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Portimão, the biggest city in the Western Algarve is perfect for all those who love being by the Ocean but also enjoy an afternoon spent doing some shopping and strolling along a promenade with vibrant life! In Portimão, you have the best of both worlds. You’ll find plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from for sunbathing and loads of ocean-related activities to do.

You can go on a boat tour in Portimão and head over to the famous Benagil caves, go on a dolphin watching tour or just relax on a chilled sunset tour along the beautiful coast of the Algarve. For the ones who prefer to stay on land, just relax at Praia da Rocha or Praia João d’Arens! If you wish to enjoy some seafood, there are enough seafood restaurants to choose from in the Marina of Portimão or the old town!

  • Our favorite beach: Praia João de Arens
  • Our favorite restaurant: Taberna da Maré
  • Our favorite boat tour in Portimão: Motorboat rental in Portimão
  • Our favorite water sport in Portimão: Kayak in Portimão

Getting around in Portimão

The best way to get around the Algarve during your holiday in Portimão is definitely with a rental car! With a car, you can not only explore all the attractions of the Algarve but also drive through all the villages along the coast and in the countryside. However, if you prefer public transport, there’s a train line along the Algarve and bus lines are becoming better. And the train station in Portimão is very central. For more tips around getting around in the Algarve, read these tips.

To discover the most impressive beaches and caves along the coastline of Portimão, the best option is to book one of the cave boat tours in Portimão. Or go join a kayak or SUP tour.

Best things to do during your holidays in Portimão

Portimão is a city in the Algarve, in southern Portugal. Portimão is known for its historic center, lively marina and stunning beaches. To taste some local history and culture, the Portimão Museum shows exhibitions on the local history.

In Portimão, you can find several historical landmarks, including the Forte de Santa Catarina de Ribamar, Castelo de São João do Arade, Megalithic ruins of Alcalar. There are also many impressive churches you might want to visit. Check out the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a beautiful church in gothic style. Also worth a visit is “Igreja do Colégio”.

Don’t miss out on some of the impressive viewpoints! From Miradouro dos Três Castelos, you have a beautiful view of Praia da Rocha. From Farol da Ponta do Altar, you can see the amazing coastline, caves and sea.

The Parque Municipal do Sítio das Fontes, located just attached to the Arade river, is a place worth to spend a day in family, swim and sunbath. The rivers are salt and sweet watered rivers. Odelouca river is also worth a go. Located in the hearth of the Portimão city center, “Jardim 1º de Dezembro” is a beautiful garden. This place is perfect to relax, after some shopping in the local boutique shops.

For the golf lovers, in the nearby city of Alvor, you can find “Adventure Golf Alvor”, and many other golf courses, including Penina Golf.

The best boat tours in Portimão

The most popular boat tours in Portimão are the Benagil cave tours. The cave tours departing from Portimão, will take you to visit the coastline and caves, including the Benagil sea cave. The dolphin watching tours departing from Portimão, are a must for everyone who loves to see dolphins swimming in the wild. Kids love it and the parents too! Much better than a zoo!

There is no better way than discover the coastline in style than to charter a private sailing yacht or a speed boat. A full-day charter will allow you to discover both Ponta da Piedade in Lagos and the Benagil caves. And did you know you can even explore the Arade river by boat, and discover the city of Silves? There are many boat tours in Portimão, but book in advance, as tours get full fast.

The best watersport in Portimão

The best watersport? We are fan of kayaking. From Portimão, you can go on a boat and kayak tour to discover the amazing caves. We also recommend the boat and snorkeling tour for the ones who want to discover the underwater world. For the most adventurous, you can even try out some wakeboarding!

Where and what to eat

The Algarve is known for its fresh fish. In the Summer months, the best fish to eat is the seabasses. We recommend eating at a typical Portuguese restaurant such as “Taberna da Maré”, “Restaurante O Humberto” and “Restaurante O Atlântico”.

For fresh meat, fish and vegetables visit the authentic Mercado Municipal de Portimão. Here you can find the best fresh fish, to grill at home. For vegans and vegetarians, there are many options, including “Armazém integral”, “Surya café” and “ Vegetarianus

Enjoy the beautiful beaches around Portimão

In and around Portimão, you will find beautiful beaches. By car or on a boat tour, you can easily discover many of the most impressive and stunning beaches of the area. Some of them are secluded and only accessible by the sea! You've probably heard of Praia da Rocha, the main and biggest beach of Portimão. It's ideal for a relaxed beach day and lunch at one of the many beach bars.

West of Rocha, we have Praia dos Três Castelos. Praia dos Careanos is right next to Praia do Vau. Both have unique, rocky cliffs and turquoise waters. Praia dos Três Irmãos is a rather broad beach with many large rock formations, caves and nearby amenities like restaurants. Praia do Submarino and Praia João D'Arens are known for their impressive cliffs.

Praia da Prainha is probably the most picturesque beach you'll ever visit. You have to climb over a few rock formations, cross through arches, wade through some water. But the end result is incredible! If you'd like to go for a quick refreshing dive, Praia da Marina de Portimão, is the beach nearest to the Marina. Here, you'll find the NosoloÁgua Beach Club.

Praia do Pintadinho is the first beach East of the exit of the Arade River, also known as Praia do Molhe. On the other bench of the Arade River, you'll find Ferragudo. The main beach of Ferragudo is Praia Grande. Here you'll find the best sunset parties, every Sunday at Club Nau or Kalu Beach Bar. Praia da Angrinha is South of Ferragudo. Praia de Carvoeiro is the beach of a cute fishermen town with the same name, on the way to the famous Benagil Beach. As you see, there are many beaches to choose from around Portimão!

