10 Things to Do in Albufeira in December

Explore its beaches, visit the Sacred Art Museum, taste local wines, participate in cultural events and enjoy the Christmas markets and festive decorations during your visit to Albufeira in December.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Albufeira in December

Albufeira | ©firehouse.ie

Although throughout the year there is a wide variety of things to see and do in Albufeira, in December there are special events marked by the proximity of the Christmas season. You can enjoy the Christmas market, where you can find local handicrafts and delicious traditional sweets. In addition, you can marvel at the giant nativity scene that recreates the Nativity scene.

You will also find light shows that transform the city into a magical place. Finally, enjoy the Portuguese gastronomy in the cozy restaurants and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of Albufeira during December.

1. Visit the Christmas market

Christmas Market| ©Bruno Pereira
Christmas Market| ©Bruno Pereira

Albufeira's Christmas market is a must-see event during the festive season. Located in the heart of the city, this space offers an enchanting experience with its decorated and illuminated stalls.

The market features a wide variety of local products and handicrafts. From handmade Christmas ornaments to decorative items, gifts, jewelry and gourmet products. You can find unique and special products that reflect the local culture and craftsmanship.

In addition to shopping, the Christmas market offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. You can enjoy live entertainment, traditional music, pony rides, craft workshops for children and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. A fun way to get there is by tuk tuk, which are used on some of Albufeira's best tours.

Book a tuk tuk tour of Albufeira

2. Attend the Christmas light show

Christmas| ©Valter Jacinto |
Christmas| ©Valter Jacinto |

The Christmas light show in Albufeira is a fascinating event that adds a magical touch to the festive season. Each year, the main streets and squares are illuminated with a variety of vibrant lights and Christmas decorations, creating an enchanting and festive atmosphere.

In addition to the lights, the Christmas light show also includes parades and special events. The light parades, in which decorated floats travel through the streets, are one of the most anticipated moments. These parades are often accompanied by festive music and live entertainment, creating an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The Christmas light show in Albufeira is a unique opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the beauty and joy of the season. It is an experience that combines tradition with creativity, and brings moments of happiness and wonder to those who visit the city during December.

3. Visit the Giant Nativity Scene

Nativity Scenes| ©::Marco
Nativity Scenes| ©::Marco


Albufeira's Giant Nativity Scene is a highlight during the month of December.

Located in the city's main square, this impressive life-size Nativity Scene depicts the Christmas scene in an extraordinary way. From the Holy Family to the shepherds, the Magi and the animals, every detail is meticulously crafted to create an authentic and captivating representation.

This Nativity Scene is a testament to Albufeira's commitment to keeping Christmas traditions alive and providing a special experience for visitors. It is a place that attracts both locals and tourists, who can enjoy the beauty of the Christmas scene while exploring the giant Nativity Scene.

4. Delight your palate with traditional Christmas sweets

Bolo-Rei| ©Jorge Barros
Bolo-Rei| ©Jorge Barros

During the Christmas season in Albufeira you will find a variety of traditional Portuguese sweets that are prepared especially to celebrate the holidays. Here are some of the most popular Christmas sweets that you can enjoy in Albufeira:

  • Bolo-Rei, is a round cake decorated with dried and candied fruits. Inside the Bolo-Rei you will find nuts, raisins and sometimes a little surprise. Also enjoyed are Sonhos, light and fluffy fritters topped with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Rabanadas are a Portuguese version of French Toast, with slices of bread soaked in milk and egg, then fried and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Filhós are fried doughnuts that are often filled with jam.

These are just a few examples of the traditional sweets you can find in Albufeira during Christmas. You can also find a variety of traditional cakes and pies in the local pastry shops. Be sure to try some of these sweets while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

5. Have fun at the Adventure Park and take the opportunity to meet Santa Claus

Visiting Santa Claus| ©__ drz __
Visiting Santa Claus| ©__ drz __

In Albufeira, during the Christmas season, the 'Parque Aventura' offers an exciting and festive experience for the whole family. This outdoor adventure park is transformed with Christmas decorations and special activities that add a magical touch to the visit.

In addition to adventure activities such as zip lines, suspension bridges, tree climbing and obstacle courses, the park also hosts themed events and holiday festivities. You can enjoy live shows, festive music and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. There are also rest and picnic areas where you can relax and enjoy a cozy atmosphere.

The 'Parque Aventura' is one of the must-visit destinations whether you are an adventure lover or looking for fun family moments.

6. Experience the magic of Christmas at Albufeira Castle

Paderne Castle| ©Paul Richards
Paderne Castle| ©Paul Richards

The 'Albufeira Castle', a historical jewel located on the top of a hill with panoramic views of the sea, is transformed into a magical setting during these dates. The Christmas events taking place at the castle offer an enchanting experience for the whole family.

During December, Albufeira Castle gets into the festive spirit with Christmas markets and themed events. Stroll through the colorful craft stalls, where you can find unique gifts and handmade Christmas decorations. In addition, you can enjoy culinary delights such as traditional cakes and mulled wine.

