Portimao

Travel Guide

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

Hotel Algarve Casino
Hotel Algarve Casino
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Faro, 8500-802
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €105 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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! (778 reviews)
"The hotel was ok, the staff was very helpfully (the lady at the restaurante Breakfast time was the best staff very helpfully and always happy, the beach towels lady outside near the pool was awsome too) the room was fine but I find a sock from anterior guests under my bed👎 The Hotel interior design ..."

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2022

Hotel Algarve Casino
Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
5 out of 5
Praia dos Três Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao, 8501-904
The price is €255 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 5-star beach hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (388 reviews)
"The beach and restaurants on the beach were easily accessable. The dinning options at the hotel were minimal."

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2022

Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, 8500-802
The price is €106 per night from 25 May to 26 May
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! (624 reviews)
"Great room. Great view"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2022

Hotel Da Rocha
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Vista Marina
Vista Marina
4 out of 5
Rua do Oceano Indico, 4, Algarve, Portimao, 8500-823
The price is €79 per night from 24 May to 25 May
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! (392 reviews)
"Fantastic pool & Spa area or only 1 km. walk to the Beach Strip and Casino. Only downside, the main desk is not covered from 6 pm until 9 am. The door locks can take a time to get used too."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Vista Marina
Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
3 out of 5
Praia de Alvor, Alvor, Portimao, 8500-088
The price is €86 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (121 reviews)
"Close to town and beach"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao
4 out of 5
Marina Portimao, Portimao, 8500-843
The price is €92 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a marina. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (632 reviews)
"Great location, Execellent staff, very clean ! Lovely food. The staff work very hard. The housekeeping is Execellent. Highly recommended ! Will definitely be back !"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2022

Tivoli Marina Portimao
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.

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