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Portimão Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Portimão, Distrito de Faro

Last modified: 2014-08-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Portimão municipality] 2:3 image by André Serranho, 12 Aug 1999
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field gyronny (meaning city rank) of green and white..
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Aug 1999

Coat of arms

[Portimão municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 9 Oct 2008

The coat of arms is gules, on a mound sable charged with a wavy fess vert fimbriated argent bearing a tuna fish argent lined sable, a tower argent open vert and masoned sable, between two king’s heads proper, dexter christian, sinister moorish. Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CIDADE DE PORTIMÃO".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Aug 1999


António Martins-Tuválkin,

Version without Coat of Arms

[Portimão municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Presentation of Portimão

Portimão municipality had 39 440 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 3 communes, covering 179 km2. It belongs to the Faro District and to the old province of Algarve.
It is one of the main touristic cities in the main touristic region in Portugal, the Algarve. The kind of tourism that the area received every year is mostly composed of people looking for good weather, heat, sunshine, good beaches and warm sea water. All of this spells "summer" in big, bold letters, and indeed the city fills up during the Summer, especially in August.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Aug 1999 and Jorge Candeias, 13 Sep 2003

Unofficial flags

Summer flags

Last year, the municipal authorities decided to do some marketing over the city’s summer attractions, and part of this marketing consisted in designing a few logos to be used in all documentation, tourist information, etc. with relation with those summer activities… and in flags. This year, the same logos and flags resurfaced, which means that this is something that will go on at least for a few years, making it of interest to us. All flags are hoisted as usual horizontal flags, but are taller than wide, i.e., they are vertical. There are five of them. Each appears on flags, identical in format to the global one, that are displayed in the areas where such activities take place, together with the global one. All of this makes a quite colourful display, with 5 different flags in some places, each in its own colour with its own logo. It is also interesting to note that only the sardine refers to the municipal symbols, where it is hardly visible between the waves at the bottom of the coat of arms. Likely, that happens only by accident: that sardine must refer much more to the Sardine Festival that takes place in late July, early August, than to the municipal symbols.
Jorge Candeias, 13 Sep 2003

main version

Summer unofficial flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 13 Sep 2003

The main flag is green, with the composite logo of the campaign in the lower part and, at the bottom, the words "Câmara Municipal de Portimão" (Portimão Municipal Government), in white smallcaps. The logo consists of the campaign slogan: "é verão! é portimão!" ("it’s sumertime! it’s Portimão!" — in portuguese it rhimes) and an arrangement of the 4 partial logos. These partial logos were developped for each of the 4 areas with activities:

  • sun, beach and sea (a golden and white sun on light blue),
  • night-time animation (white crescent and stars and red music notes on dark blue),
  • sports (a volley net and a volley ball, mostly white, on gold) and
  • gastronomy (a sardine, a knife and a fork, mostly white, on red).

Jorge Candeias, 13 Sep 2003

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