Albufeira is one of the popular cities in the Algarve region of Portugal and your trip there will definitely benefit from the advantages of our Albufeira car hire services. Just like many other cities in the region, Albufeira used to be a rather small fishing village but it grew into something of a tourist hot spot thanks to its wonderful beaches, great weather, food and entertainment options.
Albufeira started as a fortified Roman town and then spent the large majority of its history as a traditional fishing village till about the 1970s when it started becoming popular with tourists. The medieval center of the city has been very well preserved with its narrow streets and particular charm.
Even though the place is a tourist destination thanks mostly to its great beaches and atmosphere the city also offers some cultural sights to its visitors, such as the Manueline style doorway of the Church of Sao Sebastiao as well as the archway of the Travessa da Igreja Velha which is in a special type of Moorish influenced style particular to the region.
The local clock tower situated on Rua Bernardino de Sousa is a local treasure because of its filigree iron bell support as well as its age, it is important enough to be illuminated on festival days. There’s another bell tower of importance, this one built in the 19th century and it belongs to the Matriz Church; it is twenty-eight meters high and it complements the neoclassical style of the white church.
Moving away from the culture and religious sights of the city, Albufeira also features a very lively nightlife thanks to its plethora of bars, pubs, discos and restaurants, not to mention the great food that you’ll surely want to and must try. There are many local specialties which will be served in their metal cooking dish, usually steamed seafood, the cataplana and many more other fish-related dishes.
These have been of course only a few of the things that you can do while on your trip to Albufeira and the great beaches have only been mentioned in passing so make sure you employ our Albufeira car hire services in order to thoroughly enjoy the city and its surroundings.