As it has happened before with other former fishing villages in the Algarve, also Albufeira has undergone a huge transformation in just a few years, becoming one of the favorite tourist destinations for both Portuguese people and foreigners. Its historic center, full of pedestrian alleyways where shops and terraces abound, is worth a visit. The highlights are some viewpoints/terraces offering beautiful panoramic views over the ocean and some pleasant gardens with nearby cafes. Make a visit to the Capela da Misericórdia, the Igreja de São Sebastião and to the Igreja Matriz de Albufeira. Together with the central area bustle, there are also two tourist resort of considerable dimensions: Montechoro and Praia da Oura. The nightlife of Praia da Oura is as much or even more known as that of Albufeira's historic center. Of its 23 beaches, distributed in an area of thirty kilometers coastline, the best known are Praia da Falésia, Praia dos Salgados, Praia da Galé, Praia da Oura, Praia de Olhos de Água and Praia de São Rafael. On the beach, first thing in the morning, you can see fishermen unloading fish and later you can watch fishermen mending their nets. Still in the coastal area, there are some caves and tunnels, like the Cerro de Malpique, the Lajem do Cónego and the Cova do Xorino that deserve to be highlighted. Regarding gastronomy, and because it is a fishing town, fish and fresh seafood are the specialty, not forgetting, however, the famous frango da Guia. Be sure to try the grilled sardines, the xerém with cockles, the feijoada à marinheira (bean stew made with seafood and sausages) and the octopus rice.

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