Three days in Portimão

At the end of August/beginning of September my friend Ashley and I took a little trip to Portimão in the Algarve. We’d worked all through the summer after the academic year had ended so we were definitely ready for a break. We both had plans to travel further afield in September but decided to kick off the holidays with a mini trip while the summer weather remained. It turned out to be a good time to visit the Algarve as it was less crowded than during high season but the weather was still lovely. Portimão is only a 3.5 hour bus ride from Lisbon (about a €40 round trip).

On the first day, we checked into our hotel – Next Inn B&B. It was a simple budget hotel but fine for our needs. They actually gave us a two-room suite, both with twin beds, so we had more than enough space. We decided not to pay the extra for breakfast as we wanted to explore other options nearby.

We went out and explored the the town centre, which was near the hotel. It was pretty, if a bit rundown, and had a lot more character than the hotel-ridden seafront. We headed down to the beach for some drinks, watched the sunset then got dinner at one of the restaurants on the main road. Eventually we made our way back to the hotel, about a 40-minute walk. We decided to go a different way from earlier and got a bit lost at one point. Both our phones had run out of battery but luckily I’d brought the trusty paper map the hotel gave us and we found our way.

Over the following couple of days we also explored nearby Alvor and found some lovely little bars and restaurants in Portimão. People were friendly and there was a relaxed feel to the place (perhaps heightened by the sleepy end-of-season vibe). Highly recommended for a little holiday within Portugal or for those travelling elsewhere in Europe.

A post on Portimão’s pretty architecture coming up next.

6 Responses to “Three days in Portimão”
  1. goofymoose says:

    Love the sunny beach pictures (as I sit shivering in Indiana!).

  2. Sartenada says:

    Wonderful set of beautiful photos.

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