Albufeira

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The current area of the municipality of Albufeira lies occupied by man since at least 2000 BC The Romans gave it the name of Baltum , and the Arabs. who occupied in 716 , and named it Albuar Albuhera meaning ‘the sea ‘, ‘ lagoon ‘, ‘ castle of the ocean ‘, hence the place name.

It’s castle , virtually impregnable due to its strategic position , was the last Arab stronghold to fall into the hands of King Afonso III of Portugal , which marked the victory with the practice of unnecessary cruelty . Albufeira submitted in 1249 , then in 1250 was donated to the Order of Avis .

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