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Boasting the title of the Algarve’s biggest town, Portimao boasts a lovely location upon the banks of the Arade River. The historic heart has a colourful confection of houses painted in pastel shades; cobbled squares are surrounded by grandiose buildings and the picturesque harbour provides a pretty place in which to relax and restore. A thriving restaurant scene will pleasure the palates of epicureans while cosmopolitan cocktail bars and effusive night clubs satisfy raucous revellers in search of entertainment.
One of Portimao’s most appealing features is undoubtedly its remarkable riverfront location. Upon the banks, an alluring selection of sophisticated shops and quaint cafes welcome visitors with their enticing produce. Sit upon a chair and watch fishermen go about their daily business, resting assured that the fish you feast upon later will be part of this fresh catch.
Critically acclaimed and culturally compelling, the Museo de Portimao is one of the Algarve’s most alluring attractions. Located upon the beautiful banks of the river, the museum provides insight into the fishing industry and explains Portimao’s pivotal role in European sardine canning through interactive and immersive exhibitions.
Portimao’s prime oceanfront location means its fresh produce is second to none; elegant restaurants ooze the enticing aromas of freshly grilled seafood, a dish perfectly accompanied by a glass of crisp chardonnay. A restaurant that excels in these traditional tastes is O Luis, an elegant eatery that overlooks the sea from which its produce is gathered daily. (Praia dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal)