Where Sun Never Goes Down: Portimao

Come for the beaches, but be sure to soak up the colour and culture of this charming town in Portugal’s ever-sunny Algarve.

Get outdoors

Golfis everywhere in Portugal — and with top-class courses on offer, Portimao sits at the top of the list for anyone looking to tee off in the sun. There are plenty more activities available: walking and cycling routes criss-cross the landscape, petrol heads will love a spin on the Algarve International Circuit, and Portimao’s marina is the perfect spot for watersports.

Let loose

An eclectic mix after-dark options will suit everytaste: from buzzing nightclubs and vibrant bars to relaxed restaurants and sunset walks along the Arade River, there’s no shortage of things to do even when the sun has set.


Wind through Portimao’s cobbled streets and explore the museums, fashion, food and furniture shops, and the Baroque gem of Portimao’s main church, before drinking inthe sweeping sea views from Santa Catarina Fortress in nearby Praia da Rocha.

Tuck in

The Algarve doesn’t disappoint when it comes to delicious seafood, with freshly grilled sardines a speciality of Portimao. A number of bars, cafes and restaurants offer an ideal spot to enjoy the area’s cuisine coupled with a generous glass of sweet rosé — a must in this area of Portugal.