Sol E Mar Hotel

  • Beachfront
  • Indoor Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Evening entertainment
  • Low Deposit Options Available
  • Interest FREE Payment Plans
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The Sol E Mar is a 4-star hotel situated right in the center of Albufeira, right on Peneco Beach. This hotel has 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a pool that's heated between October and ... Continue reading

The Sol E Mar is a 4-star hotel situated right in the center of Albufeira, right on Peneco Beach. This hotel has 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a pool that’s heated between October and April. This is a sought-after destination and a popular hotel because of its clean, comprehensive facilities and its great access to the stunning tourist town of Albufeira, on the south coast of Portugal.

Start the first day of your holiday at the Sol E Mar hotel with a swim in the warm pool, before enjoying breakfast at the Sunrise Restaurant, serving your typical buffet, continental affair, well looked after by attentive staff. If a sea swim takes your fancy after breakfast, head down to Peneco beach. Its wide, sandy and perfect for surfing and swimming, flanked by beautiful bleached-white buildings. Head back up to the restaurant and enjoy dinner in the Sunset Restaurant, which serves a la carte food served up hot and delicious.

Albufeira has come a popular tourist resort over the last ten years. Its great beaches, like Peneco Beach, Praia dos Pescadores and the very popular Falesia Beach in Olhos de Agua, just to name a couple, provide an excellent backdrop for a sunny holiday to the Algarve. Luso Aventura Albufeira is a great woodland adventure park for a day out with the kids and Albufeira old town is a must visit for all its restaurants, shops and bars. With so many beaches there’s obviously all the boat tours, diving spots and cave and cliff exploring you could wish for.

Activities

  • Beachfront
  • Bicycle rental
  • Billiards
  • Evening entertainment
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Hiking
  • Indoor pool (all year)
  • Library

Other facilities

  • Terrace

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Car hire
  • Free WiFi
  • Heating
  • Lift
  • Non smoking throughout
  • Room service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Shuttle service (surcharge)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Vending machine (snacks)

Food and Drink

The breakfast type is Buffet. A snack bar is also available throughout the day. Evenings can be spent at the lobby bar.

Other Information

The following payments are accepted: Diners Club, Visa Card, American Express and Euro/Master Card. Additional fees may apply for certain facilities, amenities or activities.

Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers to use a credit or debit card.

To make booking a holiday at Sol E Mar Hotel in Albufeira easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Sol E Mar Hotel with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above.

A busy trading port in ancient times, Albufeira declined into a poor fishing town in the 18th century, having been swamped by tidal waves and burnt out by civil war. But since the 1960s the tide has turned again and this central Algarve enclave is once more awash with prosperity, thanks to a tourist boom.

Albufeira, Portugal's most popular holiday resort, has been described as a stretch of 'holiday-land suburbia', spreading from the old town both east and west along the coast, its sandy coves and golden beaches drawing an assorted crowd from retired couples to wild teens, and plenty of families with young children. Satellite resort developments provide every imaginable type and grade of accommodation.

Everyone finds something to enjoy in this sprawling, low-rise holiday destination, which retains its old world charm in narrow alleyways behind the new hip and happening "Strip". The Strip, to the east of town, runs from the Montechoro Hotel down to the Praia da Oura, lined with dozens of cafés, restaurants and bars that keep pumping from breakfast time to the small hours. On the long stretch of beach below Albufeira's central square, accessed through a tunnel, craggy fishermen mend their nets, unperturbed by the languishing topless sunbathers around them.

While the chief holiday attraction of Albufeira is its 23 or so enchanting beaches, most protected by ochre-tinted cliffs, there are some interesting sightseeing possibilities too, like the new Virtual Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery and a small museum showcasing Ming ceramics. Those who venture inland will find a tranquil green countryside to explore, redolent with almond, fig, orange and pine trees, where little villages stand timelessly in the sun.

