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How to Spend 2 Days in Portimao

How to Spend 2 Days in Portimao

Situated in the heart of the western Algarve along the Arade River, the port city of Portimao offers historic sights, a restaurant-lined riverfront, and a modern marina—alongside stunning sandy beaches and sea caves. Here’s how to spend two days in this picturesque Portuguese hot spot.

Day 1: The must-sees

**Morning:**Get your bearings by checking out Portimao’s main sights. Wander the quaint old quarter on foot, or zip around on a Segway tour that covers the lighthouse, marina, and Praia da Rocha beach. Alternatively, discover Portimao’s surroundings on a Jeep tour that showcases some of west Algarve’s most photogenic beaches and vantage points.

**Afternoon:**Take to the waves on a trip to the Benagil Caves, a cluster of postcard-perfect grottos accessible only from the ocean. Join a guided cruise for ease, or up the adventure on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour.

**Night:**Savor Portimao’s famous grilled sardines at a river-view restaurant, or hit the marina to dine by the sea. You might also opt for a tour to Cape St. Vincent, Europe’s southwesternmost point—a hassle-free way to experience this rocky promontory’s stellar sunset views.

Day 2: Sand, sports, and more sightseeing

**Morning:**Relax on Praia da Rocha or other beaches, all of which boast turquoise waters and gently shelving sands. When you need a break, book one of the water sports options along the coast.

**Afternoon:**Cap your beach time with a laid-back afternoon activity—maybe a dolphin-spotting cruise, a rural horseback trek, or a stand-up paddleboard session on the Arade River. Alternatively, taste some of the Algarve’s excellent wines during a vineyard tour, or take an eco-boat river cruise to medieval Silves.

**Night:**Mark your last evening with a cruise along Portimao’s cave-dotted coast, complete with a glass of bubbly and a snorkeling stop. Or, simply soak up Portimao’s lively evening atmosphere, and watch the sunset from a restaurant-bar at the marina or riverside.

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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
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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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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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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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Visit Silves & Explore the Arade River | Eco-Friendly Solar Powered Boat
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Visit Silves & Explore the Arade River | Eco-Friendly Solar Powered Boat

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Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard an eco-friendly solar boat and travel up and down Portugal’s Arade River, from Portimão to Silves. The solar boat is noiseless and quiet, perfect for sightseeing and birdwatching. Hop off in Silves and spend over an hour visiting historical attractions in this medieval city. Plus, enjoy unobstructed views of Portimão as you sail through the Arade River Mouth.
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  • 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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