Top things to do in Portimão

Top Choice Museum in Portimão

Museu de Portimão

Housed in a 19th-century fish cannery, the ultra-modern, award-winning Museu de Portimão is the city's number-one draw. The museum focuses on three areas: archaeology, underwater finds and, the most fascinating, a r…
Seafood in Portimão

Clube Naval de Portimão

On the waterfront near the Museu de Portimão, the Naval Club has a fancy upstairs restaurant, Restaurante do Cais, with unsurpassed views over the river from its terrace. Choose from the day's catch or go for monkfi…
Pastries in Portimão

Casa da Isabel

Elegant little tearoom Casa da Isabel is housed in a cute, tile-fronted mansion and bakes traditional desserts including pastéis de feijão (sweet white-bean tarts), rabanada (cinnamon- and sugar-dusted bread) and fa…
Live Music in Portimão

Bar Marginália

Reached via an arched stone tunnel off Rua Professor José Buísel, this charismatic backstreet bar is Portimão's best venue for live music, with weekend concerts (normally on the heavier side of the spectrum, such as…
Food & Drink in Portimão

Festival da Sardinha

Portimão's sardine festival is a five-day celebration of Portugal's favourite fish, accompanied by associated music, dance and festivities. It's held at the old fishing quarter, the Zona Ribeirinha de Portimão.
Bar in Portimão

Tasca Porta Velha

On a bougainvillea-draped laneway inside a lovingly restored former house with timber ceilings, this atmospheric bar is decorated with antique knick-knacks spread throughout its rooms, with a couple of umbrella-shad…
Church in Portimão

Igreja Matriz

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 decorat…
Seafood in Portimão

Carvi

Famous hereabouts for its seafood, Carvi has a tiled dining room with rows of communal tables dressed in white linen, a brimming live tank and a long list of Portuguese wines.