Located in the central area of Portugal on the Algarve, Albufeira has a population in the region of 22,000 people.
Data obtained from Faro Airport weather station, 21 km to east-south-east
Albufeira has a rich history having been occupied since the Neolithic and Bronze ages. The Romans were responsible for industry developing in the area like mining and agriculture, and there are still roads used today that were built by them.
From the 19th century the area began to produce its own wine, and export fish and dried fruits. Today its main industry is tourism which started to take off in the 1960s, now making Albufeira one of the most popular places to go on holiday to in Europe.
Albufeira experiences a typically Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. During July, average maximum temperatures reach 29 °C and a typical 12 hours of sunshine is experienced.
The city holds events regularly through the year like the Jazz Festival in September, the Chicken Festival and the Sardine Festival in August. Albufeira also hosts many open air events including concerts which showcase many different types of music. For those that like a night out there is The Strip which is home to many pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Albufeira is a city of sport and has its own stadium where visitors can watch a football match or even buy tickets to open air music concerts. Rugby and cricket are also popular here, or if you prefer to get wet then give water sports a try; you can learn how to sail or surf!
Discover all about the city's history at the Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum, go on one of the Albufeira cave tours or take a trip out on a boat for a spot of dolphin-watching. If you are travelling a little further afield then 10km from Albufeira in Guia you will come across the Zoomarine Algarve marine life theme park, which has sea lion shows and bird of prey demonstrations.
Last updated: 14 March 2014