Albufeira was one of the first places on the south coast to welcome tourism in the late 50s / early 60s bringing the likes of Sir Cliff Richard who still has his main home here in the area of Albufeira among many other celebrities within this wonderful south coast line. Although masses of international tourists pass through Albufeira and its old town each year the place has still kept and retained its old town appeal with its narrow cobbled streets and bars aligned with chair frontage and small but quaint traditional taverns giving that wonderful Portuguese feel and hospitality.

One of the most popular places for just about everybody in Albufeira old town is the main square with its abundance of shops, restaurants and bars all aligned with outside seating to just sit back eat, drink and watch, not to forget the street entertainment shows and stalls. Albufeira is one of those places that you just want to keep coming back to


Albufeira History
Albufeira is a Portuguese city and a municipality in the district of Faro, The Algarve region. The city has a population of 13,646 "Albufeira" roughly translates as "Bottom of The Hill", The municipality has a population of 35,281 inhabitants and a total area of 140.6 km². The Baltum of the Romans was an indomitable eagle's nest high on the cliffs above the sea. It became the Al Buhera of the Moors, who used the strategic location of this "castle by the sea" and it's natural harbor for maritime trade with Africa. This is how Albufeira prospered. 

The Reconquista and the incorporation of the Algarve into the Portuguese Kingdom ended the lucrative maritime trade with the other Mediterranean ports. An economic upswing wasn't forthcoming until the discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries, when caravels set sail from here, loaded with precious cargo. But pirate attacks and arson soon followed.

When the entire overseas trade was transferred to Lisbon, Albufeira fell into oblivion. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed the castle and the city walls, and the city became destitute. A certain affluence returned in the 19th century with the fish-canning industry. IN the 1960,s Albufeira changed from a "secret address" for a few to an international tourist centre. The population expands significantly in the summer, as Albufeira is one of the leading tourist resorts of the region. New developments include a marina, golf courses plus innumerable hotels and apartment blocks for the annual flood of visitors. The name "Albufeira" is of Arabic origin "Albuheira" and means in Arabic "lagoon", and in Portuguese, "reservoir" (or sometimes lagoon).