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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.

AP Oriental Beach
AP Oriental Beach
4 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
The price is €130 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Nestled on the beach, this Portimao hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Portimao Harbor and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
4.4/5Wonderful! (339 reviews)
"Overall, a really good hotel. Location is fantastic, with direct access to the beach. Breakfast was quite good. Would recommend. Things that we found unacceptable for a 4 star hotel: - Check-in - it was a terrible experience. We waited for about 1h, at one point there were 4 other workers looking ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2020

AP Oriental Beach
Apartamentos Clube Vilarosa
Apartamentos Clube Vilarosa
3 out of 5
Beco dos Mosaicos Romanos Lote 1, Praia da Rocha Algarve, Portimao
The price is €39 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in Portimao, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rocha Beach and Portimao Marina. Slide and Splash Water Park and Carvoeiro Beach are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (206 reviews)
"Nice, quiet area. Friendly staff. Free baggage storage after check out whilst waiting for airport transfer."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Apartamentos Clube Vilarosa
Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
The price is €71 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Located in Portimao, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Portimao Harbor and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach and Tres Irmaos Beach are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (584 reviews)
"Hotel is gorgeous, staff are very nice and gave us a great welcome. Location is perfect and not far from the mall. Limited activities around due to Covid-19 but overall had a good time. Thank you."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2020

Hotel Da Rocha
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Studio 17 Atlantichotels
Studio 17 Atlantichotels
3 out of 5
Urbanizacao Alto do Quintao, Rua João Simões Tavares - Lote 17, Portimao
Located in the heart of Portimao, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Continente Shopping Center and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach and Tres Irmaos Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (192 reviews)
Good place, but used to be much better
"Apart-hotel in a modern building. Decent corona mitigation measures. Located near supermarkets and 15 minutes walking distance to the beach. OK WiFi and TV. Equipped kitchen but no exhaust so it can get smoky and smelly. Every morning very early the roosters across the street will wake you. There ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2021

Studio 17 Atlantichotels
Vale da Ribeira Residences
Vale da Ribeira Residences
4 out of 5
Vale da Ribeira Residences, Lote A2, Várzea de Arão, Portimao, Portimão
The price is €68 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in a rural location, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Palmares Golf, Meia Beach and Lagos Marina. Alvor Beach and Discoveries Wax Museum are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Not a Hotel
"Cut our stay short by a day (travelled with 2 toddlers). Dark, smelt of sewage from poor drainage) and in the middle of no where. We arrived late at night and couldn’t buy food/breakfast next morning. Lacked basic essentials in kitchen. Would suit campers/ equipped travellers/caravaners. Customer ..."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Vale da Ribeira Residences
Luna Alvor Bay
Luna Alvor Bay
3 out of 5
Urbanização Torralta, Praia de Alvor, Portimao, Algarve
The price is €68 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
Situated in Portimao, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alvor Beach and Tres Irmaos Beach. Rocha Beach and Vau Beach are also within 3 miles ...
4.4/5Excellent! (469 reviews)
"Very nice touch acknowledging my wife's birthday No sunshine on our balcony Not enough lifts Not enough sun loungers , No sleep for 2 nights because of noise from other apartments"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Luna Alvor Bay
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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4/5 - Good

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3 Jan 2020

Lovely place, I have been there six times now and will return

4/5 - Good

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18 Dec 2019

PLENTY OF PLACES TO EAT AND A FAIR AMOUNT OF FOOD CHOICE.MOST PLACES LIKE THE AQUA SHOPPING CENTRE ARE WALKABLE,ALBEIT UP THE ODD HILL CATHEDRAL AND MUSEUM IN THE TOWN.

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16 Nov 2019

Parts are stunning & parts are very trashy Bit of a ghost town out of season, but that’s ok. ✅

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3 Nov 2019

Beautiful beach at Praia da Rocha - only 15 minute walk or shuttle bus from hotel

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14 Oct 2019

Everything was so easy to get to. Transportation was great and hotel were very helpful in giving us directions . We are already looking to book up for next year to meet up with family from ireland ... DEFINITLEY the best place we have ever visited ..

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10 Oct 2019

Dockside nice. Lots of trips available