A journey through the churches and chapels of Portimão

On your next visit to the Algarve, come to Portimão, taste some local gastronomy, stroll along the streets, relax  in the riverside area and discover the city’s religious heritage. You’ll appreciate it!

With the Easter religious time still in mind, we decided to present to you a small itinerary that will take you to discover the churches and chapels of the beautiful city of Portimão, in the Algarve.

The religious heritage in Portimão, is not vast, but quite interesting and worth a visit.

Starting from Manuel Teixeira Gomes Square, with the city map in your hands, go towards the old bridge, attentive to the architectural details and look for the secular Chapel of St. Joseph. Then, get lost in the streets and alleys towards the Igreja Matriz, the main church of Portimão and end this part of the journey, in the Church of the College of the Jesuits.

Teixeira Gomes
Manuel Teixeira Gomes Square

From here, you can go to Rua do Comércio to see the latest fashion trends and to the Rua Direita to taste some regional products at Mercearia do Algarve, discover some tasteful typically Portuguese gifts at the Tradição Portuguesa shop, indulge yourself with a regional sweet at Casa da Isabel or a tidbit at  Maria do Mar. After this relaxing moments, it is time for a longer walk along the riverside, crossing the interior of the city, to discover the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Amparo. 

Portuguese gifts

Chapel of St. Joseph

This centenary chapel, located next to the old bridge of Portimão, was built in the 17th century. For several years, it was a place of worship for St. Joseph, patron of the naval carpenters who worked in the shipyards near to this place. Inside, some baroque traces. The tiled flooring enhances the gold-framed frame with the image of Christ crucified. The exterior is a little run down. It is closed to the public, opening only for Eucharistic celebrations, on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Capela Sao Jose
Chapel of St. Joseph

Main Church of Portimão

Dated from 15th century, the main church of Portimão is located in the highest part of the city, inside the old walls.

Igreja Matriz
Main Church of Portimão

The late-Gothic portal is inspired by the most imposing monument of the time, the Monastery of Batalha and in it are identified fine sculptures of musicians and women in frame. Various styles, such as Baroque, Rococo and Manueline styles, are the fruit of the various phases of reconstruction and artistic enrichment of the temple.

Interior of the Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Church of the College of the Jesuits 

Located in the Alameda da Praça da República the Church and the Jesuit College was built at the end of the 17th century by order of D. Diogo Gonçalves – whose mausoleum remains in the main chapel – as gratitude for having found in Portimão a good port of refuge, after a strong storm at sea.

College of the Jesuits 

Unlike the Jesuit buildings, this building fully assumed the Baroque style. With the earthquake of 1755 the building suffered some damage, highlighting the vaults, which contributed for a refurbishment of the main facade.

The austerity and simplicity of the architecture of the Restoration are present within the Church-Hall.

Interior of the church of the College of the Jesuits

The Church of the College of the Jesuits was even chosen by the Marquês de Pombal to set up in the region of Portimão a new Algarve Cathedral (Diocese), a project that did not happen in the end.

Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Amparo

This simple chapel, of Arab origin, was christianized and dedicated to Our Lady of Amparo, also known by Our Lady of the Milk, well represented in a screen behind the altar, breastfeeding her baby. Here the pregnant women went to receive their blessing. The chapel was built in the likeness of the ancient Islamic marabouts, having been restored 30 years ago.

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Church of Our Lady of the Milk

On your next visit to the Algarve, come to Portimão, taste some local gastronomy, stroll along Rua das Comércio and Rua Direita, relax  in the riverside area and discover the city’s religious heritage. You’ll appreciate it!


Top 5 places to listen to Fado in Lisbon

Next time you visit Lisbon, take some extra time to discover the pleasure of listening to the sound of the Portuguese soul live while you taste a pleasant meal. Here are five suggestions of fado houses that you might consider.

Fado is part of the identity of Portugal and is a symbol of the city of Lisbon. In 2011, it was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage, a recognition that we, Portuguese people, are very proud of.

So, when in Lisbon you must definitely discover the joy of listening to the sound of the Portuguese soul, live.

