Set on the banks of the mighty Arade river in the Algarve, the friendly town of Portimao enjoys something of a double life. With one side defined by a classy marina, you’ll find a party-loving bar scene on the other. Portimao holidays give a true taste of Portugal all within the space of a few kilometres.
Strolling down ancient streets, you’ll learn about the town’s rich history as a fishing port, which is also evident when you look at the restaurant menus serving fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Holidays to Portimao are not complete without setting aside time for exploring the many gorgeous beaches.
On the chilled-out Praia Grande you’ll find easy-going bars where live musicians play guitar to locals, while – for a change of pace – Praia da Rocha is famous for its lively nightlife, with visitors flocking from the surrounding areas, particularly on a Friday night.
Explore the caves
Take a short boat trip from Portimao to the magical Benagil Cave – perhaps the most famous and photogenic of Portugal’s many jaw-droppingly quirky rock formations.
Take a history lesson
A museum about sardine canning may not sound like the most obvious day out, but the Portimao Museum also has a series of excellent interactive exhibitions about underwater findings and archaeology.
Hit the shops
As well as a huge variety of shops, Portimao has the Mercado Municipal, which features a wide array of vendors selling local produce every day.