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
- 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
- Wonderful 3bed Villa In Western Algarve (from €445.00)
This stunning 3 bedroom villa is ideal for the whole family. Upstairs there is an en-suite double room and a twin room with a large shared family bathroom and the third bedroom is downstairs with twin
- Vitor's Village (from €49.81)
Located in Ferragudo the most typical village of the Algarve Vitor's Village is a high standard unit composed by 6 double rooms with private WC and 100 comfortably and very modern furnished apartments
- Vitor's Plaza (from €41.54)
The property has a wide range of amenities including swimming pool children's pool indoor pool jacuzzi tennis court shuffleboard mini golf garden bowling alley beach volley gimnasim golf course (300 m
- Villa Joaninha Algarve ? Hostel da Rocha (from €20.00)
Sun & fun in Praia da Rocha: Opened on July 1, 2012, Villa Joaninha is ideally located on the beach front, in walking distance of the bustling nightlife area. A very friendly welcome to the sunny Alga
- Vau Hotel Apartamentos (from €44.00)
VAUHOTEL APART. IS LOCATED APROX. 500 MTRS FROM GOLF COURSE (ALTO GOLF) AND PRAIA DO VAU BEACH. PRAIA DA ROCHA IS ABOUT 12 MILLES. AND ALVOR VILLAGE ABOUT 25 MILLES.OUR LOCATION MAKES IT PERFECT FOR R
- Varandas da Rocha (from €88.00)
Ideally situated apartment block on the sea front in the centre of Praia da Rocha. On site bars and restaurants. Shops bars and restaurants and all resort facilities are close by. Adult and children's
- 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
- V5 Alvor (from €686.00)
5 bedrooms (4 suites), 3 with double bed and two with twin beds
Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor (1 en suite) and 3 bedrooms are upstairs (3suites).
5 bathrooms, 2 shower and wirl
- V4 Alvor FÃ©rias (from €462.00)
Villa with 3 Bedrooms (1 en suite) plus one bedroom in the garage, living room, kitchen, garage, garden, covered terrace with barbecue and shared pool, located in Alvor holiday resort, 1 km from the b
In and around Portimao
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