Portimão

Portimão is a port city on the Algarve, known world wide for its old quarter, busy marina with its yearly boat show. 

Portimão is one of the largest towns on this coast with a population of about 40,000.

Set on the Rio Arade estuary, Portimão's economy has been dependent on fishing since the town was founded. The Greeks, Phoenicians and Carthaginians were all early trading partners with Portimão.

It was not until 1924 that the city became known as Portimão. Previously it had been named Burj Mint and Vila Nova de Portimão.

Present day Portimao reflects its agent commercial roots. Until the 1980's the town was know for one of the biggest fishing fleets on the Algarve and a large fish processing industry.

As the industry was hit by a recession and was gradualy replaced by the construction industry as tourism boomed accros the Algarve. Portimao still has a large port, many local businesses and plenty of shopping.