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Albufeira is a city and municipality in the district of Faro, in the southernmost Portuguese region of the Algarve. The municipality population in 2011 was 40,828, in an area of 140.66 square kilometres (54.31 square miles). The city proper had a population of 13,646 in 2001.

The population expands to approximately 300,000 residents during the summer and New Year celebrations, owing to the large number of hotels and lodgings in the district. Other leisure facilities include a marina, golf courses, and a significant number of restaurants and bars.

In the first decades of the 20th century, the export of fish and nuts represented the largest contribution to the local economy of the municipality. The town itself had five factories employing 700-800 people, mostly wives of fishermen working in local production. Between 1930 and 1960, there was a considerable decline in fortunes, resulting in the closing of many of these factories, the reduction in fishing boats along the coast and the abandonment of many of the homes. The population was reduced by half and the fishing industry became a subsistence activity, supporting local consumption only.

The town started to become a hub for tourism in the 1960s, and has grown to accommodate this in the intervening years, expanding out into the surrounding hills to accommodate thousands of the 5 million tourists who visit the Algarve region each year.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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