Praia dos Pescadores – General information
Praia dos Pescadores is situated in front of the old town of Albufeira and is consequently the beach closest to the city.
It is called Praia dos Pescadores (translated: fishermen’s beach) because originally the fishing activities were related to the beach, where you could see the fishing boats. In ancient times, the fishing boats were pulled from the water to the sand by oxes and in the 20th century by a tractor. You could see also fishermen repairing nets on the beach. Or you could see them bringing baskets full of fish to the fishing auction, which was situated close to the beach. Such activities do not exist anymore on this beach, since the new marina was built western of the town. As the fishing activities are no longer on the beach, many locals tend to call this beach simply Praia de Albufeira.
As Praia dos Pescadores is an urban beach, some parts are usually very crowded. Facing the beach, there is a boulevard with many bars and restaurants. From the beach, you can easily walk to the main streets and to the centre of Albufeira. As you can see on the pictures, all the beaches of Albufeira have not only fine, gold-coloured sand, but also rock formations protecting the beaches. You will find signs advising you not to stay close to the rocks. These safety measures are a consequence of an accident that happened a few years ago.
It is possible to experience the beauty of this beach from the comfort of your couch, by viewing a 360 degree picture of this beach.
How to get there
Depending on where you are in Albufeira, you can access this beach by elevator or staircase from the upper city through a tunnel from the centre or just walking from downtown Albufeira. On the cliffs on the eastern side, there is a nice belvedère, called Pau da Bandeira, with magnificent views over the old city and Praia dos Pescadores. From there, you can descend through a modern escalator. To get to Praia dos Pescadores, you can enter in your GPS the following address: Rua Bairro dos Pescadores Albufeira.
Praia dos Pescadores – Facilities
Facilities in Praia dos Pescadores:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: yes
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: no
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: yes, at the top of the cliffs at Bairro dos Pescadores or a car park along Avenida 25 de Abril, in the old town
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: yes