Christmas events at the castle also include live entertainment such as choral concerts and theatrical performances. It also provides an impressive backdrop for admiring the fireworks and Christmas lights that illuminate the night sky.

7. Look out over the bay from the top of the Clock Tower

Clock Tower| ©Jimmy Pierce
Clock Tower| ©Jimmy Pierce

The 'Clock Tower' stands as a historic land mark and a prime vantage point for those seeking a breathtaking panoramic view.

Although the tower itself cannot be visited internally, it remains a prominent attraction in the city by offering a beautiful panoramic view of the old town, as well as the dazzling Albufeira Bay in all its splendor.

From the top of the 'Clock Tower' you can appreciate the charming traditional architecture of Albufeira, with its white houses and terracotta roofs that are scattered around the city. The combination of natural beauty and historical charm make this view a true delight for the senses.

Contemplating the bay of Albufeira from the top of the 'Clock Tower' is an experience that sticks in your memory, and it is also free and easy to access, as you can reach it being in the historic center of the city.

8. Become a wine expert during the December fairs

Wine Tasting| ©Elena Paschinger
Wine Tasting| ©Elena Paschinger

During December, local wineries open their doors to offer exceptional wine tastings, one of the best things to do in Albufeira.

You can enjoy a wide selection of local wines, from robust red wines to refreshing white wines. Expert winemakers will guide you through the different flavors and aromas, and tell you about the region's winemaking traditions.

In addition to wine tastings in the wineries, Albufeira and the surrounding area also hosts festivals and events dedicated to wine culture. You can taste a wide variety of local and regional wines, accompanied by delicious tapas and typical Portuguese dishes. Also, if you wish to further explore the wine culture of the region, you can consider taking a wine tour from Albufeira to other wine producing areas of the Algarve.

Book a tour of Silves and its wineries

9. Get to know the cultural richness of Albufeira

Getting to know Albufeira| ©Patrick Nouhailler
Getting to know Albufeira| ©Patrick Nouhailler

In Albufeira, even during the month of December, there are a number of cultural activities that will allow you to immerse yourself in the charm and richness of its heritage. Here are some of the cultural activities you can enjoy in Albufeira during December:

  • Museum visits: Explore the Museum of Sacred Art, located in the church of San Sebastian, where you can appreciate religious works and historical objects. You can also visit the Municipal Museum of Archeology to discover the ancient history of the region. During December, these spaces have new exhibitions that are worth visiting.
  • Concerts and live performances: During December, concerts and performances are organized in different places in Albufeira. From classical music to jazz concerts and performances by folk groups, there are options for all tastes.
  • Themed cultural events: Albufeira hosts special cultural events during December, such as traditional Portuguese music festivals and folk dance shows. These events offer an immersion in local culture and traditions.

These cultural activities in Albufeira during December give you the opportunity to learn about the history, art and tradition of this charming seaside town.

10. Recharge your energy in the tranquility of the sea

Albufeira beach| ©Jose A
Albufeira beach| ©Jose A

Albufeira's beaches, normally bustling during the summer, transform into an oasis of tranquility and serenity in the last month of the year. Although winter sets in, the coasts remain a hidden treasure worth discovering.

Take the opportunity to get to know the best beaches of Albufeira and take long walks along its coasts, enjoy panoramic views and recharge your batteries. The Algarve coast offers a wide variety of beaches to choose from, from small hidden coves to wide stretches of sand.

Visiting the beaches of Albufeira in December is a unique experience. The options for fun are many, from taking a surfing lesson, to a speedboat ride to the Benagil cave, to hopefully seeing a dolphin.

Book a speedboat ride to Benagil Cave

What to pack to visit Albufeira in December?

Given the cool temperatures typical of the month of December, it is recommended that you take into account the following items of clothing and objects at the time of packing your suitcase:

  • Warm clothing: It is important to bring warm clothing such as jackets, coats, sweaters and scarves. This will help keep you warm during cooler temperatures.
  • Umbrella or raincoat: December is a rainy month in Albufeira, so it is advisable to bring an umbrella or raincoat to protect you from the occasional rain.
  • Proper footwear: Be sure to wear closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes, as there may be wet or slippery areas due to the rain.

Albufeira in December can be a pleasant experience if you are prepared for the weather and dress appropriately. Enjoy your trip! What are the prices in Albufeira in December? In December, which is considered low season, it is possible to find lower prices for accommodation, transportation and activities compared to the summer months. Here is an overview of prices in Albufeira during December:

  • Accommodation: hotel and apartment prices tend to be cheaper in December compared to the summer months. You can find special offers and discounts on accommodation, allowing you to save on your stay.
  • Restaurants and dining: Restaurant and food prices in Albufeira in December can be lower compared to the high season. Many restaurants offer special seasonal menus and promotions to attract visitors.
  • Transportation: Prices for transportation, such as cabs, buses and car rentals, may be more affordable in December, including transfers from the airport to the city.
  • Tourist activities: During the low season, tourist activities in Albufeira may have lower prices. From boat trips to sightseeing, it is possible to find deals and discounts to enjoy local attractions.