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Portimao is the second largest town (after Faro) in the Algarve region of Portugal.

It stands aside the Arade river. A number of boat trips set out from Portimao, heading out to sea for fishing trips, along the coast to visit the caves or up river to the charming town of Silves.

The town itself is more of a commercial centre than a tourist hot spot, but is a great base for exploring the rest of the coast. The beaches of Praia da Rocha, Alvor and Ferragudo are all within easy reach (5-10 minutes by taxi).

Portimao has a train station which connects the town with most other towns and resorts along the Algarve coast. Faro (and the international airport) can be reached in approximately 1 hour 20 minutes by train, while Lagos is a mere 20 minutes away.

Portimao offers an extensive range of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops and is particularly renowned for the cluster of restaurants located under the bridge, close to the riverside, which specialise in sardines.

There are a number of pleasant parks and squares in the city in which to sit and soak up the sun.

  • Last visit to Portimão: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Fifty years ago today I rode my bicycle from Tavira to Portimão.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Jonathan, lovely little page about Portimao here. I have only visited Faro in this part of Portugal, but I would definitely like to explore more of the Algarve.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    thanks for the tours - am due a return visit but probably not until next year!Have a added a few bees to my Rethymno travelpages . Is it raining and cold up yr way like we have down here?!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    The Hotel Globo sounds like a good find! We were short of time and found Portimao too busy in May, so settled for a secluded beach at Praia da Rocha.

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2004 at 12:10 PM

    lucky yu..! just been to portimao/ algarve


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