Eat like the locals
For those with a daring palate, the summer months bring the annual snail festival, a week-long celebration of how tasty these little shell-dwelling morsels are. If you don’t fancy eating snails, the local delicacy of seafood stew is available all year round. Made in massive batches, most restaurants offer a variation of this staple dish alongside other dishes such as fresh swordfish steak. Porches holidays aren’t complete without sampling as many of the regional specialities as possible and the cataplana fish stew is a great dish to start with.
Battle of the beaches
As with most of the Algarve, Porches holidays should include some time on the beach and there are plenty of stretches of sand to choose from along the coastline. Nearly every beach in the area is family-friendly, clean and well equipped with amenities. One of the most popular is the Praia da Cova Redonda, a sandy cove with a secluded feel thanks to being accessed via a number of steps. Loungers and parasols are available and families particularly like this scenic little spot, complete with shallow, clear waters that are perfect for paddling in.
Enjoy a live show
Despite being a generally quiet slice of the Algarve, holidays to Porches, Portugal can include some fabulous live entertainment. Hotels and bars in the area tend to host live music with nothing being quite as impactful as the local fado singers and professional dancers. If you ask the locals where the best blues bars are, you’ll be directed to a number of tiny but terrific bars and wine cellars where you can enjoy live music.
Watch the sunset
Seeing the sun go down over a vast stretch of water is always special, but Porches has the added benefit of one of the finest vantage points. The Nossa Senhora da Rocha Chapel, on the cliffs, is not only a pretty little building in its own right but it also enjoys unfettered views of the sunset and makes for an incredible photo opportunity. The white washed building against the dark water and dramatic golden sunset really does make for a breath-taking picture, demonstrating the idyllic old world nature of Porches.
Go a little further
Porches is so conveniently located that there are a number of other fantastic towns and coastal hot spots to visits all within a short distance, but Albufeira should be at the top of your list. One of the best-known cities in Portugal, it used to be a sleepy little fishing village but has become one of the best holiday destinations in the Algarve. It’s perfect for fans of the water, thanks to dolphin-spotting and diving opportunities. The lively nightlife is a bonus as well, with restaurants, bars and clubs all on hand.
A picture-perfect little spot in the Algarve, Porches offers the perfect combination of peace and quiet and evening excitement. Fantastic food, collectible ceramics and unforgettable beaches are just a few of the things that make Porches so special and a must-visit destination for many.