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Welcome to Portimão, a vibrant coastal town nestled in the heart of the Algarve, Portugal. Once a bustling fishing hub, Portimão now enchants visitors with its charming streets, historic architecture, and scenic beauty.

Explore the picturesque waterfront promenade and take in panoramic views of the Arade River. Discover the rich maritime heritage of the region at the Portimão Museum, where intriguing exhibits and archaeological findings await. Indulge in the flavours of Algarve cuisine at local restaurants, where fresh seafood dishes are a highlight. Don't miss the chance to sample traditional delicacies like grilled sardines and cataplana.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Portimão offers a wealth of activities to enjoy. Embark on a boat tour along the coast, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, or explore hiking trails in the nearby mountains. With its laid-back atmosphere and diverse attractions, Portimão is the perfect destination for travellers seeking relaxation and adventure alike. Come and experience the magic of this charming coastal town in the Algarve!


Jardim Manuel Bivar gardens

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Portimão is a bustling working city situated along the Arade estuary and is a major commercial centre and a popular tourist destination offering a diverse range of attractions. Explore the charming Old Town, dating back to the 12th century, where narrow cobblestone streets wind past ancient churches and quaint cafes. Discover the rich maritime heritage of the region at the Portimão Museum, situated along the quayside.

For shopping enthusiasts, Portimão boasts some of the best shopping scenes in the Algarve, with a plethora of boutiques, markets, and souvenir shops lining the streets. Indulge in the local culinary delights at one of the many seafood restaurants, where you can savour fresh sardines grilled to perfection. Afterwards, head to the riverfront promenade to enjoy a leisurely stroll or relax in the Jardim Manuel Bivar gardens with an ice cream or coffee. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the majestic Colégio dos Jesuítas church, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and one of the largest churches in the Algarve.

Discover the Best of Portimão at the Municipal Market

Installed in the heart of Portimão, the Municipal Market is a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists. Open from Monday to Saturday, this vibrant market is renowned for its unparalleled quality and freshness of products. Strolling through its bustling aisles, you can explore a diverse range of offerings.

The fish and meat sections are particularly popular, showcasing the day's freshest catches and cuts. For those seeking the healthiest produce, the vegetable and fruit stalls are brimming with colourful and ripe selections. The market also caters to daily needs with its bakery, providing freshly baked bread and pastries, and a wide assortment of greens for every culinary requirement.

Adding to its charm, the market includes florists with beautiful arrangements and a cobbler offering expert shoe repair services. The dining area is perfect for a quick bite, featuring local delicacies and snacks, while the stationery shop ensures you can pick up any necessary supplies.

Monday – Friday: 07h00 – 14h00/17h00 - 20h00, Saturday: 07h00 – 14h00, Sunday: CLOSED
Av. São João de Deus, 8500-508 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 08' 22.3" N | 08° 32' 33.9" W

Portimão Municipal Market

|  Portimão Municipal Market

Portimão Museum

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Portimão Museum

The Portimão Museum is a captivating destination in the heart of the town, located along the scenic riverside district. This award-winning museum offers an enchanting blend of history, culture, and maritime heritage, making it a must-visit attraction for tourists and locals alike. Housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century sardine canning factory, the Portimão Museum brings to life the fascinating story of the region's industrial past. As you step inside, you'll be transported back in time with interactive exhibits and engaging displays that showcase the evolution of Portimão from a bustling fishing hub to a vibrant city.

One highlight of the museum is the permanent exhibition, which vividly depicts the traditional methods of sardine processing and the daily lives of the factory workers. Authentic machinery, tools, and personal stories that paint a vivid picture of Portimão's industrious spirit enhance the immersive experience. For those keen on maritime history, the museum's collection of artefacts from sunken ships and archaeological findings along the Algarve coast offers a treasure trove of discoveries. With its educational programs and temporary exhibitions, there's always something new to explore..

