Portimão

This city, located on the western Algarve, has undergone a major transformation in a few years, from fishing to land a modern urban center geared towards tourism. In the city centre, take a stroll down the street and trade by Vasco da Gama Street, both pedestrianised, where there are several shops and stalls selling a little bit of everything, from clothing to food and furniture. At Largo December 1, watch out panels of tiles that line the banks, because they portray ten important episodes in the history of Portugal. The coast of Portimão is one of its great attractions, being the praia da Rocha, praia do Alvor and praia do Vau the most popular seaside resorts. Excursions on yachts are very common, offering walks with panoramic views of the coast and the possibility to practice sports fishing. The Youth Park is a recent infrastructure dedicated to young people. Has a large grassy area, some lakes, playgrounds, an extreme sports park and various restaurants and terraces. With regard to the heritage, the monuments do not abound in Portimão and may, however, stand out the College of Jesuits, the fortress of Santa Catarina and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição. The gastronomy of this municipality is based on fresh fish and seafood such as grilled sardines, Octopus with rice, the mackerel alimados and clams to portimonense. Although still retain part of their economic activity linked to fishing, tourism and especially lives Portimão services. It has, for this reason, a wide range of hotel and catering.

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Casino da Praia da Rocha

Portimão

Located in the Hotel Algarve Casino, the Casino da Praia da Rocha (Casino of the Rocha Beach) is on of the best in the shoreline of the Algarve. It has a restaurant, a theatre for 250 people and a slot ...

Edifício do Colégio dos Jesuítas

Portimão

The building of the Jesuit College was founded in 1660 from the project of Bartholomew Duarte. The College has a church nave, the widest of Portimão. Currently, in the side of the building, bodies are installed the Parish Council, the ...

Estação Romana da Quinta da Abicada

Portimão

Roman villa with two colonnades, a hexagonal and another square, both with coated the floor mosaics. One of the great attractions of this place is the existence of multi-colored mosaics, with geometric motifs. This station provided materials between the 1st century and 2nd century.

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Portimão

Fortress of rectangular plant and with a tower at each angle, based on a high and rugged rock. Inside there is a small chapel in honour of Santa Catarina. Serves as access to the beach\/marina de Portimão via a staircase ...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição/ Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Portimão

The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição was built in the late 15th century, damaged by the earthquake of 1755, after being the target of reconstructions in the 18th century. A new reconstruction in the 19th century gave him the ...

Igreja do Divino Salvador/ Igreja Matriz de Alvor

Portimão

It was constructed in the end of the 15th century, by orders of Dom Manuel. This church presents three naves, two collateral chapels and three laterals. Here we pay special attention to the rococo glazed tiles panel and to the ...

Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort

Portimão

Luxurious and sophisticated Hotel located in a property with about 146 hectares, providing a stay calm and an enhanced service. Offers 173 rooms and 17 suites luxuriously equipped. It also has two nine hole golf courses, a Golf Academy and various other leisure facilities, including the children's Club Penguin Village.

Marina de Portimão

Portimão

The Portimão marina was built at the inlet of the Arade River and has 620 places for large boats. It is at this moment almost filled. It has a nice commercial and leisure area and the Passeio Ribeirinho, at the ...

Monumentos Megalíticos de Alcalar

Portimão

This necropolis in which the original constitution has about twelve corridor sepulchres, presents a vast variety of architectonic solutions and construction techniques, taking as an example the chamber purely megalithic or the false dome with lateral niches. It has a shop and a welcome and Interpretation centre (tel: 282471410; fax: 282471419).

Museu de Portimão

Portimão

A museum located in an old, large preserves factory, the Féu Factory. It has permanent exhibitions of classic and industrial archaeologies and temporary photography and painting exhibitions.

Parque da Juventude de Portimão

Portimão

An amusement park with a lake and animals. There is a track for miniatur cars, a cross country track, freestyle ramps, a fitnes circuit and a sports pavilion. There is also a playground.

Pestana Alvor Praia

Portimão

Situated on Três Irmãos beach, and housed in a green zone with more than four hectares, this friendly hotel has undergone renovation works in 1996. Provides a convenient stay in modern and well-equipped rooms. Presents conditions for the practice of golf with two fields, the Vale do Pinta and Quinta do Gramacho, located near the hotel.

Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes

Portimão

This square that makes the connection to the shoreline has a lake and a sculpture of Manuel Teixeira Gomes in the centre. The wood garden benches are an invitation to resting and the cafes with terraces are excellent for a ...

Praia da Rocha

Portimão

Beach attended by national and foreign tourists, with a vast sand-pit. The marginal has a lot of nightlife, plenty of restaurants, bars and a casino.

Praia do Alvor

Portimão

Beach with a vast sand-pit, touristic and nicely equipped. During the summer, the mornings are filled with aerobics sessions. The beach is near one of the most important wet areas of the country that shelters migratory birds.

Praia dos Três Castelos

Portimão

This beach is near the Rocha beach. It is both cosmopolitan and touristic, being the delight of the caravan owners that settle in the camping ground by the beach. On top of the cliff there is a lookout and there ...

Praia dos Três Irmãos

Portimão

Beach located side-a-side with the Alvor, with a vast sand-pit and lovely re-entries on the rocks. The restaurants around serve typical dishes of this region.

Praia do Vau

Portimão

Large beach, incrusted on a cliff. Here the sea is calm and the water is clear, being one of the most wanted spots during the summer for national and foreign tourists. Around there are many hotels and boarding houses, as ...

Ruínas do Convento de São Francisco

Portimão

Saint Francis convent was founded by Simão Correia whose Coat of Arms appears on the main door. From the church and cloister joint we stand out the doorway, the doors and the Manueline windows. It is also known as "Convento ...

Ruínas do Forte ou Castelo de Alvor

Portimão

These ruins are all that is left from an Arab fortress which was used to defend Lagos bay. The castle was conquer in 1189 by D. Sancho I but later returned to the Arabs power and afterwards, in 1250 D. ...

Tivoli Marina Portimão

Portimão

The Tivoli Marina Portimão is a 4-star resort that want to enjoy again and again. Here, a weekend always knows the little and the family vacation quickly fill of leisure and fun. Dawn with desktop style breakfast Nikki Beach. Then, on foot or in Tivoli buggy, go to the inviting beach of Praia da Rocha. The shops, restaurants and nightly ...

Zona Ribeirinha de Entre Pontes

Portimão

A recently recovered area, located between the auitomotive bridge and the railway bridge in Portimão. The typical sardines restaurants of Portimão, quite attended in the hot summer nights, are located here.

Zona Ribeirinha de Portimão

Portimão

The shoreline of Portimão has a wide pedestrian avenue with a typical Portuguese pavement. The palm trees, along the way, lend the place na exotic atmosphere. The garden benches invite for a bit of relaxation or simply for enjoying the ...