It is definitely true that the most delightful things are often hidden in simple places. In this regard a perfect example is the town of Portimao. Although it seems to be just a simple town with a common architecture and a strange combination between old and new, Portimao is more than meets the eye.
This town which apparently has nothing special to show, seems to be blessed with a few stunning places that truly deserve to be discovered. Situated on the western coast of the Algarve, this Portuguese town is one of the most populated towns in the entire region. Spoiled by the sun almost all year long, Portimao is a dream destination that beyond its simplicity displays gorgeous golden sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and imposing cliffs. The coastline is an area of about eight kilometers of beautiful beaches. Four of these beaches are in my opinion the most beautiful and the ones that you should add on your trip list.
1. If you come from downtown, Praia da Rocha is the first beach that opens the coastline. Situated very close to Portimao Marina, Praia da Rocha is one of the widest beaches that I have ever seen.
A wooden path will make your access to the beach very easy and comfortable. To my mind, the most beautiful thing about this beach is actually the end of it which is bordered by a beautiful high cliff.
2. Praia dos Tres Castelos which lies on the other side of the cliff is another natural beauty that will awaken your senses. This wonderful beach with crystal blue water and golden fine sand displays a variety of asymmetrically shaped cliffs.
The fact that a few of these cliffs are actually situated in the ocean is what gives a special beauty to the whole place.
3. Praia do Vau is the next beach that hides the same beautiful scenery, yet different: crystal blue water, imposing cliffs and golden fine sand.
What I really liked about this beach was an orange cliff which looks like a cave. The fact that the cave has no roof and the light can easily go in is what really makes this place beautiful.
4. Praia dos Tres Irmaos is the last beach on the coastline and a place where you will discover a unique picturesque rock formation. This beach is a real source of delight due to its special scenery: rocky outcrops, curved cliffs, clear turquoise water and golden fine sand.
In my opinion Tres Irmaos Beach is the most interesting. The blend between the rock formation and the ocean is what really makes this beach unique and beautiful.
The water is not very deep and you can take a walk among the cliffs. It is amazing to feel the cold water caressing your feet while you are enjoying your walk.
You should know that all these beaches have a few places where you can eat and drink something after a hot sunny day. You can get to the beaches by car, by bus or on foot. It all depends on the area where you found your accommodation. In my opinion another special thing about these beaches is the view seen from the top of the cliffs.
I really believe that you will spend a great time in Portimao, if you add these beautiful beaches on your trip list.