Sept - July: Tuesday: 14h30 - 18h00, Wednesday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00, Monday: CLOSED
August: Tuesday: 07h30 - 11h00, Wednesday – Sunday: 15h00 – 23h00, Monday: CLOSED
Largo Primeiro de Dezembro, 8500 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 07' 51.0" N | 08° 32' 02.9" W


Jeep half day tour of our Algarve coast and mountains

Jeep half day tour of our Algarve coast and mountains

Discover the Algarve's stunning countryside on a 4x4 adventure. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views and natural landmarks as your professional guide navigates the rugged terrain. Highlights include a refreshing stop at the fountains of Estômbar. With a hotel shuttle service, you'll easily reach the departure point, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Relax on a half-day tour designed for maximum enjoyment and safety, leaving the driving to the experts and mastering the Algarve’s landscapes with ease.

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Tandem Skydiving Algarve 10.000ft — 3500m

Tandem Skydiving Algarve

Experience the thrill of a tandem sky-dive along the Algarve coast. Soar to 10,000 feet for unforgettable aerial views, feel the adrenaline rush of a 30-second freefall, and glide gently down to Portimão's sandy beaches. Perfect for first-timers, an expert instructor will accompany you throughout. This adventure includes all skydiving equipment, insurance, and handling fees. Embrace the excitement and spectacular scenery of the Algarve on this ultimate skydiving experience.

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Exclusive horseriding in Portimao (no experience required)

Exclusive horseriding in Portimao

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Experience an intimate horseback riding adventure on your Algarve holiday. Unlike typical stable rides, this small-group tour takes you along scenic local trails to enjoy stunning coastal views. Perfect for beginners, the tour includes a safety briefing and close monitoring for a fun and safe experience. Explore the Algarve's back roads on horseback with no prior experience needed. The small group size ensures personalised attention from your guide, enhancing your adventure and enjoyment of the beautiful landscapes.

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Convento do Colégio dos Jesuítas: A Historic Gem in Portimão

The Convento do Colégio dos Jesuítas is one of Portimão's most treasured historical landmarks. Situated in the charming Old Town, this magnificent convent invites visitors to step back in time and explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of the Algarve.

The Convento do Colégio dos Jesuítas, with its stunning Baroque architecture, is a sight to behold. Originally built in the 17th century by the Jesuits, this historic convent served as a centre for education and spiritual growth. Today, it stands as a testament to Portimão's enduring history, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city life.

As you wander through its serene courtyards and beautifully preserved cloisters, the detailed craftsmanship and the sense of tranquillity that pervades the convent will enchant you. The interior is equally impressive, featuring intricate tile work, ornate altars, and a captivating collection of religious artefacts that provide a glimpse into the past. The convent also hosts various cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year, making it a vibrant part of Portimão's cultural scene. Whether you're an architecture enthusiast, a history buff, or simply looking for a unique experience, the Convento do Colégio dos Jesuítas is a must-visit destination.

Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 12h30/15h00 - 18h00, Weekends: CLOSED
Praça da República 25, 8500-594 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 08' 21.5" N | 08° 32' 15.2" W

Convento do Colégio dos Jesuítas

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Portimão's Promenade

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Explore the Quayside and Promenade: Portimão's Scenic Waterfront

The quayside and promenade in Portimão is a vibrant waterfront destination that offers stunning views and endless entertainment. Stroll along the picturesque Arade River, where you'll find charming cafés, well-tended gardens, a series of pretty squares with fountains, and inviting restaurants serving fresh seafood. Perfect for a leisurely walk or a bike ride, the promenade offers a delightful mix of scenic beauty and local culture. Enjoy the lively atmosphere as street performers entertain, urban art and boats gently lapping against the river's edge.


Portimão's Marina is a hub of activity, offering a perfect blend of luxury and leisure. Stroll along the pristine docks, where you'll find an array of sleek yachts, charming cafés, and upscale restaurants serving delicious seafood. The marina is ideal for water sports enthusiasts, with options for sailing, fishing, and dolphin watching. It is here many sightseeing tours begin and end. Enjoy the lively ambience with boutique shopping and lively events.