We leave you here five suggestions of places – some more touristic, others more traditional and typical. There are performances with professional singers and amateur fado singers, the so-called fado vadio; different styles, but all singing the Portuguese Saudade, the feeling and the love.

And if you have the opportunity, pass by Madragoa, where you can find the house where Amália Rodrigues lived, the most charismatic of the Portuguese fadistas, who took our Fado to the world. With great presence and natural charisma on the stage is to Amália – the so called Queen of Fado – that we owe the classic image of the black dress with shawl.


Clube do Fado

Located in the immediate vicinity of the Sé, in the heart of Alfama, Clube de Fado  is more than a restaurant, it is a place where you can taste good delicacies of the Portuguese traditional cuisine, with fado and Portuguese guitar by company. A reference in the universe of the traditional fado houses of Lisbon, with a romantic atmosphere, sober and intimate decoration.

Clube do Fado

Sr. Vinho

Founded in 1975, Sr. Vinho is one of the most well known and traditional fado houses in Lisbon. With three floors and a contemporary decoration, it offers different environments to enjoy the fado, besides the excellent Portuguese gastronomy and an exquisite table service.

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Parreirinha de Alfama

Parreirinha de Alfama is a fado house with a cozy atmosphere where traditional Portuguese cuisine and fado combine perfectly. This is where the voices of Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Maria da Fé, among many others have already passed.

Parreirinha de alfama

Adega Machado

Located in the Bairro Alto, Adega Machado is one of the best-known fado houses in Lisbon. Distributed over three floors is a place that seeks to cross the traditional with the contemporary, both in fado, as in the gastronomy. If you want to know contemporary interpretations of the Lisbon Fado that plunge into the roots of the urban song, Adega Machado is the right place to go.


O Faia

Founded in 1947, O Faia remains to this day as a reference on Lisbon night. In more than half a century of existence, great names of the fado were habitual presence in this house, starting with the founder, Lucília do Carmo, herself an important figure in the History of Fado and continuing with her son, Carlos do Carmo. Here sang names like Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Fernando Maurício, Ada de Castro, Beatriz da Conceição, Vasco Rafael, Camané, among others. At the table of the O Faia you can discover aromas and flavors in a creative and contemporary cuisine without forgetting the tradition and respect for the Portuguese cuisine.

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Find out a little more about Fado, music of the world, here.



The rebirth of the Algarve Wines

Next time you are on holidays in the Algarve, instead of drinking, try tasting an Algarve wine – look at it, smell it and finally, taste it. You will probably be savoring a prized wine, appreciated by renowned oenophiles and your senses will love the experience! BIKE MY SIDE AND ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

Who has been on holidays in the Algarve probably knows that good quality wines are produced here and has probably, tasted some.

What is probably less known is that the major Algarve towns lend their names to the four main wines regions, the so called DOCs “Demarcated Regions”: Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira – and that the Algarve wine tradition come from ancient times.

Vinhos do Algarve official website

It is uncertain when the mythical Mediterranean drink – the wine – reached the Algarve.

The first news of contact with wine, revealed by archaeological remains, suggest for more than two thousand years ago, what is comprehensive, considering the nature of the soil and the climate of the south of Portugal.

Algarve Vineyard

In fact, the importance of the vineyards in this region dates back to the Arab presence in the Algarve, a time when grapes were already grown and wines of good quality were exported.

Recently and for many years, due to several reasons, it seemed however that the Algarve wine would be a tradition to be lost. But, in recent years the trend has been reversed with the appearance of new producers who have given a new breath of fresh air to the Algarve wines.

Quinta dos Vales – Estômbar

In 2017, the Algarve wines have won their place among the best in the main international and national competitions, often surpassing the most optimistic expectations, with the region obtaining, for example, in 14 international competitions (such as the International Wine Challenge 2017, Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2017, Mundus Vini Summer Tasting 2017, AWC Vienna 2017, the Wine Masters Challenge 2017, just to name a few), 73 distinctions or medals (gold, silver or bronze) in white, red and rosé wines, from 17 Algarve producers.

