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Under the Romans the city was named Baltum, and initially grew the city, with an aqueduct of which parts still remain. Trade with the North Africans garnered the city its name, which is derived from the Arabic البحيرة (Al-Buhera). The Arabs also helped grow the city, teaching agricultural methods of sustaining what had, till then been a solely fishing community.
The Christian conquest of the region began at the end of the 12th Century. The Moors were finally driven out in 1249, in the reign of King D. Afonso III. The town became part of the kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves. King D. Manuel I awarded Charter to the Town of Albufeira on 20 August 1504 and from that day the town was governed according to the legislation in force for the rest of the country.
The town started to become a hub for tourism in the 1960s, and has grown to accommodate this since, growing out into the surrounding hills to accommodate the 5 million tourists expected each year.

Integrated in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, the Island is a game of barrier islands that separate the sea from the lagoon. Being accessible only by ferry from Olhão, there is no motor vehicle, there is a reign of peace and quiet for those who want to relax in a spacious beach, bathed by a calm sea. Its clear waters are ideal for scuba diving.

Lagos Algarve Portugal is one of the most spectacular places on Earth.  It is not very well known but it is exquisitely beautiful.  The townspeople are gracious and kind while the landscape is pristine.  The waters are between crystal blue and turquoise with sandy white beaches.  If you are looking for a place to go on vacation, you have found the right spot.  There is a ton to do in this quaint town.  The most anticipated activity is going out to one of the various beaches for water activities and fun in the sun.

Being located on the South coast of Portugal, Portimão is well known in the sailing world for being an ideal location for sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, boasting much calmer seas and weather conditions than the Western coastline.

Portimão is the host venue for many prestigious sailing events including the annual Portimão, Portugal Match Cup event which is a part of the World Match Racing Tour. The event draws the world's best sailing teams to Portimão in a gladiatorial battle of nerve and skill on the water. The identical supplied (SM-40) boats are raced two at a time in an on the water dogfight which tests the sailors and skippers to the limits of their physical abilities. Points accrued count towards the World Match Race Tour and a place in the final event of the season, with the overall winner taking the title ISAF World Match Racing Tour Champion. Match racing is an ideal sport for spectators in Portimão. Racing in such close proximity to the sea shore provides excellent heart of the action views for the audience along the beaches and in the public areas.

Sagres is the most southwesterly resort in the Algarve and in Roman times was part of an area called the Promontorium Sacrum (from whence the name, Sagres, derives). At this time it was believed to be the most westerly part of the world and it was thought that the setting sun off the point made the waters of the ocean boil. It is still relatively untouched by tourism and is an attractive town of mainly low rise houses, lining the quiet streets.

Because of its location people often expect a wind-swept barren landscape, but Sagres is a truly tranquil town with beautiful beaches, a picturesque harbour at Baleeira, a very pretty square, Praça da República, and stunning views. It is very popular in summer with visitors, but all year round with fishermen and surfers because of the western Atlantic waters creating such good waves for surfing.

Sagres is particularly popular with visitors coming to see the place where Prince Henry the Navigator, son of King João I, built his famous school of navigation. The school has earned Sagres a significant place in history because it was where Henry bought together great mariners, astronomers, ship-builders and cartographers to build and navigate great ships in the period of the Age of Discoveries.

At the heart of Vilamoura is the marina which has the capacity to berth over 1,000 vessels. The marina is surrounded by large Hotels and Luxury holiday homes as well as a large casino and numerous restaurants and vibrant bars. At the far corner of the marina, it is possible to charter boats for big game fishing. There are also facilities for jet skiing and parascending. Close by there are also a number of sports clubs, a shooting range and many night clubs. Tourism in Vilamoura is extensive and well-developed, with many different resorts with ratings from 3 star to 5 star. This is a substantially higher average than the surrounding areas, which have ratings varying from 2 star to 4 star. As a consequence of being mostly privately owned, the town is very opulently designed. The town/marina has an extensive variety of activities which are usually on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends. Activities include touring the local caves along the coastline (which are nearer to Albufeira than they are to Vilamoura). This cave tour is usually done on tour boats. The area also has two companies which operate trains-on-wheels for travel between resorts.

For the avid historians there is a preserved Roman Site and Museum providing an insight to the area's past. Originally a Roman fishing town, the ruins include baths in which the mariners used to bathe.

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