Situated in the heart of the western Algarve along the Arade River, the port city of Portimao offers historic sights, a restaurant-lined riverfront, and a modern marina—alongside stunning sandy beaches and sea caves. Here’s how to spend two days in this picturesque Portuguese hot spot.
Get your bearings by checking out Portimao’s main sights. Wander the quaint old quarter on foot, or zip around on a Segway tour that covers the lighthouse, marina, and Praia da Rocha beach. Alternatively, discover Portimao’s surroundings on a Jeep tour that showcases some of west Algarve’s most photogenic beaches and vantage points.
Take to the waves on a trip to the Benagil Caves, a cluster of postcard-perfect grottos accessible only from the ocean. Join a guided cruise for ease, or up the adventure on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour.
Savor Portimao’s famous grilled sardines at a river-view restaurant, or hit the marina to dine by the sea. You might also opt for a tour to Cape St. Vincent, Europe’s southwesternmost point—a hassle-free way to experience this rocky promontory’s stellar sunset views.
Relax on Praia da Rocha or other beaches, all of which boast turquoise waters and gently shelving sands. When you need a break, book one of the water sports options along the coast.
Cap your beach time with a laid-back afternoon activity—maybe a dolphin-spotting cruise, a rural horseback trek, or a stand-up paddleboard session on the Arade River. Alternatively, taste some of the Algarve’s excellent wines during a vineyard tour, or take an eco-boat river cruise to medieval Silves.
Mark your last evening with a cruise along Portimao’s cave-dotted coast, complete with a glass of bubbly and a snorkeling stop. Or, simply soak up Portimao’s lively evening atmosphere, and watch the sunset from a restaurant-bar at the marina or riverside.