The small fishing village of Benagil has attained world fame from a stunning sea-cave. Known as the Algar de Benagil, this vast cave is located halfway between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra. Light pours into this cavernous space through a blowhole in the roof, known locally as the eye. There is a small beach inside the cave where visitors can disembark from tour boats. Enter the Algar de Benagil through one of two arches. The crystal clear waters outside the cave are great for snorkeling. Benagil cave appears in many travel guides and postcards, and has become one of the must-do attractions in the area.

Visiting the cave

Although Algar de Benagil isn't far from the beach at Benagil, it is not advised to swim there because of undercurrents and quickly changing tides.

By Boat
The easiest way to visit the cave is by boat. Small boats from Benagil beach will take you there. Other boats leave Carvoeiro or Armação de Pêra take you the short distance to the cave. There are also several tour companies operating out of Albufeira, Portimão, Vilamoura and Lagos, offering a more substantial experience encompassing other beaches, caves and grottoes. Tours range from short 30 minute trips to longer boat excursions lasting between one to three hours.

By kayak or stand up paddle-board
You can rent a kayak or Stand up Paddle Board (SUP) on Praia de Benagil and go to the cave yourself. You can also choose to be part of a tour group for a more informative experience.

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Praia da Rocha is Portimão’s stunning Atlantic beach and a top tourist destination in the Algarve! Located just three kilometres south of the main town, Praia da Rocha has evolved into a resort in its own right, brimming with hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars, discos, clubs, and shops.

Praia da Rocha is a stark contrast to the Old Town of Portimão. This modern, purpose-built area is a bustling hub of activity, offering something for everyone. The beach itself is a breathtaking expanse of fine golden sands and calm turquoise waters, framed by dramatic ochre cliffs sculpted into fantastical shapes by nature. This natural beauty has captivated visitors for generations, making Praia da Rocha a perennial favourite.

First discovered by tourists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Praia da Rocha quickly became the go-to summer retreat for locals and foreigners alike. The historic Hotel da Bela Vista, with its Belle Époque architecture, stands as a testament to this glamorous era. By the 1950s and 1960s, Praia da Rocha had begun attracting more international visitors, cementing its reputation as a cosmopolitan tourist centre renowned throughout Europe for sun, sea, and sand. For a quieter experience, head to the south end of Portimão at the bottom of Avenida São Lourenço da Barrosa, where you can enjoy a serene stretch of beach away from the bustling main resort. Whether you're seeking vibrant nightlife, fine dining, or simply a relaxing day by the sea, Praia da Rocha offers an unforgettable Algarve experience.

Praia da Rocha

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Fortaleza de Santa Catarina (Fort of Saint Catherine)

|  Fortaleza de Santa Catarina (Fort of Saint Catherine)

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina (Fort of Saint Catherine): Portimão’s Historic Seaside Fort

The Fortaleza de Santa Catarina is a captivating 17th-century fort located at the eastern end of Praia da Rocha in Portimão offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into the Algarve’s rich maritime past.

Originally built under the command of Dom João de Castro in the 16th century, the fort was designed to defend Portimão from raiding corsairs and pirates. Alongside the Fort of St. John of Arade, across the river in Ferragudo, Fortaleza de Santa Catarina played a crucial role in protecting the Arade estuary and the town from invaders. Its strategic location provides visitors with splendid views of the sea, river, beaches, and cliffs, making it a prime spot for catching stunning sunsets.

The fort’s rectangular layout features sturdy towers at each corner. Inside, you’ll find an old chapel dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, adding a touch of historical and spiritual charm to your visit. A café can also be found inside which on occasion stages live performances.


This enchanting stretch of coastline in the Algarve is a string of stunning beaches between Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Each beach offers a unique charm, perfect for a sun-soaked day by the sea. Whether you're a family looking for a serene spot or an adventurer seeking water sports, this span of the Algarve has something for everyone.

