The former fishing village of Albufeira has expanded since the 1960s into one of the Algarve’s major holiday resorts and now has over 16.000 permanent residents. During the summer the old centre of the town with its plentiful collection of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants is filled-up with tourists from all over the world.
Albufeira is surrounded by some of the best known beaches from Praia da Falésia in the west to Praia de S. Rafael in the east. A new marina has now took place on the west side, with over 450 mooring posts.
The name of Albufeira goes back to the times of the Moorish occupation Al-Buhera when it became an important trading port in the 8th century.