Albufeira is located right in the centre of the Algarve and is arguably the most famous place for a good time. The name Albufeira comes from the Arab ‘Al-Buhera’ meaning ‘Castle of the Sea’. Albufeira was once a fortified Roman town and for hundred’s of years has been a typical Algarvian fishing village.
There are some excellent beaches, especially ‘the Fisherman’s Beach’ – Praia dos Pescadores which can be accessed by a tunnel in the centre of the town or you can explore some of the smaller, quieter beaches near Galé on the outskirts of Albufeira.
The old town of Albufeira is centred around the main square, a short walk from the beach, packed with restaurants. There are also plenty of bars, discos, street theatre, live bands and a multitude of events, festivals and concerts during the summer months. Albufeira loves a party and one of the biggest is the New Year with concerts in the old town and a mega exhibition of fireworks on the beach.