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.

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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.

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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.

Alvor

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.

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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.

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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

To the sky and beyond! Are you ready?

If you are looking for a real fun and excitement during your Algarve holidays you cannot miss this combination of a sidecar ride and skydiving tandem jump!

 

For those who are in the Algarve for holidays and looking for an epic and unforgettable adventure, Bike my Side and Skydive Seven have found the perfect combination!

Are you ready?

The adventure begins on land, with a unique and unforgettable classic sidecar motorcycle ride in the stunning city of Portimão, Praia da Rocha, Alvor and surroundings, with so many secrets and natural beauties to discover.

Bike my Side Algarve in Ferragudo

Get ready to zigzag along picturesque streets and feel the freedom to ride in a sidecar!

Bike my Side Original sidecar tours

Riding in a sidecar allows you to see the world in a totally different perspective while having such a fun!

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Then from Portimão Aerodrome is time to let the adrenaline rise! Securely harnessed to a qualified tandem skydiving instructor you will experience the thrill and excitement of freefall and enjoy the breath-taking sea views over the coastline of Portugal.

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There’s a short ride in an awesome plane before you take an exhilarating leap from 5000m! Your instructor will then open the tandem parachute after 65 seconds of free-falling and fly you safely back to earth.

Skydiving Algarve

This amazing combination of land and sky experience – sidecar ride and tandem jump – allows you to discover unique land and sky views with a real sense of freedom and pure adrenaline.

Skydive Algarve

Have you been able to catch your breath now?

Definitely, a once in a lifetime experience and your real summer adventure in the Algarve!

Can you imagine? To the sky and beyond! Just come and do it!

More information and reservation: http://www.bikemyside.com/contacts-reservations/

Lá vai Lisboa! Enjoy Portugal popular saints festivities

In Portugal, June is the month of the Popular Saints with festivities all over the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter. The main ones are the Festivities of Lisbon, from 12 to 13 of June, St. Anthony Day, and those of Porto, on the night of 23 to 24 June, when St. John is celebrated.

In Portugal, June is the month of the Popular Saints with festivities all over the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. PeterThe main ones are the Festivities of Lisbon, from 12 to 13 of June, St. Anthony Day, and those of Porto, on the night of 23 to 24 June, when St. John is celebrated.

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During these nights people come outside to eat grilled sardines, drink, and have fun in the streets of the popular neighbourhoods, adorned with arches, colourful balloons and scents of basil.

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In Lisbon each “Bairro” do a parade in Avenida da Liberdade, filling the road with music, colour and a lot of people. Alfama, Graça, Bica, Mouraria and Madragoa are famous with sings and dances throughout the night. Another high point of these festivities is the procession of St. Anthony, who on the 13th of June leaves his church, located in Alfama, near the Cathedral, in the place where this saint was born, around 1193.

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In Porto, the party is identical in color and joy along the most traditional neighbourhoods, such as Miragaia, Fontainhas, Ribeira, Massarelos and others.

But Porto has other traditions: if in the past the revellers beated with leek on the heads of the companions, today they use plastic hammers with the same purpose!

And in addition to the amazing firework that is launched at midnight on the Douro River, colorful balloons of warm air are also launched in one of the most beautiful celebrations of these popular festivities. The night ends  by the beach, to watch the sun rise or for a morning bath, as tradition says.

On June 29, St. Peter is also celebrated, with popular festivities in various localities such as Sintra or Évora, both on the World Heritage list.

Some of these feasts, of pagan origin are associated with the celebration of the summer solstice, featured by dancing, eating and fireworks, all good excuses to take a hop to visit Portugal and discover these traditions so colorful and lively!

And Bike my Side Lisbon custom rides are excelent for this purpose!

More information with Bike my Side Lisbon tours

 

 

 

Lisbon always with a cool point of view

Whenever we do our private tours in Lisbon, we are dazzled by the streets, the urban art and small details that make us so happy to share this city with all who visit us.

Lisbon is really a spectacular city! There is so much to see, to discover and always a cool point of view…

Sidecar tours Lisbon

Whenever we do our private tours in Lisbon, we are dazzled by the streets, the urban art and small details that make us so happy to share this city with all who visit us.

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Sometimes we do not even have to go very far to find interesting reasons full of stories and secrets from our past.

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And our sidecar is amazing in any photograph, in any environment of our cosmopolitan Lisbon, whether day or night.

Lisbon Sidecar tours with Bike my Side

The joy of our passengers is what moves us and each day, we discover a new and even more cool point of view.

