Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Portimão

Museu de Portimão

The ultra-modern, award-winning Museu de Portimão, housed in a 19th-century fish cannery, is one excellent reason to visit Portimão. The museum focuses on three areas: archaeology, underwater finds and, the most fas…
Church in Portimão

Igreja Matriz

The town’s parish church stands on high ground to the north of the centre and features a 14th-century Gothic portal – all that remains of the original structure after the 1755 earthquake. Inside there are some inter…
Bar in Portimão

Taska Porta Velha

This atmospheric bar has been lovingly restored and decorated, with antique knick-knacks and modern artworks spread throughout several rooms. Tables are made of wood and stone slabs; it's petiscos (tapas/snacks) and…
Patisserie in Portimão

Casa da Isabel

This delightfully elegant little tearoom is housed in a cute, tile-fronted mansion and churns out a mouth-watering array of desserts, of a type traditionally invented and made by nuns in convents. Although it serves…
Live Music in Portimão

Bar Marginália

This charismatic backstreet bar is one of Portimão's best locations for live music, with weekend concerts (normally on the heavier side of the spectrum), plus Thursday karaoke sessions.
Portuguese in Portimão

Clube Naval do Portimão

Near the municipal museum on the waterfront, the Naval Club has a fancy upstairs restaurant with unsurpassed views over the water. Go for the fish of the day, tuna steaks, or skewers. The downstairs cafe is great fo…
Seafood in Portimão


Famous hereabouts for its seafood, Carvi is a short walk down Rua Direita from the turismo. Service isn't always as warm as it could be, but the quality of the food, served at communal rows of tables dressed in whit…
Food in Portimão

Festival da Sardinha

A celebration of Portugal's favourite fish, the sardine, with associated music, dance and festivities.