About Portimao, the Algarve, Portugal
Although Portimao is probably best known for the gorgeous beaches of nearby Praia da Rocha and Praia dos Tres Irmaos, the town also offers several other attractions for holiday couples and families.
Things to do and see
Wander colourful gardens and stroll the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Quarter around Largo da Barca. Visit the impressive Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição (church), with its interior covered in stunning 17th century azulejos (tiles).
Admire the impressive 17th century Fort of São João do Arade, which sits on the sand banks of the Arade River opposite Portimão, separating the golden beaches of Praia da Angrinha and Praia Grande. Browse friendly shops selling lace, ceramics and pottery.
Savour a range of fine dining seafood restaurants and relax at a choice of outdoor cafes serving excellent Portuguese wine – especially those along the riverfront quays and the adjacent squares surrounding pretty fountains.
Hire a boat for a sea trip to explore coastal grottos or head up the Rio Arade to the beautiful town of Silves.
Location – Portimao is located around 8km east of Lagos and 40km west of Albufeira.
Getting there – By air, Portimao is easily accessed via Faro Airport, with daily flights to and from all major European cities, including London. Faro is just a 40-minute flight from Lisbon. By hire car, Portimao is around five hours drive from Lisbon or less than fours hours by train. How to get to Portimao . . .