A guide to Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

A guide to Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira is a Portuguese city located in the Algarve within the district of Faro. Like a large number of the towns and villages up and down the coast, Albufeira was once a humble fishing village, but is now mostly supported by its booming tourist trade. The population of the city massively increases every summer period as tourists flock to take advantage of the local beaches, restaurants and facilities. The golf courses in the area caters to enthusiasts and the wide range of hotels makes the location ideal for both those hoping for cheap holidays in Albufeira and those looking for more pricey experiences. A number of interesting museums as well as an art gallery, which holds regular exhibitions, can be found in the town to attract art lovers and those interested by the history of the town. The sun, sea and sand is well complemented as an attraction by the rich culture, nightlife and services provided by this former fishing town.

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A Brief History
Albufeira has been a thriving port town for hundreds of years and was given its name from the Arabic word for lagoon. Its successful fishing trade was originally the primary economic base for the village and the surrounding area was protected by its own castle. It is thought to have exchanged hands numerous times and was once occupied by the Romans, who named the town Baltum. Later, the Moors changed its name to Al-Buhera as they controlled the port and turned it into a hugely important trading centre. The town has been badly hit by two earthquakes in its history, the first in 1532 then again in 1755 when the castle was partly destroyed. Furthermore, during the ‘War of the Miguels’, the town was besieged and set ablaze. In fact, Albufeira has only recently recovered as the tourist trade, triggered by the construction of an international airport in the area, brought in thousands of visitors.

In Town Attractions
Albufeira has become a popular tourist resort for several reasons. The primary quality of the town that draws thousands of visitors during the summer months is undoubtedly its proximity to the beautiful sandy shores. The beaches are easily accessible from the streets and are just a few minutes from the town square. The main beaches are the Praia de Balaia, Praia de Castelo, Praia de Falésia, Praia de Galé, de Olhos d’Agua, Praia de Maria Luisa, and Praia de São Rafael. These offer visitors the delights of sun, sea and sand over the hot summers. Many of them also offer boat rides and boats for hiring as well as water sport facilities. In the centre of town there is plenty to interest art and history lovers who can visit the museums and art gallery. There are also areas in the town that retain much of the traditional architecture and classic Portuguese culture in the narrow streets and little cafes. Albufeira is home to a vast array of accommodation from a selection of hotels to a campsite where hundreds of people enjoy live music at night. The town also boasts a range of restaurants, bars and a buzzing nightlife.

Surrounding Attractions
For those who have experienced all on offer in the town and want a break from the beaches, there are numerous places to visit and things to do in the surrounding area. Armacao de Pera, a former fishing village is nearby as well as Guia and Paderne whose castle can be found sitting at the top of an isolated hill. Grand caverns, arches and underwater coves can also be visited at Ponte Grande and Grutas do Xorino not too far away.

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