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Portimão is the second biggest city in the Algarve, Portugal, and famous for its fresh fish restaurants, grilled sardines being the most famous dish. One of the most well known beaches in the Algarve, Rocha ("Praia da Rocha") "Rocky Beach", is very close to Portimao, and there are numerous others nearby.


Portimão (poor-tee-MUHNOO, /puɾ.ti.ˈmɐ̃w/) is former fishing and shipbuilding centre has developed into a strong tourist centre oriented along its beaches and southern coast.

Get in[edit]

Portimao, Main Square

Trains on the rather slow regional line between Lagos and Faro stops here, it's about a 1½ hour journey from Faro, for connections to Lisbon change trains in Tunes just over half an hour to the east. Most trains continue on to Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border after a short layover in Faro.

Eva Bus offers numerous daily connections from Faro. There are also 5-6 daily connections from Lisbon (3 hours, €19) on the Expresso Qualidade service, and once daily from Seville (6 hours, €19) on the Lagos-Sevilha service. The bus station is on Largo do Dique a bit north of the centre, about 500 m south of the road bridge.

Portimão is a sea port, Naviera Armas offers a weekly service from Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife via Funchal (23 hr) on Madeira Island.

By plane[edit]

The airport in Faro (FAO IATA), 70 km (43 mi) away, has domestic and several international routes from across Europe.

Get around[edit]

Map of Portimão


Nossa Senhora da Conceição church
  • 1 Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Mother Church), Largo da Igreja. Built in the 15th century and almost completely destroyed in the 1775 earthquake. Later, its portico (Gothic with capitals decorated with vegetative motifs) was rebuilt. ) comes from the original church. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Portimão (Q66813893) on Wikidata
  • 2 Convento do Colégio dos Jesuítas, Praça da República 25. Built in the 17th century by Diogo Gonçalves, it is located on the corner of Rua do Comércio. On the façade, three bodies are distinguished, the highest corresponding to the church. The church has a single nave, one of the largest in the Algarve. The altars are in gilded wood carved from the 17th century.
  • 3 Fortaleza de Santa Catarina de Ribamar (Fort of Santa Catarina), Praia da Rocha. It was built in the 16th century, with the objective of defending the coast against piracy attacks. The fortress also belonged to the small chapel dedicated to Santa Catarina, still visible today. With a magnificent view over Praia da Rocha and the Marina, it is one of the most visited spots in the region. Fort of Santa Catarina (Portimão) (Q5472493) on Wikidata Fort of Santa Catarina (Portimão) on Wikipedia


  • Wild dolphin watching trips sail from Marina de Portimão in Praia do Rocha.
  • Watch football at Portimonense SC, who play soccer in Primeira Liga, the country's top tier. Their stadium, Estádio Municipal de Portimão (capacity 9,500), is just south of city centre.
  • 1 Algarve International Circuit (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve) is a motor-racing course that hosts Formula One, motorbikes and other races. It's 20 km northwest of town.
  • Visit Benagil Cave with or without an expert guide. You can rent a paddle board on site.
  • Take a catamaran cruise and have a barbecue on the beach after visiting caves.


  • Praia da Rocha (a 30-minute walk from the centre of town or a 70-cent bus ride). The beautiful beach.
  • Praia do Vau (walk west, along the scenic cliffs). The less known beach, but what a gem!
  • Praia de Alvor: a nice walk along the river, with a nice beach.


The main street shopping area has a wealth of nice shops supplying clothes, jewelry, and ornamental objects.




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