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The largest city in the western Algarve, and once a renowned shipbuilding, sardine fishing, and fish processing center, Portimao is now one of the most popular leisure, holiday, and retail destinations in the southern reaches of Portugal. Offering beautiful scenery, a rich cultural heritage, and a vibrant nightlight, there is no shortage of things to see, do, and enjoy in Portimao.
The former once bustling fishing docks of Portimao have been turned into scenic promenades that guide you to the charming and quaint old-town’s tree-lined plazas. Move further inland and you’ll find a collection of welcoming pedestrian shopping streets, a collection of perfectly preserved historic buildings, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars that serve locally caught and freshly prepared seafood.
While Portimao is relatively large, in terms of population (approximately 56,000 residents), the city retains a low-key, laid-back, and relaxed atmosphere, which feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the town beaches.
While there are a wide variety of things to do, see, and explore in Portimao, the following are just some of the key highlights.
- Museu de Portimao. Once the site of the Fue Hermonos canning factory, which served as a hub of the city’s sardine canning industry, and since the late 19th century, was one of the area’s major employers, Museu de Portimao is an award-winning museum that tells the story of the important contribution that the sardine canning industry had on the region.
- Benagil Caves. Hop on a boat and visit the Benagil Caves. Sculpted by crashing waves over centuries, this sea cave is an incredible natural landform that features breathtaking arches and natural skylights, which frame the turquoise sea that lies beyond perfectly.
- Praia da Rocha. While there’s no shortage of spectacular beaches in the Algarve, Praia da Rocha is undeniably one of the best. Conveniently located in the heart of Portimao, accessing the beaches is easy. The beach, which is a blend of golden sand and limestone chunks, stretches for about 1 km, and the gentle waves of the turquoise blue Atlantic Ocean lap at the shore, making it the perfect spot for soaking up the sand, sun, and surf; particularly for children.
- Fortaleza de Santa Catarina. One of the most notable historical landmarks in Portimao, Fortaleza de Santa Catarina was built in the 17th century to defend the estuary of the Rio Arade.
- Slide and Splash Waterpark. Both the young and the young at heart will love spending the day at Slide and Splash Waterpark. It’s been one of the Algarve’s most popular attractions for more than 30 years, and it’s easy to see why, as it features an array of attractions, from leisurely lazy rivers to daring rides, like the Black Hole waterslide.
The above are just a few examples of the many wonderful things that there are do so, see, and explore in Portimao. Whether you’re looking to take a romantic getaway with your better half, you’re planning a much-needed family vacation, or a vacation with friends, a trip to Portimao will most certainly be loved by all.