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Portimão is the second biggest city in the Algarve, Portugal, and famous for its fresh fish restaurants, grilled sardines being the most famous dish. One of the most well known beaches in the Algarve - Rocha ("Praia da Rocha"), meaning "Rocky Beach" - is very close to Portimao, and there are numerous others nearby.

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There is an small airport near Portimão which despite having an IATA code does not feature any regularly scheduled flights. The nearby airport in Faro, only 70 kilometres away, has both domestic and several international routes from across Europe.

Portimao, Main Square

Trains on the, rather slow, regional line between Lagos and Faro stops here, it's about a 1½ hour journey from Faro, for connections to Lisbon change trains in Tunes just over half an hour to the east. Most trains continue onwards to Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border after a short layover in Faro.

Eva Bus [3] offers numerous daily connections from Faro. There are also 5-6 daily connections from Lisbon (3 hours, €19) on the Expresso Qualidade service, and once daily from Seville (6 hours, €19) on the Lagos-Sevilha service. The bus station is located on Largo do Dique a bit north of the centre, about 500 meters south of the road bridge.

Portimão is a sea port, Naviera Armas [4] until January 2012 offered a weekly service from Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife via Funchal (23 h) on Madeira island.

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Praia da Rocha Praia do Vau - the less known beach ... but what a gem!Just walk west, along the scenic cliffs - it is worth it!

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Dixieland Jazz every thursday at 8:30 pm at Casa Inglesa in the river front.

The beautiful beach of Praia da Rocha is a 30 minute walk from the centre of town or a 70 cent bus ride.

The main street shopping area has a wealth of nice shops supplying clothes, jewelry and ornamental objects.

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  • Smar Price (smart price), 21 Rua de Moz, Albuquerque, Portimao 8500-710. 9.00 am to 8.00pm. Over 250 quality product at 1Euro each. Many different deals 1.  edit

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  • Terezinha is the oldest restaurant in Portimao and provides a fantastic seafood meal at very reasonable prices. Rua Direita, 97 contact 00351 252 425 690
  • Pizzeria Bulli & Pupe [5] - Praia da Rocha contact 00351-282-415645 GPS point 37°07,08'N 08°32,74'W

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  • Mirachoro Apartments II, Urb. Alto do Quintao, 64/65, +351 282 460 880. Inexpensive 3 star hotel.  edit
  • Hotel Clube Praia da Rocha ITC, Av. das Comunidades Lusíadas, 8500-809, +951 204 478, [1]. All inclusive hotel in Praia da Rocha.  edit
  • Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Po Box 146, Penina, Portimao, 8501-952, Portugal, +351 282 420 200, [2]. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, part of the JJW Hotels & Resort Group is located in Portimao, Western-Algarve. A luxurious hotel and golf resort compromising of an 18 hole championship course and other amenities to cater for the whole family.  edit

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