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An authentic Portuguese break

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.

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Your Portimao questions, answered

With more than 300 annual days of sunshine, southern Portugal is lovely to visit even in winter. Avoid the crowds during the shoulder-season months of May, June, September and October.
Portimao is tailor-made for a romantic minibreak, but its plentiful beaches and activities make it a great option for families, too.
Portimao town is calm and quiet, but partygoers will find bars and clubs to rival any top resort 3 kilometres south in Praia de Rocha.