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Busy, bustling and always bursting with energy, Portimao is the second most populated city in the Algarve, and a real hub of commerce, activity and vibrancy. From the buzzing ambiance of the centre, the beautiful old quarter with its traditional seafood restaurants and quaint charm, to the stunning stretches of the Algarve’s finest beaches – this is a destination for any occasion.
Portimao holidays offer sun, sea and good times for travellers of all ages, budgets and tastes. Whether you’re soaking up the hum of the city centre, lounging on top of sun-warmed sands by the sea or tucking into a plate of some of Algarve's most sumptuous cuisine, you are sure to fall under Portimao’s spell in no time at all.
Things to do in Portimao
To delve into Portimao’s past with gusto, head to the incredible and unmissable Museu de Portimao. Housed in a beautifully well-preserved 19th Century fish cannery, the exhibitions offer insights into all manner of the city’s historical culture, from archaeological to maritime – this is the ideal way to while away a day exploring the hidden reaches and vestiges of a fascinating story.
As one of the Algarve’s most bustling, populous centres, Portimao offers a staggering array of accommodation options to suit every holidaymaker. Stay in style in one of the chic hotels tucked away in the centre’s many meandering streets, make it authentic with a traditional, family-run guest house or make yourself at home with a self-catering option.
If you are seduced by the lure of the beach, head to the coast and check into one of the area’s luxurious resorts. Complete with everything you could ever need for the perfect holiday, this is the ideal way to relax and unwind in Portugal.
Despite its big city status, Portimao has retained a charisma and personality heavily infused with its harbour town heritage. Wander into the centre at any time of day, and you will find a bustling hub with heart, populated by friendly locals, fishermen and a delightfully rambling old quarter which showcases the city’s architectural past, characterised by Greek and Romanesque designs. Exploring the city is an adventure all of its own – you never know what you might find around the corner on Portimao holidays!
Of course, Portimao cannot be discussed without mention of its decadently beautiful coastline. Endlessly undulating and surrounding the picturesque mouth of the Rio Arade, the beaches that grace the shores of this area have a distinct character and are drenched in sun throughout the year. Settle yourself on top of the golden sands and enjoy a well-earned rest or dive into a wealth of watersports from sailing to jet skiing, snorkelling to windsurfing. Portimao benefits from its ocean proximity in more ways than one. Not only are countless beautiful beaches in easy reach, the city is also famed for its al fresco seafood restaurants, each serving up its own brand of fish dishes that simply must be sampled. The close location of Alvor and Carvoeiro mean you can go elsewhere on your Portimao holidays.