is one of the largest cities in the Algarve.
The city sits between the Alvor estuary and the Arade River, boasting an incredible set of beaches along its 8km coast.
the 19th century, Portimão became an important centre for the fishing
conserving industry in Portugal and it remained that way until the 20th century
when tourism took over. Today,
Portimão is a popular summer destination, welcoming over a thousand people per
Visitors come here to enjoy the beaches and practice sports like sailing, surfing and scuba diving. The closest beach to the centre of Portimão is Praia da Rocha, and it’s around here that you will find most of the hotels in the city. The beach has a small fortress that provides a great view across the Arade river and the sea.
beaches worth visiting in Portimão include Praia dos Três Castelos and Praia de
Alvor. This last one is backed up by a stunning nature reserve that can be
explored on foot by following the wooden boardwalk on the beach.
For the car enthusiasts, there is the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, one of the best race circuits in the world. The circuit features a race track, a sports complex, a go-kart track and a hotel.
is extremely well connected to the rest of the Algarve. It has a railway
station, a harbour and even a small airport which offers scheduled flights to
some domestic destinations. From
the Marina of Portimão, you can easily join a boat trip and explore the caves
in Lagoa or travel up the Arade river towards the medieval town of Silves.
To learn more about the fishing tradition of Portimão you should visit the Museum of Portimão. The museum is set in an old cannery and recreates the production lines of the factory, from catching the fish to preparing it for canning.
of the most important historic sites in Portimão are the Igreja do Colégio, a
former Jesuit college and the Alcalar Megalithic site, a large necropolis that
was established over 5000 years ago in the north of Portimão.
is a great place for shopping. In the town centre, you can find traditional
shops selling souvenirs, but if you’re looking for something more you can visit
the Portimão Retail Center or Aqua Portimão, a modern shopping mall with two
floors filled with shops and restaurants.
sardines are one of the local specialities of Portimão, there is even a Sardine
Festival in August dedicated to this delicacy. New Year’s Eve is also a big
celebration in Portimão with live bands performing on the waterfront, food
stalls and a fantastic fireworks show.