Portimao is a town
(Portuguese: cidade) and a municipality in the
district of Faro, in the Algarve region of
southern Portugal. The population in 2011 was
55,614, in an area of 182.06 km². It was
formerly known as Vila Nova de Portimão. In
1924, it was incorporated as a cidade and became
known merely as Portimão.
Historically a fishing and shipbuilding centre,
it has nonetheless developed into a strong
tourist centre oriented along its beaches and
southern coast. The two most populous towns in
the Algarve are Portimão and Faro.
Portimão is the most important urbanized city in
the Barlavento Algarvio (the western Algarve),
supporting a size-able population with harbour
and a small airfield (Aerodromo de Portimão) of
its own (the larger Faro International Airport
is in the nearby district capital of Faro.