Portimao is a tourist city in the Algarve; it is very popular among tourists during the summer season. Find out what to see and eat and its best beaches
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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.

What to see in Portimão

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.

The coast and its beaches

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.

What to eat

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.

How to get to Portimão

Just like the rest of the Algarve region, in order to visit Portimao you need to land in FaroPortimao 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.

Portimão Weather

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Where to stay in Portimão

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Recommended hotels in Portimão

We offer a selection of hotels at Portimão to suit all categories of travellers. The most booked by tourists are the sea-facing hotels, often right on the beach. If you want to play it safe, choose one of the following: they are among the most booked hotels in Portimão, sorted by number of reviews.

RR Hotel da Rocha
Portimão - Av. Tomás Cabreira - Praia Da RochaExtra sanitary measures
8.7Fabulous 4.201 reviews
RR Hotel da Rocha provides immediate access to Praia Da Rocha Beach. It features suites with a contemporary design offering beach or land views.
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Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve
Portimão - Avenida Tomas Cabreira
8.1Very good 3.472 reviews
Situated only 50 metres from Praia da Rocha Beach, Hotel Santa Catarina offers rooms with private balconies, some overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Free parking is available on site, subject to availability, no reservations are made for it.
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NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club
Portimão - Morgado do Reguengo ResortExtra sanitary measures
8.7Fabulous 3.143 reviews
The NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club is surrounded by golf courses and overlooks the Monchique Mountain. This 4-star hotel has 4 outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant and includes a buffet breakfast.
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Apartments and vacation homes in Portimão

If you prefer space, privacy and the ability to prepare your own meals to a hotel holiday, book a holiday home at Portimão. We recommend a few below, but in this case we advise you to book early because houses and apartments for rent at Portimão are in high demand.

Vista Marina Apartamentos Turisticos
Portimão - Rua do Oceano Índico - Praia Da RochaExtra sanitary measures
8.1Very good 1.125 reviews
Vista Marina features a free-form pool set in a landscaped garden, just a 10-minute walk from Portimão centre.All air-conditioned apartments are decorated in warm, sunny colours and fitted with a large wardrobe.
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Apartamentos Varandas da Rocha
Portimão - Avenida Tomás Cabreira - Praia da Rocha
7.8Good 903 reviews
Apartamentos Varanda da Rocha are 2 blocks of apartments located in Portimão and are right across from the renowned Rocha Beach. The Portimão centre is a 5-minute drive away from the units.
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Studio 17 by Atlantichotels
Portimão - Urbanizacao Alto do Quintao, Rua João Simões Tavares - Lote 17Extra sanitary measures
7.3Good 422 reviews
The Studio 17 by Atlantic Hotels features 70 units and is located just 2 km from Praia da Rocha and a 5-minute drive from the Portimão centre. It offers self-catering apartments and studios just a 3-minute drive from a local golf course and 3 km from the Portimão Train Station.
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