Portimao – Review and Pictures. Samantha Ellis 01/01/2017


For holiday makers who want to enjoy beaches in Portugal and the Algarve coast Portugal is the place of choice. In the past Portimao was a shipbuilding and fishing village. Portimao gradually developed into a popular seaside holiday resort town, right after Faro.

The area around Portimao, and along the Arade river, is fertile and cultivated with figs, carob and almonds. Besides agriculture it is also a water sports hub. Sailing, kite-surfing, surfing, powerboating, sailing, motorsport, windsurfing, water gymnastics and scuba-diving are all to be enjoyed in Portimao.

For those who love Portimao, history and architecture the medieval Castle of Santa Catarina is the place to explore. It sits on the shore as the witness of the past. It was built near Praia de Rocha to protect the port from pirates and also served as a military base. The staircase will take you from the fort down to the Praia de Rocha beach. This lovely sandy beach surrounded by ochre cliffs is perfect for pictures with deep blue ocean in the background. Annual soccer tournaments take place here as well.

Portimao is a great seaside summer holiday town that offers everything a visitor needs. You can choose from shopping for famous brands to souvenirs and bargains at markets, dining in casual bars or fine restaurants, promenades and walks downtown to golfing, dolphin watching, fishing and parachuting.

If you are bored and have enough of sand and sun, there are numerous possibilities for day trips around the city. Lagos Zoo and Zoomarine are nearby attractions for all ages as well as the Slide and Splash Waterpark.

Portimao has several festivals and interesting events to entertain visitors. There are fesitvals for Sand Sculpture, Birdwatching, Sardines and Fisherman. The top event is also the Portugal Masters golfing competition. If you love hunting for rare treasures, save your Saturday and Sunday mornings for flea market explorations.

Are you ready to discover the most beautiful beaches in Portugal ?

Portugal: The world’s hottest destination in 2017

Warm weather, stunning beaches, historic cities and affordable prices make it a top choice. It’s also just a hop, skip or jump from pretty much anywhere in Europe.

Parts of Lisbon, the capital, date back to the ninth century.

Brave surfers can tackle the huge swell in Nazare, while beach-lovers can soak up the sun in the Algarve

Portugal’s second biggest city, Porto, is located in the country’s north.

It’s about an hour’s drive from the Minho wine region, which produces fresh whites perfect for drinking in the summer as well as robust fortified wines.

In terms of food, a local favourite is the Francesinha, which is like a sandwich with sausage, ham, steak, melted cheese and a hot tomato and beer sauce.

The city itself has a medieval centre with cobbled streets and gilded carvings. It’s a maze, but if you follow the river you won’t get lost.

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UK to Portugal by train, in 24 hours…! It’s easy to reach Portugal by train from London



London to Lisbon by train is an easy journey, one that can be accomplished in just under 24 hours. The obvious route is via Paris and then on over the Spanish border at Hendaye / Irun. There is just one departure daily. Leaving London at breakfast time and with a quick change in Paris, you’ll be at the Spanish border by early evening – just in time to connect at Irun onto the Sud Expresso (also sometimes called SUREX) night train which runs overnight to Lisbon.

If you are making this journey from Portugal towards Irun, note that the night train from Lisbon continues beyond Irun over the border bridge to terminate at Hendaye, the first station in France. A high-speed TGV service departs for Paris just over one hour after the overnight train from Lisbon pulls into Hendaye.

Tickets for the above journey from London to Lisbon become available three months in advance – and that’s when you get the best price.

One alternative favoured by many travellers is to break the journey in Spain. Travel from London to Barcelona and then continue at your leisure via Madrid to Lisbon. But bear in mind that the only direct trains from Madrid to Lisbon are overnight services. The Madrid to Lisbon hotel train is called the Lusitania. It departs from both the Spanish and Portuguese capitals just after nine in the evening.