Art, runs, gymnastics: Portimão event highlights

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This year marks Portimão’s centennial as a city, and it is commemorating with a plethora of special events, in addition to its regular lineup.

We are highlighting a few events that may interest you over the next month or so, showcasing the rich tapestry of culture and festivities Portimão has to offer during this milestone celebration.

50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution

Throughout April various events are being held across the Algarve in celebration of the revolution. To follow a few taking place in Portimão, some of which are permanent fixtures or open for a few months.

Photo exhibition, at Casa Manuel Teixeira Gomes, entitled Memórias de Abril (Memories of April) by photojournalist Marques Valentim is open until May 31.

The Portuguese Prison Photo Project, at Museu de Portimão, is open until September 1. Don’t forget there are other permanent exhibitions which are also well worth visiting.

Visit the new sculpture entitled Flores de Abril (Flowers of April) on the roundabout by the bus station and Portimão Arena.

And on April 25, amongst various celebrations, various runs are to take place starting and finishing at the riverfront in Portimão. Called A Corrida da Liberdade (The Liberty Run), children and adults can take part. A 10km run for over 18s, a 5km run open to all ages and five smaller runs from 300m to 1,500m for those aged between 6 and 14 years. To enter you must register online (only) before April 24.

Rhythmic gymnastics

Portimão is hosting the two rhythmic gymnastic competitions, one following the other in May.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) are holding the 31st International Tournament of Portimão at the Portimão Arena over three days, May 4 to 6.

This is to be followed by the 2024 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup from May 10 to 12 at the same venue.


Inextremist is a French circus and street theatre company that will be presenting a show called Exit on May 3 at 8.30pm.

It features a large hot air balloon taking flight from the riverside near the Clube Naval. The narrative revolves around a group of individuals escaping from a psychiatric hospital in search of freedom. They see the hot air balloon as their means to break free from society’s constraints.

Click here to watch a trailer of Exit from 2022.

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