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Portimao, Main Square

Portimao (actually written 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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The small airport located near Portimão, despite its IATA: PRM designation, does not have regularly scheduled traffic. The nearest airport is in Faro 70 kilometres away, which is well connected with many routes, charter and discount airlines serving the airport from Northern Europe.

Trains on the, rather slow, regional line between Lagos and Faro stops in Portimão, it's about a 1½ hour journey to 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.

By bus

  • Eva Bus [2] offers numerous daily connections to Faro. There are also 5-6 daily connections to Lisbon (3 hours, €19) on the "Expresso Qualidade" service, and once daily to 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.

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Praia da Rocha


Dixieland Jazz every thursday at 8:30 pm at Casa Englaise 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.




  • 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 [4] - Praia da Rocha contact 00351-282-415645 GPS point 37°07,08'N 08°32,74'W



  • Mirachoro Appartments II, Urb. Alto do Quintao, 64/65, +351 282 460 880. Inexpensive 3 star hotel.

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