Quinta João Clara – Alcantarilha

The outlook for 2018 is very optimistic with a significant increase of the wine production in the 2017/18 wine year, in values above 50%, which makes the Algarve, the wine growing region that has grown the most in Portugal.

Vineyard on the west coast of Portugal
Casa Santos Lima – Present in 5 Portuguese regions including the Algarve, Tavira

Next time you are on holidays in the Algarve, instead of drinking, try tasting an Algarve wine – look at it, smell it and finally, taste it. You will probably be savoring a prized wine, appreciated by renowned oenophiles and your senses will love the experience!

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This is also the Algarve – delicious food and award winning wines

Here you can see the list of Wines from Algarve awarded in International Competitions in 2017. And the winners are…

Bike my Side wine and tapas tour
Bike my Side prepared an experience where you can taste some awarded wines while touring



Top reasons to get married in the Algarve

There are so many good reasons to get married in the Algarve that the most difficult is to start enumerating them!

The Algarve is best known for its amazing sandy beaches, superb gastronomy, competitive prices and lovely welcoming people, not to mention the glorious sunny weather. And this is why the Algarve has become year after year one of the most desirable destinations in Europe for a dream wedding abroad.

In fact, there are so many good reasons to get married in the Algarve that the most difficult is to start enumerating them… From surprising your loved one with the request, to enjoying your honeymoon, here you can find the perfect scenery for each moment of one of the most important moments of your life.

Here is our list of the most significant reasons for saying “I do” in the Algarve.

The weather

It is said that the Algarve has 300 hours of sunshine per year, which means that there is an approximately 80 percent chances of your wedding taking place on a beautiful sunny day. Of course, that is not guaranteed, but there are very good odds this really does happen.

Photo by Algarve Dream Weddings

Love is all around you

In the Algarve you can find endless romantic places for any type of ceremony you desire. Whether it is a sandy beach, a cliff top with the ocean as background, a more bucolic countryside atmosphere, an antique palace or a quite light house, in the Algarve you can choose wonderful settings that will also be great photo shots for memories that you will treasure forever.

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Wedding by Algarve Dream Weddings | Photo by Vitor Pina

Good value for money

There is always a venue to suit your taste and budget. Getting married in the Algarve is not going to exceed your budget, on the contrary. You will be able to have the best of both worlds: not spending a lot and live a dream experience in a unique, safe and unforgettable destination for yourself and your guests. We do recommend that you do a research and find a wedding planner that you feel is reliable. It will certainly show you the best solutions for your wedding – and do not worry – there are currently very good wedding planners in the Algarve. Here you can find some https://www.zankyou.pt/wedding-planners/faro

Photo by Glamour Algarve Weddings

Fabulous hotels and resorts

The hotels and resorts are one of the trendiest venues in the Algarve due to their unique locations and the high international quality standards of services provided. With seafront locations, quite and exquisite country side atmospheres or even historical palaces with beautiful architectural details, all of them provide stunning outdoor and indoor settings for your ceremony and wedding reception. Whether you are planning a traditional wedding with a church ceremony or a more relaxed and informal occasion you will find your perfect wedding venue in the Algarve. The Algarve can also be ideal for your renewal of vows or honeymoon paradise. Remember here you can find excellent food, security, beautiful romantic and intimate retreats. http://flyawaybride.com/algarve-destination-wedding-guide/

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa Portimão 

Easy access to the Algarve

There are flights from just about every major city in Europe to the Faro airport, with a flight time of under 3 hours from most of them. Many low cost airlines are flying into the Algarve so finding a suitable flight will not be an issue for your wedding abroad. And then from Faro to your chosen place, there are also many solutions from taxis, bus services, shuttles and other organized transports. https://www.ana.pt/en/fao/home

Faro airport
Faro Airport

Saying I do

Recently, many of the more formal traditions are being replaced by celebrations that are more a reflection of the couple’s own personal style and beliefs. The Algarve is a welcoming and tolerant region and since June 2010 it is possible for same sex couples to have legally binding ceremonies in Portugal. You can opt for a symbolic ceremony, civil or religious ceremony. The choice is yours! You can check here some of the legal requirements to get married in Portugal https://www.myguidealgarve.com/legal-requirements-to-marry-in-portugal

