Armação de Pêra
Enjoy this video of a bike ride along the Armação de Pêra promenade, by Pedro Pinto
The word Armação refers to a Moorish netting method that the fishermen used to use for their catch of tuna, the main source of income in the Algarve in earlier centuries. There are still fishermen to this day with the colourful local boats lined up on the beach.
Running the length in front of the town lies a long stretch of golden sandy beach between Ponte da Galé and Senhora da Rocha including a backdrop of lime and sandstone cliffs, caves and coves to explore along the coast. There are boat trips available that will take in the sights of this golden coastline including the caves hidden along the shore.
The crystal clarity and calm waters in these parts of the Algarve makes it ideal for snorkelling and very safe for families to enjoy.
Armação de Pêra has a very good range of accommodation including five star resorts and hotels to apartments and camping sites and to suit all budgets. The promenade boasts a large number of bars and restaurants to enjoy in the evenings.
Being in a central location, the town is very close to other popular attractions in the area including the towns of Pêra, Silves (visit the castle and medieval festival) and Albufeira(for retail therapy) or Porches. In nearby Guia there is the Zoomarine park where the whole family can enjoy a dolphin show.
During the hotter summer months, the population of this town rises several times over as it is an ever popular holiday destination.