Albufeira rests under the jurisdiction of the District of Faro, which is in the Algarve province on the south coast of Portugal. It incorporates an area of approximately 140 square kilometres and boasts around 40,000 residents, including some 4,000 foreign nationals. In an average year Albufeira experiences around 3,000 hours of sunshine. Its golf courses and vibrant nightlife attract visitors in large numbers from all across Europe and beyond.
Tourism as a major industry began to flourish back in the 1960s. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. To accommodate its growing popularity the town has of necessity expanded into the once surrounding countryside areas. Montechoro, Areias de São João and Oura have joined the Old Town as centres of attraction for visitors, and the recent completion of the Marina has extended Albufeira's development from its eastern side across to Salgados and Galé in the west.
Some five million tourists visit the Algarve each year, with a good number of them traveling to Albufeira. Although this activity peaks in the summer Albufeira and the Algarve are perennial holiday destinations for many.