Since Roman times Portimao has made its living from fishing, thanks to its location on the estuary of the Rio Arade. Today it's a beautiful modern port town, with pretty cafe lined squares lining the river front.
Just off Largo de Barca, you'll find the old town and you'll almost feel like you've been transported back to Portimao's fishing village past. The pretty church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao is worth a visit and is one of the oldest buildings in the town to survive the 1755 earthquake which eroded much of the Algarve's past.
There's plenty of opportunity for shopping in Portimao's pedestrianised streets and you'll find everything here from boutiques to little shops selling intricate Portuguese lace. And if you're a racing fun, you won't want to miss visiting Portimao during the World Superbikes Championships.