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 Rua do Comércio and Rua Vasco da Gama, both pedestrianised, where there are several shops and stalls selling a little bit of everything, from clothing to food and furniture. At Largo 1º de Dezembro, 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. With regard to the heritage, the monuments do not abound in Portimão and may, however, stand out the Colégio dos Jesuítas, the Fortaleza de 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, "carapaus alimados" and "amêijoas à portimonense". Although still retain part of their economic activity linked to fishing, Portimão lives especially from tourism and services. It has, for this reason, a wide range of hotels and restaurants.
What to do in Portimão
Praia da Rocha
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.
Marina de 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 south front which is a good option to take a walk.
Praia do Alemão / Barranco das Canas
Beach with lovely cliffs, calm waters and big rocks on the sand.
Fortaleza de Santa Catarina
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 …
Praia dos Três Castelos
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
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 Alvor
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 do Vau
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 …
Casino da Praia da Rocha
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 …
Estação Romana da Quinta da Abicada
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 …
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve was inaugurated in 2008 is one of the best and most modern European circuits, this being the opinion of great drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, among others. Your stroke allows 64 …
Quinta Pedagógica de Portimão
The Pedagogical Farm of Portimão, in the new village of Boavista in Portimão, seeks to recreate the traditional rural farms structures. In an area of two hectares, divided into distinct zones of cultivation, animal shelter, an area of Lake, green …
Estádio do Portimonense Sporting Clube
Football field turf, home of West Ham, with bleachers to 4961 people, all findings, with the exception of bench for partners.
Museu de 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.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição/ Igreja Matriz de 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 …
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