The city lies on the south coast of Portugal and was occupied by the Arabs in AD 718. The name Albufeira comes from the Arab term “Al-Buhera” which can be translated to “Castle of the Sea”. It is possible that this name derived from the survival of a fort built on the rocky outcrop of the area that once dominated the lagoon in the lower part of the city. The municipality has an estimated inhabitancy of over 30, 000 and the area covers just over 140 km sq.
This once quiet fishing village began to flourish in the 1960’s through tourism and became the “city” it is today in 1986. The city continues to expand and grow with new buildings and apartment blocks that are readily available for rent or sale and has now become one of the most desired holiday destinations in Europe. Albufeira is not just the tourist capital of Europe. It is an area full of history with influences from the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, stunning architecture inspired by the Arabic culture, striking scenery and sensational beaches and cliffs. Further inland, the area offers splendid green countryside where you can purchase larger villas with acres of land and orchards where almond, orange, fig and pine trees are widespread. Albufeira has facilities to cater for everyone including a large and bustling marina where there are many sea view apartments available for rent or sale, beautiful golf courses that have villas or apartments available, water sports, tennis, hotels, restaurants, bars and discos. Countless shops, stalls and markets display typical local handmade items such as Algarve chimneys and beaten copper utensils. The atmosphere of the city is relaxed and tranquil by day, a contrast to its busy and carnival like atmosphere that sweeps the city by night.