Things to do in Portimao

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Tres Irmaos Beach which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and rocky coastline

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1. Rocha Beach

The beautiful Rocha Beach, known as Praia da Rocha in Portuguese, is one of the most well-known on the Algarve. Luckily, thanks to its vast size and length, it has ample room to accommodate sunbathers. Follow the wooden walkway that hugs the length of the beach to find the perfect spot.
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Backed by golden-red cliffs and met by the white-flecked waves of the Atlantic, this spectacular beach is one of the Algarve’s most popular. 

2. Portimao Marina

Enormous yachts fill up the 620 berths of the Portimão Marina, a vast harbor in the corner of its namesake town. Historical forts stand beside upscale restaurants, bars and stretches of sand. Relax on the sand of Angrinha Beach or Rocha Beach and snap photos of the forests of masts rising from the large vessels.
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Acclaimed beaches and a pair of historic fortresses are part of this haven for super-sized yachts. Its orange and red buildings contain shops, bars and restaurants.

3. Alvor Beach

Spacious, sandy Alvor Beach is a good choice for those seeking a quieter alternative to nearby Praia da Rocha. Find a peaceful spot somewhere along the lengthy stretch of golden sand and take advantage of the beach’s many facilities.
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Kitesurf, head out on the water on a paddleboat or kayak around the surrounding coastline at this Blue Flag-awarded beach. 

4. Tres Irmaos Beach

The scenic Tres Irmaos Beach is best-known for its striking ochre and golden-colored rock formations. Bring along a swimsuit for a paddle in the water and a camera to capture the beauty of these sandstone outcroppings, which have been shaped by the wind and the waves.
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Bring your camera to photograph this striking beach, which is dotted with large, eye-catching rocks that provide shade and shelter, and harbor several caves. 

5. Portimao Museum

The interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits at the Portimão Museum reveal different aspects of the city’s history. See vintage equipment from the town’s old sardine and mackerel canning factory, learn about marine exploration and view archaeological artifacts that have been hauled up from the depths of the Arade River.
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Learn about Portimão’s history, heritage and connection to the sea at this modern museum occupying a former sardine and mackerel canning factory.   

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