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  • Address: Portimão, Portugal
Famous for its picturesque marina, sandy beaches, and tasty sardines, Portimão is the gateway to the western Algarve, as well as the jumping off point for the popular Praia da Rocha beach. Perched opposite Ferragudo on the banks of the Arade River, it’s the region’s second-largest town (after Fado) and is bursting with restaurants, shops, and nightlife. 
 
The Basics
Portimão makes a lively hub from which to explore the beaches, fishing villages, and mountains of the Western Algarve, and there are plenty of options for sightseeing tours and activities. Marvel at natural wonders such as the Benagil Caves, enjoy tapas on a wine tasting tour of Lagoa, explore the nearby fishing village of Alvor, or cruise along the river to historic Silves. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temperatures can reach over 30°C (86°F) in the summer months, so be sure to pack sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
  • Free Wi-Fi hotspots are located around town.

How to Get There
Portimão is located at the mouth of the Arade River along the west Algarve coast. The closest international airport is in Faro, 39 miles (63 kilometers) east, and buses and trains link Portimão with Lisbon, Faro, and other destinations along the Algarve.

When to Get There
The most atmospheric time to visit Portimão is during the summer season from May to September. It’s possible to visit at any time of year, but be aware that many hotels, restaurants, and attractions close down in low season. 

Family Activities in Portimão 
Once you’ve explored the town, strolled around the marina, and tried your hand at water sports on Praia da Rocha beach, treat the kids to a day at the Lagos Zoo, the Zoomarine park in Guia, or Slide and Splash water park in Lagoa. Alternatively, book a private tour and take a coastal road trip in a convertible, Jeep, or motorcycle sidecar; set sail on a dolphin-watching cruise; or zip around town on a Segway tour.

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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao, Portimao, null
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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao

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Embark on a small boat and enjoy this tour, where we will take you as close as possible to the caves. Marvel at these beautiful nature formations off Portimao. ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $37.22
Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão, Portimao, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

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Drive yourself a convertible car through various strategic points in the Algarve, as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.28
Private Tour: Algarve Wine and Tapas Tour by Sidecar Motorcycle from Portimao, Portimao, Full-day ... 
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Private Tour: Algarve Wine and Tapas Tour by Sidecar Motorcycle from Portimao

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Run your tastebuds past the Algarve’s delicious tapas and wine on a 3-hour private motorcycle tour from Portimão. With an experienced ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.45
Half-Day Algarve Convertible or Scooter Tour from Portimão, Portimao, Motorcycle Tours
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Half-Day Algarve Convertible or Scooter Tour from Portimão

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Drive a provided convertible car or a scooter and follow your guide to discover the Algarve. See Alvor, Lagos, Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Marinha Beach and ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $58.94
Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from ... 
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Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

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Explore Portimão and its coastline on this fun 2.5-hour morning or afternoon chauffeured motorcycle sidecar tour. Ride in the sidecar of a vintage ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.04
Algarve Coast Jeep Trip from Portimao, Portimao, Motorcycle Tours
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Algarve Coast Jeep Trip from Portimao

Explore Algarve landscapes on a 2-hour guided Jeep tour along the Algarve coast. Enjoy panoramic views as you traverse the terrain and stop at popular sites, ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.02
Full-Day Jeep Trip Algarve Coast from Portimao, Portimao, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Full-Day Jeep Trip Algarve Coast from Portimao

Join this full-day tour to see the wonderful Algarve region, in a Jeep ride along the Algarve coast.

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $93.06
4-Day South Portugal Tour from Lisbon: Lagos, Algarve Coast, Sagres, Évora, Beja and ... 
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4-Day South Portugal Tour from Lisbon: Lagos, Algarve Coast, Sagres, Évora, Beja and Setúbal

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Discover the beautiful southern region of Portugal on this 4-day trip from Lisbon! Visit the charming villages of Lagos, Sagres, Évora, Beja and ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $827.62

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