Sonho a dois wedding planner
Sonho a Dois – photo by Hélio Justino

Everything that you need

A good wedding planner will indeed help you to have a stress free perfect wedding day and will ensure that you will have everything at your disposal: the venue of your dreams, wedding photography and video, wedding cake, makeup and hair stylists, entertainment, wedding transportation, wedding dress, flowers, just to name a few of the requirements for the day. And again, to not worry: the Algarve is full of good professionals in all these areas. If you are looking for an original wedding transportation and wish to escape from the traditional classic cars this might be a great suggestion http://www.bikemyside.com/tours/weddings/ The Algarve can also be a great option for Hen and Stag parties.

Wedding with a sidecar
Photo by Bike my Side 

Thank you My Guide Algarve and Sonho a Dois Wedding Planners for some inspiring ideas to write this post.

Cover photo by Algarve Dream Weddings
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Photo by Algarve Wedding Team

Vegetarian and vegan travel: follow next year’s travel trend in the Algarve

Do you wish to taste some less traditional cuisine while in holidays in the Algarve? Find in Portimão some great veg-friendly spots and discover how delicious this alternative cuisine can be. BIKE MY SIDE AND ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

Accordingly to Regis St. Loius, Lonely Planet writer, vegetarian and vegan travel will be one of next year’s travel trends and we could not agree more.

Whether it is for healthy issues, animal or planet concerns, or simply to vary tastes and try new foods and flavours, vegetarian and vegan food is here to stay.

If you are vegan, vegetarian, raw food lover, or simply wish to taste some less traditional cuisine while in holidays in the Algarve, you can find in Portimão, some great veg-friendly spots which are well worth a visit, for the quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff.

Azul Naturally Healthy, Alvor

If you think vegetarian food is boring and tasteless, you are mistaken. In Azul Naturally Healthy eating is fun and colourful. Marisa Marques manages with a smile this small and friendly space in Alvor that serves meals 100% vegan, organic and gluten free. Here there is the believe that we can eat healthy food in the most natural way possible taking advantage of what nature gives us the best and being ethical towards animals and the environment. Serves lunch, drinks and coffee. There is also a small grocery store where you can buy some organic products for an original souvenir.


Ask for the Peanut Butter Candies you might be lucky and savour some real sweet vegan and raw delight.


Armazém Integral, Portimão

Armazém Integral is an original healthy food store in Portimão that sells in bulk and also serves 100% vegan meals, juices and raw desserts. Here you can find special and varied flours, healthy pastry, superfoods, oilseeds, seeds, cereals natural supplements, and more, all in bulk, for a sustainable and tailor-made consumption, always at your disposal with the attentiveness and kindness of the couple Érika and Adérito. A vegan dish, a fresh juice and a raw dessert are served for lunch every day of the week to eat on the site or to take away.


Meals vary during the week and are always tasty but our highlight goes definitely to the original raw desserts that surprises all customers. Ah! And you must also taste the vegan ice creams. They are delicious!


Mercearia Bio Café, Portimão

Just around the corner from Armazém Integral, you can find the Mercearia Bio Café that started its adventure ten years ago as the Mercearia Bio, an organic grocery online. The dream of Pedro Gonçalves, the owner, grew and materialized in the Mercearia Bio Café, where besides the commercialization of organic products, organic fresh, drinks and organic non food, you can have breakfast, light lunch, a snack or drink a natural juice, everything 100% organic certified. The Mercearia Bio Café has a cosy interior space, a small but pleasant outdoor terrace with partial river view and always a friendly service.

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If you are a coffee lover, you must taste their genuine organic coffee.

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Super Juice – Juice and Smoothie Bar, Praia da Rocha

Super Juice is located on Praia da Rocha and offers a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies, as well as salads, sandwiches and healthy snacks. It is less than 1 minute from the famous Praia da Rocha and we can even see the sea from the terrace. A relaxed space with a typical beach bar décor. If you want to start the day with an energizing juice before a dive, this is a great option. On the menu there are also salads and sandwiches with various vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options, and two varieties of hummus.

