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Holiday houses & apartments in Portimão

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Relax on the beach with a holiday apartment in Portimao

Perched on the coast of the Algarve region of southern Portugal, Portimao is known for its beaches and marinas. However, when you book a holiday apartment in Portimao, you’ll discover much more. The city has become a holiday destination in its own right, with numerous options for dining, shopping, and discovering local history. It makes the perfect destination for anyone looking for a relaxing break from everyday life. Dog owners are also well catered for, with plenty of sandy beaches, charming parks, and wide boulevards throughout the city.

Everything you need to know about Portimao

Book a holiday apartment in Portimao and prepare yourself for a relaxing weekend by the sea. Here’s a selection of some of the finest things to do while you’re in the area.

The sardine capital of the Algarve

There’s no better way to enjoy your holiday apartment in Portimao than to spend the day sourcing fresh ingredients from a local market before preparing a delicious meal in the comfort of your own kitchen. And when it comes to Portimao – the sardine capital of the Algarve – fish is the essential dish. You’ll find no shortage of fish of all kinds in local shops, most caught fresh that day. If you don’t fancy cooking, there are plenty of seafood restaurants in the city, including a number of streetside grills where you can supplement perfectly cooked sardines with a glass of red wine and some fresh bread.

Take in historic sights near your holiday apartment in Portimao

Portimao overflows with history and culture. A stroll through the streets near your holiday apartment in Portimao will reveal a wealth of historical treasures. Stop at the Palácio Sárrea Garfias in the centre and admire the architecture of this former home of an 18th-century noble family. Here, you’ll find a variety of glazed tile mosaics depicting key events from Portuguese history. For a more in-depth look at the area's past, visit the nearby Museu de Portimao. As well as covering the area's ancient history, this fascinating museum, once a sardine cannery, sheds light on the importance of fishing and the sea to in the Algarve region.

Soak up some rays

Whether you book a holiday home right in Portimao or just outside the city, you’ll no doubt be within easy reach of one of the many fine beaches bordering the city. Most are sandy and wide, with water warm enough to swim in most of the year. At Praia da Rocha, one of the most popular, you’ll find plenty of amenities, from shops and restaurants to piers and boulevards, with boating, diving, and other watersports for more adventurous travellers. The beach remains a hotspot even after the sun goes down, drawing locals and travellers to its waterfront bars and discos.

Day trips near Portimao

Lagos makes for a wonderful day trip from Portimao. This charming little town is famed for its walled Old Town and sandy coves. These secluded sunbathing enclaves can be reached by means of wooden stairs lining the cliffs, where you can enjoy a beautiful walk on a sunny day.

Head along the coast to Albufeira, and you’ll be able to take advantage of the buzzing nightlife in this prominent holiday city. Take in the seaside promenade and its painted houses, and grab a drink as the evening settles in.

The seaside town of Carvoeiro is equally popular in summer and winter, with a range of fantastic restaurants and bars. The town is particularly known for its food, so any budding foodies will want to add it to their itinerary.

Getting to Portimao

Approximately 50 minutes away from Portimao is Faro International (FAO). The closest airport to the city, it has connections with most UK airports, with daily flights from London, Manchester, and Birmingham. Many travellers choose to rent a car from the airport and make the short drive to Portimao, but you can also take advantage of the local bus and train network to make the journey – although there's no direct connection between Faro Airport and Portimao. It’s also entirely possible to drive from the UK to your holiday apartment in Portimao, although it’s wise to allow a day or two for the journey.

When's the best time to book a holiday home in Portimao?

One of the best things about renting a holiday apartment in Portimao is that you can go at any time during the year. The city enjoys lots of sunshine and relatively warm temperatures, even in winter. For that reason, many visitors choose to travel to the region between November and May, when prices are cheaper and the beaches less crowded. The hottest temperatures and the best weather for swimming, however, can be had during the summer. In August, the city bustles with activity. Visit then to enjoy the best watersports and entertainment, or between May and July for a slightly more laid-back holiday.

