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Albufeira, Portugal.
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Albufeira, situated on the Algarve along the southernmost region of Portugal, is not just the “Tourist Capital” in Portugal. It is also an area full of history, with vestiges of human occupation since the remote Neolithic and Bronze ages. Once a small fishing village, the town tourism growth started in the 1960’s. Thanks to an ever-growing tourist industry, it has become one of the most desired holiday destinations in Europe. This area has a delightful Mediterranean climate. It has become a favorite holiday destination for European and global travelers who come to enjoy a vacation of sun, sea and sand. Its beautiful beaches, amazing countryside, vibrant nightlife, challenging golf courses, excellent accommodations and its culture and customs give the gay and lesbian traveler plenty to do and see.

To cope with the growing needs of the gay and straight tourist industry, Albufeira has expanded into the surrounding countryside in order to build the necessary quality accommodation and install the accompanying luxury services they require. Now, there is a great range of gay friendly hotels, resorts, villas, and traditional guesthouses for the gay and lesbian traveler. Rates and amenities range from budget to luxurious so there is plenty of choice for even the most discerning gay and lesbian traveler. Montechoro, Areias de São João and the famous Oura now became new centres of attraction for visitors. The recent completion of the Albufeira Marina has been a much welcomed development.

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Albufeira is an international centre noted for its rich and diverse cuisine. The great variety of restaurants offer everything from regional dishes to the more refined specialties of French, Italian or German cooking. This region is closely tied to the ocean so fish and seafood dishes constitute a strong gastronomic presence. Sardines, flounder and bass are always fresh and delicious. Fresh lobster and prawns are a must. "Caldeirada" is a typical stew with several varieties of fish, potatoes, green peppers and parsley, being one of the dishes primarily appreciated and prepared by fishermen.

After landing in Faro Airport, you can get to Albufeira by car, a distance of about 35 Km (21 miles). A car is essential if planning to tour the coastline and explore the seduced coves and unspoiled towns that dot the area. Whilst traveling throughout this region there is plenty of accommodation to choose from, from budget to luxury, small pensions to international hotels. After sunset, the centre of Albufeira changes its character. An eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, cafés and clubs fill-up with people, until they spill over into the narrow streets.

Albufeira boasts beaches where the sand is fine and the sea a turquoise blue sheltered by cliffs. It is for its beaches that Albufeira is internationally renowned, because all of them are different... and they are all equally enchanting. For the more active traveler, Albufeira hosts three excellent golf courses, all within each distance of the town.
For the adventurous traveler, there is plenty to explore. For the traveler looking for peace and quiet, just lounging in the sun. Albufeira will happily satisfy both.

One final point, although Portugal trails other western European countries in openness about homosexuality, recent legislation and slowly changing attitudes is starting to increase its acceptability in the country. Algarve towns such as Tavira, Lagoa and Albufeira are increasingly responding to the demands of gay and lesbian travelers.

So, if you’re looking for sun, sea, fun, relaxation, excellent food and wine, then Albufeira, Portugal has it all of the gay and lesbian traveler.

Albufeira Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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