Super juice

For a healthier holiday time, Green Detox is the juice you’ll want to try

Green Detox

Taberna da Casa da Tocha, Portimão

Casa da Tocha is situated in the center of Portimão, in an early 20th-century building. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Taberna da Casa da Tocha serves meals, snacks and wines. Every day there is a fish dish, a meat dish and a special raw vegan of the day – a place that will appeal to all, vegetarians, vegan, raw food lovers, and non-vegetarians. The wine cellar offers a careful selection of Portuguese wines, with special emphasis on the Algarve wines. Casa da Tocha also has a family-friendly hostel with a maximum capacity of 10 people.

Casa da Tocha

The guacamole nachos are a real treat you can not fail to experience.

Nachos de guacamole e salada

Vegetarianus, Portimão

Vegetarianus is a small restaurant in the center of Portimão that exclusively serves vegetarian dishes, also offering the take away option. The couple that owns the restaurant is very friendly and makes delicious dishes that leads us to know new flavors and to truly realize that vegetarian food can be as, or more delicious, than the traditional cuisine. Every day there is a variety of different and colorful dishes and desserts that sometimes seem almost impossible that only two people can make so much delicious food in one morning! It is a residents’ lunch spot, so if you want to get a table easily, we suggest you go early in the opening hour at 12:00am.


The food is all tasty, but our highlight goes definitly for the salty pastries that with a salad and a natural juice, are by themselves a delicious and healthy meal.

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If you wish to know more veg-friendly eateries across the globe you can check the Lonely Planet article here.


10 Top things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

Do not worry about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because we have already chosen for you, the sites you should not miss! Get ready!

Lisbon is a vibrant city with lots to do and visit!

Indeed, the list does not end up in only ten things, but for us, just like when going to Rome, you have to see the Colosseum and go to the Vatican, in Lisbon these are places and details you must definitely visit.

So, shell we start your trip to Lisbon right now?

  1. Historical Belém and pastry tasting

Probably, Lisbon most iconic touristic attraction celebrating Portugal glorious past. A delightful combination of historical monuments, fascinating museums and beautiful green parks, all aligned with the cooling waters of the Tejo river.

Tasting the famous Pásteis de Belém at the traditional home of the cake is also something not to be missed. Get ready to face some queues, depending on the time of year, because everyone who visits Lisbon wants to taste these delights!

Belém histórico Lisbon

  1. Torre de Belém ex-libris of Lisbon and the jewel of Manueline art

Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor, the Torre de Belém was the preliminary point for many of the voyages of the Portuguese discovery age. For the sailors it was the last vision of their motherland.

And Unesco says… Belem Tower was declared a World Heritage monument because:

“It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.” 

As they know what they say, nothing like coming to discover it with your own eyes!

Torre de Belém Lisbon

  1. Padrão dos Descobrimentos a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries

On the edge of the Rio Tejo you can find this remarkable modern monument designed to promote Portugal national self confidence while honouring the great Portuguese explorers. A curiosity… on the court floor in front of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos there is map, which traces the extent of Portuguese influence around the world. Amazing, hum?

Padrão dos descobrimentos Lisboa

  1. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos the greatest example of Manueline art

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the most complex religious buildings of Portugal!

Vasco da Gama spent his last night here before his impressive voyage to India and the church was used later by the sailors wife’s to pray for the safe return of their loved ones.

It is tremendous! Expect long queues to get inside but it is absolutely worth it.

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  1. Alfama – Mouraria

The oldest and most picturesque part of Lisbon where you can feel the essence of this city, where most of the typical restaurants (like the Houses of Fado) and monuments are concentrated.

Lose yourself in the narrow labyrinthine streets of Alfama and Mouraria and discover  Lisbon’s most charming neighbourhoods.

Alfama Lisboa

  1. Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio is the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon where you must stop for a picture and enjoy the views.

