Portimao is the Algarve at its finest. A region of clear blue seas, fine golden beaches, a stunning rocky coastline and a rich cultural and historical heritage, Portimao offers the best of sunny holidays. Self catering villas in Portimao give more flexibility, privacy and space than a Portimao hotel for exploring the sun, sand, sport, food and culture of this magnificent area.
The best beaches in Portimao are the beaches of Alvor, an endless stretch of fine golden sand reaching the beautiful Ria de Alvor estuary, and Praia da Rocha, the most famous resort in Portimao. Praia de Rocha has long been the ‘visiting card’ of Portimao due to its picturesque bay ideal for water sports and boat trips. The resort also has a wealth of nightlife and entertainment, including bars, restaurants, a few clubs and a casino. The Santa Catarina de Ribamar Fortress is also well worth a look.
The town of Alvor itself has a long and fascinating history. The origins of the town as a Noelithic settlement can be seen at Vila Velha hill overlooking the naturally stunning Ria de Alvor. There are traces of Roman, Moorish, Crusader and gothic influences, including the castle, Marabout Chapel and the main church.
Alcalar is another magnificent destination in Portimao. This charming village is home to an important Neolithic burial ground with unbelievable chambers, alcoves and tombs.
Golf in the Algarve is hugely popular, and you will not miss out by taking a self catering Portimao villa. Within a short distance are the championship courses of Palmares, Penina and Alto Golf.
Portimao also offers some remarkable fishing. A holiday villa in Portimao is one of the Algarve’s big game centres, where substantial swordfish and marlin are caught regularly. The seas here are perfect for sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving for much of the year.
The weather in Portimao makes it a holiday favourite for sports enthusiast all year long, especially golfers. Daily temperatures in July and August vary from 22°C to 28°C, and the sun shines for huge amounts of the year. The coldest month, January, still enjoys temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C.
To enjoy on of the spectacular self catering villas in Portimao, you must first find a flight to Faro Airport (FAO). Faro Airport receives a huge number of flights from a huge number of British airports, taking around 3 hours, so there should be no trouble finding a cheap flight to Portimao.