Unique to Portimao: A premium racing circuit

Not far outside of Portimao, you’ll find the Autódromo Internacional Algarve. This internationally renowned racing circuit is the biggest in the region and attracts racing enthusiasts from the world over. If you’ve ever fancied slipping behind the wheel of a high-performance sports car for a turn or two around the track, now’s your moment. There are facilities to cater to everyone, from experienced drivers to complete newbies, and the circuit is widely recognised as one of the world's best open motorsports facilities.

Location reviews

Total rating of Portimão

4.2 out of 5 (69 Customer reviews)
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This is what holiday rental customers wrote about Portimão 

  • 4.0 out of 5
    Customer Andreas wrote
    on 08/03/2019

    “Shopping and recreational opportunities are highly recommended.
    It was a bit crowded in July (compared to other places in the Algarve) ...”

    This review has been given for property no. 939043 The review of the location has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    Customer Dani & Judith wrote
    on 04/10/2018

    “Very good location about 7 minutes to the Praia da Rocha. Nearby a shopping center and numerous supermarkets. Pastelaria can also be reached in 2 minutes by car. Here you can eat very delicious for little money. All in all, top location!”

    This review has been given for property no. 1337038 The review of the location has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 4.0 out of 5
    Customer Peter und Susanne wrote
    on 04/09/2018, travel period: August 2018

    “The resort - where the apartment is located - is an upstream district of Portimao (residential area, many villas) and is located east of the Arade River. This district and also Ferragudo with its small fishing port are very beautiful and tranquil. Various cheap restaurants are available and within walking distance (about 2 km). The city of Portimao itself did not please us. There were permanent traffic jams ... and unfortunately we did not find a 'cozy old town center'. For this we can recommend the nearest major city Lagos.”

    This review has been given for property no. 1337038 The review of the location has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    A customer has submitted the following rating
    on 10/08/2018

    highly recommended

    This review has been given for property no. 939043

  • 4.0 out of 5
    A customer wrote
    on 18/07/2018, travel period: July 2018

    “Baker patisserie within walking distance 400 meters. Supermarkets at 3 km. Dining at 3km but easy to reach by car. Beautiful and clean large beaches.”

    This review has been given for property no. 939043 The review of the location has been automatically translated from Dutch. Back to the original language


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  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday home for max. 9 persons

    Property no. 275948
    from USD 2,167
    for 1 week
    Approx. 450 m², 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, sea approx. 12 km, , ,
    4.0 out of 5 (4 Customer reviews)
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 adults + 1 child

    Property no. 1334241
    + 1 more
    from USD 579
    for 1 week
    Approx. 92 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), cable TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, sandy beach approx. 50 m,
    There is one further property type with one accommodation for this complex
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday home for max. 4 persons

    Property no. 1460352
    from USD 807
    for 1 week
    Approx. 105 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 10 km, ,
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Studio for max. 2 persons

    Property no. 1457237
    from USD 411
    for 1 week
    Approx. 32 m², 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, beach approx. 2.5 km
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday home for max. 8 persons

    Property no. 939043
    from USD 1,406
    for 1 week
    Approx. 170 m², 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, pets not allowed, cable TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, beach approx. 2.5 km,
    4.9 out of 5 (11 Customer reviews)
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 1505756
    from USD 791
    for 1 week
    Approx. 140 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 150 m, , , ,
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Property no. 1434298
    from USD 374
    for 1 week
    Approx. 57 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 800 m,
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 2 persons

    Property no. 1337038
    from USD 534
    for 1 week
    Approx. 45 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, sea approx. 5 km,
    5.0 out of 5 (2 Customer reviews)
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 719008
    + 2 more
    from USD 900
    for 1 week
    3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, sea approx. 500 m,
    There are 2 further property types with 2 accommodations for this complex
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Property no. 1252747
    from USD 515
    for 1 week
    Approx. 62 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, sea approx. 100 m, ,
    4.0 out of 5 (1 Customer review)
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 637738
    from USD 1,183
    for 1 week
    Approx. 249 m², 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, sea approx. 600 m, ,
  • Portimão, Algarve (Western Algarve)

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons

    Property no. 1412838
    Approx. 70 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, Wifi,
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