Tivoli Marina Portimao

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Portimao Portugal (2024 Updated)

Portimão is a port city in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. It’s known for its old quarter, busy marina and proximity to many beaches and quality & gay friendly hotels Portimao. Museu de Portimão is housed in a restored 19th-century cannery, with displays on local history. The Gothic-style Nossa Senhora da Conceição church has azulejo tiles. To the south are Rocha Beach, backed by ochre cliffs, and the medieval Fort of Santa Catarina de Ribamar

Gay PRIDE Algarve is a peaceful march of LGBT people and their relatives and friends, which combines social and political protest with entertainment such as live concerts. It takes place every year in the month of April in Algarve the main destination of Portugal. Like most countries in Western Europe the  city have many gay bars, clubs and gay friendly hotels.

Consider this your open invitation to pack your bags and find Portimago city hotels that are members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Staying in this historical area will give you access to its local art scene and shops.

What are the top attractions to visit in Portimao?
  • Museu de Portimao
  • Alvor Boardwalk
  • Praia dos Três Irmãos
  • Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
  • Praia Do Vau


Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao
Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao

Hotel da Rocha provides immediate access to Praia Da Rocha Beach. It features suites with a contemporary design offering beach or land views. The hotel provides free WiFi throughout and 24-hour reception services.

The spacious, bright suites of the Rocha Hotel feature air conditioning, king-size beds and a sofa bed. There is a living area fitted with flat-screen cable TV, private bathroom with bathtub and a hairdryer. The rooms open out onto a balcony and are equipped with air conditioning.

Facilities of the property include an outdoor swimming pool, a bar serving drinks and tapas, fitness room with cardio equipment, massage room and underground parking, as well.

Located in Praia da Rocha beach, surrounded by sea, marina and golf courses, Hotel Da Rocha Suites meets all conditions for unforgettable and peaceful family holidays.158 Suites with balcony, most of them overlooking the sea,fitted a new architectural design, a new lifestyle, a new art of receiving.

Great location immediately opposite Praia da Rocha (white sand long beach with lovely boardwalk in both directions). Modern hotel with large pool next to downstairs restaurant serving huge breakfast selection of fruits, breads, eggs etc and cold cuts/spreads.

Everything from start to finish was excellent, in particular the hotel location (right across from the most beautiful beach) and the fabulous view from our balcony. k. The beach is beautiful and has fabulous sandy coves.

Our bonus discovery was handy bus stop opposite hotel/circuito urbano # 33 which took us to Portimao for the princely sum of 3 Euros for 2 (about 3 kilometers to Alameda Square). Post office and small store behind hotel were also highly convenient. If you have time take in Museum which features history of sardine industry.

Very spacious room and bathroom. Large comfortable bed. Ample and varied breakfast. Convenient descent to the beach. The hotel needs some repairs in some parts. The pool is located poorly between the hotel and other buildings, the walls of which are needed of repair. Because of the tall buildings there is almost no sun in the pool area and the view of the ugly walls of the neighboring building from the pool area is not particularly conducive to relaxation. Near the hotel there are many bars and restaurants, a taxi rank and rental cars and bicycles point.

The pool is 1.4 meters deep throughout with steps into it. I was expecting it to be cold but it was quite pleasant. There are a number of sun-beds around it and then another raised wooden area with a few more sun beds. The floor gets hot and a warm day so take some footwear especially for children. The sun beds are all quickly taken as there are about 20. There is room for about another 20 and that’s the only recommendation I’d have to the hotel is there’s plenty of room for more sun beds so it maybe worth purchasing more. The toilets for around the swimming pool well the men’s were very very clean and modern.

Breakfast was excellent all the traditional European as well as American foods were available.

Hotel da Rocha

Very close to beach access , very good choice at breakfast buffet. Huge king-size bed, large room , good bathroom excellent housekeeping. Towels changed daily. Rooms spotless. Stocked mini bar/fridge very expensive! No tea coffee etc in rooms , bubble bath and soap provided was very good quality.

How much does a room costs at Hotel da Rocha Portimão?


