Mini guide to Portimao
Portimão is located 300kms south of Lisbon on Portugal's beautiful Algarve,
and is perfect for those who want to stay in a bustling fishing port rather
than in a hotel perched right on the beach.
High-rise buildings ring the area, but the core of the old town is still intact
and, although it lacks great monuments and museums, the town is worth exploring
on foot. Stroll through its gardens and its shops (especially noted for their
pottery), drink wine in the cafés, and roam down to the quays to see
sardines roasting on braziers. The routine activity of the Algarvians is what
gives this town its charm.
The other allure of Portimão is the nearby Praia da Rocha beach. Located
about three kilometres to the south, Praia da Rocha is one of the first seaside
resorts to have emerged in the Algarve. Backed by sandstone cliffs, its famous
two-kilometre stretch of golden sandy beach is interrupted by rock formations
which the sea has sculpted into remarkable shapes, complete with tunnels and
Portimão is famous for its sardines and fine restaurants; for a low-cost
meal, head down to the harbour for some fresh charcoal-grilled sardines. The
busy shopping streets of rua Comerciale and rua Vasco da Gama offer quality
goods, including hand-knit sweaters, hand-painted porcelains, and tons of pottery
from factories and individual artisans throughout Portugal.
The whole of the Algarve area is awash with activities and places to see, including
the world class golf course in Vale de Lobo, and the number one beach resort
of Albufeira, with its superb golden sandy beaches and magnificent red cliffs.
Lagos is only a short drive to the west and features a restored sea port and
a beautifully gilded Baroque church.
The Algarve is accessible via the modern N2 highway from Lisbon, connecting
with the N125. An express bus from Lisbon makes the 4 hour, 30 minute trip,
and three trains daily also make the slightly longer run on to the Algarve line.
Faro Airport is located to the east and has a rail terminal which connects with
Selection of hotels in this region:
Algarve Casino Hotel
Club Praia da Rocha
Clube Avenida Praia
Jardim do Vau Aparthotel
Sol Flor da Rocha
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full list of hotels and online booking