beach; big, soft and spectacular surrounds, but what lies behind the
is a Portugal's version of Spain's Torremolinos, a town dedicated
to supplying the downmarket punter with everything he might desire,
from eggs and bacon for breakfast (gotta be an improvement on the
traditional roll and jam, that!) to big-screen football with fish
and chips for dinner. Pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap, Albufeira is
a place to party hard at the right price and stuff the foreign ways,
though at least the cramped pedestrian streets do have some local
architecture and charm, which is more than can be said for rival Portimao.
No. Educational? No. Interesting? No. Lively and good value? Yes.
Good beaches? Yes. Oh well....
The Algarve from east to west: Downside
| Tavira | Faro
| Albufeira | Portimao
west (Atlantic) coast beaches: Surfing
| Guincho | Ericeira
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