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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lisbon

Lisbon is the city of Fado, with a mythical and romantic light that enchants who visits it, Here are 8 interesting facts that will certainly sharpen your interest in getting to know the capital of Portugal.
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Lisbon, the city of Fado, with a mythical and romantic light that enchants who visits it, has so much to visit and to show beyond the obvious. There is so much to discover and here are just some interesting facts that will certainly sharpen your interest in getting to know the capital of Portugal. In the meantime, you can always make a good impression on your friends with these fun facts!

1 – Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills (Castelo, Graça, Monte, Penha de França, São Pedro de Alcântara, Santa Catarina and Estrela). This designation goes back to the time of the Roman occupation, in which it is affirmed that Lisbon would have been founded under seven hills, like Rome. In each hill, we can find several belvederes with unique and magnificent views of the romantic capital of Portugal.

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2 – The Lisboetas are known as “alfacinhas” because in the time of the Arabs, the “alfaces” (lettuces) were cultivated abundantly in Lisbon. In fact, the word “alface” is of Arabic origin.

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3 – In the basement of Lisbon there are the enigmatic Roman Galleries of Baixa, unknown by the tourists and only open to the public for three days a year. The visits this year, will be held on 22, 23 and 24 of September and are already sold out!

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4 –  The statue of Christ the King on the left bank of the river Tejo is a copy of Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, has a height of 28 meters and the monument in total reaches 100 meters in height.

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5 – The Belém area has two buildings classified by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Jeronimos Monastery and the Torre de Belém – formerly guarding the entrance of the boats on the river Tejo.

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6 – Lisbon it’s home to the oldest bookstore in the world. The Bertrand Bookshop has been around since 1732. It is located in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto neighborhood. The bookstore was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake that ruined the city, but was moved to the same location you can find it today and since 1773. And so it came to Guinness as the oldest bookshop in the world still in business.

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7 – Lisbon is older than Rome. Lisbon has been around four centuries longer than Rome and Portugal has maintained its original borders since 1139, making it the oldest country in Europe.

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8 –  The Vasco da Gama Bridge, inaugurated in 1998, is the longest bridge in Europe and one of the longest in the world, 17.3 km long, 12 km of which are on the waters of the Tejo river estuary.

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Visiting Lisbon is in fashion and it conquers more and more tourists every year…It is easy to see why!

Portimão, so much more than Sun and Sea

Portimão is a city rich in history and culture, with monuments, archaeological sites and churches that are definitely worth a visit during your summer holidays. BIKE MY SIDE & ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

If you visit the beautiful city of Portimão in the summer you know that you can find magnificent beaches such as Praia da Rocha, Praia do Vau or Praia do Alemão, good restaurants with fresh fish and shellfish – do not forget that this is a fisherman’s land – and a Lively nightlife, with bars, discos and beach clubs for all tastes. But, Portimão is so much more than Sun and Sea …

What only few knows is that this is also a city rich in history and culture, with monuments, archaeological sites and churches in the so-called Historic Center of Portimão, in Alvor and in the vicinity that are undoubtedly worth a visit during your summer holidays.

Walking in the starlights

An interesting way to get to know the heritage of Portimão on summer evenings is through the nocturnal cultural tours, organized on four Fridays, in the light of the stars, by the Portimão Town Hall, where participants are invited to make the journey between the Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes, Jardim Bívar, Manuel Teixeira Gomes House, Largo 1º de Dezembro, Igreja Matriz, Alameda da Republica and Largo 1º de Maio.

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There are also night walks to discover the interesting Islamic heritage of the fishing village of Alvor which has three buildings of Islamic origin currently transformed into small chapels. In this cultural tour you will visit the Morabito de São Pedro, the Morabito attached to the main Church of Alvor and the religious building, the Ethnographic Museum, the Castle and the civil architecture of the village

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Alcalar

About 10 km from the center of Portimão you will find the megalithic monuments of Alcalar, where about 5,000 years ago, lived a prehistoric community. In this amazing outdoor museum you can discover the daily life of the first prehistoric communities and their rituals.

