Shopping in and around Albufeira
There is nothing as bad as wasting the first day of your long awaited holiday
finding out where to shop for those essentials so we are happy to offer a few sensible suggestions to those guests
who intend to fully or partly self cater.
There are a few small convenience shops on Albufeira Marina
but like most small stores these can be a little more expensive but are perfect for those small items like
bread and milk.
The best and closest option for shopping is the Lidl store, about 1.6 miles from the apartment and west of
Albufeira town. Lidl is easily accessible by the Giro bus or Taxi ride either of which will still afford you great
savings on your purchases. The Giro bus service costs €1.40 per trip and the Taxi ride costs about €4. If
you travel to Lidl on the Giro bus and prefer a taxi on the return trip there is always a taxi in the car park or
not far away.
What to do and where to go on that first night can be a bit of a
challenge especially if you arrive late. Go down to the Marina and turn right and look for Nosola Italia where
you can sit in or take away very tasty Pizzas and other food. There are various other restaurants and bars
along the Marina front but Nosola Italia has been a favourite with many of our previous guests as you can read in
our previous guest reviews.
Algarve Shopping is the main Shopping Centre in the area which also contains the large Continente
supermarket. The mall next to Algarve Shopping now contains Iceland Overseas which stock mostly the same range as
the UK so if you want familiarity you will find it there. The centre is only *6 miles (13mins) travel from our
Algarve Shopping - The Guia Shopping and Entertainment Complex can
be found on the N125 just outside of Albufeira (*6 miles from our apartment). This is a modern shopping centre with
an excellent range of well known shops, a multiplex cinema and an amazing range of cafes and restaurants in the
Food Hall on the top floor. For a hamburger which is almost a connoisseur experience try H3 and pay only
fractionally more than you would in McDonalds. New shops for 2013 see the return of that famous high street brand
C&A. H&M have also joined the line up but apart from those known names you will find plenty or Portuguese
shops not found in the UK.
If you have children with you and they are over two years old then
there is a crèche on the first floor, just behind the main selection of Restaurants. The crèche is well equipped
and charges around €3.50 per hour. The whole centre is open from 09:00 to midnight with the shops open between 10am
and 10pm and well worth a visit.
Just like the UK with UK prices on the produce and the Euro equivalent shown on the shelves. Iceland also has a
nice butchery department and mostly English staff. Situated in the mall next to Algarve Shopping, it's about 6
miles from the apartment.
This is one of the larger supermarkets in the area with Modelo being similar to a metro version. Being located
more centrally in Albufeira Modelo does stock some more familiar produce aimed at satisfying the tourist market.
The main supermarket is within Algarve Shopping centre and Modelo within Albufeira Shopping about 2 miles from the
apartment and on the Giro bus route.
This is a Portuguese Supermarket which offers good value and produce; you will find one located almost opposite
Albufeira Shopping at the Watches Roundabout.
Check out the handy shopping translation guide below to make sure you know what is
what in Portuguese supermarkets and shops.
||Compra de Carne
||Rabo de Boi
||Carne de porco
||Frutos do Mar
||Queijo de cabra
||Queijo de ovelha
||Métodos de cozimento