Simply the Tourism Capital
The people of Albufeira and the Algarvians are known by its creativity and by retaining throughout the years the arts and crafts that nowadays seduce so much the tourists, and stir up the memory of those who have the privilege of visiting the region.
To have a glimpse of the Albufeira region one can browse through the council’s website for the local craftsmen. http://www.cm-albufeira.pt/
The Algarve architecture is distinct from the rest of the country by retaining strong Moorish influences. Characterized by colourful verges, traditional windows of the region, beautifully decorated chimneys and whitewashed walls, these houses reflect their history and the popular taste.
Fairs & markets
The fairs and markets are considered to be one of the oldest traditions in Portugal, and breath a joyous and popular environment which attracts people of all ages and classes.
it’s at the market that tourists can find the homegrown products like fish, vegetables, dry fruits and the regional sweet things.
The monthly fairs are the region’s highlight for those who like to bargain with the charismatic merchants, to see and buy typical products, from handicraft to toys, clothing…
Algarve has more than 130 beaches and Albufeira more than 22, all unforgettable with sea turquoise water and golden sand, made essentially by rocks formed by long cliffs touching the sea or drawn back, covered by bright and smooth vegetation.
The quality of Algarve’s beaches is equally to its beauty, and that’s why half of the beaches ranked with golden quality are located in Algarve.
To keep up with all this stunning scenery, the presence of the sun all year round makes it that any day of the year is a vacation day.
Albufeira boasts a rich and diversified gastronomy. Deeply rooted in the sea, the fish dishes and shellfish are the most famous, being masterly cooked in delicious stews, grilled or baked.
The meat dishes have also a genuine tradition in the inland Algarve gastronomy which is usually accompanied by shellfish which can be a pleasant and different experience.
The desserts complement the menu with delicious sweet things made of dried fruits and other almond delicacies, such as the “Don Rodrigos”, carob tart and fig sweets.
Worth noting is the almond liqueur and the arbutus-berry firewater.
Every year Albufeira hosts the Festival of Gastronomy that groups a number of well-known restaurants.
Some of the best restaurants in Portugal are located in Albufeira and across the Algarve. Some of them are Michelin-starred restaurants.
During daytime the sun is the dominant companion, while at night the streets are full and restaurants, bars and discos invite everybody not to miss the fun and frenzy of one of Europe’s best nights.
But tourists can also try their luck at the Casino.