About Portimao

Situated in the Arade Estuary, with spectacular jagged cliffs to its south and important wetlands to the east and west, life in Portimao has always ebbed and flowed with the tides. Traders and invaders all travelled the river to reach the inland regions, today fisherman and tourist boats follow in their wake.

One of the Algarve's big game fishing centres, cruises to Portimao offer a wide range of watersports as well as an internationally-renowned golf course set among the pines of Penina. Close by the fine golden sands of Praia da Rocha stretch along the shoreline lapped by calm turquoise waters. Manuel Bivar gardens in Portimao's old town provide a pleasant escape from the midday sun. Stay awhile to see the tile covered houses with their wrought-iron balconies and ornate stonework from our Portimao cruises.


Shore excursions in Portimao

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Charming Silves

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the enchanting town of Silves, the former capital of the Moorish province with its impressive Moorish castle.

Embark on a scenic drive to the town of Silves, the former Moorish capital of the province of Algarve. This charming town boasts 2 prominent buildings; a red sandstone castle and a red and white cathedral which both serve as reminders that in medieval times this was the most strongly fortified and most strenuously fought over place in the Algarve.

Upon arrival, your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a leisurely walk, along winding, cobblestoned streets to Silves Castle. With its imposing red sandstone walls dominating the Silves skyline, the castle is one of best-preserved Moorish fortifications in the Algarve and is the centrepiece of Silves. During your visit, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as your guide enlightens you with stories of Silves affluent and bold past as a Moorish capital.

Continue with your guide to the town centre, where you’ll visit the Cathedral of Silves, considered to be the main Gothic monument in the Algarve.

Round off your tour with some free time to explore the rest of the town independently.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Participants on this tour must be able to negotiate the terrain in Silves, which is particularly uneven with cobblestones and steps. Passengers may opt out of the guided walk to the castle, which is around 30 minutes, and take a minibus up to the castle but must still be able to manage the town’s terrain during any free time. Passengers are advised to exercise caution at Silves Castle as not all areas have handrails. Flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes are essential.

Dolphin Watch by RIB

Activity medium

Duration: 2 hours

Hop aboard your RIB and head along the scenic Algarve coast in search of dolphins.

This exhilarating experience will allow you head to the deeper offshore waters of the Algarve coastline, to capture dolphins in their natural environment.

A short transfer from the port will take you to the Vasco da Gama quay, where you’ll join your RIB and dolphin watching crew. Your search for dolphins will begin as soon as you set off and skim across the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the lovely coastal views, whilst keeping a close eye out for movement in the water. You may also be lucky enough to catch sight of other marine species.

As your RIB ride draws to an end, you’ll return to the quay for the transfer back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and rigid inflatable boat. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 6 may not participate. If you are prone to seasickness, please take the necessary precautions. The RIB ride will last around 1½ hours. Prior to boarding, you will be given a safety briefing. The tour is subject to weather and sea conditions and may be cancelled on the morning of arrival in port. Passengers are advised that whilst every effort will be made to find the dolphins, these animals are in their natural habitat and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Jeep Safari

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy the thrill of off-road driving in the hills of the Algarve.

Experience an exciting off-road adventure by jeep and discover the unspoilt side of the Algarve. En route you’ll enjoy beautiful landscapes surrounded by amazing vegetation and travel along routes which are inaccessible to tour coaches.

Setting off from Portimão, your jeep will follow in convoy towards the Monchique Mountains. Stops will be made to enjoy the scenery and learn about the characteristics of the area’s fauna and flora. A short stop will also be made in the village of Monchique, the highest point in the Algarve. Continue your journey by visiting an old farm where you will be invited to taste some typical products from the region.

Essential information

Ths excursion will operate by 4x4 jeep. This tour carries a weight limit of 220 Ibs and is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. Passengers will travel on and off-road in vehicles in an 8 seater configuration. The group will follow in caravan formation with the lead guide/vehicle in the front. All vehicles will remain together with the group. The itinerary is subject to change, depending on weather and road conditions. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed. It is advisable to take a bottle of water. There will also be an opportunity to purchase refreshments during the stop in the village of Monchique, Euros are accepted for purchases.

Lagos and Panorama

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3¾ hours

A leisurely option that takes in Ponta Piedade and the historic town of Lagos.

Setting off from the port, sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery as you drive towards the historic town of Lagos. The town is full of character and played an important role during the period of discoveries. Upon arrival, after a short introduction, you’ll have some free time to explore the town at your own leisure.

Ponta da Piedade is your next stop where you can admire the imposing sandstone rock formations carved into the coastline. The idyllic location also boasts lovely contrasting turquoise and green waters.

Afterwards, you’ll continue to a local venue to enjoy a refreshment and tasty local snack, before the return drive to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The level of walking is at the passengers’ discretion.

Lagos On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Spend a relaxing few hours exploring this medieval town independently.

Lagos is a fascinating and historic town. Its sturdy medieval walls testify to its importance in the 15th century, when its shipyards built the caravels which sailed on historical voyages of exploration. Today, the narrow bustling streets are full of interest. Reminders of the past can be seen around every corner.

A transfer will take you to this town, linked to the Portuguese Discoveries, where you’ll have time at leisure to explore on your own.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The town centre is paved with cobblestones. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour is non-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments or entrance fees. You are advised to carry local currency which is Euros. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take careful note of the pick-up time and place.

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