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How to Spend 1 Day in Portimao

How to Spend 1 Day in Portimao

Fringing the Arade River and Praia da Rocha beach, scenic Portimao is a hub of the western Algarve. From flopping on golden sands to riding boats and touring local wineries, it’s easy to fill a day in this port city. Here’s how to get the maximum from 24 hours in Portimao.

Morning: Adventure

Start in adventure mode with one of Portimao’s most popular activities: a trip to the Benagil Caves. Home to secret beaches, these wave-sculpted sea caves are Instagram-heaven and reachable only via the water—so a boat trip is your best option. Alternatively, widen your horizons with an extended cruise that takes in more of the beauty spots along the coast, from other grottos and rock formations to Algar Seco’s sea pools. If you prefer staying on land, join a Jeep tour along the Arade River and nearby Praia da Marinha, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.

Afternoon: Fun and exploration

You’ll find countless ways to enjoy Portimao’s shores: bounce across the waves on a Jet Ski, spot dolphins in their natural habitat, or simply lounge on the beach. Those interested in the Algarve’s gastronomic scene might opt for a food or vineyard tour—or up the fun factor on a motorbike sidecar tour with stops to taste tapas and wine.

Night: Sailing and sunset views

With the fading sun glinting on the sea, dusk in Portimao is a wonderful time to explore. Save your feet on a Segway ride around the marina and Praia da Rocha, or head for Cape St. Vincent, Europe’s southwesternmost point, to watch the sunset—join a tour to skip the hassle of arranging your own transport. If you missed a boat trip earlier, conclude your Portimao stay in style, with an early-evening cruise to the Benagil Caves that includes snorkeling and Champagne to toast the sunset from the deck.

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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.60
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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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  • 15 minutes
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Private Tour Benagil Caves from Portimao

Private Tour Benagil Caves from Portimao

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Escape the crowds and hassle of group tours on this private tour to the Bengagil Caves for just you and your party. And, traveling in a small boat, get deeper into the caves and grottoes than is possible for most. Leave from the historic harbor of Portimão and follow the Rio Arade to the Atlantic, passing fishing villages, medieval forts, lighthouses, and beaches on your way to the caves.
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  • 2 hours
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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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Benagil - Coast Line & Sunset - Algarve Cave Captain
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Benagil - Coast Line & Sunset - Algarve Cave Captain

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Experience the Algarve coast’s scenic beauty on this sunset cruise from Portimão. After embarking from Portimão Marina, marvel at picturesque beaches, go snorkeling with complementary equipment, enjoy an on-board toast with champagne or a soft drink, and capture memorable photos while exploring magical caves in the famed Grotto of Benagil.
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  • 2 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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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