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.
Where to eat in Portimão
A restaurant located in the river area, in a typical house of the Algarve region, with a seafood me…
A restaurant that serves only dinners, at a fixed price, including entries, four dishes, a dessert,…
A tavern like restaurant with a goo service and well prepared regional dishes. Good wine list, most…
What to do in Portimão
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 century and 2nd century.
Monumentos Megalíticos de Alcalar
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).
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.
Igreja do Divino Salvador/ Igreja Matriz de Alvor
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 …
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 …
Edifício do Colégio dos Jesuítas
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 …
Ruínas do Forte ou Castelo de Alvor
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. …
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.
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 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.
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 …
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 …
Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes
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 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 …
Zona Ribeirinha de 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 …
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 …
Zona Ribeirinha de Entre Pontes
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.
Where to sleep in Portimão
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