Nestled on the banks of the Arade River, the laid-back city of Portimão offers a tranquil retreat away from hectic life. Portimão Portugal is so much more than a classic beach resort. Once an industrial fishing hub, it’s now a relaxed tourist centre boasting architectural treasures, ancient sites and exquisite restaurants.
Located on the Western Algarve, this charming destination attracts all sorts of holidaymakers, from families to couples and groups of friends. Whether you want to enjoy the party atmosphere in the lively marina or relax in one of the quieter coastal villages to the west, Portimão holidays offer something for everyone.
Best Beaches in Portimão
You won’t have to journey far to find a picturesque beach in Portimão. As one of the best beach destinations in the Algarve, it’s home to vast stretches of golden sand perfect for soaking up the warm sunshine.
Spend an afternoon on Praia da Rocha Beach, a spectacular 2-kilometre-long area of limestone pebbles amid a sea of yellow sand. Here, the coastline slopes gently into calm, crystal-clear waters. However, the waves are slightly rougher a little further out – ideal for windsurfers.
Get involved in a range of watersports, including jet skiing and paragliding, or simply relax on the soft sands and watch the world go by. Situated only a short distance from Portimão, Praia da Rocha resort boasts a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars and restaurants to discover when the sun goes down.
Day Trips to Lagos
A 20-minute train journey along the coast will take you to Lagos, a bustling Algarve town with many things to see and do. Explore Lagos' marina or embark on a dolphin-watching tour where you'll spot these elegant creatures swimming in the Atlantic.
You could also wander around Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, an impressive maritime fort that dates back to the 17th century. For something a little more adventurous, why not go kayaking along Lagos’s coastline? Join a kayaking tour and witness beautiful views of the surrounding landscape while enjoying a spot of exercise.
When visiting Lagos, indulging in a traditional Portuguese meal should be at the top of your list. From feijoada (bean stew) to Conquilhas à Algarvia (clams), there are plenty of tasty dishes to try.
Step into adventure with a day of cave exploring during your holiday. Situated close to Portimão is the tranquil fishing village of Benagil, renowned for its spectacular sea cave.
Popular with tourists and local residents, it’s the most famous cave in the Algarve and is often referred to as the Benagil Cathedral due to its impressive arches. Its huge walls boast many colours, from pale yellow to bright white. The cave is accessible by boat, or you could always rent a kayak or standup paddle from Benagil Beach and travel there yourself.
After your tour of the cave, spend a couple of hours on Benagil Beach, where you can unwind on the sands and enjoy a refreshment from the snack bar. And if you fancy staying for dinner, Benagil is home to an impressive selection of restaurants, many of which offer wonderful views over the coast and clifftops.