Let’s Explore the Algarve

Long ignored as a travel destination, Portimão is situated at the mouth of the Arade river, directly across the water from Ferragudo. However, in recent years, more and more travellers have started to visit it in search of a more genuine, Portuguese side to the Algarve that isn’t often found on the coast.

The Portimao Marina is a nice spot to get coffee, enjoy a snack, and people watch while admiring the boats and yachts. Visit the Portimao Museum for some historical insight. Housed in a former fish canning factory on the waterfront, it offers a lively and enticing display of the city’s history, with exhibitions dating all the way back to the Roman era. For a snack, petisco (tapa) or dinner, the museum’s riverfront Faina Restaurant and Café is a terrific place to stop.

A must-see in Portimão is the magnificent 14th-century church, “Nossa Senhora Da Conceição,” which withstood the devastating 1755 earthquake.