is a charming city and a municipality at the southern coast of Portugal
in the marvellous region of the Algarve. Once a peaceful fishing village,
it is today one of the leading tourist resorts of the region, just a 40
minute drive away from the Faro airport. The name "Albufeira" is of Arabic
origin and means in Arabic "lagoon". The architecture of the town ranges
from typical narrow streets with white houses to very modern tourist developments.
Very special is the traditional decoration of the older houses with colourful
ceramic tiles and elaborate lattices from wrought iron at windows and balconies.
Often even street signs are made from tiles, which have a long tradition,
going back to the Moorish past.
Located on a hill, embedded in lush subtropical vegetation and richly
decorated with an abundance of colourful flowers, Albufeira is a lovely
place to stay. At the steep coast there are beautiful hotels and romantic
restaurants overlooking the sea with its broad, golden beaches. Once the
sun sets, the centre of Albufeira comes alive with street markets, shops,
bars and restaurants, which offer food for everyone's taste. Local culinary
specialities are cataplana (steamed shellfish) and caldeira (fish stew)
just as grilled sardines.
view of the beach
at the beach
city view -
fountain with tiles