Portimao Honeymoon Guide

Praia da Rocha
Praia da Rocha and view over Portimao © Photo courtesy Husond/Wikimedia Commons

Introducing Portimao

Although Portimao is probably best known for the gorgeous beaches of nearby Praia da Rocha and Praia dos Tres Irmaos, the town also offers several other attractions for honeymoon couples.

What to do and see in Portimao
Wander colourful gardens and stroll the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Quarter around Largo da Barca. Visit the impressive Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição (church), with its interior covered in stunning 17th century azulejos (tiles).

Admire the impressive 17th century Fort of São João do Arade, which sits on the sand banks of the Arade River opposite Portimão, separating the golden beaches of Praia da Angrinha and Praia Grande. Browse friendly shops selling lace, ceramics and pottery.

Savour a range of fine dining seafood restaurants and relax at a choice of outdoor cafes serving excellent Portuguese wine – especially those along the riverfront quays and the adjacent squares surrounding pretty fountains.

Hire a boat for a sea trip to explore coastal grottos or head up the Rio Arade to the beautiful town of Silves.

Discover the picture-perfect village of Monchique, set in the forested 458m-high Serra de Monchique, just 24km north of Portimão and 55km northeast of Albufeira. Wander the cobblestoned streets and visit several 16th and 17th century churches including the Igreja Matriz and the Igre de Sao Sebastiao.

On foot or bike, explore the surrounding countryside of mountainous woodland covered with eucalyptus, chestnut, pine and cork trees scattered with occasional open moorland. Hike up to the peak of Fóia (902m), the highest point in the Serra de Monchique. Visit the Caldas de Monchique, a hot, natural spring water spa that dates back to Roman times.

At the wildlife sanctuary at Omega Park Jardim Zoológico, get close to rare and endangered species such as lemurs, macaques, red pandas and cheetahs.

Portimao offers a good selection of hotel and resort accommodation options for honeymoon couples.

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Portimao is located around 8km east of Lagos and 40km west of Albufeira.

Getting to Portimao
By air, Portimao is easily accessed via Faro Airport, with daily flights to and from all major European cities, including London. Faro is just a 40-minute flight from Lisbon.
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