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Traditionaly an important fishing and comercial point, Portimão transformed itselfe in one of the most famous beach destinations in the Algarve and in one modern city that offers fabulous beaches, close to the natural beauty of the Alvor estuary and lots of animations.
The attraction of the area resides in the amazing diversity of its interior and beaches. The sun and sea lovers can choose between the more extensive beaches, like the famous Praia da Rocha, or any other smaller and sheltered like the Prainha, that its located west from the city. Many of the Portimão beaches are sorrounded by golden cliffs, with incredible outcroppings that delight the divers.
The Alvor beach, the further west zone beach of Portimão, is totaly diferent. There are no cliffs or rocks, intead you will find withe sand dunes that separates the ocean from the lagoons and swamps of the Alvor estuary.
The protected area around the estuary is a location that it's worth the visit.It's mudflats and channels are visited by numerous species of migrator birds and offer a tranquility sensation different from all the excitment at the resorts along the coast.
Portimão is a city wiyh lots to do and lots to see. The beach lovers will be close to Rocha beach, where they will find many facilities, like bars, cofee shops, restaurants and shops, also many aquatic sports that they can choose. For those who enjoy the landscape, the promenade beside the see this place is particulary enjoyable to walk and see the boats along the shore.
You can't miss the opportunity to taste the traditional sardines af the region with homemade bread in one of the famous restaurants with fresh fish. The area is specially busy in August, when the crowds join to celebrate the popular Sardine Festival.
The boats that offer some tours along the Arade River, also departure from this area, providing to the guests the chance to admire the landscape of the interior.
Nightlife in Portimão is quite distinct from the tranquility and serenity felt in other times. The marina is the ultimate symbol of the modernity of the city and has become the place of election during the summer with many bars, reastaurants and discos with selective environment.
Rocha beach is the most animated place for nightlife - its inumerous bars and clubs offer parties untill dawn and the casino attracts guests from all parts of the country. At summer, when many discos receive international Djs, the Rocha beach becomes one of the most exclusive places for night parties in the Algarve.
The golf players have lots of golf courses nearby, including the Alamos, Morgado, Alto Golf, Penina e Silves Golf.