Portimao traces its origins back to a small trading port of the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. Some historians have indicated that the place was originally the famous Portus Hannibalis named by the famous Roman general, Hannibal Barca. During the following Moorish occupation they renamed the place “Burj Munt”. Located at the mouth of the River Arade it provides a natural harbour and has at times been known in its past as a home for smugglers and pirates.
Fresh seafood galore
One of the many aisles in a regular supermarket stocked with innumerable wines from all over Portugal, starting from as low as 0.99 Euro.
The old fortaleza next to the marina.
From the top of the old fortaleza looking out to the open ocean and the entrance of the Arade river. Praia da Rocha would be to the right, starting right along the breakwall.
Typical view of the beaches in Portimao (Praia da Rocha)
The Portimao skyline as seen from the bridge over the Arade river
Old fashion way to clean the streets by women, called "Marguaritas"
During the winter months, the beaches are almost deserted. There will always be a few tourists around, but those are usually from colder climate countries who still enjoy the fairly mild winter temperatures in the Algarve. During my stay from Nov. until April 2004, the lowest temperature I experienced was once at about plus 3C for a couple of days. More likely it will be around 8-15, with still plenty of sun on most days.