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Albufeira

Cheap Holidays to Albufeira for families and couples

A busy trading port in ancient times, Albufeira declined into a poor fishing town in the 18th century, having been swamped by tidal waves and burnt out by civil war. But since the 1960s the tide has turned again and this central Algarve enclave is once more awash with prosperity, thanks to a tourist boom.

Albufeira, Portugal's most popular holiday resort, has been described as a stretch of 'holiday-land suburbia', spreading from the old town both east and west along the coast, its sandy coves and golden beaches drawing an assorted crowd from retired couples to wild teens, and plenty of families with young children. Satellite resort developments provide every imaginable type and grade of accommodation.

Everyone finds something to enjoy in this sprawling, low-rise holiday destination, which retains its old world charm in narrow alleyways behind the new hip and happening "Strip". The Strip, to the east of town, runs from the Montechoro Hotel down to the Praia da Oura, lined with dozens of cafés, restaurants and bars that keep pumping from breakfast time to the small hours. On the long stretch of beach below Albufeira's central square, accessed through a tunnel, craggy fishermen mend their nets, unperturbed by the languishing topless sunbathers around them.

While the chief holiday attraction of Albufeira is its 23 or so enchanting beaches, most protected by ochre-tinted cliffs, there are some interesting sightseeing possibilities too, like the new Virtual Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery and a small museum showcasing Ming ceramics. Those who venture inland will find a tranquil green countryside to explore, redolent with almond, fig, orange and pine trees, where little villages stand timelessly in the sun.

From seafront kiosks full of fun-in-the-sun odds and ends to a full on shopping mall experience, Albufeira can keep most shoppers reaching for their wallets with a tantalising array of merchandise. The town's main shopping plaza is the Modelo Centre in Rua de Municipio, north of downtown. Not far away is the lively Algarve Shopping Complex in Guia, where brand name shoes and clothes are on offer in a high street mall type complex, along with restaurants, an English-language cinema and bowling alley. Those seeking genuine local souvenirs should look out for mats made from rush or cornhusks in the villages of Almeijoafras and Monte Novo, woven baskets, woodcarvings and some glazed terracotta ceramics. These are to be found in numerous independent shops in the town centre as well as local markets.

Like everywhere in Portugal, seafood is the speciality of the house in most of the dozens of restaurants in and around Albufeira. The catch of the day is guaranteed to be fresh in this traditional fishing town, particularly in the eateries clustered at Fisherman's Beach, below the main town square. Specialities to seek out are sardines, flounder and bass, lobster and prawns. A true local dish is Caldeirada, a stew made up of several types of fish, cooked up with potatoes, peppers and parsley. Steamed clams, cuttlefish cooked in their ink and octopus salad are other indigenous culinary adventures. The local wine is a worthy accompaniment.

After a day in the sun most holidaymakers enjoy sipping a drink at one of Albufeira's many outdoor cafés, watching the world go by, before adjourning to one of the lively bars that surround the town square or line The Strip. Bars keep hopping until three or four in the morning, but those who want to dance the night away can keep going until sunrise at one of the nightclubs or discotheques that are ten a penny in the town.

While on holiday in Albufeira, relaxing on the golden beaches and in the warm, clear water is enough to content most vacationers, with about 23 beaches (some with Blue Flag status) in the area along a 19-mile (30km) stretch of coastline. Watersports of all sorts are on offer at the main beaches, from sailing and windsurfing to jet skiing. Golfers can try out the neat nine-hole Pine Cliffs course about three miles (5km) east of Albufeira at the Sheraton Algarve.

Those with children will spend fun times at Zoo Marine in Guia, just a few miles away, with water slides, swimming pools, dolphin shows and an aquarium. Just wandering around the intriguing old town centre is a pleasant way to pass a day. Look out for interesting local landmarks like the Clock Tower at Rua Bernardino de Sousa, and the 18th century Parish Church on the Rua da Igreja Nova, built on the site of an earlier one that collapsed in the earthquake of 1755.

One of the few buildings that survived that quake is the Old Inn on Rua Henrique Calado. Also fascinating is the Xorino Cave, which served as shelter for fugitive Moors during the Christian conquest of the town in ancient times. There is also an archaeological museum in Albufeira and several art galleries worth visiting while on holiday.

The Areias Village Apartments are situated very close to the beautiful Aveiros Beach, the cosmopolitan Oura Beach and the lively Albufeira Strip, home to all the areas best nightlife. The complex prides itself on offering a peaceful environment with 63..
This hotel features state-of-the-art decoration, private parking and a terrace and garden area which provide plenty of space to relax beside the swimming pool. With a total of 63 apartments, the air-conditioned aparthotel welcomes guests in a lobby with..
Auramar is a firm favorite with the UK market and has a fantastic location just a few metres from the stunning beach Areias De S. Joao- overlooking the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The official rating of this hotels is 3 star- but we feel that- based on..
Overviewthis hotel is a wonderful establishment of four stars surrounding a large pool, sits on a high cliff overlooking the beach vale centeanes. In just two kilometers from the village of carvoeiro, this upscale hotel has 118 rooms. At mealtime the..
The Baia Grande is located 3km from the center of Albufeira and 750mts from the beach of Rabbit. Four star high quality with 131 rooms, spacious play areas and gardens, providing an elegant, comfortable and relaxing environment. It is a modern and well-equipped..
The Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel is to the east of Albufeira and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Only an 8 minute drive from the centre of Albufeira, the complex is located close to the attractive main beaches of the area. The Balaia also offers a..
Facilities include 6 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts and a 60 base golf driving range with putting green, PGA Golf Academy and a 9 executive hole course. No pets are allowed in the property. The beach is within walking distance. From Faro airport , take..
Just a short walk from the sandy María Luisa Beach, this attractive hotel is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and boasts an own 9-hole golf course. Various restaurants and bars are in the vicinity, shops and nightclubs are within..
The hotel is located in front of Albufeira beach, but close to the city centre main restaurants and bars.All the 85 rooms have private facilities with telephone, radio, satellite television, mini-bar, air-conditioning. Most of the rooms have balconies.The..
The 84 rooms and suites (one with jacuzzi), are facing the sea, and feature all the comfort of a modern four stars hotel: fully equipped private bathroom, air-conditioned, satellite TV with satellite International channels, wireless WIFI, mini bar, hair..

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