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Município de Albufeira

Telephone: (+351) 289 599 500    
Address:Rua do Município, 8200-863 Albufeira, Algarve – Portugal

A town that dates back to pre-historic times, the location that currently harbours Albufeira was an important fishing and port centre according to evidence retracted from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.
Many civilizations passed through these lands…The Romans baptized the town, Baltum, and later the Arabs named it Al-buhera, or “sea castle”, giving rise to the current place name of the town.

Albufeira was one the Algarve sites under Arab rule for the longest period of time, protected by almost impenetrable walls and fortifications. During this time, most of the Algarve was under Christian dominion, while Albufeira was still dominated by the Moors that had developed a prosperous farming and trade activity with North Africa.
After the five centuries of Arab dominion, Albufeira was finally conquered by King Afonso III in 1246, who later donated the town to the Order of Aviz.

The prolonged Muslim dominion is reflected in farming techniques, the introduction of new cultures, architecture of the ancient city centre and in language influences that are still present nowadays.

On 20 August 1504, the Charter was given to the city by King Manuel I.
In 1755, following the earthquake of 1st November, a giant wave destroyed most of the town, leaving only 27 houses. Once recovered from the quake, Albufeira would suffer another catastrophe, only this time it was man-made. In 1833, during the civil war between absolutists and liberals, the absolutist guerrillas sieged and set fire to the town, resulting in the death of 174 inhabitants.

From the middle of the 19th century Albufeira would re-emerge as an important fishing centre, with increasing economic growth that intensified at the start of the 20th century with a raise in fish exports, dry fruit and the creation of various factories that provided work to around 800 people.
However, between the 30s and 60s of the 20th century, the city suffered a period of decadence. After the bankruptcy of ship owners and factories, many homes and vessels were abandoned and the number of inhabitants was drastically reduced.

After the mid-60s, Albufeira would firstly attract national tourists and then British tourists, which resulted in a tourist boom that helped to re-establish the economy of the council.
Promoted to city in 1986, it was also in this decade that Albufeira experienced urban growth. Consequently, the city expanded toward the east, where most administrative services are currently located.

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Albufeira New Years Eve - The only place to be
31st December

When the clock strikes 12 at Fisherman's Beach, Albufeira, 100,000 people will stare up at one of Europe's most impressive fireworks displays, over the stage of the Atlantic Ocean. The party is one of Portugal's biggest annual events when the town's streets and beach come alive for the evening. Previous years have seen Bob Sinclar, Nelly Furtado and UB40 perform, so expect a special night.

If that sounds too energetic, you could always settle in at one of the many quiet restaurants for some local cuisine or join a night of food, drinks and dancing at a hotel.

Whatever you choose, Albufeira is the place to be for New Year's Eve. Everyone is invited for an exciting short break holiday.


AGIR and Xutos e Pontapés are the poster head of a five-day program that will feature also the already-usual Medieval Fair at Paderne, the Solrir Humor Festival, the Star Parade at the Strip and Fireworks at the Fishermen Beach and at Oura Strip.

The New Year’s Eve Celebration in Albufeira has a diversified poster with five days of activities for the whole family. On the night of December 31st, the stage of Praia dos Pescadores will be hosting the long awaited concert by the sea, this year with two great names in the portuguese music scene: Agir and Xutos e Pontapés.

AGIR, the artistic name of Bernardo Correia Ribeiro de Carvalho Costa, is a Portuguese singer, songwriter and producer who jumped to stardom in 2015 with the release of his second album, "Leva-me a Sério", from which the singles "Tempo É Dinheiro", "Parte-me o Pescoço"- which becomes his greatest success - and" Como Ela É Bela" The album became a great success, reaching number 1 of the Portuguese album top and the platinum award (15,000 copies). The son of singer Paulo de Carvalho and actress Helena Isabel comes to Albufeira to present his third album, whose debut theme is "Manto de Água", which counts with the collaboration of Ana Moura.

At midnight, anyone in the area of Areia de S. João, Oura and Albufeira Fishermen Beach will also be able to watch the fireworks.

After midnight, Avenida Sá Carneiro (The Oura Strip) is going to be traveled by circus artists, who promise to surprise with performances and numbers of great visual impact in a Star Parade.

After the fireworks, at the Fishermen Beach, Xutos and Pontapés began their performance to the rhythm of Portuguese rock & roll that they have accustomed us with during more than 35 years of their career. Tim, Kalu, João Cabeleira and Gui ascend for the second time to the stage of Fisherman's Beach to provide a unique show with all the themes that have already become hymns.

Owning an endless list of classics, the Xutos cement their indestructible bond with a loyal audience, always present to the call, with arms folded in X to celebrate the longest life of a rock career in Portugal.

But the New Year's Eve celebrations begin on December 29th with the Medieval Fair in Paderne. For four days, the village of Barrocal Algarve is back in time and hosts nearly 10,000 visitors who will have the opportunity to walk the streets of Paderne in a unique environment. The village's old core is transformed into a medieval marketplace with dancing, historical recreations, demonstrations of arts and crafts, medieval delicacies and lots of excitement that drive thousands of visitors on a real journey through time.

On the 29th of December also begins the Solrir, the humorous festival that takes to the stage of the Palace of Congresses of the Algarve, in the Salgados, comedians of renown.

The event takes place on December 29 and 30 and returns to January 1 and 2, with sessions at 9:30 p.m.

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29th December till the 1st January - Paderne Medieval – at Paderne Village
29th December till the 2st January - Festival Solrir – at Palacio de Congressos - Salgados
31st December - Fishermen Beach
22h00 - AGIR
24h00 - Firework’s
00h10 - Xutos e Pontapés
31st December – Oura Strip
24h00 - Firework’s
00h10 - Star Parede

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