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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

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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Jet Ski Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Jet Ski Algarve, Armação de Pêra

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Guaranteeing fun on the water for time-pressured travelers, this express Jet Ski rental from Armação de Pêra lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. After hearing some operational tips and safety advice, you'll take to the water to hop over the waves at speed or go for a more relaxed ride, if you prefer. Each Jet Ski seats up to two people, and no license is needed.
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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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Portimão - Dolphin Watching Seafaris
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Portimão - Dolphin Watching Seafaris

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Up your chances of seeing the dolphins of the Algarve coast, and head to sea with a local skipper who knows dolphin activity in the region well. You'll cruise by boat that's limited to 20 people to cut down on the crowds, and soak up unobstructed views of the coastline and its wildlife as you go.
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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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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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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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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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