Whatever you decide to do during your holiday in Portimão, we promise you will love the watersports and boat tours in Portimão! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.

Our boat tours and watersports in Portimão

BBQ Cruise in Portimão to Benagil

BBQ Cruise in Portimão to Benagil

This full day tour BBQ Cruise in Portimão on our pirate ship “Santa Bernarda” will definitely b...

Benagil and dolphin watching in Portimão

Benagil and dolphin watching in Portimão

This boat trip combines both: a visit to the impressive sea caves of Benagil and dolphin watchi...

Benagil cave tour in Portimão

Benagil cave tour in Portimão

This 2-hour Benagil cave tour in Portimão is a great option for you and your friends and family...

Benagil excursion from Portimão

Benagil excursion from Portimão

This Benagil excursion from Portimão will take you to enjoy the Benagil cave and surrounding on...

Benagil grotto trip from Portimão

Benagil grotto trip from Portimão

For those of you on holidays in Portimão, this Benagil grotto trip from Portimão is a great opt...

Benagil tour from Alvor

Benagil tour from Alvor

This Benagil tour from Alvor is the best option for anyone staying in and around the cute villa...

Benagil tour from Portimão Marina

Benagil tour from Portimão Marina

This Benagil tour takes you to the famous Benagil cave! You’ll be able to enjoy the coastline f...

Benagil tour from Portimão

Benagil tour from Portimão

This Benagil tour from Portimão departs from Clube Naval de Portimão and will take you to enjoy...

Benagil tour on a traditional boat from Portimão

Benagil tour on a traditional boat from Portimão

This Benagil tour on a traditional boat from Portimão is a great option to visit the famous cav...

Big Game Fishing Alvor

Big Game Fishing Alvor

This big game fishing Alvor is a real big adventure. We usually catch Blue Marlins, White Marli...

Boat from Portimão to Benagil and Marinha

Boat from Portimão to Benagil and Marinha

This cave tour from Portimão to Benagil and Marinha of approximately 90 minutes departs from Ma...

Boat ride to Benagil from Portimão with swimming

Boat ride to Benagil from Portimão with swimming

This fun boat ride to Benagil from Portimão with swimming is a great way to explore the region ...

Bottom fishing from Alvor

Bottom fishing from Alvor

For the ultimate experience of your holidays in the Algarve, we recommend this bottom fishing f...

Catamaran and kayak to Benagil from Portimão

Catamaran and kayak to Benagil from Portimão

This Catamaran and kayak tour to Benagil is the perfect option to explore the region and the Be...

Cave trip in Portimão

Cave trip in Portimão

On this cave trip in Portimão, we will show you the most beautiful caves around the Algarve coa...

Champagne cruise during sunset in Alvor

Champagne cruise during sunset in Alvor

The sunset in Alvor is the most magical moment of the day to do a boat trip and to make it even...

Dolphins watching in Portimão

Dolphins watching in Portimão

Did you know that in the Algarve you can spot wild dolphins? This tour on a rigid inflatable pa...

Dolphin watching and Benagil boat trip from Portimão

Dolphin watching and Benagil boat trip from Portimão

This Dolphin watching and Benagil boat trip from Portimão, you will be full of amazing new memo...

Dolphin watching from Portimão Marina

Dolphin watching from Portimão Marina

This truly unique holiday experience for the whole family - dolphin watching from Portimão - is...

Early bird private cave trip from Portimão

Early bird private cave trip from Portimão

If you want to enjoy these impressive caves without the crowd, join us on this unique private c...

Family fishing from Alvor

Family fishing from Alvor

Looking for the family highlight of your holidays in the Algarve? Let’s go family fishing from ...

Full day yacht charter in Portimão

Full day yacht charter in Portimão

Explore the region at your own rhythm on board of our luxurious and stylish motor yacht with t...

Fun boat tour in Alvor

Fun boat tour in Alvor

Swimming, snorkeling, fishing and unforgattable inflatable tubes rides, you can do it all on th...

Grotto tour in Portimão on a pirate ship

Grotto tour in Portimão on a pirate ship

Feel like a real pirate on this exciting grotto tour in Portimão to hidden caves and secluded b...

Grotto trip in Portimão

Grotto trip in Portimão

The Algarve is famous for its grottos, caves and impressive rock formations! On this grotto tri...

Half day fishing in Alvor

Half day fishing in Alvor

Whether you fish a lot or it is your first time, you will not be disappointed with fishing in A...

Half day on a private yacht in Portimão

Half day on a private yacht in Portimão

Explore the region on board of our luxurious and stylish motor yacht and at your own pace durin...

Jigging in Portugal - Alvor

Jigging in Portugal - Alvor

We invite you to spend a full day jigging in Portugal, Alvor, aboard of a modern fishing boat t...

Motorboat rental in Portimão - half-day

Motorboat rental in Portimão - half-day

This half-day motor boat rental in Portimão includes a skipper who will take you to where you d...

 Portimão Benagil tour

Portimão Benagil tour

Are you ready for a Portimão Benagil tour?Everybody who is on holidays in the region of Portimã...

Private boat tour in Portimão

Private boat tour in Portimão

There’s no better way to discover the beautiful coastline of the Algarve than on a private boat...

Private boat tour to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade

Private boat tour to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade

This private boat tour to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade is a unique opportunity to discover the ...

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