Portimao

Travel Guide
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Portimãois a cosmopolitan city with a great selection of restaurants, bars, clubs,shops, a casino and a beautiful marina. It also has one of the best-knownbeaches in the Algarve,the Praia da Rocha.

Portimãois popular not only as a summer destination, but also throughout the year. Somepopular events worth catching are the annual New Year festivities, the PortugalMatch Cup in July (part of the World Match Racing Tour) and the world beachsoccer tournament, Mundialito in March.

There’splenty to do, so there’s no danger of a dull moment in Portimão.Get your blood pumping with a parachute jump flights take off from theMunicipal Aerodromo. The Autodromo do Algarve is a well-known motor racingcircuit, great for racing fans. Then there’s the Ocean Revival Project, thelargest artificial reef in the world. Created from the deliberate sinking of fourPortuguese Navy Warships, this is an ideal spot for diving.

History

The Carthaginiansare thought to have founded Portimão around 550BC. Situated where the River Arade meets the ocean, this port was ideal fortravel and trade with Silves, which was the ancient capital of the Algarve. Theprosperity of the commerce led Portimão to obtainthe status of town in 1435.

In the 19th Century,the fishing preservation industry turned this town into one of the mostimportant fishing and packing centres in the Algarve. It was an importantfishing town, making most of its money through the trade until the 20thCentury.

1910 saw theopening of the Praia da Rocha Casino, and the numbers of tourists visiting thecity started to grow. Today it is a hugely popular destination forholidaymakers looking for beautiful beaches and shopping, water sports andother water-based recreation.

Landmarks

The Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição was first built in the 15th Century and renovated in the 19th Century. Here you can see a beautiful baroque retableon the altar, the statue of St. Peter the Apostle and impressive glazed tiles.

The JesuitCollege is the biggest church in the Algarve, featuring a Manueline doorwayfrom the 16th Century, impressive gilded canings and a renaissancestatue of the Virgin and Child.

The ManuelBivar garden is a highlight of any trip to Portimão.With the Faro Island providing a stunning backdrop, you can enjoy a leisurelywalk with the locals under the string of palm trees that dominate the garden.

Praia da Rocha Beach

This sandybeach is sheltered by cliffs and offers beautiful views over the bay. Withbars, public toilets, car parks, lifeguards and a health centre, it has all youneed for a pleasant day out at the beach. The Marina can be found at theeastern end of Praia da Rocha, close to the river mouth. You’ll also find the fortressof Santa Catarina around here, which provides dreamy views over the sea.

Food and Drinks

The localdishes are rich in flavour and packed full of fresh seafood. Make sure you trythe clam and fish stews, cooked up with with tomatoes and onions, and thebarbequed sardines. Leave some room for desert and try the figs and almonds Algarveanpastries. The local brandy known as “medronho” is also one of a kind and is aperfect way to cap off your meal.

Shopping

Shoppingmalls like Aqua Portimão or Continente are the places to go for shopping forthe bigger brands and boutique shops. The market on Avenida São João de Deus,with its more traditional shops, is great for souvenirs and local crafts.

Where to stay in Portimao

Vista Marina
Vista Marina
4 out of 5
Rua do Oceano Indico, 4, Algarve, Portimao, 8500-823
The price is £121 per night from 13 Jul to 14 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (393 reviews)
"Fantastic pool & Spa area or only 1 km. walk to the Beach Strip and Casino. Only downside, the main desk is not covered from 6 pm until 9 am. The door locks can take a time to get used too."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Vista Marina
Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, 8500-802
The price is £133 per night from 9 Jul to 10 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and room service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (641 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, oven view rooms are large and have lots of natural light. Beautiful view. Hotel is kept clean and service is excellent. Location is excellent for the beach, shops and restaurants. Only negative is the noise from the street at night. I would recommend a room on a high floor, or away ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2022

Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Algarve Casino
Hotel Algarve Casino
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Faro, 8500-802
The price is £149 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (784 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on 18 May 2022

Hotel Algarve Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vista Marina
Vista Marina
4 out of 5
Rua do Oceano Indico, 4, Algarve, Portimao, 8500-823
The price is £121 per night from 13 Jul to 14 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (393 reviews)
"Fantastic pool & Spa area or only 1 km. walk to the Beach Strip and Casino. Only downside, the main desk is not covered from 6 pm until 9 am. The door locks can take a time to get used too."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Vista Marina
Oceano Atlantico Apartamentos Turisticos
Oceano Atlantico Apartamentos Turisticos
4 out of 5
Av. São Lourenço da Barrosa, Edificio Oceano Atlântico, Portimao, 8500-510
The price is £125 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the pool and the family ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (189 reviews)
"The staff were very helpful throughout our 6 night stay, especially Christina. She arranged taxi transfers and early check-in for us. The apartments were comfortable and clean. They were within walking distance of the beach and city centre. We had a great stay."

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Oceano Atlantico Apartamentos Turisticos
Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
3 out of 5
Praia de Alvor, Alvor, Portimao, 8500-088
The price is £132 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (124 reviews)
"Liked that accommodation was close to beach and local transport and amenities"

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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