Located on the western Algarve, Portimao is known to encase all that is great about the Algarve. With a magnificent climate, glorious beaches and fine golf courses, Portimao has something to offer every visitor, all year round. Hugely popular with golfers year round, and those who wish to explore the best of the Algarve’s beaches during the summer, Portimao apartments are busy throughout the year, and with so much to discover and enjoy, renting a villa in Portimao early for your holiday is recommended!
Those taking one of the many Portimao houses will almost certainly already know of the glorious golden beaches that are the attraction for most people’s first visit to a self catering Portimao villa. The turquoise seas and soft sands, backed by imposing cliffs and sheltered by large headlands, are ideal for lazy days in the sun and family watersports holidays. You and your family can enjoy parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, deep sea fishing, sailing and windsurfing, regardless of your technical prowess or experience, from a Portimao villa with ease. When looking for water sports centres, try the beach front or the new marina.
Portimao villas are a golfing haven. The fine climate, lush landscape and beautiful scenery mean that golf courses in Portimao have sprung up in the last 20 years, making Portimao apartments some of the finest places to stay for golf holidays in the Algarve. There are a huge range of golf courses in Portimao, but the main three, Alto, Morgado and Penina receive the most plaudits. All three are excellent 18 hole golf courses, combining taxing fairways winding past spectacular hazards and pristine greens, as well as driving ranges, putting greens and pro-shops for your use.
There are some beautiful sites to be seen in Portimao too. The 16th century Church is famous for having one of the most spectacularly decorated arch doorways in the whole of the Algarve, and archaeologists have uncovered some of the Algarve’s oldest roman villas in Portimao, adorned with beautiful mosaics. There are even signs of ancient Neolithic settlements here, with megalithic tombs and chambers clearly visible from some Portimao houses.
The new marina in Portimao has brought a whole new dimension to holidays in Portimao apartments. There is now a high-class area of restaurants and bars in which to watch the world going by. The marina is not only a fantastic place to eat and relax, but the ideal place from which to take to the sea, fishing, sailing or scuba diving too.
Nearby Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve’s most popular little beach resorts, set on the famous 2km long beach of the same name. The beach resort is of the highest quality, offering all the facilities you might need, or could wish for on a top class beach holiday.
The sun shines year round in Portimao. The high July and August temperatures (with average daily highs well into the mid-30’s (˚C), are made far more comfortable by the reliable sea breezes. June and September are among the best times to go, as the sting of the heat in the middle of the day has been reduced. Average temperatures in January are still between 9 and 15˚C, perfect for golf.
Flights from the UK to Faro International Airport (FAO) take around three hours, and leave on an amazingly frequent basis from airports across the country. There are a great range of airlines operating flights to Faro, so you can choose between luxury and saving a few pounds whilst you travel to your Portimao apartment, villa or town house. The best options for airport transfers to a Portimao apartment is with one of the shuttle busses, which can be organised either upon your arrival or before departure, taking around 30 minutes to reach a villa on Portimao from Faro.