Some photos of the Town
It's quite fun to walk around the Old Town, with its mix of old and new buildings. Many of the original buildings were destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 (?), which also destroyed much of the ancient city walls and gates.
This picture is of Moi in the central Gardens, a little paradise in the centre of town, surrounded by attractinve shops and restaurants. It's shaded by the tall trees, and just a nice place to sit and 'people watch'.
Cod and Chips!
We decided on Cod, Chips and Peas for our first meal at Annabelle's. Everything is cooked to a high standard, and there's plenty on your plate! Good English style cooking, and not fatty, or thick, soggy batter on the fish.
Our meal cost 7 Euros each and a couple of Euros for a beer and coke. Mary rated this meal as 10 out of ten!
A town of two halves
Albufiera has something to offer whatever your taste. The old town offers charm and sandy beaches and a quieter more traditional dining experience in the evening. The Strip meanwhile, offers music and dancing into the early hours.
"The Old Town"
The quieter part of Albufeira. Here you will find an old fishing village that has been turned over to tourism. Narrow streets are crammed full of Restaurants,bars and shops. This is probably the best area for evening meals especially if you like traditional food and fresh fish. The main square is a good place to sit in dappled shade and watch the world go by. Although the whole thing had been dug up on our last visit to have new pipes laid, I assume and hope they will put it back to how it was when they have finished. The beach here is beautiful, all golden sand and stretching for miles.
The louder more lively part of Albufeira. Lots of of bars here,some with live entertainment, mainly rock music, some of which is of a very good standard. Matts bar became a favourite for drinks. Restaurants here are all very much the same when it comes to the menu. Most of the food we had here was very bland, even to the point of not being able to finnish our meals on one occasion. Although one exception is "El Bolero" a little mexican restaurant not far from the Hotel Montechero, This one is definitely worth a visit.