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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Portimao is a city located in the Algarve, on the southern coast of Portugal. Before ascending to the category of city in 1924, its name was Vila Nova de Portimao. According to the 2001 census, population was 44,818, and Area 183 square kilometers.
The area already attracted people in prehistoric times. The Conii, influenced by Tartessos and Celts, were established in the territory of the Algarve for a long time. The mouth of the River Arade provides a safe, natural harbour and was a small trading point for Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, the latter founding here Portus Hanibalis known today as Portimao about 550 Before Christ. Later it were the Romans who occupied the predominantly celtic region.Like Silves and Alvor, the small fishing center Portimao was in 1249 conquered from the Muslims by the Cavaleiros da Ordem de Santiago and integrated in the Portuguese throne, at the time occupied by Dom Afonso III,the King of Portugal and the Algarve.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Portimao enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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