Located on the banks of the Arade River, Portimao is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and for its calm and warm waters which make it a perfect holiday destination.
The town carries a long fishing tradition, which developed especially during the 19th and 20th century with the advent of the industrialisation and tourism. Many buildings located in the old town were built during this time, when Portimao received several economic investments.
The Portimao Museum is about the history of the city and its residents who have dedicated their life to the sea for centuries.
The Chapel of Sao José de Alcalar is an example of unique style, just like the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which was built in the XV century at the top of a hill in order to dominate over the town. Still today, despite the earthquake of 1755, it is possible to admire its original Gothic gate.
Enjoy some quiet and relax in the shade of the trees of the Manuel Bivar Garden, where it is still possible to spot some small fishing boats. The area of Portimao built along the coast is known as Marina; here is where you will find most of the shops, restaurants, and night clubs.
Those who want to enjoy the sea can’t miss Praia da Rocha. Located about 3km from the city center, it is the most famous beach of the Algarve region. Praia da Rocha offers so many things to do and it is often crowded with tourists.
Portimao played an important strategic role during the 15th century; during this time, indeed, the Fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar was built with the purpose of defending the port and the local population from the pirates.
There are several beaches near Portimao offering different types of landscapes; among the best ones, Careanos, Vau, Barranco das Canas, Prainha.
In order to explore the very best of Portimao it is possible to join a one day boat tour along its coast; this way you will have the opportunity to discover all its beautiful beaches, some of which can be reached only by boat.
Most of the restaurants in Portimao are located near the port and offer grilled sardines, a local specialty.
Although sardines are typical within the whole Algarve region here in Portimao they are particularly popular, to the extent that in August a sardine festival is organised. There are also other fish specialties such as mussels, fish and beans stew, other types of stews, corn flour based dishes, and so much more.
Just like the rest of the Algarve region, in order to visit Portimao you need to land in Faro; Portimao is located about 60 km from this airport connected with Lisbon, Porto and several other European cities.
If you want to travel by train, the Largo Sàrrea Prado station offers several trains from Lisbon. Bus services run by Eva Bus and Rede Expressos connect Portimao to the rest of the Algarve region.
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