Portimão First the blue sea and its gently lapping waves. Then fine golden sands framed by cliffs and rocks : the famous Praia da Rocha. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of an international tourist destination. This is the Algarve of beach holidays in the sun. Portimão and its municipality have more to offer though. A rich heritage of historical monuments. The eternal natural beauty of the Ria de Alvor.The charm of cultivated fields, of slopes covered with pine trees and wild flowers. The allure of walking up into the hills and looking down on the Algarve from a new perspective.Portimão – due to a proliferation of massive resort construction projects, Portimão attracts large populations of tourists and offers a all year round cultural and nightlife. This is one of the main touristic metropoles of Algarve.Ria de Alvor - To one side the sea, to the other the liquid mirror of the vast estuary stretching inland, and between them a long, broad dune. This beautiful setting is the chosen nesting place of dozens of species of migratory bird. The salt marshes also support an interesting variety of animal life, while the local fishermen still use traditional techniques to catch fish and gather shellfish.Alvor - Alvor retains much of the charm of a picturesque fishing village, with streets of white houses and colorful boats which, after a day at sea, congregate around the old fishing marketThe Arade Estuary - For thousands of years, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, Normans and Crusaders sailed up the river towards the city of Silves, intent on trade or conquest. Visitors today can take the same course in a boat hired from Portimao. The shady groves along the banks make good places to stop off and relax, as does the island of Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary), where ruins of an old chapel are still to be seen.