The Misericordia Chapel is to be found nearby to the Clock Tower, along the rua Henrique Calado, which leads past the Hospital and to the site of the North Gate.
Formally an Arab mosque, it was restored in 1499 and named the "Capela da Misericordia". Severely affected by the 1755 earthquake, the chapel and doorway were restored to their former Gothic style.
Favorite thing: The ornate tower of this building dominates parts of the town skyline, from varios viewpoints. The wrought iron structure of a crown, which holds the bell, is the symbol of the city of Albufeira.. Located at Rua Bernaddino de Sousa, the building was at one time used as a jail.
The Old Town has an array of noteworthy buildings, old churches, museums and the like. Nothing is much older than mid 18th Century due to the devastating earthquake of 1755, which collapsed most buildings in the town.
Due to the close proximity of other buildings, it is difficult to get clear pictures of some buildings, and the modern automobile is also a curse, LOL! However, the first Church we came upon was Sant'Ana Church,, located in the Largo Jacinto d'Ayet square.
Built in the 18th Century, it replaces the earlier chapel of Sant.Ana which was destroyed in 1755.
Favorite thing: Throughout the day and evening, you will find various street entertainers in the Garden. Here is a saxophonist, whose name escapes me, but I believe he is very well known. Do make sure that you visit the Old Town during the evening, as it is a completely different atmosphere to the daytime.
Favorite thing: Always fun to watch, and to watch the unwary public, are these Living Statues. There were two of them in the Garden area most days during our stay. This, the taller one, seemed to be able to stand the pace of keeping still more so than the other smaller lady (not in the picture). It's always fun to watch the children run screaming back to their mothers when the 'statue' moves its arms, LOL!
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'.
Favorite thing: I expect one of the reasons for your visit to Albufeira was for the beaches, so here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy. Do be careful though, because the heat, even in October, can be excessive. It was hight 80's F when we were there.
Favorite thing: The main beach in Albufeira is the Fishermen's Beach, soft golden sands, and safe for swimming too. There are areas of the beach reserved for sunloungers and beach umbrellas for hire, but plenty of other nice spots for just laying on the warm sand and enjoying yourself.
Another Internet Cafe and Bar is Augustos Sports Bar, in the Old Town, Avenue Liberdade. Here you can have a drink at the bar, or sit outside and have a meal too. Nice atmosphere.
Prices: 1.50 Euros for the first half hour, 2.50 Euros for up to an hour.
There are several Internet Cafes in the Old Town and The Strip, and some in various Hotels. We used two of them to contact folks at home, and to check our VT pages, LOL.
The one closest to our apartments was Our@Net, just off The Strip, Rua Alexandre Herculand. They are generally open between 9 am and midnight.
Costs are Euro 1.25 for 15 minutes, and then 7 Cents per minute for the next 15 minutes.
This is purely an Internet Office, and no drinks, food, etc.
Do shop around for your post cards. The cost varies from 15 Cents to 50 Cents, and they are all of good quality. Some stalls will sell Postage Stamps, but we bought ours from the main post office, in Rua 5 De Outubro, in the main shopping area.
Go into the Post Office, and take a ticket, like at the Delli in the Supermarket, and wait for your number to appear. The staff speak very good English, but they don't hurry themselves. (not a criticizm but a general point of view).
You can purchase nice post cards from the Post Office complete with postage stamps, for 70 Cents (Oct 2004), which is cheaper than buying a separate card and stamp
The Post Office closes for lunch between 1230 and 2 pm..
With a name like this one, what can you expect?
A tiny street that ends on the way to the Ouro beach, full of pubs, restaurants, lots of noise I mean music till 4 o’clock ....
there is only one place that puts Portuguese music or I better say Brazilian music, the rest is karaokes and live bands ...
We decided to get lost on the countryside, we did not know very well, where we were heading as we did not had still a proper road map, but it really deserved.
I love the countryside maybe as part of my family had been farmers and always loved to go in summer to help them (of course that was while I was a child, after I preferred to go to the parties instead of helping them hehehe, now only for grape harvest lol)
I needed Internet access while in Algarve and found one in Falesia near the beach in Pizzeria. For 20 min access you pay 1 euro.
It helped me a lot to keep in touch with my son who was also travelling at the time.
Favorite thing: Albufeira is in the Algarve region at the southern most end of Portugal. All year round sunshine and beautiful beaches are the reason people come here from all over Europe. The airport is in Faro and the resort of Albufeira is a short taxi ride away.