you’re booking as a group!

A swimming pool, bar and restaurant with breakfast options for just £6 and the option of airport transfers is also available. Communal areas are designed with groups in mind – warm, welcoming yet spacious interiors to each villa that accommodate groups perfectly. You’ll have plenty of places to relax both inside and out of the property with an abundance of seating areas, as well as landscaped gardens across the hotel to roam through and get that perfect photo for Instagram!

Money Ain’t a Thing

£500+ for 5 nights

São Rafael Atlântico

Option one: São Rafael Atlântico

Price: £184 per night, £920 for five nights

Accommodation type: Hotel

Star rating: ★★★★★ - 8.8 on TripAdvisor!

This five-star hotel is a luxurious accommodation that overlooks the sea with beautiful greenery that opens out to its own private terrace, just a short 10-minute walk to its own private beach. With a wellness centre, fitness centre and spa, onsite, you’ll leave this hotel feeling pampered and refreshed, no matter how rough you feel entering it!

Also included in the package is a fabulous breakfast buffet and an à-la-carte restaurant which features Mediterranean specialities, as well as three outdoor swimming pools to choose from and a fully-stocked bar. You’ll also have access to additional activities at the hotel, including diving, hiking, windsurfing and fishing. If you’re feeling a more relaxed approach, you can indulge in the hammam, hot tub, jacuzzi and sauna as well as the amenities in your room, including a minibar and flat-screen TV.

Epic SANA Algarve

Option two: Epic SANA Algarve Hotel

Price: £279 per night, £1398 for 5 nights

Accommodation type: Resort

Star rating: ★★★★★ - 9.0 on TripAdvisor!

This luxury accommodation features modern, contemporary rooms with white marble bathrooms and both a shower and bathtub. Rooms are soundproof, airy and generously-sized, each with a balcony, air-conditioning and the option of interconnecting rooms if you’re travelling as a group.

This beautiful beachfront hotel boasts amazing views of the resort and beach; a multi-sports court, highly-rated fitness centre and spa are just a few of the facilities available to guests. Indoor and outdoor pools with a romantically-lit poolside bar, this property is highly recommended for couples. Free Wi-Fi is available across the hotel and an extensive breakfast is included, with the option of other meals at an additional cost.

And there you have it! That’s our list of top 8 hotels. Have you stayed in Albufeira before? What’s your favourite hotel? Comment below and let us know.

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FREE DOWNLOAD - Viva Guide to SBPT2019!
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With this years Spring Break Portugal fast approaching, It’s only right that we release this years Viva Mag!

We’ve created another amazing guide with all the necessary information about Spring Break Portugal 2019. For those of you unaware, our e-Magazines come in PDF format and can be downloaded directly on to your phone.

This year, we’ve included loads of information about all the events and we’ve included information on airport transfers, hotel checkin/checkout and Google Map links to help you with directions. Furthermore, we’ve included a checklist of things that you’ll most likely need at Spring Break Portugal 2019.

It’s the perfect Spring Break Portugal companion and saves you loads of time, so make sure you download it as soon as possible.

Last but not least, we’ve created our Spring Break Portugal 2019 WhatsApp Group Chat. Click Here to join our group, or better yet, download our Viva e-Mag and join from there.

From SBPT2018 to Notting Hill Carnival!
Notting Hill Carnival

The countdown has begun and we only have a few days to get ready for one of the biggest and best carnival experiences in the world. OK fine... maybe I’m being biased as I have only ever been to Notting Hill Carnival, but surely a million other carnival goers can’t be wrong?

Just like Spring Break Portugal, Carnival is one of those things that I look forward to every single year. It’s what officially ends summer for me, but with the happiest and biggest bang ever! If you grew up in London, then you should know what I mean. And if you have never been before then you have you even really lived? 

So with that being said, I thought I’d put together a little list of Do’s & Don'ts to make sure you have the best experience ever.

DO

Plan ahead – Phone service is rubbish! stations and buses are either closed or diverted! and barriers are up everywhere! What you don’t want to do is turn up without a plan and spend the day wandering about aimlessly trying to find where to go and what to do. Download a NHC18 map and pick your favourite spots. If you want to see the bands and floats, make sure you go on time. Thereafter, either follow them or choose a good spot to chill and watch them from.

Pack your bag wisely – The best option I can suggest is to take a bum bag or a small rucksack, but wear it on your front. Make sure you take cash, your phone, tissues/wipes for when the port-a-loo’s run out, makeup if you’re wearing some for re-touches, a small bottle of sunscreen if the weather is good, water if it fits and maybe a battery pack if you intend to take snaps and or photos! Anything else is excessive and you will get tired carrying anything more than this.

Meet in advance – The crowds are insane, everything gets chaotic no matter how well you know the area and the phone reception is non-existent. Last year I spent the whole day trying to find a few friends who didn’t meet us beforehand and in the end we just had to give up.  

Sound systems – Half of the fun of Carnival is slipping down a side street to listen to one of the many sound systems that are playing the BEST carnival music; from Soca to Bashment, from Latin to Dub, from Rap to RnB, there is something for absolutely everyone. Oh wait... did I say listen to? No... I meant to whine and two step to with a Red Stripe in your hand! Some of our resident DJ’s from Spring Break Portugal will be performing at a number of locations such as DJ Krisis at the 'BLOC PARTY' in Middle Row.

Caribbean cuisine – Please don’t go to Carnival and try to queue for some artisan pop-up that specialises in vegan jerk burgers or some other weird made up eatery. Find yourself a stall that has the most Aunties (yes... you read that right... I mean someone that looks like your typical Aunty) working there and treat your taste buds to a real Caribbean meal. Typical choices include jerk chicken with rice and peas and coleslaw. My favourite is curry goat with rice and a dumpling or, if you like them sweet, a festival and get some plantain too. You will not be disappointed! And as for drinks, the only things allowed are Red Stripe, Rum, Punch and Magnums… oh and water. Please remember to stay hydrated.

DON’T

High heels/expensive trainers – Walking gets tiring, especially when you’ll be at it all day long. People will step on your feet, and things inevitably get spilled. NO matter how well you think you can last in heels or how much you think your shoes won’t get dirty, know now... you are wrong.

Large amounts of cash – Be vigilant of pickpockets and don’t keep all your cash together in the same place. I recommend putting some emergency cash or extra cash in your sock or an area similar. With the sheer amount of people surrounding you, even pulling out your phone could result in money falling out which you will never see again.

Pressure to dance with people – Please do not feel pressured to dance with or give your number to anyone. If you don’t want to do anything, just politely decline and walk away. If you are worried, there are plenty of police officers around that you can go chat to or even stand next to.

Drugs – Whilst we don’t condone drugs, people will be smoking weed which is pretty normal for Carnival. If you’re considering anything else, please leave it at home as you can easily ruin yours and others fun. It’s just not necessary.

Bad attitude – Carnival is all about community, people, celebration and having fun. Leave your bad vibes, your beef, and your bad mood at home and enjoy the day!

That's all from me! Enjoy the weekend and leave us a comment on your favourite things about Carnival. Love Monika