Costa del Sol
Armacao de Pera is famous for its magnificent long sandy beach and buzzing atmosphere. Armacao de Pera Beach begins in the resort centre where you can walk straight on it and continues all the way to Salgados Nature Reserve. Watersports fans will find plenty of choice from kayaking and paddle boards to parasailing. Armacao de Pera is an ideal spot for family villa holidays with Aqualand and Zoomarine both within a short distance. To get a taste of how the Algarve used to be, visit the old area of Armacao de Pera with its lovely church, fort and small cottages. You can also sample traditional flavours including Piri Piri chicken in the town where it originates, Guia, just a short drive away.
Armacao de Pera has all the shops you need for food shopping for your villa holiday. In the resort centre, you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere with many of the stalls and boutiques open long into the evening where you can pick up gifts and souvenirs. If you want a day of retail therapy, make sure you visit Algarve Shopping, a large commercial centre with shops and restaurants, as well as a multi-screen cinema complex about 15 minutes away near Guia. If you want to buy some distinctive Portuguese pottery, try nearby Porches where you can see it being made before choosing a piece.
The centre of Armacao de Pera has a wide selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. You’ll also find plenty of beach bars right along the beach where you can have everything from a coffee and sandwich to fresh sardines and a glass of chilled white wine.
A 5 minute drive inland will take you to the traditional village of Pera where there are a few small cafes and restaurants.
You can also sample traditional flavours including Piri Piri chicken in the town where it originates, Guia. The renowned home of the typical Algarve dish is around 8 kilometres from Armacao de Pera.
Armacao de Pera Beach has soft golden sand and stretches for miles. You’ll find a range of watersports and the busy beachfront next to the town has sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. To the west, you can discover plenty of charming coves framed with high sandstone cliffs, typical of the Algarve.
Praia Grande is also nearby and is well worth a visit. It sits next to the lagoons and lakes of Salgados which can be seen from the footbridge leading to the beach.
For a memorable day out, visit the small resort of Benagil and take a spectacular boat trip to the cave. It has a round hole in the ceiling that frames the beautiful blue sky - photographers will love it.
For the kids, there's plenty to do during the day both on and off the beach. The popular Zoomarine is perfect for a day out and only 15 minutes from Armacao de Pera. It is a marine life theme park, home to hundreds of fantastic and fascinating sea creatures, exotic birds, and tropical fish. Aqualand is only 10 minutes away and has plenty of pools, slides, and rides for all the family. Albufeira Marina also has plenty of activities to try from dolphin watching to paragliding and kayaking and is a 20 minute drive.
Just inland from Armacao de Pera is the small village of Pera which has retained much of its traditional character and dates back to the 17th Century. You can wander through the narrow streets to the church which has a chapel made of bones or ‘Capela dos Ossos’ which is fascinating but not for the faint-hearted!
If you enjoy history, pay a trip to the inland town of Silves. With a Moorish castle, museum cathedral and interesting side streets to meander through, it feels like a world away from the beach. You can take a boat from Praia da Rocha to see the nearby sea caves. For total relaxation, try a thalassotherapy treatment at the day spa in nearby Porches.
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