Holidays in Portimao
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Situated on Portugal’s sun-drenched Algarve coast, Portimao is a scenic yet bustling fishing port on the banks of the Arade river that is famous for its sardines. If you’re looking for an affordable break with plenty of seafood restaurants, water parks and dolphin spotting, Portimao should be on your radar.
The Marina is a hub of activity in Portimao, and that’s where you’ll find water sports and boat trips. Scuba diving, parasailing and water-skiing can all be found here. For group activities, charter a boat and sail the sea, join a glass-bottomed tour to check out local wildlife, or enjoy a spot of fishing and try to catch something for the barbeque later.
Near the Sardine Dock is the Old Quarter of Portimao, known as Largo da Barca, which is full of authentic Algarvian restaurants and well-preserved buildings for those all-important photo opportunities. The city is also home to the annual Algarve International Film Festival, which has been going strong since 1972. The award-winning Museum of Portimao, which holds the festival, is open all year round and makes a great day out for the whole family.
Out and about in Portimao
A short stroll towards the coast will take you to the picturesque resort of Praia da Rocha, which is practically joined onto Portimao. Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve’s most popular resorts, and it’s easy to see why – one of Europe's most photographed beaches, it boasts a 2km stretch of golden sands with secluded crags and coves. Alternatively, head to the quieter Alvor where there’s a natural lagoon that tourists love.
If you’re on a family holiday in Portimao, be sure to head to the fantastic Splash and Slide water park, just a quick drive eastwards. A great day out for all ages, the park is home to many chutes for adults, such as the Black Hole, and child-friendly soft slides.
There are several top quality 18 hole golf courses within easy reach, such as the 18 hole sites of Penina or Silves. The surrounding countryside also provides the perfect place for horse riding, mountain biking or even quad biking, although a relaxing vineyard tour is just as much fun! For an exhilarating activity that only the brave need apply to, head to Portimao’s high speed motorcycle track. Hop on the back of Honda CBR1000 RR, and a professional rider will take you on a two lap thrill ride at terrifying speeds! You will never run out of things to do in the Algarve.
Nearby Places of Interest
One of the places served by boat trips from the Marina is Silves, a historical town with a relaxed atmosphere and a fascinating castle that kids will enjoy. It takes about an hour to reach over the water and is a much loved day trip.
Around a 30 minute drive east of Portimao is the beautiful seaside town of Albufeira, one of the most famous destinations on the Algarve coast. Backed by rolling olive groves, Albufeira has a blue flag awarded beach, the popular Zoomarine amusement park, and Paderne Castle which has holidaymakers returning year after year.
Book your Portimao break today
For a cheap holiday in the sunny Algarve, book with easyJet holidays, and enjoy exploring Portimao! Whatever your idea of the summer holiday in Portugal is, easyJet holidays’ flexible booking and low deposit rates will make it convenient to plan your getaway.