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    Portimao Algarve

Portimao on the Algarve coast in Portugal


Portimao rests on the Arade River estuary. It is a traditional fishing village and from the late twentieth century has joined the race Algarve tourist in a prominent position. Portimao is one of the largest towns in the region with more than thirty thousand inhabitants (the Algarve region not big cities). From the point of view of a tourist Portimao is the place to spend the day shopping or strolling but most visitors stay in the resorts that are in the nearby Praia da Rocha and Alvor, just 3 km from Portimao . Also very close to this is Ferragudo, a small village which has a castle. Portimao is one of the most popular place in Portugal, attracting many tourists each year.
Most tourist resorts are on the road going west of Praia da Rocha, where we can expect rows of houses and a coast holiday dedicated to visitors who every year crowd the beaches in the area. Alvor only in this area retains part of this old Portuguese town charm.


As with so many other towns in the country, Portimao lost nearly all its assets in the earthquake of 1755, so there is no great monuments prior to this date. We visit the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Church of Our Lady of the Conception), which retains a Manueline portal and a very impressive tiled façade inside.
A good walk around the streets surrounding the church will reveal many small pottery and craft shops, especially in the pedestrian street called Rua Diogo Tomé. Also nice Long Street Dezembro 1 with its tiled pavement is very striking.
You can hire boating on the river Arides to Silves.. Further afield attractions include Zoomarine, Krazy World, Aqualand water park, Aquashow water park and Lagos Zoo.


Portimao’s personality is primarily in its promenade with cafes and shaded terraces along the streets and Praça Duque Largo do Visconde de Bivar. In this area you can hire boating on the river Arides to Silves. Following the river we will see a number of restaurants and if we are the first Monday of the month there is a local market in Estrada da Rocha. The train station is north of the town but there is a city bus that takes us to the center. If we walk can be a quarter of an hour. This place has a rich history. In the last century, the richest people in Portugal came here to have fun, eat at the finest restaurants, and sleep in the most luxurious hotel rooms.


Here are our recommendations to stay in Portimão: Oceano Atlantico Touristic Apartments: Av V6. Category 4 stars in a modern contemporary style rooms. From the apartments you can see the city of Portimão and the Atlantic Ocean .. Tivoli Marina Portimao: Portimao Marina. 4 star hotel next to the marina. Rooms with balcony and sea views. The restaurant serves gourmet cuisine. A children’s playground.

Night Life  

The night life is centered around the Praia da Rocha area where most of the towns bars and restaurants can be found. A mood to suit every taste from champagne bar to karaoke bars. Taxi´s frequent the area and are a reasonable mode of transport around the town.


If you want a cheap restaurant we go to Vô Felipe near the bridge, on the waterfront. Specialists grilled sardines. If we want more we can go to the Dona Barca another well known restaurant in Largo da Barca or Rua Bom Apetite in Judice Fialho.

“By Jamie Mcloughlin

Place Categories: Resorts.Place Tags: Algarve and Portimao.

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