8 Exciting Things to Do in Portimão

If you’re looking for things to do in Portimão, then this traditional market town on the Western side of the Algarve offers a great deal. Unlike other areas in the Algarve that cater to the tourist experience, a calming tranquillity is what makes Portimão an attractive alternative. 

Its pristine town squares and stunning architecture leave you in no doubt of the authentic feel of the town. Although steeped in tradition, there is an abundance of exciting things to do. So, let us take you on a journey through Portimão to explore the hidden beauty, amazing buildings and entertainment attractions.  


Benagil Sea Caves

Arguably one of the flagship attractions in Portimão, the Benagil caves are a must-see during your stay here. Formed from sandstone, these wonderful sea caves in Portimão are passable by boat trip only. As you embark on your tour, you’ll find plenty of photography hotspots and stand in awe of the breathtaking views of the ocean from inside as the waves lap into the mouth of the caves. 

The sun streams in through the hollowed sandstone ceiling, glistening against the amazing rock formation of this beautiful spot. It is a sight to behold and travelling by boat from Portimão means you’ll avoid the frenetic struggle to find parking in Benagil. 


Autodromo Internacional de Algarve

If motor racing is a passion of yours, then the famous Portimão race track is a utopian destination for you to visit during your Algarve stay. Formally known as the Autodromo Internacional de Algarve, this world-renowned race track has a series of huge sporting events throughout the calendar year. These include The MotoGP Portugal Grand Prix, FIM Superbike World Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. 

It has a vast grandstand for spectators with excellent views of the meandering track. But, if you aren’t fortunate enough to coincide your visit with one of those popular sporting events, the track hosts a range of driving experiences for visitors to enjoy. 

Design your very own mini Portimão Grand Prix and race friends and family across this famous track. Or, if cars aren’t for you, you can sample the experience in a go-kart too. It truly is an unforgettable experience that is sure to leave adrenalise coursing through your veins. 


Portimão Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of Portimão with a trip to the town’s museum. The museum is located just a short stroll from the ship port, on the waterfront. Discover the backstory of the town’s fishing roots amidst the quirky setting of a fish canning factory, which is what the museum once was. 

Divided into three sections, embark on a historical journey and learn about the Roman era, Portimão’s boat-building heritage and the early man section, which displays an impressive range of artefacts. A standout highlight is the mini-film that provides a startling insight into the life workers had back then. 

Entry is just €3 and children under 15 can enter for free. 

Slide and Splash Water Park

No summer holiday is complete without a family day trip to the water park. Take a look at our Algarve water parks guide for further insight. The Slide and Splash facility located in Lagoa just outside Portimão provides thrills and spills for all. Dive down the Corkscrew and Banzai slides, or try the Kamikaze for a speedy sliding experience. 

The park also has a range of animal shows, and a large children’s area, so there is an abundance of fun for families and people of all ages. If Slide and Splash water park just simply isn’t enough water-based fun, why not check out our guide to the best water sports in the Algarve


Algarve Wine Tours

The Algarve is home to some of the finest wines on the continent, so it would be a real shame not to have the full experience. Spend a day exploring the rural side of Portimão and the Algarve, with an intimate wine-tasting and lunch experience. Admire the breathtaking vistas as you look down across the rolling countryside, whilst experiencing the authentic wines and local regional cuisines.

Take a look at our wine-tasting experience in the Algarve

Alvor Dunes

Home to the famous Alvor Boardwalk, day trips to the dunes is an absolute must for any nature enthusiasts. Alvor is accessible from Portimão by car or bus. The boardwalks are almost 6km long, comprising a meandering network of walkways home to some of the most amazing birds and wildlife in the Western Algarve

Take in the natural beauty of this area with stunning views of the beach, and a great experience for capturing fantastic photos of all the different animals you will see during your walk. This tour of nature is at the top of everyone’s list of free things to do in Portimao. 


Portimão Municipal Market

Why not try a spot of shopping in Portimao? Exploring the originality provided by the regional market is a must in the heart of traditional Portimão. Select from local delicacies such as seafood, local fruit and vegetables and baked pastries. If you’re staying in one of the luxury Algarve villas stocking up on some delicious local produce is a great way to sample the local delights and save money on dining out. 


NoSoloAgua Beach & Pool Club

If you fancy an afternoon of cocktails and music overlooking the ocean or relaxing by the poolside, then NoSoloAgua offers just that and more. Choose from a super-sized daybed on the beach, or kick back and on a sunlounger by the salt-water swimming pool. 

If you fancy having a night to let off steam and enjoy yourself, the beach club is transformed into a thriving hub packed with evening entertainment. Live music and parties are commonplace, making it the perfect spot for couples or groups of friends looking for a lively atmosphere in the centre of the Portimao nightlife.


Enjoy luxurious villas in the Algarve

Whether you want to explore the rich history of Portimão or discover the hustle and bustle of Portugal by staying at one of our luxury villas in Albufeira, The Real Algarve has got you covered. We have a range of fantastic villas located across the region, with local amenities and facilities accessible depending on your preferences. 

Suitable for couples, families or larger groups, our range of properties is amongst the finest in the Algarve. We also have a luxury concierge service for those that want to holiday in style. 

For further information, why not contact us today to discuss the options available to you? We’ll ensure your Algarve stay is one you’ll never forget!

Portimao sunset, Algarve.