Portimao Attractions Guide

There are a lot of places that you can visit. Here are some of the best tourist attractions in Portimao: 1. If you are into the getting acquainted with the culture and history of the city, you can visit the Mexhilhoeira Grande. Here, you will find the main church built in the Renaissance style. You can also find a collection of objects and statues used in religious ceremonies. The town is basically sustained by agriculture and the resources from the river. 2. Of course, you have to see the Ria de Alvor. This river is the pride of the city. It has a beautiful setting. It is perfect for birdwatchers as it is a nesting place for several species of migratory birds. You will also be able to see a wide variety of animals in the salt marshes. You will also be able to see fishermen gather fish and shellfish in the traditional way. 3. Abicada is a Roman archeological site in the city. Here, you will be able to see a villa decorated in the Roman 4th century style. Alacalar is a Neolithic burial ground that dates back to about 2,000 or 1,600 BC. It has different types of graves. There are also megalithic chabers with side alcoves and false cupolas. Alvor sports a long history that you can attribute to the discovery on Vila Velha Hill. This overlooks the Ria de Alvor, a Neolithic village that is a memory of Roman occupation. 4. There are casinos in the city where you can spend some money on. But the best part about this place is the beaches. There is nothing like the rich coastline of Portimao. You will not be able to resist the lure of the beautiful beaches in the area. One is Alvor. It is a long beach that extends really far that your eyes will not be able to see the end of it. It ends in the Ria de Alvor estuary. And this beach and the estuary are both tourist spots in the city. 5. You can also pay a visit ro Tres Irmaos and Prainha. Here you are presented with a series of little beaches that are separated by giant ochre rocks. You can however cross from one beach to another through tunnels that have been carved by the sea. Joao de Arens is also a small beach that is nestled among rocks, cliffs and islands. It is the setting that is immortalized by the book Agosto Azul by Manuel Teixeira Gores. 6. If you would like great family time, then you can visit Vau. It is surrounded by cliffs. And the calm atmosphere allows you to relax. It also boasts of iodine-rich waters and very fascinating rock formations. This place is popular with families as the rock formations always allure the young ones and those young at heart. 7. You can also go golfing in the city as it has several golf courses that you can visit. First in the list is Palmares. Here, you will be able to play a quiet game with the beach and mountain scenery blending solemnly well for inspiration on the green. You may also go to the first golf course in the Algarve region, Penina. It is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Sir Henry Cotton. You can also tee off and enjoy the scene in the newest golf course of Algarve, Morgado do Reguengo. It boasts of 980 hectares, ensuring that you will enjoy a real game of golf. Lastly, you can take your caddy and clubs with your to Alto Golf. This course runs through two valleys. This was the last course that was designed by Sir Henry Cotton. 8. If you are more of a sportsman and are into fishing, you will be able to find great sport here in the city. Since the city thrives on marine life, there will definitely be a lot of fish to catch. Portimao is considered to be one of the big game centers in the region. It offers a great chance to catch fighting swordfish and other big fish that are native to the area. 9. You can also enjoy the waters by going out in to the sea for sailing, para-sailing, wind surfing, and water skiing. You may also enjoy the rich marine life in the Portimao seas when you go scuba diving.