Albufeira
The Essential
Built in terraces facing out to sea, this fishing port turned the page on its tranquil past once and for all in the late 1960s, becoming the most popular seaside resort in the Algarve. Frequented by young travellers here for a good time, it transforms into one big disco-bar at night. For all that, the old part of town still has some charm. When the crowds are descending on the bars, the narrow, intertwining streets, unspoilt and deserted, will bring you under their spell.