Located towards the western end of the Algarve, Portimao is one of the largest towns on this coast with a population approaching 40,000. As a tourist destination in its own right the town doesn't really jump out, as with much of south and west Portugal it was extensively damaged in the great earthquake of 1755.
Set on the Rio Arade estuary Portimao's economy has been dependent on fishing and its growth as a port since it was founded. The Greeks, Phoenicians and Carthaginians where all early trading partners before the Moorish occupation in the 11th century and the port flourished. The Rio Arade also provided sea access to the town of Silves, the then capital of the Algarve, several Km inland.
It was only in 1924 that the city and became known as Portimão. Previously it had been named Burj Munt and Porcimunt by the Moors and was then known as Vila Nova de Portimão.
Present day Portimao reflects its commercial roots. Up until the 1980's the town had a large fishing and fish processing industry, this however was hit by recession and was largely replaced by the construction industry as the Algarve tourism boom took off. The town still has a large port, some rather charmless civic buildings and plenty of shopping.
In terms of shops and markets there is a pretty good selection. For a bit of retail therapy there is Portimao Retail Park which...
Portimao bed and breakfasts
- Água Hotels Riverside (from €39.60)
A unique hotel with stunning views over the Arade River. Only a few minutes from the beach and with its own private marina the hotel boasts a restaurant bar terrace lounge meeting room outdoor swimmin
- Yellow Alvor (from €105.60)
Less than 2 km from Três Irmãos Beach Alvor Yellow Alvor Hotel offers an outdoor pool a gym and a sauna. All luxurious rooms include a balcony and satellite TV. Some balconies have a view of the poo
- Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort Spa (from €70.40)
Within 20 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa thanks its name to the peaceful valley of olive trees in which it is located. The Resort offers all facilities
- Flor da Rocha (from €28.16)
RoomsAll the uniquely decorated luxurious apartments are endowed with all the sophisticated and latest amenities in order to satiate your desire for comfort and warmth.RestaurantDelight in your buffet
- Apartamentos Iate (from €88.00)
Renovated in 2004 the hotel comprises a total of 20 apartments spread over 5 floors. Guests are received in the foyer by friendly staff who are also on hand day and night to answer any queries.The apa
- Apartamentos Turísticos Clube Vilarosa (from €35.20)
This fresh and vibrant hotelApartamentos Turísticos Clube Vilarosa is one of the most popular destinations in Portimão with a host of interactive activities and pristine beaches close at hand.The Vi
- Presidente Apartamentos Turisticos (from €32.56)
SUPERBLY SITUATED AT PRAIA DOS CASTELOS HALFWAY BETWEEN THE WELL-KNOWN AND BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF PRAIA DA ROCHA AND PRAIA DO VAU. THE PRESIDENTE HAS 107 COMPLETELY FURNISHED AND EQUIPPED APARTMENTS WIT
- Solmonte (from €88.00)
The aparthotel Solmonte is situated 400 metres from the beach. The property offers a choice of studio apartments 1 bedroom apartments and 2 bedroom apartments. All the apartments are equipped with com
- Presa de Moura (from €51.92)
This luxury resort has accomodation fully air conditioned and beautifully furnished to the highest standards. Two- and three-bedroom apartments are located on two floors. The one bedroom apartments ar
- Hotel Jupiter (from €61.60)
Hotel Jupiter has a covered outdoor pool which is heated in the colder winter months. Every evening all year around there is live music at one of the hotel bars. The air-conditioned restaurant holds s
In and around Portimao
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