A bit of pub quiz knowledge; Portimao was, until recently, the most important fishing and canning industry in all of the Algarve. To this day it still remains as a busy and active working port but has also begun to shift its focus to tourism. This is fantastic for visitors to the Algarve as it provides another beautiful and authentic destination to the list of options. So why choose Portimao? The relatively new tourist resort has been developed with more future thinking than some of the 70s concrete centres along the coast. The harbour has been built up in a way that is modern, attractive and most importantly fun to explore. This cosmopolitan town is lined with expensive looking yachts and the golden sands of Portugal’s finest coast, all perfectly pristine.
Sun seekers are in their prime on holiday in Portimao. With some of the best beaches in the region at their disposal, the sun, sea and sand destination is ready whenever you are. Lie back on the sand, stick on some music and soak up the Portuguese sunshine, you’ll head home with a glow that will make all your office colleagues very jealous. If you prefer your beach visits to be a little more adventurous, take part in some of the water sports Portimao has to offer. You may not be able to waltz off with the biggest yacht but water sport centres along the promenade offer everything from snorkeling to windsurfing. There are a number of sea excursions that run from the harbour, giving visitors the chance to head out into the water and take the plunge from the top deck. Guided dives also run regularly and are a safe way to spot a few new species deep in the blue sea.
A holiday in Portimao doesn’t have to be based in the one place. The port is a fantastic gateway to the rest of the Algarve. The famous Praia de Roche is just around the corner, as is the lovely Praia de Vau. Whether you stay put in Portimao or not, don’t sacrifice your chance to soak up a bit of sunshine on a Portugal holiday. Booking your Portimao holiday with lastminute.com will help you save extra money that can be used for far more sensible things… or just extra sunglasses! Book all your holidays to Portugal with lastminute.com
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