Albufeira New Year’s Eve party
Photo: CM Albufeira

Albufeira New Year’s Eve party attracts over 150,000

Albufeira remains preferred destination of thousands of families for New Year’s Eve, says local mayor

Albufeira Council has announced that over 150,000 people attended the town’s New Year’s Eve party, ‘Albufeira Carpe Nox’.

The impressive attendance numbers prove that “Albufeira continues to be the preferred destination of thousands of families for New Year’s Eve celebrations,” the council said.

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“This is one of the main tourist events of Albufeira, an investment which contributes to the dynamisation of the borough’s economy for four days with a diversified programme for all tastes,” said Albufeira Mayor, José Carlos Rolo.

Despite the huge crowds that gathered at the town’s beachside square Praça dos Pescadores for the New Year’s Eve party, Rolo stressed that no major occurrences were registered.

“Albufeira is a safe destination and its New Year’s programme, which brought thousands of people together in the same location on a day known for many excessive (behaviours), is a good example of this,” said Rolo.

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“No significant occurrences were registered, thanks to the excellent coordinated efforts between the many forces on the ground, namely GNR police, the Albufeira volunteer firefighters, Portuguese Red Cross, municipal civil protection services and police, and the Association of Albufeira Lifeguards,” he added.

Photo: CM Albufeira

‘Albufeira Carpe Nox 2023’ featured a performance by the so-called ‘Father of Portuguese Rock’ Rui Veloso, and Tatanka, vocalist of popular Portuguese band The Black Mamba (which represented Portugal at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest).

Photo: CM Albufeira

There was also a skydiving choreography with pyrotechnics and the usual impressive fireworks show.

The programme also featured medieval fair Paderne Medieval and stand-up comedy event Solrir.

Photo: Rui Gregório (CM Albufeira)

By Michael Bruxo

michael.bruxo@portugalresident.com