Portimão is the largest city in the western Algarve, and was traditionally a centre for shipbuilding, sardine fishing and fish processing. Today, most of that industry has been replaced by tourism, leisure, and retail, leaving Portimão as a large and residential city. Most tourists visit Portimão either for the extensive shopping or when using public transport, but there is a surprising amount to be seen within the city.
The city’s old and once bustling fishing docks have been responsibly transformed into a scenic promenade, leading to the quaint and tree-lined plazas of the old town. Further inland are pleasant pedestrian shopping streets, a series of historic buildings, and a varied selection of cafes, bars, and restaurants specialising in freshly cooked seafood.
There are some fabulous and great value golf resorts and golf courses in the area around Portimao and Carvoeiro.
The best value options are staying at the Pestana Hotel Group self catering villa and apartment options at Gramacho, Alvor Atalntico or Carvoeiro Golf Resort – great for those guests who like to stay in the heart of golf resorts.
Pestana operate 5 golf courses in the Algarve – 4 of which are within easy reach of each other – Gramacho, Pinta, Silves and Alto. The fifth is in Vilamoura – Vila Sol. As is the norm guests staying at any of the Pestana resorts accommodation options receive preferential green fees when packaged together.
Penina is an algarve classic – a five star resort with a golf course to match – the Sir Henry Cotton Championship course. Penina is owned and operated by the same group that own San Lorenzo in Vilamoura and only guests staying at the groups 2 hotels – Penina and Dona Filipa in Vilamoura can secure tee times at San Lorenzo.