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Museu de Portimão

The cultural ex-libris of the city is undoubtedly the Museum of Portimão, one of the most awarded Portuguese museums in Portugal and abroad, which was inaugurated in 2008 and has already been awarded with the “Council of Europe Museum 2010” by the Europe Council.

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Installed in an old fish cannery on the right bank of the River Arade, the Museu de Portimão invites you to discover the origins and evolution of the community, the territory and the most striking aspects of the industrial and maritime history of Portimão.

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Divided into three different tours “Origin and Destiny of a Community”, “Industrial Life and the  Challenge of the Sea” and “From under of the waters”, we are invited to explore into the past and discover ancient ways of living and traditions that the museum helps to keep alive in the present time.

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In the permanent projection room, the 20 minutes film “The Game of Sardine”, filmed in 1946 in Portimão in the S. António and S. Francisco factories, shows the process of producing canned sardines. It is worth watching and witnessing real images of the hard and demanding daily life of the Algarve canning industry.

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In the factory’s old water cistern, where rainwater was collected and reused for supplying the brine tanks and the factory’s boilers, you can discover the Ocean Revival project that is based on the deliberate immersion of four warships of the Portuguese Navy for the formation of a unique artificial reef in the world, with the ideal conditions for the establishment and proliferation of marine fauna and flora, a reason of great interest for lovers of the underwater world.

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Visiting the Museu de Portimão is a great family program for a hot summer afternoon to escape the hottest hours on the beach, helping to enrich and further diversify your Algarve vacation experience.

And when you book the Bike my Side “Postcard Collection” sidecar tour you will immediately receive a €1 discount voucher to cash in on your entry ticket at the Museu de Portimão.

The next time you are on holidays in Portimão, do not forget these insider tips and get to discover the more cultural and probably more unknown side of this fantastic Algarve city. You will love it!

Museu de Portimão Contacts

Rua D. Carlos I, 8500 – 607 Portimão | Tel.: + 351 282 405 230
museu@cm-portimao.pt | http://www.museudeportimao.pt

Centro de Interpretação Alcalar

Tel.: +351 282 471 410 | alcalar@cm-portimao.pt

Cultural Night Tours

The registrations for these tours are free of charge but with limited number of participants and must be made prior to the day before the respective tours, through the following contacts: email: gabinete.patrimonio@cm-portimao.pt or Tel.: +351 282 470 799 /+351 282 480 488

Bike my Side private sidecar tours

Tel.: +351 917 015 996 | algarve@bikemyside.com | www.bikemyside.com 

Guaranteed to make you smile

Touring the Algarve in a sidecar motorcycle has a kind of magical feeling about it. You will find yourself smiling and waving at complete strangers for the simple reason that you just feel happy! BIKE MY SIDE AND ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

Yes! You are in the Algarve and it’s summer!

But, did you know that you can discover all the beauties of the region and at the same time, escape the tourist mess?

If you are visiting the Algarve on holidays and prefer a more quite adventure, our sidecar tours are the most enjoyable way you will find to experience the beautiful city of Portimão, the surroundings beaches, local treats and breathtaking landscapes whilst travelling in comfort, style and 100% safe aboard our classic motorcycle sidecar.

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All you have to do is sit back and relax in the freedom of an open-air  environment  as your experienced Bike my Side driver and guide entertains you with stories and interesting facts about the Algarve – all the most famous tips and secrets that only a local knows.

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As this is your own private tour we can stop at any time for you to take pictures and videos so you will be able to share your special journey for years to come with friends and family and have memories that will last a lifetime!

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Bike my Side Sidecar Tours are ideal for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities as we travel at a leisurely pace and do our best to avoid  busy main roads.

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Touring the Algarve in a sidecar motorcycle has a kind of magical feeling about it. You will find yourself smiling and waving at complete strangers for the simple reason that you just feel happy!

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Yes, it’s summer. Yes, you are in the Algarve and you can make the most of it!

For more information & reservations just visit us www.bikemyside.com 

 

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!

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  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!

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  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?

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.
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  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…

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  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!

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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