Terreiro do Paço

  1. Baixa-Rossio-Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês de Pombal, city center

These areas reveal a greater Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755 and like the Champs-Elysees and other immense European boulevards, expect to see a large roundabout and a monument, in this case, to Marques de Pombal, the prime minister responsible to rebuilding the city after the great natural disaster.

  1. Major belvederes of Lisbon

An essential part of the city’s charm, visiting some of these belvederes it’s almost mandatory. We will not describe much to keep the beauty of the surprise…


  1. Santa Luzia – Senhora do Monte – São Pedro de Alcantara – Graça – Santa Catarina

Stretching along the slopes of the riverside along the Tejo, Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, offers excellent views from viewpoints on higher points or terraces of monuments. These are some of the most famous, so fix these names!


  1. Bike my Side Tours in Sidecar, Vespa or Jeep

In fact, you do not need to worry too much about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because Bike my Side, whether in a sidecar, Vespa or Jeep will guide you to know these and other wonders. In a relaxed and fun way, get to know Lisbon, one of the most beautiful European cities. Just enjoy the ride!

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10 Things to do in Portimão, Algarve

If you are on holidays in Portimão, in the Algarve, here are some suggestions for things to do to make the most of your vacation!

If you are on holidays in the Algarve, in Portimão, our advice is to think and act like a local, because only then will you truly feel the magic of this region, escaping the confusion of the tourist concentrations.

There are lots of places and things to do, but here are some of our favourite things to do in the Algarve, Portimão…

1. Visit the Local Market

Here you can find the famous fresh Algarvian fish. Now it is summer, there are sardines already, but during the rest of the year, you can taste a lot of fish and shellfish. The fishmongers are friendly and always available to tell a good story.

Local Mercado

2. Go to Rua do Comércio

Although some stores have already closed, there are some that remain and share with us some of our history. Clothes, pastries, articles in linen and cotton, shoes …. It is always a good opportunity to look for an original souvenir.

Rua do Comercio Portimão

3. Portuguese canned fish are among the best in the world

If you want a light meal, at Maria do Mar you will find good suggestions of canned fish for connoisseurs and collectors.

Canned Fish Portimão

4. Regional sweets for all tastes

After a taste of the sea, nothing like a sweetie to cheer the heart. In Portimão there are several pastries with regional sweets and homemade cakes, but our preference goes to A Casa da Isabel for the many prizes that have been received and for being a stopping point for residents throughout the year.


5. Our local flavours

At Mercearia do Algarve a local grocery store like in the old days, you can find a variety of regional and organic products with a great idea of ​​what is produced in the region. The regional Algarve bread is a delight and here is sold the bread of Monchique which is one of the most famous and tasty.

Mercearia do Algarve Portimão

6. Praia da Rocha and Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Praia da Rocha and its extensive beach are one of the most famous beaches of Portimão. Now that it’s summer, of course, there’s no need for a swim. In the rest of the year, strolling on the beach is also very pleasant.

Praia da Rocha

7. Alvor and the ria

Alvor is a few minutes from Portimão and well worth a visit. The view of the Ria de Alvor, a stop at one of the local restaurants or simply wander the streets, are worth it.


8. The Portimão Museum and the history of the city

An old fish factory, which is now a museum, tells the story of the city’s relationship with the canning industry, the sea and the river. An interesting way of knowing the origins of Portimão, the evolution of the community and the most striking aspects of the industrial and maritime history.


9. The Waterfront of Portimão

The riverside area of ​​Portimão, all of it crafted in the typical Portuguese sidewalk is a great spot for a late afternoon stroll. With garden benches along the seafront, this wide pedestrian promenade is a pleasant place to rest and enjoy the scenery.


10. Bike My Side sidecar tours

All these places and many more in Portimao and in the surrounding area are part of our list of favourite things to do in the Algarve. Bike my Side tours offers you these and many more discoveries and adventures! So, lets go and have some real fun!

Visit Portimão with Bike my Side

Finalmente o Verão!

No Algarve, não há Verão, sem Mar e muito, muito Sol, por isso hoje partilharemos imagens inspiradoras de magníficas praias algarvias. Boas férias!

