Already excited to head to The Algarve for BPM: Portugal? Check out our guide below of where to stay, what to do, and how to get around.
Where to stay
For the best holiday experience, we would recommend staying as close as possible to Praia Da Rocha, where our two beach venues, NoSoloAqua and Blanco Beach club are situated.
Our travel partner Travel Republic have a range of hotels and apartments in this area catering to various budgets – just head to travelrepublic.co.uk/thebpmfestival
What to pack
Temperatures in the Algarve are hot during September, reaching highs of 29 degrees and lows of 18 degrees. Some of our parties are held outside at night, so you may want to bring a jumper!
Euro is the currency of Portugal, It’s a good idea to bring some cash with you as although card is widely accepted, smaller retailers may only accept cash.
How to get around
Faro and Lisbon International Airports are the closest to Portimão. Faro airport is located 45 minutes from Portimão and Lisbon airport is just 2h 30 minutes away by car.
The easiest way to get to Praia da Rocha is to rent a car or take an airport transfer, or you may prefer to take the train or bus from Faro airport to Portimão.
Portimão’s excellent public transport connections mean that the entire western Algarve can be easily reached via convenient, inexpensive bus or train services. Taxis (and Ubers) are also readily available in Portimão and Praia da Rocha, making it simple to get around!
What to do
Outside the festival, there is plenty to see in Praia Da Rocha, Portimão and beyond!
The Algarve has plenty of beautiful beaches with many imposing caves, cliffs, rock formations, and white beaches. A few you may want to visit include Praia do Alvor, Praia do Vau, Praia Do Camilo, Praia do Submarino and Praia da Carrapateria.
Portimão is also home to The Benagil caves, some of the most impressive sea caves in Europe only reachable by boat, kayak or paddleboarding. There are many tours which will take you to see the cave as well as many other beautiful caves and beaches along the coastline.
For those interested in diving Ocean Revival in Portimão offerers a unique diving experience amongst four sunken warships, creating an artificial coral reef.
There is also a range of beautiful historic towns and villages in the Algarve well worth visiting including Loulé, Silves, Olhão, and Tavira.
Where to eat and drink
There are plenty of different food options in Portimão including traditional Portuguese dishes, seafood, fusion, international, and Asian – Algarve restaurants have it all!
The Algarve boasts some of the best fresh fish in the world so it’s definitely worth tucking into some seafood during your stay. Portimão is known for some of the best big, fresh, and juicy Sardines in the area so make sure to try some during your stay!
A ‘pastel de nata’ is also worth trying, served all over Portugal these creamy custard tarts are best fresh from the oven, and served with cinnamon and icing sugar, delicious!
After the meal, you may want to try a glass of port, Portugal’s specialty. Produced from a blend of wines, port is available in ‘ruby’ (a young and full-bodied sweet port), ‘tawny’ (a lighter port, best served chilled) and ‘white’ (which is dry and better served over ice as an aperitif).
If beer is more your thing, try one of Portugal’s locally brewed lagers, Super Bock and Sagres. Remember the phrase “Uma cerveja por favor” for ordering a beer.