It’s one of the oldest towns on the coast of Algarve. At the times of Phoenicians and ancient Greeks Portimao has already been known as a trading port. Later it became a pirate base on which pirates stored their contraband. In the late 19th century the town was known as a major fishing center. Here were built several canning factories, which provided the majority of revenue to the town’s treasury. The factories and plants operated up to 80s of the 20th century. After this the recession hit the town and Portimao completely changed its orientation and became a famous and popular resort.
Today the only reminder of the industrial past of this place is the museum open in the building of one of old mills. Coast of Portimao is a truly picturesque place well-equipped for recreation. Divers will appreciate calm sea and clear water, and vacationers with children will be able to enjoy beach rest simply every day because there are almost no storms and strong waves here.
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