Portimão is the most popular Algarve destination

Portimão is the second most popular beach destination for the Portuguese, according to website Hó The Algarve destination saw a 65 percent rise in searches as a typical beach destination, putting it in second place for Portuguese holidaymakers after Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. According to the search patterns of Portuguese users on the website, which has more than 130,000 hotels from across the world, Portimão also features in 16th place on a list of 20 destinations that gained more attention from national tourists.

Marrakech topped the list with an increase of 275 percent in search activity.

The Portuguese website Hó said that “searches for national destinations continue to increase, which could be explained by the current economic climate causing tourist accommodation to provide more attractive proposals, offering cheaper stays, which is in line with travellers who are looking for better value holidays.”

Portimao is the largest town in the western Algarve which sits on the banks of the river Arade facing the town of Ferragudo on the opposite side.

Portimao’s largest beach, Praia da Rocha, has successfully become a resort in its own right with numerous bars, clubs, restaurants and shops springing up around its edges.

Portimao Marina is a place you have to see to believe, because you’ll never have seen colours like it! Only a place in the Algarve could carry off ochre and terracotta! The marina is at the eastern end of Praia da Rocha near to the entrance of the river and includes the Tivoli Arade and Nikki beach resort.

The town centre itself is a wonderful place to spend the day, especially when it comes to shopping! Various shops can be found here from clothing boutiques to electrical retailers plus a host of souvenir shops and cafes as well. As you can imagine, Portimão is fast becoming one of the best towns for shopping in the Algarve with retail parks and shopping malls galore!

Much like Lagos Marina, the Portimao Marina hosts a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy whilst also providing you with a stunning backdrop with the view of all the vessels harboured here.


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And for those of you who enjoy watching a game of football, Portimao, has its own football team! Portimonense S.C were once regulars in the top flight of Portuguese football though they have suffered some poor seasons in recent times. However, the club has recently enjoyed promotion back to the upper tier of Portuguese Football and will now play against the great powerhouses of football in Portugal like Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon.

You will probably want to avoid staying in the town centre as its quite built up for an area in the Algarve but there are a places to stay on the outskirts of the town that will be more relaxed.

So as you can see, Portimao, is a place of varying lifestyles that should be able to offer something for everyone. It might not be a the destination for those tourists who want to enjoy a more relaxed holiday but Portimao will certainly be able to offer a fun-filled day of excitement, shopping and exploration.

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