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Armacao De Pera

Armacao de Pera Holidays

Named after the fishermen's settlement Pera and a traditional fishing boat, an armacao, Armacao de Pera offers a mix of traditional Portuguese charm seamlessly blended with shiny new All Inclusive Algarve hotels. It has sandy beaches and attractions for all including a market, casino, fort and watersports, plus a waterpark nearby.

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Mixing the old and the new in Armacao de Pera

The sublime seaside resort of Armaco de Pera claims a long stretch of the coast and is situated between Carvoeiro and Albufeira in the Algarve. This is a resort that'll suit all generations as there are watersports, shopping opportunities as well as some cool restaurants and bars.

The contrast between the cobbled streets in the east of the resort and the buzz on the beachside only adds to the overall charm. This resort also boasts a casino and a market, for those looking for further entertainment.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Portuguese
  • GMT - None

Lazing in the sun

Don't worry about the cliches, just grab your spot on the beach and allow yourself to wallow in the sunshine. You can descend to the beach from the cliffs that encircle it via a gradually sloping path, and then hire a sunbed, pick your spot and relax out in the sun.

For further choice in beaches, a 15-minute drive along the coast takes you to Praia da Marinha. This idyllic cove is the gateway to an area of hidden beaches, secluded spots as well as some mysterious caves and unusual rock formations. The sea in this part of the Algarve is spectacularly clear so it's ideal for snorkelling.

Exploring the resort

Heading to the east of Armacao de Pera you'll soon bump into the resort's 17th-century fort, you can't miss it as it dominates this part of the town. The fort was originally built to protect the town from pirates, but today's explorers from foreign shores come in the shape of happy holidaymakers and they are free to explore what's left of this once splendid building.

Wandering around the cobbled streets of this part of town is rewarding, you'll be able to grab a refreshing drink and snack or spend some time finding bargains in the shops that are dotted in the area's winding alleys.

Relishing the water

Of course the sea is made for swimming, but in this part of the Algarve surfing, diving or simply renting a pedalo are also popular. There's even a scuba school in town with trained instructors so you can explore what lies under the waves. Check out Aurora Boat Tours, based on the beach, if you want to explore this coastline and visit the extraordinary Algarve caves.

Enjoying the outdoors

Golfing is a very popular activity when it comes to holidays to the Algarve, and Armacao de Pera is only a 10-minute drive away from popular Salgados. This pristine 18-hole golf club should satisfy the most ardent fans of the sport. There are also three other spectacular courses within easy reach.

Have some fun and saddle up a horse to explore the countryside via four legs. You can enjoy two activities in one when you take part in an exploration of a local vineyard on horseback starting from Quinto dos Valles, a 25-minute drive away from Armacao de Pera.

If horse riding isn't your thing, bike hire is easy to come by in this resort. Simply head on down to Algarve Bike hire in town and then you'll be on your way. This company is super efficient and will even deliver your metal steed to your hotel. Alternatively, rather than flying solo, hitch a ride with an experienced guide and explore the more remote parts of this region.

Waterparks and general amusement

If you want to release your inner child, or are looking for some fun for the whole family, Aqualand is a mere eight-minute drive away. From high adrenaline rides to wonderful relaxing floating experiences on the park's Congoland, this is the place to unwind and unleash your spirits.

Or head to Kartodromo de Almancil if you fancy your chances as the next F1 superstar. A 3 minute drive from Armacao de Pera is all it takes for you to practice your driving skills on this amazing go-kart track. There are buggies for younger family members, and if anyone still has any energy left over then a game of paintball will be waiting for you.