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How to Spend 2 Days in Portimao

How to Spend 2 Days in Portimao

Situated in the heart of the western Algarve along the Arade River, the port city of Portimao offers historic sights, a restaurant-lined riverfront, and a modern marina—alongside stunning sandy beaches and sea caves. Here’s how to spend two days in this picturesque Portuguese hot spot.

Day 1: The must-sees

**Morning:**Get your bearings by checking out Portimao’s main sights. Wander the quaint old quarter on foot, or zip around on a Segway tour that covers the lighthouse, marina, and Praia da Rocha beach. Alternatively, discover Portimao’s surroundings on a Jeep tour that showcases some of west Algarve’s most photogenic beaches and vantage points.

**Afternoon:**Take to the waves on a trip to the Benagil Caves, a cluster of postcard-perfect grottos accessible only from the ocean. Join a guided cruise for ease, or up the adventure on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour.

**Night:**Savor Portimao’s famous grilled sardines at a river-view restaurant, or hit the marina to dine by the sea. You might also opt for a tour to Cape St. Vincent, Europe’s southwesternmost point—a hassle-free way to experience this rocky promontory’s stellar sunset views.

Day 2: Sand, sports, and more sightseeing

**Morning:**Relax on Praia da Rocha or other beaches, all of which boast turquoise waters and gently shelving sands. When you need a break, book one of the water sports options along the coast.

**Afternoon:**Cap your beach time with a laid-back afternoon activity—maybe a dolphin-spotting cruise, a rural horseback trek, or a stand-up paddleboard session on the Arade River. Alternatively, taste some of the Algarve’s excellent wines during a vineyard tour, or take an eco-boat river cruise to medieval Silves.

**Night:**Mark your last evening with a cruise along Portimao’s cave-dotted coast, complete with a glass of bubbly and a snorkeling stop. Or, simply soak up Portimao’s lively evening atmosphere, and watch the sunset from a restaurant-bar at the marina or riverside.

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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao
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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao

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Go inside a magical world on this guided Benagil Caves tour from Portimao. This tour travels by small boat into intriguing sea caves where you will discover ornate natural rock formations. In the Benagil Caves, admire some of the globe’s most unique beaches which will leave you breathless.
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Private Tour Benagil Caves from Portimao

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Private Tour Benagil Caves from Portimao

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Escape the crowds and hassle of group tours on this private tour to the Bengagil Caves for just you and your party. And, traveling in a small boat, get deeper into the caves and grottoes than is possible for most. Leave from the historic harbor of Portimão and follow the Rio Arade to the Atlantic, passing fishing villages, medieval forts, lighthouses, and beaches on your way to the caves.
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Visit Silves & Explore the Arade River | Eco-Friendly Solar Powered Boat
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Visit Silves & Explore the Arade River | Eco-Friendly Solar Powered Boat

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Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard an eco-friendly solar boat and travel up and down Portugal’s Arade River, from Portimão to Silves. The solar boat is noiseless and quiet, perfect for sightseeing and birdwatching. Hop off in Silves and spend over an hour visiting historical attractions in this medieval city. Plus, enjoy unobstructed views of Portimão as you sail through the Arade River Mouth.
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Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates

Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates

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Visit two local Algarve vineyards on this private wine tour from Portimao. Enjoy the ability to travel at your own pace and personalized attention from your guide as you explore the vineyards, cellars, and tasting rooms of two wineries, tasting three types of wine at each location. Don't worry about who's driving, as private transportation to and from your Portimao hotel is included.
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Benagil - Coast Line & Sunset - Algarve Cave Captain
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Benagil - Coast Line & Sunset - Algarve Cave Captain

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Experience the Algarve coast’s scenic beauty on this sunset cruise from Portimão. After embarking from Portimão Marina, marvel at picturesque beaches, go snorkeling with complementary equipment, enjoy an on-board toast with champagne or a soft drink, and capture memorable photos while exploring magical caves in the famed Grotto of Benagil.
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Jet Ski Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Jet Ski Algarve, Armação de Pêra

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Looking for an activity in Armação de Pêra that involves sea and speed? Look no further! A refreshing and quick possibility to enjoy the Algarve holidays, is to rent a jet ski on the beach of Armação de Pêra. Jet ski rentals in Armacao de Pera is a great way to live life to the fullest. Drive the jet ski and feel the freedom while enjoying the waves and the tight corners. Renting a jet ski in Armação de Pêra is also a great way to explore the beautiful coast and abundant marine life of the Algarve. Renting a jet ski in Armação de Pêra can be according to the time you prefer: 15, 20 or 30 minutes. Renting a jet ski in Armação de Pêra is fun for two as it can take an extra passenger without paying more! Do you know who you are taking? If you have never ridden a jet ski, we will be happy to provide you with some operational and safety instructions. Licenses or certificates are not required. You are free to enjoy it within our water circuit in a safe way! Book now at our website.
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