Praia do Vau

Praia do Vau is a charming beach flanked by picturesque cliffs, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Known for its iodine-rich waters and fascinating rock formations, Vau Beach is especially popular with families. The unique rock formations provide natural shade and interesting spots for kids to explore. The calm, clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, making it a delightful spot for a relaxing day in the sun.
37° 07' 11.0" N | 08° 33' 29.4" W

Praia dos Três Irmãos

Just east of Praia de Alvor lies the beautiful Praia dos Três Irmãos, named after the three striking rock outcrops known as the "three brothers." This beach is renowned for its rugged beauty and the shelter provided by the cliffs, which protect visitors from the sea breezes that can affect the open sands of Praia de Alvor. With ample parking, easy access, and lifeguard patrols during the summer, Praia dos Três Irmãos is a convenient and safe choice for beachgoers. The natural rock formations and caves are perfect for exploration, adding an adventurous twist to your beach day. | 37° 07' 04.3" N | 08° 34' 45.6" W

Praia de Alvor

At the western end of the long stretch of open sand lies Praia de Alvor. This expansive beach is divided by the salt marshes and a lagoon formed by the Alvor River by rolling dunes, creating a scenic and dynamic landscape. The wide expanse of sand is ideal for beach games such as volleyball, kite-flying, and frisbee. If you prefer to relax, sun loungers and sunshades are available for rent, although some areas in front of hotels may be reserved for residents. For water sports enthusiasts, Praia de Alvor offers a variety of activities including pedalos, sailing, and windsurfing. Two beachfront restaurants provide convenient options for lunch and refreshments, and ample shaded car parking ensures a hassle-free visit. Lifeguards and safety flags are in place during the high season, ensuring a safe environment for all visitors. | 37° 07' 21.5" N | 08° 35' 59.9" W

Praia do Vau

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Praia de Alvor

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NH Marina Portimao Resort

NH Marina Portimao Resort ★ ★ ★ ★

Installed in a complex with stunning views of the sea and Portimão marina, NH Marina Portimao Resort is just a five-minute stroll from Praia de Rocha. The hotel features two seawater pools, a children’s pool, and offers air-conditioned accommodations with furnished balconies.

The studios and apartments, decorated in neutral tones, are well-furnished with modern amenities, including satellite TV and kitchenettes with dining areas. The units are spread across three buildings: Marina Sun, Marina Deck, and Marina Beach.

Each morning, guests can enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast. The hotel boasts two restaurants with panoramic views, serving international cuisine, and a snack bar offering a variety of salads and snacks. Guests can indulge in a relaxing massage or rent bicycles to explore the city. The resort also features a children’s playground and a tour desk providing information on local attractions, ensuring a fun and convenient stay for all.
Marina de Portimao, 8500-843 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 07' 20.1" N | 08° 31' 37.5" W

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Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort ★ ★ ★ ★

Located amidst sprawling, verdant gardens, this lavish 5-star retreat in the Algarve sits just five km from both Portimão and the enchanting city of Lagos. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort offers an array of recreational activities, boasting three pristine golf courses and a vast outdoor pool.

The accommodations at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort are bathed in natural sunlight, featuring luxurious beds adorned with crisp white linen. Some rooms unveil charming balconies with cosy seating areas, many overlooking the serene poolside.

Indulge in leisurely pursuits with massage therapies, sauna sessions, and a fully equipped fitness centre, complemented by 5 tennis courts onsite. Younger guests are entertained at the vibrant Children's Club, presenting engaging weekly programs filled with recreational delights. Savour a culinary journey at any of the five diverse restaurants serving delectable Portuguese, Italian, and international fare. Family-friendly menus and themed evenings add to the charm. Meanwhile, the four onsite bars tantalise you with light bites and refreshing cocktails.
PO Box 146 - Penina, 8501-952 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 09' 42.2" N | 08° 34' 49.3" W

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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Housed in a grand historical building, Bela Vista offers boutique accommodations perched on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha, providing guests with direct beach access. As the first hotel in the Algarve Region, it boasts a unique heritage. Bela Vista features three distinct houses, each with its own design. The rooms are adorned with a charming marine theme, and most offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies. Guests can enjoy modern comforts, including free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels.

