Albufeira and the beaches

Photo: ATA - Pedro Reis
Photo: ATA - Pedro Reis

One of the busiest seaside resorts in the Algarve for its lively and carefree atmosphere, Albufeira owes its fame to the beautiful beaches and the many bars and nightclubs.

But it's worth getting to know this town of white houses. Founded by the Arabs, it still has narrow winding streets, to be explored by day or by night since the excitement never stops. The streets lead to Túnel and Peneco beaches, a stretch of sand framed by the town, which forms an amphitheatre facing the sea. Alongside the beach, the promenade provides other views, bounded to the west by the Xorino Cave, where the Moors took refuge in the 13th century following the Christian reconquest of the town.

The brightly painted fishing boats rest on the sand after their day’s work. And in the old fishermen’s quarters, there’s a bar or a restaurant hiding around every corner. Here you can try the really fresh seafood and fish, simply grilled or in a cataplana (casserole), the specialty of the region. Roast chicken, with or without chilli sauce, which Guia, about 7km away, is famous for, is also very popular.

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