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It’s really worth it to visit Lisbon with Bike my Side.

And did you know that Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world?

Book your vacation and come to discover Lisbon and Portugal with us!

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Reconnet with your nature

Today 5 June, we went outside specially to share with you some of the natural beauties that Bike my Side in the Algarve shows to its riders.

CELEBRATE NATURE!

Today 5 June, World Environment Day, we went outside to picture some of our favorite places, and share with you the natural beauties that Bike my Side in the Algarve shows to its riders.

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Because we care. It is part of our nature. We breathe the beauty that surrounds us on our tours and we help keep our planet healthy.

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Do not forget that we compensate CO2 emissions by planting trees. Apart from the fun with us you will not contribute to global warming!

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Come and explore the Algarve with us and celebrate the world environment day, everday!

Photos: Praia do Alemão, Portimão, Algarve, Portugal

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Sidecar, Vespa or Jeep – the choice is yours

Bike my Side in Lisbon, besides the glamorous sidecar tours, offers you the possibility to discover this amazing city and its surroundings in a funny Vespa or in an audacious Jeep.

Some time ago, we gave you 10 reasons to visit Lisbon and an extra reason … the Bike my Side sidecar tours! Do you remember? No? Here are again the 11 reasons to visit Lisbon …

Lisbon is a welcoming city with a cosmopolitan population that likes to welcome people of all ages, genres and lifestyles (Welcoming).

It is one of the European capitals where there is history and culture (Culture) almost around every corner, a delight for those who like to take memorable photographs and make unforgettable walks through stories and memories of other times.

It is a city with an acceptable cost of living (Value), an excellent best value for money, considered to be one of the least expensive cities in Europe.

It has a prime location (Location), just a two hour flight away from the major European cities.

The climate is very pleasant throughout the year (Climate), with low rainfall and even in winter, the temperatures rarely drop below 10C.

It is the only European capital that can combine all the fun of the beach, the sun, the surf and the sea (Resort), with the culture, due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Lisbon is an intimate and compact city (Size), ideal for a short city break or a long romantic stay with a vibrant and appealing nightlife.

The variety of attractions that this city offers even in its immediate vicinity is incredible (Variety). The romantic Sintra with its palaces, the beautiful Sesimbra or the natural park of Arrábida are just some of the examples.

Due to its central location it is an excellent starting point to get to know Portugal (Gateway) and its stunning cities and towns. A hop to the Algarve is also a must!

Lisbon is one of the safest European capitals. (Safety)

We have already counted 10 reasons and … the 11 reason is…

Bike my Side! And now, in Lisbon, besides the glamorous sidecar tours, Bike my Side offers you the possibility to discover this amazing city and its surroundings in a funny Vespa or in an audacious Jeep. Surprising?

Point out on your agenda: visit the amazing Lisbon in Portugal and take a private tour with Bike my Side by Sidecar, Vespa or Jeep.

The harder will be to choose your classy transport!

Discover our great tours at http://www.bikemyside.com/

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Celebrate diversity and take a sidecar ride

One of the most interesting aspects of our sidecar tours is the opportunity to meet different people from several places of the world, of all ages, who end up having in common the fact that they look for a different and unique experience during their holiday’s time in the Algarve or in Lisbon

One of the most interesting aspects of our sidecar tours is the opportunity to meet different people from several places of the world, of all ages, who end up having in common the fact that they look for a different and unique experience during their holiday’s time in the Algarve or in Lisbon.

It does not matter your age, it does not matter your gender or physical condition. The sidecar is for everyone! And it is really incredible how our sidecar tours have an excellent acceptance among people of the most diverse ages, genres and physical circumstances. From 7 years old to 90 years old or more!

In 2015, for example, we had a couple from Hawaii, cruise customers, with the age of 79 who loved our Postcard Collection tour in Portimão.

This year, at the age of 81, they returned to Portimao on a round-the-world cruise and made a point of repeating our sidecar tour because the experience made them feel capable of everything, made them feel so alive!

We have also transported people with disabilities in the sidecar who reported that they felt safe, comfortable and free.

Another unforgettable story was the surprise request for a wedding on The Most Beautiful Beaches tour with the groom declaring himself and making the request at the lovely top of Praia da Marinha cliff.

The stories are numerous, tremendous and it is truly comforting to feel that we provide a lifetime experience. It is incredible! A sidecar ride is actually part of the bucket list for so many people around the world!

What are you waiting for? Celebrate diversity and take a sidecar ride!

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