Prices start 140$/night for Classic Suite with Land View. Prestige Suite with Side Sea View is  190$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

The Prestige Suite has a partial view of Praia da Rocha and free internet access.

Where to book online – Hotel da Rocha Portimão –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao – you can find the best hotels deals in Portimão –  Portimão Sardine Festival on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2.  TURIM Estrela do Vau Hotel 4* – Gay Hotels Portimao


Gay Hotels Portimao
Gay Hotels Portimao

Located 900 m from Praia Do Vau beach, the Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel offers apartments with balconies around a landscaped pool garden. It features tennis courts and Alto Golf Course is only steps away.

All air-conditioned apartments at Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel are bright and spacious. They have modern furnishings and include satellite TV and a fully-equipped kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave.

The Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel has a buffet restaurant, and a pool bar that provides refreshing beverages. Live music performances are held during the summer months.

Guests can relax on sun loungers by either of 2 available pools, or rent a bicycle and explore Praia do Vau.

Because the family is our most precious asset, the Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel is the place of choice to gather everyone. The apartments at Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel are fully equipped, prepared to provide you with a worry-free family holiday and without having to bring your home back. Inside the Hotel there are several swimming pools both inside and complementing the SPA, as well as in the outdoor area. You can also enjoy our magnificent terrace at lunch or dinner, where you have the delicious suggestions of our chef. In the evening, entertainment is guaranteed.
The apartments are very spacious and probably the cleanest hotel I have stayed in. The cleaning team were fantastic. It would seem a lot of attention goes into keeping this place spotless and it pays off.
The reception, restaurant and bar staff were all polite, professional and extremely helpful.
If you want a relaxing holiday this place is perfect. I guess if you want a bit more nightlife with a jazzy strip of clubs and bars this is not the spot for you. But I would highly recommend this hotel and would love to return at some point.
The master bedroom was bigger than most hotel rooms. There were two bathrooms, and generally a lot of space. The rooms were very clean, and looked like they had been recently painted. The decor was maybe a little outdated but that didn’t bother us.
TURIM Estrela do Vau Hotel
TURIM Estrela do Vau Hotel

The bins were emptied every day, and towels changed every other day.

The air conditioning units worked well, and we were very comfortable.

The room had two balconies, but as one had no furniture we only used one, which had a plastic table and chairs. The chairs were great for a dinner, but when you sit on them for a few hours in the evening they could be a little more comfortable.

How much does a room costs at TURIM Estrela do Vau Hotel Portimao?


Prices start 160$/night for Studio Apartment with Balcony. One-Bedroom Apartmentwith Balcony
is  170$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This spacious, air-conditioned apartment has a balcony.

It features a seating area with a satellite TV and a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and a tea and coffee maker. The private bathroom has a bath and shower and comes with free toiletries.

Where to book online – TURIM Estrela do Vau Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao – you can find the best hotels deals in Portimão –  Portimão Sardine Festival on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve 3*  – Gay Friendly Hotel Portimao


Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve
Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve

Situated only 50 m from Praia da Rocha Beach, Hotel Santa Catarina offers rooms with private balconies, some overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Free parking is available on site.

The air-conditioned rooms of Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve are simply decorated with wooden furnishings and tiled floors. All rooms are equipped with free internet access, satellite TV and a minibar.

Hotel Santa Catarina’s restaurant serves typical dishes from the Algarve, as well as international cuisine. The bar serves a wide variety of drinks, including local wines.

Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve, is a new 3 stars hotel very well located in the first line of the beach (Praia da Rocha) in front of the Casino, at about 4 km from the center of the city and 60 km from Faro’s international airport. It has 69 rooms, sea and land view, 6 suits, restaurant, bar, living room, and a panoramic lift with an excellent view for Praia da Rocha. The rooms are all well equipped with balconys, private bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, tv, minibar, air conditioning, heating and safe.

The position/location of the hotel is really good. It is just a short walk to the ‘strip’ where most of bars and restaurants and shops are. It is also only a few minutes walk to the beach. Although we had a street facing room there really wasn’t much noise.

