Portimao being on the south coast of Portugal comes under Western Algarve the second largest city after Faro with a population of around 55,000 inhabitants.
From the EN125 driving across the impressive bridge which crosses the Arade River finished in 1991. On the left hand side you will see what look appear to be people, they are scarecrows to protect the salt fields. Salt is gathered into piles in the warmer months, and then loaded into sacks by hand to be taken away for cleaning. The bridge give views towards Portimao harbour, which have the capacity for large cruise line ships?
Like many towns in Portugal, the earthquake of 1755 destroyed much of the city and little was done to rebuild for almost 100 years. The waterways soon began to regain imports and exports. In 1924 it became a city and has not looked back since becoming one of the Algarve’s most loved cities for tourist.
The new marina has put Portimao back on the map being the epicentre of water sports in the Algarve and with Day fishing trips, you can even go Dolphin watching. Portimao has in recent years been focusing on sinking redundant ships and vessels to encourage scuba diving making one of the top spots in the Algarve. Sinking the vessels is not just about scuba diving but creating a coral reef to bring back natural wildlife. There are river boat tours to the historic town of Silves with the stunning castle that dominate the town.
The city’s streets are full with plenty to see; in the centre is Largo 1 Dezembro, a paved garden square. Well shaded for those hot summer days the large building nearby is the birth place of Manuel Teixeira Gome, the 7th president of Portugal and renowned writer. The square is surrounded by plenty of bars and cafes making a good resting place for coffee. With the large nearby fountain giving a cooling affect.
Portimao Old city hall
Marble statue roundabout
Portimao main square fountain
1 ½ km long marina front
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