Portimao Algarve: A Tourist’s Guide to the Local Area

Portimao Algarve: A Tourist's Guide to the Local Area

Why do thousands of tourists flock to Portimao? Here it is, Portimao Algarve: A Tourist’s Guide to the Local Area. It’s easy to see why Portimao is a popular holiday destination for anyone visiting the Algarve. It has many visitors flocking to the city for a getaway of sea, sun and sand and of course amazing cuisine too. The region also offers scenic natural landscapes with high mountains covered by forests and valleys.

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Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (Portimão Circuit)

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is a motor sport circuit in Portimão, Portugal which stretches over 4,653 km. Paulo Pinheiro a Mechanical Engineer, is the mastermind behind the creation of this track which saw its completions in 2008. In October 2020, the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve hosted the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix for the very first time and again in 2021. This international circuit is said to be quite a challenge to most drivers.

Not only is the track used for international racing, but it also offers driving experiences and a karting track. More attractions draw the crowds to this facility as they also have a technology park, five-star hotel, sports complex and apartments. You can read more about this in The best top rated attractions – things to do in the Algarve.

Praia do Rocha Beach Activities

Praia do Rocha Beach is located close to the city center of Portimão, but still offers much of its charm. It is a great place for those who want to have a calm day at the beach as it has gorgeous golden sandy beaches and calm, clear seas. It also has showers, sun loungers, umbrellas, toilets and bars which make it even more appealing to visitors who want to spend their time sunbathing or swimming in the sea waters during any season. For those looking for something more than just relaxation, this beach has everything to offer.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, then this beach is also for you! If offers a variety of sports, including beach volleyball ,football, gymnastics and even basketball so you will be spoilt for choice. There are also new activities that are becoming quite popular, such as beach yoga, aqua aerobics in the sea, as well as frisbee and fitness. Another great magnet attracting crowds to the beach is the inflatable play park with slides, a giant trampoline and climbing frames.

Portimao Algarve: A Tourist's Guide to the Local Area
Inflatable play park

Tourist’s Restaurant Guide to the Local Area

You will be spoilt for choice when finding a restaurant in Portimao as there are plenty to choose from.

From pizzerias to Irish pubs, to traditional Portuguese cuisine you have it all. On hot Portuguese summer days when all you’re after is a delicious ice-cream, then we recommend visiting La Dolce Vita. This is a quirky pizzeria which has outside benched seating with traditional Portuguese tiled table tops. They serve the most delicious crepes, ice-creams and gelatos. The inviting exterior of this restaurant is donned with a variety of brightly coloured flowers attracting anyone who passers by.

La Dolce Vita

If you’re after a luxurious experience on the beach where you will find four poster draped sun beds, a pool right on the beach and cocktails in your hand then NoSolo Agua is the place for you. This is a great family day spot during the day, but to top it all off and end off your day well, get your dancing feet ready as there are plenty of beach parties here too. DJ’s from all over the world play at this venue for both day and night beach sessions!

NoSolo Agua Beachside Restaurant & Bar

Portimão Marina

Portimao Marina is a must-see for anyone who is into the world of yachting. The marina provides safety, security, and comfort for yachts and their crews. Besides these basic amenities, Portimao Marina also offers a full range of services to its customers, which include shops, restaurants, cafe’s, and a famous beach bar. The staff at Portimao Marina provide an excellent service to the clients by providing them with anything they might need – from food to spare parts. You will know when you’re at the Marina as you will spot many orange and yellow coloured apartments which line the street leading to the Praia da Rocha.

Portimao Algarve: A Tourist's Guide to the Local Area
Portimao Marina

Ferragudo Beach

If you stand on the pier at the Portimao Marina, you will have a view of Ferragudo. This is an old fishing village that sits at the mouth of the River Arade.

In Ferragudo, you can find a very impressive fort called the Fort of São João do Arade. This fort was built in the 17th century to protect Portimão against pirate attacks. Sadly, this fort is now closed to the public as it is private property now. The incredible stone structure of the fort is still standing and can be seen from the beach. From the beach, you can also see the medieval Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, an equally attractive fortress in Portimão.



There are many other things to do in the Algarve. This is just for Portimao Algarve: A Tourist’s Guide to keep you occupied whilst visiting Portimao. The scenery and activities definitely keep tourists coming back for more each year.

Seagull Circuit offers great tours to various locations throughout Portimao and the Algarve. You can explore the beautiful scenery and attractions of this popular destination.