Portimao

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 Portimao

Jupiter Marina Hotel
Jupiter Marina Hotel
4 out of 5
Estrada da Rocha 2, Portimao, Faro, 8500-804
The price is €79 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (248 reviews)
Great hotel and very comfortable stay
"We had a lovely time at the Jupiter, the staff were very friendly, the breakfast was excellent and the room was great. We had a superior room facing the river. They’re quite compact but very nicely finished, very comfortable beds, a small fridge/mini bar, great shower. The rooftop bar was also great ..."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, 8500-802
The price is €86 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and room service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (694 reviews)
"The property is in an excellent location. Near to amenities and lovely beaches. Staff were wonderful and very helpful."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2022

Hotel Algarve Casino
Hotel Algarve Casino
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Faro, 8500-802
The price is €99 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (831 reviews)
"Liked: quiet; great ocean view; very big and nice outdoor pool with ocean water; location Disliked: breakfast options; lack of ventilation and cosmetic mirror in bathroom; A/C cannot be set to automatic operation; dated facility Overall should be rated as 4-star, not 5-star."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Club Amarilis
Club Amarilis
3 out of 5
Edificio Amarilis Avenida V3, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, 8500-801
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Our guests praise the pool and the overall value in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (104 reviews)
Portimao hotel
"Great facilities in the apartment, near to the beach, bars snd restaurants. Very helpful staff would go back again"

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

Mirachoro Portimao
Mirachoro Portimao
3 out of 5
Rua João Simões Tavares Lote 58, Portimao, 8500-293
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (20 reviews)
"Good apartment. The only thing we were missing was a kettle."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

Vista Marina
Vista Marina
4 out of 5
Rua do Oceano Indico, 4, Algarve, Portimao, 8500-823
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (429 reviews)
Great getaway
"Beautiful building. Great apartment. Fantastic pool area. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Great location. Quiet yet close enough to the beach and restaurants."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

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