Portimão - the shopping hotspot of the Algarve!
With the opening of the Aqua Portimão shopping centre in April 2011, western Algarve's Portimão really is a shopper's paradise!
Aqua Portimão is situated near the Portimão retail centre (just off the roundabout where the Avenida V6 meets the EN125) - the orange tower is easily recognisable and can be seen from the Avenida. There is plenty of parking with 2 underground levels and an outside car park. Aqua Portimão is light and airy and has a great selection of shops both big and small - some of the units are kiosk style in the middle of each floor. There are many of the familiar shops found in other Algarve shopping malls but also some names that are new to the Algarve but which will be very familiar to UK visitors - H&M and Primark. Judging by the number people with bulging carrier bags both shops are proving very popular!
Aqua Portimão also has a large Jumbo supermarket on the ground floor which has Box (electrical, photographic) and Saúde e Bem-estar (Health and well-being) outlets attached.
The shops are on the ground and first floor level with restaurants and cafés on the second floor - escalators and lifts connect the different floors and the underground car parks. The central areas on the shopping floors have relaxing areas to chill with comfy seating and sunshades and also both floors have cafés for a reviving expresso!
Aqua Portimão shops on the ground floor (Piso 0)
Fashion and accessory shops: Cache Cache, Natura, Parfois, Quicksilver, Skin (handbags/cases).
Shoe shops: Foreva, Marypaz, Seaside
Underwear: Tenzenis, Yamamay (includes mens and beachwear)
Perfumes & Cosmetics: Perfume & Companhia, Pluricosmetica, RR center
Childrens: Chicco (clothing and accessories), Zippy (clothing), Centroxogo (toys),
Telecom: PT, The Phone House, Vodafone, Zon TV Cabo.
Home: Colchoes & Companhia, Loja do Gato Preto, Tribo,
Others: Decopesca (equipment for fishing, riding, hunting, diving etc), Arco-Iris (newsagent/tobacconist), Crisdietética (diet /health products), La Coiffeur (hairdressers), Ópticalia and MultiÓpticas (opticians), Ouro é Dinheiro (jewellers), Arranjos express (clothing alterations), Best Travel (travel agency), Ornimundo (pet shop), Orquideas & Ousadias (florists), Impress T, Funny Shop (gifts, soft toys etc), Hussel (sweets/chocolates).
Aqua Portimão shops on the first floor (Piso 1)
Ladies fashion and accessories: Bijou Brigitte, Claire's, Kurokai, Lanidor, Mango, Promod, Punt Roma, Queen's, Stradivarius, Tally Weul.
Unisex fashion: Bershka, Blanco, Bus, Companhia Maritima, H&M, Primark, Jack & Jones, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Quebramar, Salsa, Springfield, Tiffosi, T-Shirt QB.
Mens: Giovanni Galli
Childrens: La Kids, Nanaya.
Shoes: Aldo, Foot Locker, Havaianas, Most Wanted Shoes, The Athlete's Foot.
Perfumes & Cosmetics: Sephora, Kiko
Home: Zara Home.
Others: Ouro Vivo, Carilor (jewellers), Farmácia.
Aqua Portimão restaurants and facilities on the second floor
The second floor (Piso 2) has a children's play area and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes with both inside and outside seating and Aqua Portimão provides a variety of nightime entertainment (from 19.30 onwards) to accompany your dinner!
There is also a programme of children's activities every weekend from 10.30 to 13.30 and from 15.00 to 19.30 including balloon modelling, face painting, fun origami and puppet workshops.
Kai Fu (chinese), O Chefe Silvestre (Churrasqueira, pizzeria), McDonald's, Kono Pizza, Companhia das Sandes, Quasi Pronti (pizzas & pastas), Grantosta, Happy Grill, Pateo (portuguese), Pizza Hut, Pans & Company, Al Sultao Doner Kebab, Loja das Sopas (soups). There are also several cafés and pastelarias.
Opening hours for Aqua Portimão and Jumbo supermarket
Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 to 23.00
Friday, Saturday and the day before holidays: 10.00 to 24.00
July, August and December: 10.00 to 24.00
The Aqua Portimao website has a programme of the children's weekend activities and more information will be coming about the evening entertainment.
You can see lots more information about Portimao shopping on Portimao Uncovered!
More Algarve shopping malls
There are also four other shopping malls in the Algarve, 'Forum Algarve' in Faro, 'Algarve Shopping' in Guia (near Albufeira) and 'Gran-Plaza' in Tavira and 'Ria Shopping' in Olhao, which are both eastern Algarve. All except Aqua Portimão have multiplex cinemas, plenty of parking, restaurants and, of course, lots of shops. Children are well catered for with play areas and 'Algarve Shopping' also has a creche for toddlers over 2 years of age.