Portimão

Travel Guide
Tres Irmaos Beach which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and rocky coastline
Stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade, wander around the shop-lined pedestrianized streets of the old quarter and dine on fresh seafood at outdoor cafés.

The biggest town in the Western Algarve, Portimão is packed with shops, appealing restaurants and cafés, and a handful of historic sites and attractions. Explore the city streets on foot and absorb the laid-back atmosphere, then hit the beach just south of town for a fix of sun, sea and sand.

Up until the 1980s, Portimão’s docks would have been packed with fishing boats, with the town serving as a center for sardine fishing and processing. Today, however, the fishing industry has been overtaken by tourism and retail, and the town draws visitors who want to shop and dine amid pleasant surrounds.

Start by strolling around the historic center of town, where much of the architecture dates back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Look for historic religious buildings such as the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, parts of which date back to the 15th century. Venture inside to inspect the hand-painted azulejo tiles up close.

Find out more about the town’s fishing heritage at the award-winning Museu de Portimão. Set in the building that once served as the town’s fish cannery, the museum tells the story of the town’s fishing industry as well as documenting the human history of the region from prehistoric times to the modern day.

If you need somewhere to rest, stop for a break in the Jardim Visconde Bivar on the riverfront. Many restaurants along the riverfront Ribeirinha serve delicious fresh seafood. Grilled sardines are considered a local specialty.

Just south of town is Praia da Rocha, one of the most well-known beach resorts in the Algarve. Spend days on the golden-sand beaches, sunning and swimming, then experience the resort’s nightlife in its many bars and clubs.

The nearest commercial airport to Portimão is in Faro, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) away. Trains and buses connect Faro to Portimão. Portimão itself is walkable, with the beach of Praia da Rocha just a 30-minute stroll or a short bus ride from town.

Where to stay in Portimão

Hotel Algarve Casino
Hotel Algarve Casino
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Faro, 8500-802
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €59 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
€59
per night
30 Jan - 31 Jan
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Portimão. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (864 reviews)
"Great property, lovely room and helpful staff . The only thing is restaurant doesn’t serve nice food. Better off eating elsewhere for dinner"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2023

Hotel Algarve Casino
Jupiter Algarve Hotel
Jupiter Algarve Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Faro, 8500-802
The price is €65 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
€65
per night
15 Feb - 16 Feb
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Portimão. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (595 reviews)
"Beautiful location"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2023

Jupiter Algarve Hotel
Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, 8500-802
The price is €70 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
€70
per night
1 Feb - 2 Feb
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Portimão. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and room service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (743 reviews)
"Great customer service from staff. Nice place to stay especially with a sea view."

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2023

Hotel Da Rocha
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Apartamentos Jardins da Rocha
Apartamentos Jardins da Rocha
3 out of 5
Edificio Jardins da Rocha, Avenida V3, Portimão, Faro, 8500-801
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Portimão. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (181 reviews)
Good choice
"Very nice apartments in an excellent location."

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Apartamentos Jardins da Rocha
Vitor's Plaza
Vitor's Plaza
4 out of 5
Av. Henrry Cotton, 4 Estradas de Alvor, Apartado 82 - Praia da Rocha, Portimão, 8501 - 905
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Portimão. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (202 reviews)
"So good we stayed longer than our original booking!"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2022

Vitor's Plaza
Jardim do Vau
Jardim do Vau
4 out of 5
Praia do Vau, Portimão, 8500-820
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Portimão. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Amazing for a family, immaculate outside pool, great inside pool, everything well taken care of, and friendly staff always eager to help. just 1 step from the beach, with a cat colony outside the gate eager to be pet'd - could not ask for better place. will definitely return. Only thing that needs ..."

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2023

Jardim do Vau
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