Depois de algumas hesitações, o calor veio finalmente para ficar. É Verão, em todos os sentidos, para todos os sentidos!

Como no Algarve, não há Verão, sem praias, Mar e muito, muito Sol, hoje iremos apenas partilhar imagens inspiradoras para, caso ainda tenha dúvidas, marque já as suas férias para este cantinho à beira-mar plantado.

Além das praias, há muito mais para fazer, sentir e saborear no Algarve. Mas, disso, falaremos noutra altura. Hoje, partilharemos somente imagens de praias magníficas de areias brancas e águas cristalinas.

E nem foi preciso ir muito longe! Não saíamos do concelho de Portimão e de Lagoa, para encontrarmos praias já consideradas entre as melhores da Europa ou do Mundo, como é o caso da Praia do Carvoeiro ou a Praia da Marinha.

Prainha, Portimão
Praia da Marinha Sidecar Tours
Praia da Marinha, Lagoa
Algarve Praia do Alemão
Praia do Alemão, Portimão
Best beach award
Praia do Carvoeiro, Lagoa

Convencidos? Claro que sim.

Boas férias e até breve!

Um roteiro pelas igrejas e capelas de Portimão

Na sua próxima visita ao Algarve, passe por Portimão, prove a gastronomia local, passeie pela Rua das Comércio, Rua Direita, zona ribeirinha e descubra o património religioso da cidade. Vai de certo apreciar!

Tendo ainda presente a época religiosa da Páscoa, decidimos dar-lhe a conhecer um pequeno roteiro que o levará a descobrir as igrejas e capelas da bonita cidade de Portimão.

O património religioso em Portimão, não é vasto, mas, bastante interessante e vale mesmo uma visita.

Partindo da Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes, munido do mapa da cidade, vá em direcção à Ponte antiga atento aos pormenores arquitectónicos e procure a Capela de São José. A seguir, perca-se nas ruas e ruelas em direcção à Igreja Matriz de Portimão e por fim, a Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas. Daqui, pode aproveitar e dar um salto à Rua do Comércio para ver as últimas tendências da moda e à Rua Direita para umas compras de produtos regionais na Mercearia do Algarve, deliciar-se com um doce regional na Casa da Isabel, ou um petisco na Maria do Mar.  Depois dos petiscos, é hora de uma caminhada mais longa junto à zona ribeirinha, atravessando depois o interior da cidade, até à Capela da Nossa Senhora do Amparo.

Teixeira Gomes
Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes

Capela de São José

Esta capela centenária, situada junto à Ponte antiga de Portimão, foi erigida no século XVII. Durante vários anos, foi lugar de culto a São José, padroeiro dos carpinteiros navais que trabalhavam em estaleiros próximos deste lugar. No interior, alguns traços de barroco. O revestimento em azulejos, realça a moldura em talha dourada com a imagem de Cristo crucificado. Está fechada ao público, abrindo somente para celebrações de Eucaristia, aos domingos às 17h:00.

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Capela de São José

Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Datada do sec. XV, a Igreja Matriz de Portimão situa-se na zona mais elevada da cidade, no interior das antigas muralhas.

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Igreja Matriz de Portimão

O portal tardo-gótico é inspirado no mais imponente monumento da época, o Mosteiro da Batalha e nele se identificam finas esculturas de músicos e mulheres em moldura. Aqui convivem diversos estilos, como o barroco, o rococó e o manuelino, fruto das várias fases de reconstrução e enriquecimento artístico do templo.

Interior da Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas

Situada na Alameda da Praça da República, em Portimão, a Igreja e o Colégio dos Jesuítas foi construída em finais do séc. XVII por ordem de D. Diogo Gonçalves – cujo mausoléu permanece na capela-mor – como agradecimento por ter encontrado em Portimão um bom porto de abrigo, depois de uma forte tempestade no mar.

Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuitas

Ao contrário das construções Jesuíticas, este edifício assumia plenamente o Barroco. . Com o terramoto de 1755 sofreu alguns danos, destacando as abóbadas, o que contribui para uma refeitura da fachada principal.

A austeridade e a simplicidade da arquitetura da Res­tauração estão presentes no interior da Igreja-Salão.

