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“Don't be confused with Praia de Rocha” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Algarve Ocean

Algarve Ocean
Marina de Portimao | Ponta da Areia, Portimao 8500-345, Portugal
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Owner description: Sail the ocean in a 12 meter racingyacht. Be part of the crew, take control of the helm, handle the sails and enjoy the magic of being driven by the wind.Based in Marina de Portimao we offer all season perfect sailingconditions and a magnificent coastline.Day and halfday trips with max. 6 guests. Fully coded and licensed,so absolutely safe and topexcitement guaranteed.
Slough, United Kingdom
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“Don't be confused with Praia de Rocha”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Praia de Rocha is a beach resort a few kilometers west of Portimao. Portimao itself is a working port on the Algarve and has frequent visits by ocean liners. It is also a residential and commercial center. The waterfront host a couple of large pavement cafes which offer a wide range of everything from full English breakfasts to decent Italian Pasta meals with wine from around 15 euros per head. Adjacent newsagents offer a wide range of European newspapers from around 10:30 each day and it is very pleasant to read a current day 'The Times' with a freshly squeezed orange juice.
Frankly there is not a lot on offer in Portimao itself. Even the locals will tell you your choices are a sea trip to the caves on the Algarve, a river trip to Silves, or eat sardines. Our experience was that the later was the least attractive. The satisfaction from the former was gained by engaging with the staff who generally spoke good English.
In 2012 the main shopping areas of the town were quite depressing, obviously due to the economic climate. So don't expect too much there. However possibly worth a visit for those interested in what is available.
Would I go back? Yes - but only for a weekend and then only to spend more time in Silves. Would it be worth it? Probably not.

Visited August 2012
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girvan
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“stunning beaches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

the coastline was just stunning, ocean beautifull, waves great for surfers, just breath taking, very clean and plenty of places to hire sun beds or private for sumbathing on your towells

Visited September 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Brilliatn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Lush sandy beach, clean sea.. sellers on beach annoying though

Visited July 2011
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“superb warm and friendly people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

sellers on the beach were a pain
restaurants brill

Visited October 2011
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Marina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

The Marina was beautiful and was large with sea trips avaiable I would recommend the trip on the pirate ship to see the caves

Visited October 2011
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