4 days in the Algarve: Portimao

From Faro we went to Portimao by bus. It takes around 1h45' and costs € 5,50 (the train costs € 6). Portimao is one of the most famous cities in the Algarve and one of the few with an urban center where tourism is secondary. Tourists take the area of Praia da Rocha - one of the most famous in the Algarve - and the locals stay in the city center, including the picturesque bank of the river Arade, which offers some of the city's characteristic prints.

Desde Faro fuimos en bus a Portimao. El trayecto es 1h45 y cuesta 5,50€ (el tren cuesta 6€). Portimao es una de las ciudades más famosas del Algarve y una de las pocas con un centro urbano donde el turismo es secundario. Los turistas toman el área de la Playa da Rocha -una de las más famosas del Algarve- y los locales se quedan con el centro de la ciudad, incluyendo la vistosa orilla del río Arade, que ofrece algunas de las estampas características de la ciudad.

Praia da Rocha is undoubtedly one of the most famous beaches in Portimao and in Algarve. The beach itself is beautiful, super extensive and bounded by the characteristic rocks of the Algarve. However, the environment greatly demeans this beach which, surely, was once much more beautiful. The infinity of tourist apartments built on the beach front greatly detract the surroundings.

La playa da Rocha es sin duda una de las más famosas de Portimao y del Algarve. La playa en si es bonita, super extensa y delimitada por las características rocas del Algarve. Sin embargo, el entorno desmerece muchísimo esta playa que, seguramente, en otro tiempo fue mucho más bonita. La infinidad de apartamentos turísticos construido en primera línea de playa ensombrecen muchísimo el entorno.

What we liked the most was the walk along the coast from the beach of Três Castelos towards the beach of João de Arens. A whole path that borders the coast and allows you to see incredible beaches and coves. This time in the middle of nature and without horrible tourist apartments nearby. A real wonder.

Pero lo que más nos gustó fue el paseo que hay a lo largo de la costa desde la playa do Três Castelos hacia la playa do João de Arens. Todo un sendero que bordea la costa y te permite ver playas y calas increíbles. Esta vez sí, en medio de la naturaleza y sin horribles apartamentos turísticos cerca. Una auténtica maravilla.

From Portimão it is very easy to go to Lagos. But I will talk about that in my next post. Happy weekend to all of you!
Desde Portimão es my fácil ir a Lagos. Pero eso os lo contaré en el siguiente post. Feliz fin de semana bonitos!

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  1. Beautiful beach and you had it all to yourself!

    1. yes! that's the best part of traveling off season! :)

  2. Beautiful coastline, would love to explore this area. Thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

  3. What a lovely beach! Love that you had it all to yourself!

  4. What a beautiful coastline and those gorgeous rock formations! Your pictures are so nice. I love that it wasn't crowded. Perfect place to get some hiking in.

    1. Yes, it was off season and it was perfect! Nobody around and beautiful weather!

  5. I love the rocky coastline here! What a great spot to soak all this beauty up!!

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