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How to Spend 3 Days in Portimao

How to Spend 3 Days in Portimao

A holiday hot spot in Portugal’s western Algarve, Portimao sits on the Arade River and offers something for everyone: beaches, marine caves, dolphin-watching cruises, local wines, and more. Here’s how to spend three days in this picturesque port city.

Day 1: Classic Portimao

Get acquainted with Portimao, from its plaza-dotted old town to its riverfronts, beaches, and sea caves. A Segway tour is a quick way to get around, covering signature sights such as the lighthouse and Praia da Rocha beach. 

After lunch, take to the ocean on a catamaran, stand-up paddleboard, or private cruise to see the nearby Benagil Caves, burrowed into cliffs east of Portimao. Trips leave regularly from Portimao’s marina, and usually include swim stops.

End the day with a drive west to the Algarve’s most scenic clifftops. Tours with round-trip transport typically visit Cape St. Vincent (Europe’s southwesternmost point) and Ponta da Piedade, renowned for their sunset views.

Day 2: Out and about

Cast your sightseeing net wider today. Head out on a private tour of western Algarve vineyards without worrying about tasting and driving. Alternatively, explore the countryside on a Jeep tour, bumping along off-road trails past old-school villages.

For a change of tempo, take a leisurely eco-boat ride along the Arade River, watching birds and wandering around the medieval town of Silves en route. Or for a fun twist, travel in the sidecar of a chauffeured vintage motorbike to see the surrounding coast, stopping by the resort town of Alvor and the whitewashed fishing village of Ferragudo.

Day 3: Beach and sports time

Finally, relax on Praia da Rocha or Praia do Vau, perhaps interrupting your idyll for a dolphin-spotting cruise. You’ll also find a myriad of water sports options along the shoreline to the east, from parasailing to Jet Ski rides. For maximum thrills, book a tandem skydive—you’ll be treated to sweeping views over the Algarve’s cliffs as you descend to the sands of Portimao.

If you didn’t visit the Benagil Caves earlier, swap a boat trip for something different. Board a scooter or convertible car with a guide at the helm, and zip by beaches before getting out and making the short swim to the caves. Then, conclude your stay in true Portimao fashion: feast on grilled sardines at a riverside restaurant before a final dose of nightlife in the old town or marina.

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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: Algarve Wine and Tapas Tour by Sidecar Motorcycle from Portimao

Private Tour: Algarve Wine and Tapas Tour by Sidecar Motorcycle from Portimao

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Take your taste buds on a tour of the Algarve on this private tour from Portimão by motorcycle. Choose to ride pillion or in the sidecar, and then take it all in as your professional driver-guide drives you to some of Portimão’s and Alvor’s best-loved foodie hotspots. Savor fresh fish and seafood tapas, tempt your sweet tooth with local sweet treats and try up to different wines at an award-winning winery just outside of Lagoa. Be sure to bring your appetite.
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Marinha Beach and Benagil Caves Private tour by Convertible from Portimão

Marinha Beach and Benagil Caves Private tour by Convertible from Portimão

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Explore the Algarve coast on a 2-hour scooter tour to Marinha Beach and the beautiful Benagil Caves. Take in the beautiful coastal scenery and feel the wind in your hair as you drive past the region’s best beaches. Stop at Algar de Benagil to take a quick dip and explore the cave system with your guide before heading back to Portimão.
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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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Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

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For a fun Portuguese adventure hop into the sidecar of vintage motorcycle for a private tour of Alvor and Ferragudo from Portimão. This tour is a memorable way to explore the scenic towns around Portimão in the Algarve region. Visit the fishing village of Ferragudo and capture views from the Ferragudo lighthouse. Plus, see the fort of Santa Catarina a medieval fortress that protected the Algarve from pirates. Enjoy the full attention of your guide who can stop as needed for refreshments along the way (own expense) or tailor your itinerary around you.
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Portimao Segway Tour

Portimao Segway Tour

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Portimão is one of the wonderful cities of the Algarve, planted by the sea. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the gazebo, with a privileged view over the river Arade. Ride a Segway inside the new marina, the beach promenade in Praia da Rocha, the lighthouse and pier and also in the top marginal where you'll know all tourism and landscaping offer that Portimao has for you and your family. A memorable scenic ride that will hardly forget.
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SUP promenade in the caves of Benagil

SUP promenade in the caves of Benagil

Important to say that boats are not allowed to disembark in the caves and so with the boards of Stand up paddle we can stop in the Caves, take advantage of them to the maximum and take "that" unique photo.
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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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Portimão - Dolphin Watching Seafaris

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Portimão - Dolphin Watching Seafaris

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Seafaris was the first company in the Algarve to search for Dolphins in their natural habitat and our specialist team has over 30 years’ experience providing unforgettable day trips along the stunning coastline of Southern Portugal. Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as we glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different spieces of Wild life, before we gently settle amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. Our fully-certified skippers have an excellent knowledge of dolphin activity in the area, with sightings in over 95% of trips. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, and run throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão. We recommend guests arrive at least 15 minutes before their departure time, and bring with them sun protection, water, and, of course, their camera!
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