already in the times of the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, Portimão was a small local trade and had natural harbor at the mouth of the Rio Arade. During the time of the Arab occupation, the river was to Silves - the capital of the Algarve then - the most important link to the sea
With the development of the fishing and canning industries, in the late nineteenth century. , Portimão became an important economic center, whose decline was marked by the recession in the early 80s of last century. Portimão - where are located the famous Praia da Rocha and Praia do Vau - is now a modern tourist town with strong commercial character and a very busy nightlife
To provide a calm contrast, is situated on the other side of. mouth of the Arade River, the small village of Ferragudo fishermen. Just a few kilometers further east is also to known tourist resort of Carvoeiro with its elegant villas and hotels.