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Portimão Facts

Portimão Car Hire in Algarve Portimão is a town 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 sq kilometers. It was formerly known as Vila Nova de Portimão. In 1924, it was incorporated as a city 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. It is the second most populous town in the Algarve, after Faro.

The area was settled during the prehistoric epoch: the Cynetes, influenced by the Celts and Tartessos lived during the Algarve for many centuries. In the area of Alcalar there are several remnants of Neolithic funerary sites of which only one, monument number seven, comprising a circular chamber composed of schist stone and long corridor, remains.
The mouth of the Arade River proved an important natural shelter, that soon became a small commercial port for the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. These Carthaginians eventually founded Portis Hanibalis, later known as Portimão around 550 BC, which eventually turned into a Roman-era centre due to its excellent port.
Nowadays Portimão is the most important urbanized city in the Barlavento Algarvio (the western Algarve) and is known for its sporting events: Sailing, Powerboating, Motorsport, Scuba Diving among others.
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