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Located in the district of Faro, Portimao is the largest city in the Western region of Portugal’s Algarve. Once upon a time, a bustling centre of shipbuilding and sardine fishing, the resort has now transformed into a summer holiday haven for tourists from every corner of the globe.

Tourism, leisure and retail are the three key elements of modern Portimao culture, with extensive shopping opportunities, in particular, making the town stand out amongst its closest neighbours.

One of the defining factors in Portimao being such a strong contender as a holiday destination is the city’s wide range of cheap and affordable hotel accommodation options. It is a destination that can suit any type of budget.

Neighbourhoods of Portimao

Portimao consists of a number of districts:

  • Ribeirinha: This is the old harbourfront area of the city, and it serves today as a picturesque walking route that tourists can embark on to really take on all that that side of the city has to offer. You will notice that compared to some other destinations on the Algarve, Portimao still enjoys and promotes a slower, more relaxed pace of life.
  • Rua da Barca: Along the cobbled streets of the Rua da Barca, you will find all of the best-hidden gem restaurants and cafes that the city has to offer. Seafood is the name of the game here, and you won’t find it any fresher than in the various restaurants lining the Rua de Barca.
  • Centro Comercial Aqua Portimao: This is the area that you want to head towards if heavy-duty shopping is on the agenda. Centro Comercial, as the name suggests, is the modern shopping quarter of the city, where you will find a varied mixture of local independent stores and well-known designer brands.

What to see and do in Portimao

Portimao has a lot to offer for visitors with all kinds of likes and preferences. Some of the most popular sights and attractions include the famous Portimao market that provides an authentic and bustling experience, the medieval Fort of Santa Catarina for stunning scenic views, and the Museu de Portimao which offers an interesting insight into the history of fishing and cannery. Of course, the beaches are a big draw with Praia Grande offering calm waters and fun activities and Praia do Vau with its sandy cliffs.

What to eat in Portimao

In Portimao you will be able to sample a number of dishes traditional to the Algarve region. Some of the best include conquilhas à Algarvia, which are clams in a parsley and coriander sauce, feijoada which is a pork, bean and vegetable stew and leitão which is a delicious suckling pig smothered in herbs. Fresh sardines are ubiquitous, and you’ll find them served in many ways, but simply grilled straight out of the sea can’t be beaten.

Typical events and festivals in Portimao

Portimao puts on a number of different celebrations and events across the course of the year, with the most prominent occurring around the height of the tourism season. Two occasions, in particular, are highly regarded within the city, and those are the Portimao Sardine Festival that takes place every August in the second week of the month, and the famed New Year's Eve celebration that sees in the start of a new year with live music, food and fireworks.

How to move around in Portimao

The best way to navigate around Portimao is via the large local bus network. The network covers many different routes that will transport you to all of the key sites and attractions. In the peak of July and August, there are additional late evening services run between Portimao and Praia da Rocha.

The climate in Portimao

Portimao is a city that experiences warm, arid summers and cool, windy winters. Temperatures are pleasant for visiting purposes at any time of the year, but holidaymakers eager to get the very best weather they can should be aiming to visit from early July to early September.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Portimao

The most centrally located hotels in Portimao with the best ratings are: Hotel Made Inn and Hotel Whe.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Portimao, the average price per night is 29 , while you will pay an average of 18 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you'll pay around 54 .

You can make reservations at Penina & Golf Resort and Clube Praia Mar Apartment if you´re looking for a hotel with valet service for your visit to Portimao.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Portimao, like Hotel Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Resort, Hotel Sao Roque or Plaza Real by Atlantics.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Portimao, we recommend Hotel Vila Lido, Hotel Ap Oriental Beach and Hotel Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Resort.

If you´re looking for peace and quiet and want to stay at an adult-only hotel in Portimao, we recommend Hotel Ap Oriental Beach.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Portimao are Plaza Real by Atlantics, Penina & Golf Resort and Hotel Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Resort.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Portimao with express check-in and check-out are Clube Praia Mar Apartment and Hotel Portimão Center.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Portimao are Hotel Vila Lido, Hotel Ap Oriental Beach and Hotel Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Resort.

In Portimao, Hotel Ap Oriental Beach, Hotel Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Resort and Hotel Sao Roque offer 24-hour front desk service.