Boasting a privileged and unique location, on the far south-westerly tip of Europe and creating a bridge between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, Portimão is a place which has a fantastic climate and a very rich natural beauty. It is a land which holds its rural and maritime roots in high esteem.
Easily accessible from Faro Airport, Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande are the three civil parishes in a municipality covering 183 square kilometres and with a fixed population of over 50,000 people.
The most beautiful beaches in Portimão stretch for over eight kilometres. The fine, golden sand blends harmoniously with the ochre of the cliffs, the deep blue sky and the crystal-clear blue of the sea, creating idyllic scenarios in which to enjoy your holiday in the Algarve.
Monchique is a 20 min drive from Portimão.
Take us up on our suggestion: grab a map of Portimão and go and explore the region’s various charms. Explore the streets of Portimão, discover the city’s history, and surrender to the charm of its enriching historical and cultural heritage. A surprise awaits in Alcalar where you can see the legacy left to us by prehistoric civilisations. Take the little ones on a visit to the Portimão Educational Farm and introduce them to the friendly animals.
Portimão - Points of interest:
- TEMPO – Teatro Municipal de Portimão (Portimão Municipal Theatre)
- Igreja Matriz de Portimão (Main Church of Portimão)
- Miradouro Três Castelos (Three Castles Viewpoint)
- Colégio dos Jesuítas (College of Jesuits)
- Forte de Santa Catarina (Fort of Saint Catarina)
- Portimão Educational Farm
- Portimão Marina
Motor sports fans visiting the region should check the race calendar at the F1-standard Algarve International Race Circuit. Located eight kilometers northwest of Portimão, this superb track has hosted automobile and motorcycling world championship events at the highest level of competition, tournaments such as the final of the World Superbike Championships, and, in 2009, the third round of the prestigious Le Mans Series - the first-ever motor sports competition held at night in Portugal. Between these glamorous supercharged headliners, visitors can test their own driving skills on the go-kart circuit. The facility has more than 50 karts for hire, and there's even a track for children up to the age of six. Several high profile festivals take place here, and one of the most family-orientated is the annual Algarve Classic Car Festival, held in October, and the largest and most colorful gathering of vintage and historic automobiles in Iberia. Incorporated into the event is the exciting Historic Endurance Series competition.