Music, food and art at Albufeira’s Al-Buhera festival

Albufeira’s music and arts festival Al-Buhera is returning to the town from July 27 to 31.

Taking place in the town’s Praça dos Pescadores, the event will feature hundreds of stalls with craftspeople from all over Portugal selling everything from decorative art to jewellery.

There will also be a variety of food and sweets on sale, including the Algarve’s famous honey, hams, liqueurs and ‘flower of salt’ as well as other national specialties like Madeira’s poncha (a drink made with sugarcane fire water, sugar and lemon juice) and bolo do caco (the archipelago’s traditional bread).

A musical programme will also feature a number of big Portuguese names, including singers José Cid (July 27) and Viviane (July 28); Fado group Al-Mouraria and Portuguese Idol winner Diogo Piçarra (July 29); Algarve funk band Os Compotas with Beto Kalulu, and national reggae star Richie Campbell (July 30); and finally Banda Alhada and Dengaz & Ahya Band on the event’s closing day (July 31).

Doors open at 7pm and close at 1am.

Admission is free.