Albacora - The Algarve Hotels

Mini guide to Albacora - The Algarve


Albacora, once a tuna fishing village, is situated near the last paradise of the Algarve, Ria Formosa Natural Park, and is two kilometres from Tavira. Born from the fishing village Arraial Ferreira Neto, Albacora is an important reference of the history of tuna fishing in the Algarve.

Some of the old houses of Albacora have been converted into hotel rooms but the town's chapel and an old school building remain. A small museum illustrates the life of the town's former inhabitants and gives insight as to how the tuna fish suddenly left this coast, causing the village to become deserted.

Hotel Albacora offers visitors excellent public areas including a large swimming pool with sun terrace, two bars and two restaurants, an entertainment centre and a mini club. The health club has an interior heated swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, Turkish bath and massage parlour.

Just two kilometres away, Tavira is a pleasant little town with superb island beaches within easy reach. From July to mid-September, boats to the beach on Ilha de Tavira depart from the quayside. In addition, year round boats cross from Quatro Águas, two kilometres east of town.

You can also stroll around Tavira and see the old city walls, castle and the Roman bridge over the river as well as some fine 18th century buildings. Tavira has 27 churches too, and the resort is still a working fishing village.

Bars and restaurants line the gardens along the bank of the River Gilão, which flows through the centre of town. Enjoy the natural splendour of Ria Formosa Natural Park, where you can catch the boat tour departing from Olhão. Golfers can try either of the two golf courses in the area.

Faro International Airport is 34km from Albacora. Buses pull up at the terminal by the river in Tavira, while the train station is one kilometre from the centre Tavira, straight up the Rua da Liberdade. Shuttle buses go from Tavira to Albacora.

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