Albufeira Tourism Information
Many years ago Albufeira was a thriving seaport with its own castle, that was later destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Thankfully, most of the older parts of the town that survived and have been carefully maintained. In Roman times it was know as Baltum and later changed by the Moors to Al-Buhera. During the Moors occupation in the 8th Century, the town became an important trading port.
In 1532 and in 1755 the town was again hit by earthquakes, and in the latter 227 unlucky people perished when the roof of the parish church collapsed. During the "War of the Miguels" the town was besieged and set ablaze. The destroyed town consequently suffered a very long period of poverty and really only recovered with the boom of tourism.
As a result of tourism, this small fishing village has expanded since the 1960s into a major holiday resort and now has over 12,000 permanent residents. As the sun sets the centre of the town changes its character. There are many colourful bars, restaurants and clubs that fill up after dusk. There are also many beautiful beaches. Praia de Balaia, Praia de Castelo, Praia de Falésia, Praia de Galé, de Olhos d'Agua, Praia de Maria Luisa, and Praia de São Rafael, being the main ones. There is a small museum of 15th and 17th century Ming ceramics and a Municipal art gallery that holds regular exhibitions during the season. A further addition to the town is a new Virtual Archaeological Museum. A new Marina is nearing completion on the west side of the town and will offer a different and attractive aspect.



4th February - Feira do Pau Roxo
July - Feira de Artesanato (Handicraft)
August - Feira de Na. Sra. da Orada
August - Feira de Frango
28th & 29th August - Feira de Nossa Senhora da Guia Town Holiday -
20th August
20th of every month - Flea Market

Distance from Faro Airport - 47 Kms

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