Shopping Centres Algarve – Aqua Portimão

"aqua portimao shopping"Shopping may not be what you associate the Algarve with but in recent years a whole host of new shopping centres have emerged in the Algarve with the biggest being the Aqua Portimão shopping centre located in Portimão.

Getting to Aqua Portimão shopping centre is very easy, you simply head towards Portimão from any direction and the easiest way to access the shopping centre is to turn off the EN125 and follow signs for the centre of Portimão.  Once you pass the hospital on your right you then veer to the right hand lane and exit to go above the tunnel where you reach a roundabout.  At this roundabout you can then see the shopping centre in front of you and sign posts clearly lead you to the three level under ground car park.

There is ample parking at the shopping centre to even meet the needs of the increase in customers during the peak summer season and it is free to park here.

When in the shopping centre you will notice that it is similar to others in the Algarve in that it is partially open air which is great in the summer months but not so much fun going up escalators in the rain!

The Aqua Portimão shopping centre has one large supermarket – Jumbo with many national and a large international section, the fruit and vegetables here are usually good and their fresh products are also favoured among many local shoppers.

While the supermarket is very useful the main draw for Aqua Portimão has to be the clothes shops which include a large H&M, Mango, Springfield and the only branch of Primark between here and Lisbon.

The Primark can become very busy during the Christmas run up and during the summer when many Spanish shoppers travel over the border to also pick up some bargains.

The summer months are also a good time to visit the shopping centre because it is at this time that the sales are on with discounts up to 70% available in many shops.

There is a good mixture of shops at Aqua Portimão with plenty of men and womens clothes shops, shoes shops, a pet shop, beauty product shops, mobile phone shops, a toy shop and much more.

On the top floor of the Aqua Portimão shopping centre there is a large food court area with everything from a branch of MacDonalds to a sushi and Chinese restaurant, kebab shop, Pizza hut, sandwich shop and others, also here there is an arcade area for children.

The Aqua Portimão shopping centre is fantastic for families with a huge outdoor play park, a small indoor play park for under 5′s, the children´s arcade, games console area, mother and baby food area with highchairs and microwaves and even the toilets have baby changing areas and special toilets for children and families.

For a great day of shopping or simply a place to take the family for the afternoon the Aqua Portimão shopping centre is sure to be a hit.

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