Albufeira Warnings and Dangers
Albufeira is a southern coastal town in Portugal quickly becoming a popular tourist destination thanks to its beaches and nightlife. Though beautiful, Albufeira is not without its hazards, so travel with caution.
Watch Your Step
Much of Albufeira is built into a hill, but to access its beaches, you should expect to hike down some steep roads, and then hike back up to return to your accommodations. Also, be aware that most of the streets and alleyways are made of small, slippery stones. You’ll see spots where stones are missing, loose, or have become uneven, which can lead to tripping hazards.
Safety Concerns for Drivers and Pedestrians
If driving in Albufeira, know that locals have a reputation for driving aggressively, and it’s not uncommon, despite their laws, for locals to drive while intoxicated when leaving the bars late at night. Also, do not park your car in restricted areas. Besides parking tickets, you might face the risk of your car being declared abandoned, in which case your car will be towed away at your cost. Check the nearby street signs before you leave your parked car. As a pedestrian, watch out for the same aggressive drivers, especially while crossing the street. Locals tend to cross even with oncoming traffic. As a result, both walkers and drivers are in danger if not careful.
This seaside paradise is home to a wide variety of wildlife. With many visitors and restaurant terraces around, the old town has become a feeding place for vermin. If you look, you may see rodent traps around the Fishermen’s Beach. Don’t hesitate to report any problems in this area. Also, be aware that Albufeira is home to snakes, though not necessarily poisonous, scorpions, and wild dogs.
Panhandlers and Pickpockets
Stay alert while at the beaches and bars, and especially when walking home late at night or early in the morning after an evening of partying. There have been reports of local panhandlers, as well as pickpockets, and muggings. While you may come across locals offering you a ride home from the bars, choose alternate, safer modes of transportation to avoid any risks associated with dishonest locals.
Be Careful Buying Food from Street Vendors
As is true in many foreign countries, locals should be careful when purchasing food from street vendors, as you could risk contracting a digestive illness due to unsanitary preparation and handling conditions.
If you go to the beach, know that this coastal town sees big waves and strong tides. Do not be caught in a cove when the tide comes in. Also, carry sunglasses, a hat, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and keep in the shade from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Albufeira.