Portimao, Portugal Cruise Port

Portimao is a Portuguese town and municipality in the country's Algrave region, located in the South. The town was formerly known as Vila Nova de Portimao until 1924, when it became officially known by its current name. Historically, the town prospered as a shipbuilding center, fishing port, and also one of the most important trading links used by Phoenicians and Greeks. It has however transformed itself to become a very attractive tourist destination with a keen focus on its coastal charm and appeal. The town is a major commercial center in the region. Listed below are some of the recommended experiences, attractions, and activities that visitors could enjoy after cruising to Portimao, Portugal:
 
  • Those interested in learning more about the region's archaeological and ethnographical history should visit the well-known Portimao Museum. It makes constructive and imaginative use of a former sardine cannery to showcase exhibits of archaeological collections that have been found in the region.
     
  • Nature lovers and history buffs alike should visit the town's Ocean Revival Underwater Park. The park exists as a result of the sinking of four decommissioned warships that led to the formation of the world's largest artificial reef. It lies about 30 meters under the Atlantic Ocean’s waters.
     
  • Fans of motorsports will be thrilled to know that the town is near the Algarve International Race Circuit. The track has hosted numerous motorcycling and automobile world racing championship events. In 2009, the track had the opportunity to host the year’s third round of the Le Mans Series.
     
  • Visitors should not miss the opportunity to tour one of the town's best social attractions, the Portimao Marina. It overlooks the Arcade estuary, and its boardwalk boasts of a number of shops, restaurants, cafes, and even some popular pizzerias where local dishes can be found.

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