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The town’s parish church stands on high ground to the north of the centre. A 15th-century Gothic portal and a gargoyle are all that remain of the original structure after the 1755 earthquake. Its interior is decorated with azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and neoclassical and neobaroque gilding.

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Nearby Portimão attractions

1. Museu de Portimão


Housed in a 19th-century fish cannery, the ultramodern, award-winning Museu de Portimão is the city's number-one draw. The museum focuses on three areas:…

2. Fortaleza da Santa Catarina

1.61 MILES

Praia da Rocha's petite fortress was built in 1621 to stop pirates and invaders from sailing up the Rio Arade to Portimão. Panoramic views extend along…

3. Praia do Carvoeiro

4.64 MILES

Right in the town, this diminutive arc of sandy beach gets very busy in summer.

6. Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

6.35 MILES

Built tight against the defensive walls, this archaeological museum has a mix of interesting finds from the town and around. The modern building was…

7. Igreja da Misericórdia

6.39 MILES

The exterior of the 16th-century Igreja da Misericórdia is plain apart from its distinctive, fanciful Manueline doorway hanging well above street level …



Just below the castle is the sé, built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque, then rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several…