Interior da Igreja do Colégio das Jesuitas

A Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas chegou a ser escolhida pelo Marquês de Pombal para fixar na região de Portimão uma nova Sé algarvia (Diocese), projeto que não se concretizou.

Capela da Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Esta capela simples, de origem árabe, foi cristianizada e dedicada a Nossa Senhora do Amparo, também conhecida por Nossa Senhora do Leite, e aqui bem representada numa tela atrás do altar, amamentando o seu bebé. Aqui se dirigiam as grávidas para receberem a sua bênção. A Capela foi construída à semelhança dos antigos morabitos islâmicos, tendo sido restaurada há 30 anos.

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Capela da Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Na sua próxima visita ao Algarve, passe por Portimão, prove a gastronomia local, passeie pela Rua das Comércio, zona ribeirinha e descubra o património religioso da cidade. Vai de certo apreciar!

Onde apreciar o Fado em Lisboa

Quando visitar Lisboa aproveite para ouvir ao vivo, o som da alma portuguesa enquanto degusta uma agradável refeição. Aqui ficam cinco sugestões de casas de fado a conhecer.

O fado faz parte da identidade de Portugal e é um símbolo da cidade de Lisboa. Em 2011, foi classificado pela UNESCO como Património da Humanidade, um reconhecimento que muito nos orgulha.

Quando estiver em Lisboa aproveite para ouvir ao vivo, o som da alma portuguesa.

Deixamos aqui cinco sugestões de locais – alguns mais turísticos, outros mais tradicionais e típicos. Há apresentações com fadistas profissionais e com fadistas amadores – o chamado fado vadio – estilos diferentes, mas todos a cantar a Saudade, o Sentimento e o Amor.

Se tiver oportunidade, passe ainda pela Madragoa, onde fica a casa onde viveu Amália Rodrigues, a mais carismática das fadistas e quem levou o nosso fado ao mundo. Com grande presença e carisma natural é a Amália que devemos a imagem clássica do vestido preto com xaile.

Clube do Fado

Situado nas imediações da Sé, no coração de Alfama, o Clube de Fado é mais do que um restaurante, é um local onde se provam boas iguarias da cozinha tradicional, com o fado e a guitarra portuguesa por companhia. Uma referência no universo das tradicionais casas de fado de Lisboa, com um ambiente romântico, decoração sóbria e intimista.

Clube do Fado

Restaurante Sr. Vinho

Fundada em 1975, o Sr. Vinho é uma das casas de fado mais conhecidas e tradicionais de Lis­boa. Com três pisos e uma decoração contemporânea, oferece diferentes ambientes para apreciar o fado, além da excelente gastronomia portuguesa e um requintado serviço de mesa.

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Parreirinha de Alfama

A Parreirinha de Alfama é uma casa de fado de ambiente acolhedor onde a cozinha tradicional portuguesa e o fado combinam na perfeição. Por aqui já passaram as vozes de Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Maria da Fé, entre muitos outros.

Parreirinha de alfama

Adega Machado

Situada no Bairro Alto, a Adega Machado é uma das casas de fado mais conhecidas de Lisboa. Distribuída por três pisos é um local que pretende cruzar o tradicional com o contemporâneo, tanto no fado, como na gastronomia. Se quiser conhecer interpretações contemporâneas do Fado de Lisboa que mergulham nas raízes da canção urbana, a Adega Machado é o local certo.


O Faia

Fundado em 1947, O Faia mantém-se até aos dias de hoje como uma referência na noite lisboeta.  Em mais de meio século de existência, grandes nomes do fado foram presença habitual nesta casa, a começar pela fundadora, Lucília do Carmo, ela própria uma figura importante na História do Fado e continuando com o seu filho, Carlos do Carmo. Aqui cantaram nomes como Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Fernando Maurício, Ada de Castro, Beatriz da Conceição, Vasco Rafael, Camané, entre outros. À mesa do Faia podem-se descobrir aromas e sabores numa cozinha criativa e contemporânea sem esquecer a tradição e o respeito pela cozinha portuguesa.

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