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
- Avagarosa (from €450.00)
The villa sleeps 8-10 people comfortably as it offers three bathrooms a large fitted kitchen, lounge and dining room.
Within walking distance to the villa is situated a small supermarket tw
- Apartment 43a, Alto Golf & Country Club (from €350.00)
This refurbished and redecorated airconditioned apartment offers a high standard of luxury and comfort. It is on the ground floor of a low rise group of apartments, offering maximum privacy in a reso
- A Varandas Da Rocha (from €395.00)
This modern air-conditioned luxury one bedroom beach front apartment sleeps four, and is situated directly overlooking the famous Praia Da Rocha beach.
It has a double granite top kitchen a
- 3 Bedroom Apartment Ma Partilha, Alvor, Algarve. (from €425.00)
This is a beautiful luxury apartment on a new complex at Ma Partilha just outside Alvor centre. All the rooms are very spacious with 3 balconies offering mountain views. There is a shared pool that c
- Residencial Sao Roque (from €0.00)
The cosy environment of the hostel will make you feel at home with all the Portuguese hospitality and attention that characterise the region.
- Portim?o Youth Hostel (from €9.75)
The Youth Hostel of Portim?o is one of the most popular among young people who want to experience not only the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, bathed by a calm and warm sea, but also the lively and
- Oasis Parque, 2 Bedroom Apartment, Alvor/portimao (107-c) (from €325.00)
Located in the exclusive resort of Oasis Parque near Alvor, close to its superb beaches and Portimao, regarded as the Algarves second city after Faro. Portimao has a busy fishing yacht marina, shoppin
- Oasis Parque, Ground Floor, 2 Bedroom Poolside Apartment (99gfr) (from €350.00)
This spacious, bright, fully furnished and equipped to a high standard apartment is situated in an ideal location within this purpose built upmarket development with private rear garden facing West fo
- Luxury 3 Bedroom Apartment At Oasis Parque (from €500.00)
Well appointed 1st/top floor apartment in block of 4 overlooking the pools and to the Monchique mountains in the distance. Air conditioned/heated throughout, balconies to each bedroom and a further ba
- Prainha Villa (from €550.00)
Prainha Village is set in 20 acres of landscaped gardens on a cliff top, this restful location offers the ideal destination for guests seeking a charming quality holiday. within the grounds are 140 vi