Besides sun, beach and nightlife, Albufeira and its surroundings have a lot to offer:
Here you will find dolphin, seal and parrot shows, interaction with dolphins, water park and much more.
Water slides, wave pool, family park
SLIDE AND SPLASH
Various water games, slides
Zoo and family park with many play facilities
Marina de Albufeira
Albufeira marina offering water sports, boat trips, deep-sea fishing and much more. Stroll around, drink coffee and admire yachts…
The Algarve was settled in ancient times by Phoenicians and Carthaginians (Portimão was founded by Carthaginians). In the 2nd century BC, the Romans settled the Iberian Peninsula. They built numerous villas, of which Milréu Estói is still very well preserved. The Goths were replaced by the Moors. The architecture (cysterns, chimneys) has been preserved, as have the water wheels for irrigation through canal systems, and the cultivation of almonds, oranges and many other crops. The Arab fortress in Silves is well preserved; a cathedral was built on the ruins of the mosque.
In the 13th century, the Moors were driven out by the Portuguese (Reconquista) and the king called himself “King of Portugal and Algarve”, which was largely independent. The “Ponta de Sagres” in Sagres, where the fort ‘Fortaleza de Sagres’ is located, a national monument of outstanding importance, dates from this period. Within this fortification lies a famous stone circle, uncovered only in 1928, whose age and purpose are unclear. The circle, divided into 42 fields and with a diameter of 43 m, is interpreted as a wind rose (Rosa dos Ventos), but could also have been a sundial. There is agreement, however, that it dates from the time of Henry the Navigator. Also in Sagres is Cabo São Vicente, the most south-westerly point in continental Europe. A lighthouse, whose prisms can be visited on Wednesday afternoons, is an exceptionally important strategic landmark. In LAGOS, the slave market and a richly decorated church (Igreja do Santo António), fortress and city wall, bear witness to the city’s rich history.