The fifth place that we are going to make known (or maybe not) is a county extremely rich in cultural heritage, diversity of activities and, of course, many places to visit (besides the beaches): we speak of Portimão.
Portimão is less than a three-hour drive from the Parque das Nações, in Lisbon, where is located Benerent, your car rental service. In this image you can check the path to Portimão, as well as its location.
The human presence in the county of Portimão originates in Prehistory, as evidenced by the important necropolis of Alcalar.
The megalithic tombs of Alcalar are ancient funerary temples that were built and used for several generations, for several centuries, in the 3rd millennium before the beginning of the Christian era. A great place, asking for a visit.
The ruins of the “villa” of Abicada, of the Roman Period, are located at the end of a peninsula integrated in the peculiar environment of Ria de Alvor. This building was part of a Mediterranean-style architecture that took advantage of the beauty of the landscape and the mild climate to create an environment of architectural quality for its inhabitants.
In terms of festive events, there is the Sardine Festival, which, in addition to being inspired by a typical meal of the region, takes many visitors to Portimão during that festive season. Considered one of the biggest parties in Portimão and one of the biggest gastronomic festivals in the Algarve, this event presents the best recipes using sardines, animated with the best music, always in the beginning of August of each year.
As a tourist point it is, the county of Portimão offers a huge variety of activities that you can do if this is your holiday destination.
If you go on a family trip and include children there, you can’t go without taking them on a practically realistic trip on the pirate ship Santa Bernarda. On this trip you can see the caves that surround the various beaches of Portimão, always with the experience of being aboard a pirate ship.
Being Portimão a county with maritime border, it’s normal that the most prominent in its gastronomy is based on fish.
The grilled fish on the fire, especially the sardines, make the delights of tourists who choose this holiday destination. As we mentioned before, there is even a gastronomic festival dedicated to sardines. The county of Portimão also has a strong seafood tradition.
Speaking of Portimão, we can’t fail to have a separate tab to talk about the beaches of this county.
With a huge variety of beaches, we will highlight just two: Praia da Rocha and Três Irmãos Beach.
Praia da Rocha is one of the most emblematic beaches in the entire Algarve. With a vast and spacious beach of more than 1 km, it has a wide walkway that runs along the entire beach, as well as a Sports Area. On the avenue, which accompanies the beach, you can find hotels, bars, terraces, discos and a casino, culminating in the Marina of Portimão.
If you asked us to choose a place, in the county of Portimão, where you should spend a vacation, we would advise the parish of Alvor.
You can visit several monuments, mostly religious, among them the Castle of Alvor, but what most strikes us is the Alvor boardwalk. A very popular attraction consisting of a raised walkway that crosses the dunes, mud and quicksand of the river estuary. The boardwalk provides a unique walk along the river and can be crossed on foot or by bicycle.
- According to archaeological data, there is a human presence in Portimonian territory since the Neolithic period;
- The Portimão race track is considered one of the best in the world.