Albufeira’s main beach, Praia dos Pescadores, Algarve beaches. Photo José A
Algarve beaches: Albufeira
Big, soft and spectacular surrounds, but what lies behind Albufeira’s pretty face?
This town is 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. This is a Portugal’s version of Spain’s Torremolinos, 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.