About the Area
"The Algarve is the Jewel of Portugal - Albufeira is the Jewel of the Algarve"
Albufeira is located in the central Algarve region of Portugal, just a short transfer from Faro Airport. It attracts huge numbers of tourists every year, who come for the fabulous climate, the great beaches, the numerous bars and restaurants, the many world-class golf courses, and the many other attractions within a short drive. Albufeira “old town” is the heart of the city, and it’s picturesque narrow streets offer numerous places to eat, drink and shop. If you are wanting even more lively nightlife, the famous “Strip” offers yet more options form eating and drinking. Albufeira has a modern marina and is famous for its apartments painted in dazzling bright colours. Albufeira is a perfect destination for families, couples and singles of all ages.
Albufeira was originally known as “Baltum” by the Romans. When the North African moors occupied the region from the 8th century they renamed it “Al-Buhera”, which translates as “castle of the sea”. Albufeira has the remains of a castle dating from Roman times, but most of the castle along with the town, was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. The most visible pointer to the castle remains is the Torre do Relógio (clock tower), which was built on one of the old castle towers, and is normally lit up on festive occasions.
The main square in Albufeira “Old Town” is surrounded by cafés, restaurants and bars and is a perfect place to relax, take a cooling drink, or just as a meeting place. The streets leading off the square are a shoppers delight with clothes shops, leather goods, gift shops, street stalls and of course, all the practical shops for daily necessities. There are also many more restaurants and bars in between the shops so there is never a shortage of places to eat and drink! It is worth mentioning that although English is very widely spoken and menus will normally be in 3 or 4 different languages, if you have any particular likes or dislikes or have special dietary requirements then you may find our food and drink information helpful.