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Vilamoura to Quarteira Bike Tour
"With Roman origins dating back to the first Century Vilamoura could not be better situated for exploring the sea resources and commercial routes. This area was also occupied by Arabs whose influence can still be seen in Vilamoura. To better understand the history visit the Cerro da Vila Museum.Visitors can enjoy the Marina bars restaurants quality hotels leisure facilities
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Environmental Park Bike Tour from Vilamoura
"The bike walk through Vilamoura’s Environmental Park lies between Vilamoura and Açoteias. The tour begins in Vilamoura. Presentations made we depart towards Vilamoura Marina. Once we leave it behind we move into the Nature. Cross a little bridge over Quarteira’s creek and if we look back we can contemplate Vilamoura. Climb down the bridge and keep pedalling over unpaved roads. It’s time to awake your senses smell listen watch and feel the nature around you. During the tour you will have a short stop. Food and drink not included. Your guide will provide information in an interesting and relaxed way. Your questions are more than welcome."""
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Bike Tour Vilamoura - Quarteira
"With Roman origins dating back to the first Century Vilamoura could not be better situated for exploring the sea resources and commercial routes. This area was also occupied by Arabs whose influence can still be seen in Vilamoura. To better understand the history visit the Cerro da Vila Museum.Visitors can enjoy the Marina bars restaurants quality hotels leisure facilities
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Old Town Tips (17)

Explore the old town.

Walk along lots of avenidas (avenues) and travessas (lanes). You will find lots of restaurants; various nice shops and some surprises; as a house (now a restaurant) decorated with shells (see my last picture).

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Maurizioago
Jul 05, 2016

A tiny glimpse of what once was...

There have been settlements in Albufeira since prehistoric times. The Romans called it Baltum and built bridges, aqueducts and roads. I spotted no evidence of these although the tiny museum has evidence that there was at least one decent-sized Roman villa in the area.

The name Albufeira comes from the Arabic 'Al-buhera', meaning 'castle-by-the-sea'. In the Medieval period the town was walled and fortified but the 1755 Lisbon earthquake caused massive damage, not only by ground movement but also by the huge tsunami which followed. Almost all Albufeira's buildings were destroyed and the remainder left in ruins. A tiny, tiny bit of those Medieval fortifications is still visible: a chunk of rubble wall which was once the Porta do Norte (north gate).

Wander the narrow streets and alleyways in the coastal area between Praia dos Pescadores and Tunel and you'll get, as the title says, just a tiny glimpse of what once was.

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leics
Jul 01, 2016

The sandman.

I have to say that the sand sculpture created by the sandman was pretty impressive. It was carefully covered over with tarpaulins at night if rain was forecast though, sadly, I suspect it is too often damaged by those-who-have-drunk-too-much.

There is a bucket for your contributions acknowledging the sandman's skill.

But, impressive though the sand-sculpture was, it was the building behind which particularly interested me. It is old, and low, and small...and has horseshoes and metal plates showing horses. I think...and i may be wrong, so feel free to enlighten me...that this building was once the smithy (blacksmith) for the fishing village of Albufeira, long before the waves of tourists and all the associated concrete arrived.

You'll find the sand sculpture on Avenida da Liberdade (lined with shops, restaurants and tourist stalls), on the left as you walk up towards the bus stops.

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leics
Jun 22, 2016

Clock Tower

Albufeira once had a castle, which dated back to Roman times and was located up on the hill to the west of the main square. Most of it however, like the town, was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and subsequent tidal surge. This clock tower, the Torre do Relógio, was built on the remains of the Porta da Praça, the old Castle Gate, as an attractive azulejo sign on the wall (photo three) explains. The distinctive filigree iron metalwork that tops it, supporting the bell, is today an unofficial symbol of the town and was added in the 19th century. The clock still chimes the hour and apparently you can go up the tower, although I didn’t realise this or spot any signs nearby advertising that fact – maybe it is closed on a Sunday? The views of the coast would be excellent from up there I am sure.

Next tip: more azulejos

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toonsarah
Jun 20, 2016
 
 
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Historic Albufeira

The crazy construction that disfigured Algarve, has (thanks God!) spared the central area of old Albufeira.

