Hotels in Portimao
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Vitor S Plaza
Portimao 1.8 mi from city centre
This apartment complex enjoys a quiet location just a few kilometres from the centre of Alvor, where many shopping and entertainment...
Studio 17 By Atlantics Al
Portimao 1,285 yd from city centre
Apartments located located just 2 km from Praia da Rocha, just a 3-minute drive from a local golf course.
Plaza Real by Atlantics
Portimao 1.1 mi from city centre
This friendly aparthotel is located in the tourist resort of Portimâo, just 600 m from the beach. The surrounding area is...
Jardim Do Vau
Portimao 1.8 mi from city centre
This Aparthotel is located directly on the slightly sloping sandy beach of Praia do Vau and approximately 1.5 km from the...
Mirachoro Praia da Rocha
Portimao 1,655 yd from city centre
This apartment complex is located in the leisure area of Portimaos, just a few minutes from the beach which is separated...
Ap Oriental Beach
Portimao 1.4 mi from city centre
This charming apartment hotel overlooks the sandy Praia da Rocha beach, which is only a promenade away. The surrounding area...
Interpass Vau Apartamentos
Portimao 1.6 mi from city centre
Located 500 metres away from Vau beach, Vau Hotel offers air-conditioned suites with a kitchenette and a furnished balcony....
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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.