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Portimão (Portuguese pronunciation: [puɾtiˈmɐ̃w̃]) is a city located in the District of Faro in the Region of Algarve on the southern coast of Portugal[1]. It was formerly known as Vila Nova de Portimão ([ˈvilɐ ˈnɔvɐ dɨ puɾtiˈmɐ̃w̃]). In 1924 it was incorporated as a city and became known as Portimão. The city has 45,000 inhabitants and the Portimão Municipality 52,000 (as of 2006; INE). The two most populous cities in the Algarve are Portimão and Faro.

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Sports

Portimão is also a city with great sporting events. It is here, that in the summer, the Mundialito de Futebol de Praia of Beach Football. Even the Rally Lisbon-Dakar goes through this city, where you can also see Surf and Kitesurf.

In the hills near Portimão the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve has been built (it was finished in October 2008), a race and test circuit officially recognised for the highest categories both for cars and motorcycles. Superbike and A1 Grand Prix races and F1 tests are scheduled.

Every year in Portimão is held a grand prix of Rhythmic Gymnastics with and Individual All Around competition, a Team All Around competition, final by apparatuses and final by group in senior and junior levels.

Gallery

Since 2008 the Ferry Company [2] has been operating a weekly service from Portimao to Funchal on Madeira

See also

References

  1. ^ Detail Regional Map, Algarve- Southern Portugal, ISBN 3-8297-6235-6
  2. ^ Naviera Armas

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Iberia : Portugal : Algarve : Portimão
Portimao, Main Square
Portimao, Main Square

Portimao (actually written Portimão) is the second biggest city in the Algarve, Portugal, and famous for its fresh fish restaurants, grilled sardines being the most famous dish. One of the most well known beaches in the Algarve - Rocha ("Praia da Rocha"), meaning "Rocky Beach" - is very close to Portimao, and there are numerous others nearby.

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By plane

The small airport located near Portimão, does despite a IATA: PRM designation, not see scheduled traffic. The nearest airport is in Faro 70 kilometres away, which in turns is well connected with many route, charter and discount airlines serving the airport from Northern Europe.

Faro Airport Transportation

  • Eva Bus [1] offers connection via a shuttle to the bus terminal in Faro.
  • Faro Airport Transfers [2] to Portimao

By boat

Naviera Armas [3] offers a weekly service to Funchal on Madeira island (21h30), continuing onwards to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria (21h30) departing Sunday at noon (12:00).

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Praia da Rocha

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There isn`t much to do, except the beautiful beach of Praia da Rocha.

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Shoes!!!

  • Pizzeria Bulli & Pupe [4] - Praia da Rocha contact 00351-282-415645 GPS point 37°07,08'N 08°32,74'W
  • Pestana Alvor Park, Praia dos Três Irmãos, +351 28 240 09 00, [5].  edit
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