Dine alfresco on the restaurant’s terrace, where you can watch the sunset while savouring delicious Algarvean and Portuguese dishes, paired with a diverse wine selection. The new Marina of Portimão is just 800 metres away, and bike rentals are available for exploring the scenic surroundings. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is conveniently located, with Faro International Airport an hour’s drive away and Alto Golf Course only 2.5 km distant.
Av. Tomas Cabreira Praia da Rocha, 8500-802 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 07' 08.6" N | 08° 32' 16.6" W

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NUMA is the realisation of a shared family dream by owners Nuno Martins, the chef, and Manuela João, the front-of-house manager. Nestled along a bustling avenue in a residential neighbourhood, NUMA exudes a refined atmosphere with its abundant wood decor and warm tones, creating an inviting and cosy dining experience.

The restaurant's culinary focus is on local Portuguese ingredients, presented with a contemporary flair. Diners can choose from two tasting menus (NUMA and Estação; an exquisite journey through eight courses of traditional Algarve Portuguese cuisine) or opt for the à la carte selections. Don’t miss NUMA’s signature dishes: the Carabineiro red prawns and the succulent sirloin steak. This family-run establishment showcases exceptional talent and dedication, offering a memorable dining adventure. Numa provides an outstanding gastronomic experience, blending great food with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Monday – Saturday: 19h00 – 22h30, Sunday: CLOSED
Av. Miguel Bombarda 17, 8500-299 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 08' 01.2" N | 08° 32' 28.2" W
+351 282 432 454 | reservas@numarestaurante.pt | Website

Avô Casimiro

Avô Casimiro

Tucked away in a charming cobbled street in Portimão's historic old town, this quaint eatery offers an unparalleled experience of traditional Algarve cuisine. Seafood lovers will be in paradise with the incredible variety of shellfish and seafood dishes available. The dining concept encourages sharing several petiscos (tapas-style plates), making it a fantastic option for a communal meal.

Ask the attentive and friendly waitstaff for their recommendations on local wines and unique menu items—you won't regret it. Each dish showcases the authentic flavours of Portuguese cooking, with standout options like the razor clam pasta and the delightfully crispy fried potato skins. The warm, family-run atmosphere adds to the overall charm, making this local tapas restaurant a must-visit for anyone seeking the best Portuguese food in the Algarve.

Monday – Saturday: 17h00 – 22h30, Sunday: 17h00 – 22h00
R. da Barca 21, 8500-690 Portimão, Portugal. | 37° 08' 25.0" N | 08° 31' 58.5" W
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Looking for a special meal with that special someone? This hidden gem in Praia da Rocha is unquestionably worth the effort. The fresh fish here is prepared to perfection, with flavours that are simple yet heavenly. The service is exceptional, and the staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Look out for the impressive platter of the day’s fresh catch, showcasing a variety of fish and shellfish. The restaurant also offers a nice selection of local wines, perfectly complementing the meal. With its lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly, attentive staff, this spot is a standout. Tucked away from the touristy areas, it provides a serene dining experience. For an unforgettable seafood meal in Praia da Rocha, this place is a must-visit.

Daily: 18h00 – 23h00
Rua Engenheiro Francisco José Bivar, 8500 809, Portimão, Portugal.
37° 07' 14.6" N | 08° 32' 20.3" W
+351 282 148 507 | squashrestaurant.bar@gmail.com | Website

Only 67km (41.6 miles) west of Faro Airport Website


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Get on A22 from N125-10, IC4 and N125-4. Follow A22 to N124-1 in Silves. Take exit 6 from A22. Continue on N124-1. Take N125 and R. Infante de Sagres to R. Teófilo Braga in Portimão.
Latitude - 37º 08" 06.6' | Longitude - 08º 32" 21.0'


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Portimão train station is about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Portimão and 50 minutes from Praia da Rocha. Buse and taxis operate from outside the station entrance. Regional train services (comboios regionais) run from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on Portugal's eastern border:
• Lagos - Vila Real de Santo António line: Timetable | Website

• Eva Transportes run services across the Algarve linking the main resorts and towns, as well as a hostess service to Lisbon. Also worth considering are their tourist passes if you're planing to visit different places: Website
• Rede Expressos operates countrywide services: Website