Residencial Rochavau

Avenida Rocha Vau, Portimio, 8500-510, Portugal
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by seejai


Beaunes Dias!!!!!!!

does anyone know where the DAKAR RALLY cars & drivers will be in Portimao on New Years Eve?

i know they will be staying in Portimao overnight but not sure where exactly



by SoulFisher

I read in the news that the caravan will arrive in Portimão at 11:00 on 12/31th. They will then go to the Parque de Assistência in Comércio e Turismo dock. I do not know where this dock is, but I assume it's on the river Arade bank (river bank of about 2 km, from Portimão's downtown to Praia da Rocha beach).
On the next day, at 6:00 AM, the caravan departs from Portimão's riverfront towards Spain, then Africa.
I also read that there will be a NE's eve in a tent on Praia da Rocha (the broad beach next to Portimão).

Portimão is a small town. There will be signs of the Dakar everywhere.

Although the caran arrives and leaves Portimão, the real periods with competition will be before in Alentejo (between Lisbon and the Algarve) and on the interior of the Algarve after leaving Portimão. I read that the competition period of the 2nd stage begins in Silves.

By the way, "Hola Beaunes Dias" is wrong (it also sounds Spanish). You should say in Portuguese "Olá, bons dias"



by seejai



Travel Tips for Portimão

Summer sun - hot hot hot!

by kit_mc

"A Place in the Sun"

A week in Portimao at the suggestion of a mate of mine with a place there. Having never been to Portugal I had no idea what to expect, but what I got was scorching sun and a swimming pool to lie beside... What more can a boy want.

Portimao is about 50 to 60 km west of Faro. The town itself isn't too touristy, certainly not like neaby Praia do Rocha, which is tourist hell, complete with obligatory high rises!

"Bad me..."

Alas, I wasn't as on the ball with my VirtualTourist notebook during this holiday, so managed to forget half the restaurants that I went to. A walk through Portimao Old Town will bring up some very decent local places though. Try and visit the Yacht Club, which is fine(ish) dining with a view over the water. The prices in here are actually fairly decent, at around 10 to 15 euros per dish.

And eating in Portugal you're bound to end up having cod at some point! They cook it in about 1001 different ways! Alternatively, the various Portugues steak dishes are a good bet. I can't say I ate a bad meal during my time there, so I'd advise to eat local stuff as often as you can - don't just go for pizza!!

Portimao isn't the most exciting of places and perhaps the Algarve isn't somewhere to go if it's High Culture that you're after. But the people were friendly (particularly the woman in the bakery who talked the ear off me and a friend for half and hour - it pays to be nice to the lady behind the counter in cake shops, as they might just let you sample some of the delights for free!!) and the sun was hot, hot, hot!!

If it's a holiday by the pool you're after, then I'm sure you could do worse than here!


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