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Visiting Portimao from 21st to 28th October 2005

by ohdannyboy6002

Dear VT Members

My wife and I, both in our 50's are visiting the algarve for the first time next week, and would appreciate some tips from those of you who live there, or who have visited the area.

We will hire a Car at the Airport, and we are booked into the Arade Tivoli Hotel , which we understand has its own Beach and Marina

We both like to Eat good food, drink fine wines and we both like Live Music

Any information much appreciated


Daniel R Walsh

RE: Visiting Portimao from 21st to 28th October 2005

by SoulFisher

...Arade Tivoli Hotel , which we understand has its own Beach and Marina...

Well, the British are the silliest tourists. Private ownership of the seaside in Portugal is just not legal. Normally, this kind of hotels have a direct connection to a PUBLIC beach.

I assume that your hotel is around Portimao (Arade is the name of the local river).
Portimao is very relaxed for middle aged tourists. It is quiet, it has excellent beaches surrounded by beautiful cliffs.
Praia da Rocha is a broad Atlantic beach next to river Arade estuary. On the other side of the river, by Ferragudo, there is an excellent river beach.
Fishing was Portimao's most important industry before tourism. You can try the fish restaurants located by Portimao's river bank. Grilled sardines, served with wine, is the most common dish.
In Praia da Rocha, the are some Irish and English pubs.

Travel Tips for Portimão

DAKAR RALLY 2005!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by seejai

"Dakar rally passes through Portimao"

Please view my homepage for all the VIDEOS and photos!! ;

...... Me and my father arrived in FARO and drove to PORTIMAO on New Years Eve in search of the monster trucks, cars and the bikes that were racing from Portimao to Malaga on stage 2 on the Dakar Rally 2005

Stage 1 was from Lisbon to Portimao

New Years Eve, ALL the vehicles were parked up, down town Portimao with the drivers working away late into the evening.

Took lots of photos, absorbed the atmosphere of this truly GREAT event!!

We then headed to Albuferia for New Years Eve! later that night and loved the place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"During the RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!"

We were in the middle of NO-WHERE to catch the cars racing, here is a snap shot - check out my homepage for all the photos and videos!!

"More racing!!!!!"

one of the CArs whacking its way down the little track!!!!

thats me!!


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