Without a doubt this spot is the best of this small hamlet belonging to Portimao. I was in love at first sight with this street. You can make your way up the sides of the road, spotting charming restaurants and shops. The first part of the street is lined with restaurants more expensive and as you progress you find more affordable places. I was much struck by an Indian restaurant in the middle of street, Kashmir Indian Restaurant. I could not go but it looked tremendous. The village is basically full of English and some French. In addition, of course, Spanish. In short, a street that surely you will fall in love with.
Rua da Liberdade was an important street in the Carnation Revolution, 25 April, 1975. Many of the old buildings, which had stood since the fifteenth century had to be extensively repaired. It has wide pavements where you can see bars and cafes with white tables and umbrellas, and comfortable wooden benches where you can sit. There's a variety of businesses here, including a huge pharmacy with decorative tiles, a branch of Banco Popular, shops, hairdressers, etc. The street runs all the way to the Praca Republica square.
When we were planning the trip, Albufeirra seemed to be a city dedicated to mass tourism, without the charm of the small fishing villages that can be found in the Algarve. Indeed, the centre is a riot of nightlife, clubs with loud music, and tourists crowding the few streets of the old town. But along the Avenida dos Descobrimentos, a sort of ring road around the city, you can find a compact cluster of white houses contrasting with the deep blue sea. This is not the Mediterranean, it's the Atlantic Ocean, but the architecture would not be out of place in a village in Greece or North Africa.
Avenue dos Descobrimentos (the Promenade) is the Lagos seafront and crosses the city from east to west (from the Marina to Fort Ponta da Bandeira). It's a wide boulevard with palm trees and is a nice place to stroll by the sea. Along its route are several attractions, such as the fishing port, the municipal market, Infante Square, Castle of Governors and the Gate of San Gonzalo. At the end, the highest point of Batata and Estudiantes beaches is Chão Queimado viewpoint, with a statue of Gonzalo of Lagos (city patron).