Portimao is located towards the western end of the Algarve and is one of the largest towns on this coast. Portimao is one of the main big game centres in the Algarve, offering the chance to catch fighting swordfish and other big fish. There are also facilities for sailing, windsurfing, parasailing water-skiing and scuba diving. The golf course is set among the pines of Penina and is internationally renowned. With courses at Alvor and Vau too, keen golfers are spoilt for choice. This area shines with the eternal natural beauty of the Ria de Alvor and the charm of cultivated fields, of slopes covered with pine trees and wild flowers. There is an alluring walk up into the hills where visitors can look down on the Algarve from a new perspective. In terms of shops and markets there is a good selection and there are restaurants and cafes offering fresh fish and local delicacies. Faro Airport is approximately 60 km away.