Armacao de Pera has one of the longest sandy beaches on the Algarve. It attracts crowds of tourists during the dry summer although it is a much quieter place in the off-season. This coastal village occupies the southern coast of Portugal from Pont da Gale to Senhora da Rocha with its golden beaches stretching from Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach) to Salomao beach. The coast of Armacao de Pera has characteristics typical of most of the Algarve boasting of wide sandy beaches with a backdrop formed by ancient rock cliffs. The clear water is good for swimming and the soft sand ideal for children to play with.
Since the boom of tourism in the area numerous developments have emerged in Armacao de Pera. Hotels, villas, holiday apartments, shops, and restaurants have been built near the beaches mostly on the hills overlooking the bay, spreading towards the west. But even though this locality mostly lives on its tourism industry much of its natural and cultural appeal remains.
Before becoming the holiday resort that it is today Armacao de Pera used to have only a cluster of shacks where fishermen from the neighboring village of Pera kept their boats. The name “Armacao” is said to have been associated with the Algarve’s huge tuna fishing industry in the 1400s and earlier. The village of Pera remains to this day largely rustic with an idyllic atmosphere.
Armacao de Pera has been catering to holiday makers for years so you can be sure there are a lot of things to do in town aside from enjoy the beaches. During the day you can choose from different water sports, go boating or walk along the coasts to explore the many coves. Close to the village is the Aqualand waterpark with big pools and exciting slides which is a real treat for whole families. Those who love golf can either go to the Salgados Golf Course or any of the other golf courses in the nearby towns.
Evenings and late nights in Armacao de Pera offer a variety of entertainment options. Dancing, singing, live music, good drinks and friendly people are hard to miss on the buzzing waterfront lined with several bars and clubs. Restaurants along the beach serve diverse kinds of cooking but most of them feature the day’s catch as their specials. When in Armacao de Pera try not to miss out on traditional Algarvian and Portuguese cuisine which many restaurants offer. Hotel restaurants and cafés, meanwhile, typically have an international menu and this is the same for those found around the old village.
For accommodation, you can either book with conventional hotels, or rent your own holiday apartment or villa. Highly rated hotels include the Hotel Villa Garbe Nautico which takes advantage of its beachfront, cliff-top locations to provide guests with a stunning panorama and direct access to the sandy beach. For a bit more exclusivity why not try renting your own private villa with spacious rooms, its own garden and pool, and a countryside feel? Caixinha, Casa Barreto and Quatro Marias Villa are just a few places you can stay in that are all very close to the beach and the commercial center of village.