If you’re looking for a big dose of sun, sea and sand for your 2020 holidays, look no further than the Algarve haven of Armacao De Pera (Pera). The most southern region of Portugal, The Algarve, is known for its wonderful Mediterranean beaches and excellent tourist facilities. Even with stiff competition from the other Algarve resorts, Pera is thought of as having one of the longest and most scenic beaches in Portugal. Named after the tuna that were fished from the Armacao de Pera, or harbour, the resort was formerly comprised of two villages that have been united by a bridge. The major draw of Pera is its wide diversity of attractions and activities for all ages and personalities. On the eastern side of the resort you’ll find quaint cobbled streets and a more traditional ambience, while the beachside area is heavily tourist-oriented and has a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere. While many other beach resorts have little to do aside from sunbathing, Pera keeps you entertained with a range of activities including watersports facilities, friendly local bars and cultural boat trips. The resort offers everything from watersports to casinos, guaranteeing you have everything at hand for a relaxing coastal break. One of the best things about Pera is that it offers two distinctive areas within one resort, making it an ideal choice for groups of friends of differing ages and tastes, as well as those wishing to include several generations of family in their holidays.
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Praia Grande is the highlight of Armacao de Pera holidays, great for families, this beach is known as one of the best in the Algarve
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Enjoy a great range of seafood dishes in the old town or along the waterfront
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Get your hands on delicate linens, stylish leather good or colourful pottery in Armacao de Pera's charming boutiques
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Your guide to Pera holidays
The main attractions in Pera include the gorgeous beaches of Armacao de Pera, Praia dos Salgados and Praia Gale. As you head to the east of pera you’ll find the town’s 17th-century fort, which was originally built to defend against pirates. If you’re looking to add some variety and interest to your beach holiday, Pera is best used as a base to reach the best local attractions. From Pera, the popular resort of Salgados is just a 10 minute drive away, while there are also another three well-maintained golf courses just a short drive away. The busy local waterpark, Aqualand, is less than 10 minutes’ drive away, or you could head over to the Kartodromo de Almancil to practise your driving skills on the fantastic go-karting track. With buggies for children too, all the family can get involved, and you can even top the day off with a fun game of paintball.
Pera is an excellent choice of Algarve resort for those with limited mobility and families with young children looking for an inclusive beach holiday experience. Many of the beaches in the Algarve are Accessible Beaches, providing visitors with a range of amenities to cater for people with all levels of mobility. Many of the beaches in the area have ramps, walkways and footpaths straight to the sand and have height-accessible counters, bars and tables. The best beaches in the area include Praia da Armacao de Pera, a very long stretch of sand backed by Pera’s apartments and hotels. At the left hand side of the promenade you’ll find the remains of a 17th-century fort, as well as St Anthony’s chapel. With a couple of beach restaurants at the same end, this is also a great beach for enjoying a fresh seafood meal. Praia Granda is the next section of the long expanse of sand that runs from Albufeira to Salgados, with Gale situated in between. Another good option is Praia da Marinha, a tranquil cove situated just a 15 minute drive down the coast from Pera.
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