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Scenery

Shopping

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Watersports

Cost

Nightlife

Sightseeing

Beach

Restaurants

Activities

While on holiday in Albufeira, relaxing on the golden beaches and in the warm, clear water is enough to content most vacationers, with about 23 beaches (some with Blue Flag status) in the area along a 19-mile (30km) stretch of coastline. Watersports of all sorts are on offer at the main beaches, from sailing and windsurfing to jet skiing. Golfers can try out the neat nine-hole Pine Cliffs course about three miles (5km) east of Albufeira at the Sheraton Algarve.

Those with children will spend fun times at Zoo Marine in Guia, just a few miles away, with water slides, swimming pools, dolphin shows and an aquarium. Just wandering around the intriguing old town centre is a pleasant way to pass a day. Look out for interesting local landmarks like the Clock Tower at Rua Bernardino de Sousa, and the 18th century Parish Church on the Rua da Igreja Nova, built on the site of an earlier one that collapsed in the earthquake of 1755.

One of the few buildings that survived that quake is the Old Inn on Rua Henrique Calado. Also fascinating is the Xorino Cave, which served as shelter for fugitive Moors during the Christian conquest of the town in ancient times. There is also an archaeological museum in Albufeira and several art galleries worth visiting while on holiday.

Restaurants

Like everywhere in Portugal, seafood is the speciality of the house in most of the dozens of restaurants in and around Albufeira. The catch of the day is guaranteed to be fresh in this traditional fishing town, particularly in the eateries clustered at Fisherman's Beach, below the main town square. Specialities to seek out are sardines, flounder and bass, lobster and prawns. A true local dish is Caldeirada, a stew made up of several types of fish, cooked up with potatoes, peppers and parsley. Steamed clams, cuttlefish cooked in their ink and octopus salad are other indigenous culinary adventures. The local wine is a worthy accompaniment. Some recommended restaurants in Albufeira are Dom Carlos at the top of Old Town, popular steakhouse Restaurante Cerro Grande, fun and vibey Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro, or The English Kitchen for traditional British food.

Nightlife

After a day in the sun most holidaymakers enjoy sipping a drink at one of Albufeira's many outdoor cafés, watching the world go by, before adjourning to one of the lively bars that surround the town square or line The Strip. Bars keep hopping until three or four in the morning, but those who want to dance the night away can keep going until sunrise at one of the nightclubs or discotheques that are ten a penny in the town. Some of the more popular clubs and bars are Capitulo V, Kiss and Sir Harry's.

Shopping

From seafront kiosks full of fun-in-the-sun odds and ends to a full on shopping mall experience, Albufeira can keep most shoppers reaching for their wallets with a tantalising array of merchandise. The town's main shopping plaza is the Modelo Centre in Rua de Municipio, north of downtown. Not far away is the lively Algarve Shopping Complex in Guia, where brand name shoes and clothes are on offer in a high street mall type complex, along with restaurants, an English-language cinema and bowling alley. Those seeking genuine local souvenirs should look out for mats made from rush or cornhusks in the villages of Almeijoafras and Monte Novo, woven baskets, woodcarvings and some glazed terracotta ceramics. These are to be found in numerous independent shops in the town centre as well as local markets.

Negatives

During the height of summer Albufeira is a favoured holiday destination for young singles, and it can become a bit rowdy at night.

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Portuguese,
Currency: Euro (€)
€1 = £0.89

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Hotel address : RUA JOSE BERNARDINO DE SOUSA, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal, 8200-146

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A selection of available rooms is shown below. More options may be available.
  • Double Room with Balcony and Sea View
    • Number of bedrooms: 10
    • Room size (sqm): 17
    • Bathroom
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Direct dial telephone
    • TV
    • 220V power supply
    • Mini fridge
    • Individually adjustable air conditioning
    • Individually adjustable heating
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double or Twin Room with Balcony/Terrace and Sea View
    • Room size (sqm): 17
    • Cot on demand
    • Extra beds on demand (fees may apply)
    • Number of bedrooms: 74
    • Bathroom
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Direct dial telephone
    • TV
    • 220V power supply
    • Mini fridge
    • Individually adjustable air conditioning
    • Individually adjustable heating
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Twin Room with Balcony/Terrace
    • Air-Conditioning
    • Balcony
    • Bathroom
    • Internet
    • Mini Fridge
    • Phone
    • Safe
    • TV

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