The history of Albufeira dates back to the Roman Empire. In Roman times, Albufeira was called Baltum. It had a port and was involved with commerce and agriculture. The Roman influence is still visible nowadays.

The Arabs occupied the town in the 8th century. They renamed it Al-Buhera, which means ‘Castle on the Sea’.

Together with Faro, it was one of the last Arabian strongholds to be conquered. Al-Buhera was finally conquered by the Portuguese forces of King Afonso III in 1249.

The Christian conquest and the decadency of the trade led to the decline of the town. The town became a simple fishing village.

During my two visits to Albufeira I did not take a lot of photos, so there is a good excuse to revisit it in time.


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