Local Favorite: Sardinhas AssadasSardinhas assadas is a traditional Portuguese food, and a popular dish in the southern town of Portimao made up of grilled sardines. Portugal's coastal location makes seafood a typical option for diners at restaurants. The grilled sardines are then served up alongside fresh salad, sautéed vegetables, or potatoes. Although the dish originated in the Lisbon area, it spread across the nation. It is popular to eat during festivals and celebrations, but you will see individuals dining on sardinhas assadas all year round at local restaurants for lunch or dinner as well. Communities around Portugal host grilled sardine festivals throughout the year. Portimao itself hosts one such event every August, bringing thousands of visitors to the town.
Some of the best things to do in Portimão
Portimao’s location offers travelers six great beaches. Praia da Rocha is the most popular and largest beach. It is the summer destination for locals and tourists looking for warm ocean waters. Portimao’s other beaches include Praia dos Três Castelos, Praia do Amado, Praia dos Careanos, Praia do Vau, and Praia do Barranco das Canas.
Although there are six great beaches, many people go to Praia da Rocha due to the location. It is near Portimao Marina, and its size is enough to accommodate large groups during the hottest summer days. There are restaurants, cafes, and bars nearby to escape from the sun. Visitors can even tour the 17th century-built Fortaleza da Santa Catarina at the beach’s eastern end.
Portimao is a regular stop on the H2O Racing League’s circuit for the Grand Prix of Portugal. It is always a major event calling powerboat racing fans from all over the globe to descend on Portimao for the competition.
Windsurfing is a popular activity for locals and tourists in Portimao. There is ample opportunity for beachgoers to rent windsurfing equipment to catch a breeze and ride the waves.
Algarve International Circuit
The Algarve International Circuit is 2.89 miles long with 15 exhilarating corners. Here, car enthusiasts get the chance to get off the beach and behind the wheel of a high-powered sports car. Drivers can choose to test their skills around the race track, go-kart track, or the off-road park.