Portimao Holidays

Portimao Holidays – Never short of something to do

A holiday in Portimao is for those who want to do more than just lounge around on the beach all day. It is the second largest town in the Algarve, the biggest in the western region, and has everything you would expect a big city to offer – and more. Leave a few kilos of luggage space free because you will be mesmerised by the shops in the town centre’s pedestrianised streets and the retail park on the edge of town.

If you are sports minded, Portimao has a packed sporting programme throughout the year; international show jumping, kite surfing, windsurfing, Formula 1 speed boats, yachting, and the Superbike World Championship, held at the new Algarve Motor Park, which also hosts major motor events throughout the year.

Feel the sea breezes by going deep-sea fishing or dolphin watching, and get a flavour of the sea by following the aroma of grilling sardines to the end of the waterfront. You really must try them, as Portimao is the sardine capital of the Algarve, and there is even a section in the town museum dedicated to the tiny silver fish.

A delightful all-year-round excursion is a trip in a solar-powered boat up the river to the historic town of Silves. (www.alvorboattrips.com)