No matter how hard you try, you will be powerless to resist the calls of the fisherman at Portimao who spend the afternoon’s barbequing their mornings catch and trying their best to out shout and outsell their neighbour. The freshly caught fish, most notably the sardines, is what keeps thousands of tourists and locals flocking to the town all planning to feast on fresh fish at some of the best Algarve restaurants.
The quay at Portimao is lined with atleast half a dozen restaurants all serving up the same food at roughly the same prices. It’s a favourite spot amongst tourists who are lured here from their Algarve hotels either by the smell of the barbequing food or on the recommendation of a friend who has experienced it for themselves and who has assured them that it is a spot not to be missed.
You know that you are on to something good when you find yourself seated next to a local family who are all tucking in to the same as you. This guarantees that your meal will be the tastiest on offer in the area and that it will be great value too.
Meals by the waterside in Portimao consist of freshly caught fish, perfectly buttered new potatoes and crisp salad. The only thing that you will have to choose is what type of fish you want and how you want it cooked. Our top tip: Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. You’ll notice the locals getting stuck in with their hands, you should do the same!
Portimao is a beautiful mixture of late 19th and early 20th century architecture and with a great waterfront location, the bustling beachside resort of Praia de Rocha and some of the best value accommodation in the Algarve, it is little wonder that summertime is a fun affair in this charming Portuguese tourist destination.
By Amy Baker