Things to Do in Portimao & the Surrounding Area - Top Attractions and Events
Portimão is one of the largest cities in the Algarve and there are a huge amount of things to do in Portimão, with everything from historical visits, cultural entertainment, festivals and fairs and activities on the sea and the beach to take advantage of in Portimão.
Portimão sits on the banks of the River Arade which then continues on into the Atlantic ocean and the city great thanks to its maritime links and waterfront location. In the past, Portimão was home to an enormous sardine industry and this is marked in the recently opened Portimão Museum which is located along the waterfront and has a permanent exhibition paying homage to the people who helped to build Portimão into the success it is today.
Sardine canning may not be booming any more but the people of Portimão continue to adore their sardines and if you want things to do in Portimão then be sure to be in the city during the summer for the annual Sardine festival which takes place along the waterfront and cooks up thousands of these succulent fish for visitors while they enjoy live entertainment.
The old central town of Portimão is home to cobbled streets and boutique shops, this is a great place to come and site with a coffee and a cake and watch the world go by and has a very continental street café culture feel to it while also being a place to buy clothes, shoes and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Portimão has many large shopping centres and retail parks including Aqua Portimão with its enormous Primark and the nearby retail parks with the largest branch of Worten, a massive Decathlon sports shop and all the biggest names in Portugal to meet the needs of every shopper in the Algarve.
If you are looking for things to di in Portimão on the water then you can choose to set sail from the waterfront on a boat trip along the coast, or head off from the marina to go and look for dolphins in the wild. There are also sailing schools in Portimão or you can even learn how to surf off the beach in Praia da Rocha.
Make Portimão your first choice when you are looking for things to do in the Algarve!
Portimão Marina is located on the western side of Portimão and offers not only a safe haven for sailors, but also a lively and fun spot to spend sunny summer days or to watch the waves in the winter.
Portimão Marina is a glamorous destination in the Algarve, next to the holiday hotspot of Praia da Rocha on one side of the river and overlooking the quaint fishing village of Ferragudo on the other side.
You can access the marina by boat, car, public transport or by walking from Praia da Rocha along the golden sands of the beach until you reach the main marina area.
If you are travelling by car then you need to make sure you cross the River Arade first if you are on the Lagoa side of the river and from Portimão the marina is well sign posted and offers lots of parking when you arrive.
If you are on the Lagoa side of the river and don’t fancy the long drive around then there are water taxis available, if you would like to know more about this service then give us a call and we can make all the arrangements to ensure that you arrive in style at Portimão marina!
Boat lover will be suitably impressed by the vessels in the marina, which was designed specifically for super yachts up to 50 metres and there are usually a fair few bobbing quietly in the waters to have a look at.
The Portimão Marina hosts a number of top sailing and water sport events which in the past have included the Portimão global Ocean race, the Audi Med Cup and the powerboat competitions.
If you feel inspired by the boats and the events and fancy giving sailing a try yourself, then there is a dedicated sailing school located at the marina and lessons can be organised for sailors of all levels and ages. There are also a number of boat trips that set sail from the marina and a member of the team can let you know all about your options if you give us a call.
Away from the boats and the sailing there is still plenty to do at the Portimão marina, which is also home to an exclusive beach and ocean front swimming pool that you can visit for the day to enjoy a taste of the high life!
There are a number of great restaurants and bars along the marina front, making this a top night spot, especially during the summer months when open air parties and beach night clubs open up.
The Nosolo Agua Club is home to the pool area and is a popular people watching spot while enjoying a cocktail but if you prefer something a little more traditional then you can head down to the famous Dockside restaurant for some great seafood or pop into one of the other good restaurants along the way.
The marina also has a number of different shops to appeal to all ages and the wide promenades make this a great place for a stroll at any time of the year.
Portimão marina has a really luxurious feel to it, especially in the summer and during the evenings the cosmopolitan parties and crowd help to make this one of the top Algarve attractions, especially for those looking for a night of fun and glamour.
Activities to try in Portimao
1st Portimão Arena FUN BRICK! Lego® Exhibition
Take a motorbike sidecar tour
Explore the Rio Arade by high speed air boat
Travel along the coast past the light house of the beautiful fishing village of Ferragudo
Visit the Carvoeiro smugglers coves and caves
Enjoy a pirate adventure on the Santa Bernarda pirate ship
Take a dolphins boat trip that comes with a guarantee of seeing them in the wild
Go on a boat trip with marine biologists with a chance of seeing minke whales, blue sharks, orcas and of course, dolphins
Explore the beautiful coastline by boat
Take on a kayak adventure that also includes a boat trip
See what lies beneath the waves with a guided snorkeling tour and boat trip
Travel the length of the enormous beach of Praia da Rocha by Segway
Brush up your golf skills with some lessons from a PGA Pro
Find out if your kids can be the next Tiger Woods at a Junior Golf Camp
Drive a Porsche, Nissan GTR or BMW M3 like you stole it a Racing School
See if you have what it takes to win gold at one of the largest karting tracks in Europe
Try your hand at scuba diving in the safe waters of Portimao's coast
If you've already tried scuba diving, then why not take a course and learn to do it like a pro
Let the kids meet the local fish life with child friendly scuba diving
Experienced divers can visit the largest single artificial reef structure in the world at Ocean Revival Park
Let the kids have some wild fun with some underwater games
Taste some of the Algarve's finest award winning wine
Have a night of glamour with a show and dinner at the Hotel Algarve Casino
Try the Black Hole and Tornado at Slide and Splash and then watch the amazing bird of prey shows
Try some of the amazing golf courses all within a short drive of Portimao
Tackle a buffet breakfast with amazing views before hitting the driving range and par 3 of the Amendoeira Golf Academy
Get a unique and rapidly changing view of the Algarve with a tandem skydive experience
For the very brave, try solo skydiving with a freefall course