Now, cleaned and organized for touristy exhibition, the central Albufeira looks good, and, for some minutes, allows us to forget the insanity of the exploitation seeking for euros (or dollars, or... just money!) that grew around it.

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solopes
Apr 02, 2016

City Centre

While many things are changing in the coast and even in Albufeira, the city's centre has been preserved, and still keeps the look of the good old days, when it was no more than a fishing village where a few sun seekers came in summer.

Well done recuperation and embellishing work and the lively business common in touristy hubs don't spoil the place.

Everything is possible and available at short distance.

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solopes
Apr 02, 2016

Charming, relaxed atmosphere

Albufeira is a charming town with very mixed architecture. The old town is great. You can sit with a coffee and a port wine in the square enjoying people and the whole atmosphere - there is something to look at in every direction, you can walk about in the small cobbled streets and around every corner you are surprised by new views. The beach is wonderful both for relaxing and for long walks. There are many nice restaurants, not posh but with excellent food. There is a lot of good musicians in the town that perform either in the bars or outside, not in an overwhelming way but just to accompany your coffee/dinner/beer. We love the town and are soon returning for the fourth time!

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TheTravellingDane
Feb 29, 2016

The old part of town.

In the midst of all the tourism frenzy, Albufeira has a suprisingly nice old part of town that is really charming.
It´s located a stonethrow from the tourist center and has nice little narrow streets with typical algarvian houses.
It´s a nice little corner in a town that i generally think lacks charm in most other parts of town.

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cachaseiro
Oct 21, 2010

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Jardim Square Buskers #1

The Old Town has the lively Jardim Square as the focus for tourists. Intereesting one man shows abound , and probabaly change throughout the season several times. This double act involved the fellow lifting his imaginary strings as the girl, playing his mannequin, moved in perfect sync. Unususal !

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Paisleypaul
Aug 04, 2005

Albufeira old town

We liked the old town of Albufeira very much. Winding cobbled streets, pavement cafes and restaurants. A place where when you turn another corner you want to explore more.

As I said there is also a part known as the 'strip' more modern, for the younger element, discos. noisey at night. We never actually walked up the strip, we were told about it by some visitors we met, they didnt like it so we gave it a miss.

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bugalugs
Jul 02, 2005

Living Statues

I expect that most of us have seen these Living Statues, but they never cease to amaze me, the way these people can stand so still, and for so long. And, it was very hot too! The one in the picture here, with Mary, seemed just like the one we saw last year in Torremolinos, but who knows?

One thing for sure is that the fascinate the children - until they suddenly move, and so do the kiddies, LOL!! Take a picture, and give them a Euro or whatever. It's always nice.

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Geoff_Wright
Jan 03, 2005

The Clock Tower

I really liked this one, with the iron frame on the top, inside the little streets on the old town. When I first saw it we were driving, well we were lost trying to get our way through the city with no luck lol

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Oct 19, 2004

Things to Do Near Old Town

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Old Town

Faro has a rich history, traceable as a Phoenician settlement during the 4th century BC. During the Roman occupation of the Iberian peninsula, between the 3rd and 5th centuries AD, it became an...
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Igrega do Carmo - Carmo Church

On our last morning Faro some of us decided to visit the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in the church of Nossa Señhora do Carmo. However, we were thwarted in our plans because it was a public...
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Igreja de Santa Maria - Church

The first church on this site, on the western edge of what is now Praca Infante Dom Enrique, was built in 1498. It was dedicated to 'misericordia' (mercy) and was expanded during the 1500s and...
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Igreja de Santo Antonio - Church

One of two sightseeing highlights in Lagos for me was this, the church of St Anthony, apart from one niggle which I will come to. As far as I could tell the church is no longer used for worship and...
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Forte da Ponta da Bandeira - Fort

The Forte da Ponta da Bandeira (also known as Forte do Pau da Bandeira, Forte de Nossa Senhora da Penha de França and Forte do Registo) guards the entrance to the river Bensafrim. It was built in the...
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Grottos

The coastline near Lagos is among the most interesting and scenic on the Algarve. Here the orange/brown limestone has been eroded into intriguing stacks, arches and grottos, with pretty little coves...
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