THE REAL REASON WHY THE ALGARVE PORTIMAO IS DUBBED THE NEXT INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION TO RIVAL IBIZA AS THE JET SET CROWD DESCENDS ON PORTUGAL THIS SUMMER
Portimao a beautiful scenic fishing town situated in the Southern Algarve region of Portugal is most famous for its local Arts & Crafts culture. It boasts the most pristine beaches, hotels, shopping, and cosmopolitan nightlife scene including an array of exquisite restaurants and bars.
The Algarve's impressive International Racetrack ensures an upscale and sophisticated city break similar to its Monaco counterpart bringing you the full Formula 1 Grand Prix experience.
There's plenty more if you're curious to find out and explore the wonders of the Algarve. Why not be amongst the first to join the jet set by putting Portimao on the map. It's tipped to be the most Stylish destination of this summer competing with Ibiza, Mykonos and Montenegro.
Here are my suggestions for how to get there, things to do and where to go.
The Best Way to Travel
Portimao Airport is a regional private jet airport located in Faro. The option of travelling in style is also available where you can book your own private flight through a variety of Private Jet Operators to and from Portugal's Southern Algarve.
Alternatively, you can Fly from selected UK Airports frequently with competitive airfares into Faro Airport with Monarch Airlines
Where to Stay
The 4 Star luxury Tivoli Portimao Marina Hotel is a prime beach location perfect for a spot of sunbathing with a swimming pool, a marina deck Restaurant overlooking the views of the Pier and two bars. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or a glass of wine with the pool and garden as the backdrop with excellent views of Portimao River. Rooms start from 150 Euro's so it's not cheap but you have the advantages of the beach being within walking distance. The Hotel staff are absolutely wonderful and the beach was immaculate with lots of restaurants along the boardwalk.
Where to Eat And Drink
Discover Portimao's famous fish restaurants located by the waterfront near the bridge and take a relaxing stroll down to the river front. Here you will find a great selection of bars, cafes and seaside restaurants offering a superb gastronomic experience. You may also want to try the Portuguese equivalent of the hamburger known as the locals favourite food Bifana made of Sautéed Pork is truly scrumptious.
Great Places to Explore
Portimão Marina Pier is just breathtaking as you take in the views of the beautiful terracotta colours surrounding you like you've never experienced anywhere else. The marina boasts a promenade of shops, restaurants and bars to keep you occupied whilst exploring the neighbourhood of Praia de Rocha. Other attractions in the area include the famous Nikki Beach Resort and Tivoli Arcade are lively and fun places to check out too.
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve's
If you want to experience the fast paced side of the Algarve then look no further because the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve's international racing circuit is based here in Portimao. Expect glamour and re-live the real Grand Prix experience as it unfolds with all the action packed motor racing on the track.
Jet skiing and motor boating are also popular activities on the river front, trips to the caves, boat trips for fishing and Dolphin Watching are amongst the sightseeing activities to explore whilst here. For those that prefer to keep cool then a slide and splash water park at Lagoa is just a stone's throw away to the East makes a great family day out. Other leisure pursuits including several golf courses to parachuting for the more adventurous are also nearby in western Algarve.
The Best Beaches
Along southern Portugal's picturesque Algarve coastline are stunning beaches Praia Dona Ana in Lagos surrounded by rugged cliffs and beautiful beach coves with intriguing colourful cliffs and clear water.
Hidden Gem: The Little Black Book
Southern Algarves newest addition includes the Blanco Beach Club boasting a tranquil setting close to all the glamour catering to luxury party goers and the jet set alike. As the brainchild of investor Maximillian White, Blanco Beach Club is the latest entertainment and experience driven venue to hit the shores of Portimao. If you're seeking a lavish Hedonistic destination it's a haven in paradise where white sandy beaches sit next to idyllic turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Experience the sumptuous sunken beach beds to the 5 star Mediterranean fusion restaurant offering the culinary delights of fresh sea food and sushi. If you fancy partying the night away the open air nightclub is open till late. Blanco Beach Club is playing host to some of the biggest music artist and DJ's in the music industry including Tyga and French Montana this summer.
The Best Time to Visit
The Southern Algarve is an all year round popular destination where the spring and summer months are prolonged especially during high season of June to September. It's the best time to soak up the sun enjoying the golden sands of splendid beaches and in winter time. From April through to the end of October the weather is mildly temperate which means you can play popular sporting pursuits such as golf during cooler periods.
After experiencing the amazing scenic beaches, resorts, to admiring the beautiful Ochre coloured architecture of buildings there's always allot to explore. You will often find there is a vast selection of tourist attractions to be enjoyed by everyone whatever takes your fancy. If you want to get the most out of your ideal summer holiday and relaxing vacation Southern Algarve has it all.
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