The staff were very welcoming and helpful with local buses etc and sorted any issues very promptly.
The WiFi was very good. The aircon was effective when we used it. The safe was reasonably priced at 2.50 euros a day and there was a small but useful fridge in the room.

Nice 3 star hotel in great location only a few minutes walk from Praia da Rocha beach.Shops, gay bars and restaurants all close by.Room was clean and comfortable with housekeeping everyday.

The room with a seaview was superb with excellent views from the balcony over the beach towards the lighthouse. Just be aware there is no pool.

This hotel is based in the quieter half of “the strip”, where the more expensive hotels are. However this hotel is marvellous value at about 1/3 of the price. The breakfast is free and although it is basic and eaten in a very crowded space at times, (you can eat it between 07:00 and 10:30)you can change your time to when it is not so busy. I was given an upgrade to include either lunch or dinner at no extra cost and a room with a seaview.

Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao
Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao

All 3 sittings serve a choice of foods all of which i was very happy to eat although there were a few moans going around. The room was cleaned every day and fresh towels supplied if needed. There was a fridge and safe also in the single room the bathroom was very small and had a very small shower but it was still excellent value. Alas no kettle was supplied and wifi was only available in the comom areas. If there were any problems at all there is a 24hr reception and it is dealt with quickly.

How much does a room costs at Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve?


Prices start 105$/night for Budget Room. Double Room with Balcony and Sea View
 is 130$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Air-conditioned room with a balcony with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Where to book online – Hotel Santa Catarina Algarve –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao – you can find the best hotels deals in Portimão –  Portimão Sardine Festival on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


4. Tivoli Marina Portimao 4* – Gay Hotels Portimao


Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao

Situated in a complex overlooking the sea and Portimão marina, this hotel is a 5-minute walk from Praia de Rocha. It has 2 seawater pools, a children’s swimming pool and offers air-conditioned accommodation with furnished balconies.

The studios and apartments at the Tivoli Marina Portimao are decorated in neutral colours and include modern furnishings. They come equipped satellite TV and have kitchenettes with dining areas. The units are divided among the property’s 3 buildings, respectively named Marina Sun, Marina Deck and Marina Beach.

In the morning, the Tivoli serves an American breakfast. The hotel has 2 restaurants that offer panoramic views and international cuisine, and a snack bar that provides a variety of salads and snacks.

Four stars but could have been five, great location, superb dining room looking on to the marina great rooms with with stunning views,great staff friendly and helpful no charge for AC or safety deposit box but with so many nice restaurants near bye the food is overpriced and average apart from the fantastic breakfast buffet, the drink is overpriced, with the mark up on the wine

The beach is only a short walk from the hotel and you can either walk along the beach and then up to Praia da rocha, or up a flight of steps by the end of the beach and along the main road. It is also worth catching the water taxi across to Ferragudo for dinner, you can buy tickets at reception or on the taxi directly. There is a small shop near the beach to buy drinks/lunch etc

The swimming pool is saltwater and while it gets busy in the afternoons we were generally able to get sun beds and umbrellas at various times in the day. Pool towels are also provided.

There are 2 Marinas next to each other, the Reception and restaurants along with other accommodations split them. The resort has bars, shops and restaurants along the southern side and is right next to the Rocha beach which is massive and clean. Buses and Hop on/off buses stop by the reception roundabout area.

Bars and restaurants close to the marina are pricey and touristy so if you prefer to eat in authentic Portuguese restaurants where the locals eat this is not for you.

Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao
Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao

It’s beautifully situated, and the moorish architecture, of the 2 storey apartments is sympathetic to the surrounding marina. The room was spotless, as were all areas of the hotel. Staff were welcoming and helpful, if you needed them, and quietly went about their business. In fact the hotel was the quietest we’ve stayed in, despite it being pretty full.

Breakfast was good, lots of variety, and the staff would quickly clear and re lay tables enabling us to sit outside overlooking the marina. Unless you like to lay in the sun, or by the pool, there’s not a whole lot to do in Portimao. Although the beach was lovely, and so clean. Walking along the boardwalk each morning and evening was very pleasant, and we ate in a couple of good restaurants on the front.


How much does a room costs at Tivoli Marina Portimao?


Prices start 260$/night for Studio Marina BeachThe Studio Marina Deck is 270$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room has a electric kettle, iPod dock and air conditioning.

Where to book online – Tivoli Marina Portimao –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao – you can find the best hotels deals in Portimão –  Portimão Sardine Festival on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


5. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa 5* – Relais & Chateaux – Gay Hotel Portimao


Set in a stately historical building, Bela Vista offers boutique accommodation on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha. Guests will enjoy the direct access to beach area of this property, the first hotel of the Algarve Region.

Bela Vista consists of 3 separate houses, each with a unique design. All rooms are decorated with a marine theme and most provide views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies. Amenities include free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels.

Beach boutique Hotel Member of Relais & Châteaux SPA by Loccitane VISTA Restaurante – 1 Michelin Star.


This Hotel stands for its promise: relax, elegance, service and quality. I always book a Character room with sea view in the main building and it is really an experience to wake up every morning and look to the blue ocean in front of you. The room is fully equipped, and it creates a very modern and at the same time traditional atmosphere.

The cleanliness is outstanding. The food is another key element in the experience. Besides having a one Michelin star, it offers a wonderful breakfast and the possibility of having light lunch or dinner by the pool.

Also, worth to mention the Spa operated by L ´Occitane that offers a wide range of treatments.
But why I like the most besides the friendliness of the staff, is the relax atmosphere you lived in this Hotel. You can hear the ocean, the wind and the seagulls. Maybe its location over a cliff is what contributes to create this atmosphere.
If you are looking for a true relax, outstanding service and friendly atmosphere this Hotel is the perfect choice

ROOMS:  The beds were spotlessly clean, the mattress wonderfully comfortable. The bathroom was pristine and the L’Occitane bath products were absolutely lovely. The cleaning staff had such an eye for detail. The fresh fruit upon arrival was such a welcome snack, and the chocolates in the evening were a nice touch. I especially loved the corner room overlooking the beach — we had the most wonderful, soothing sea breeze fluttering our curtains as we rested during the midday.

SERVICE: The service was absolutely top-notch, truly world-class. I would give ten stars if I could. My mother has very limited mobility, and the staff went through great pains to ensure that she was accommodated. Rather than making her feel like a bother, they were so gracious and kind — we really appreciated that.

DINING: The breakfast included in the rate was lovely. Their spread was particularly good for an included meal, with fresh fruit (the tangy passion fruit slices and luscious oranges were my favorite) and real honeycomb (wow!), as well as a variety of tasty pastries. The eggs that were made to order weren’t just tossed together but presented beautifully – I recommend the Benedict. As for dinner, my family had the privilege to dine at their Michelin star restaurant and it was wonderful. We did the seven course tasting menu and it was heaven. To put this into context, we spent three days prior to our trip to the Algarve eating our way through amazing restaurants in San Sebastian, and this place was highly competitive. The flavors, the artistry, and the overall dining experience was absolutely unforgettable. Again, the service truly shone.

The hotel is set back from a mostly pedestrian road with restaurants and nightlife that skew on the tackier side of things. It reminded me of the Jersey Shore. That said, it can be fun if you’re up for it. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area for nice dinners.

Once you buzz into the hotel property, it’s a whole different ambiance. It’s quiet and has lovely landscaping and a wonderful pool. The views of the Atlantic are amazing.

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

How much does a room costs at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa?


Prices start 400$/night for Classic Double Room. The Deluxe Double Room with Sea View is 600$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room offers sea and garden views. All rooms have a balcony or terrace with a scenic view of the sea and garden. They are located in the hotel’s new wing, the Casa Jardim.

Where to book online – Bela Vista Hotel & Spa – Relais & Chateaux –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portimao – you can find the best hotels deals in Portimão –  Portimão Sardine Festival on Booking.com or Trivago.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.