Armacao de Pera

Faro District
Salgados Beach featuring waves, a city and a beach

Armacao de Pera is one of the most popular summer holiday spots in the Algarve, thanks to its high quality hotels, long and pristine white beaches and traditional fishing community and restaurants that provide incredible seafood.

The old part of the city is a particularly popular attraction with its charming narrow streets and well preserved traditional fisherman's houses. The adjacent beachfront area is another popular spot, for tourists and locals alike.

LandmarksOverlooking the sea from atop a hill is the imposing Armacao de Pera Fort, build in the 16th Century to defend local fishermen from pirates. Today it offers visitors impressive views over the sapphire blue waters. Inside you will find the Santo Antonio Chapel (or Chapel of the Protector of Fishermen), which was added around 1720 to offer perhaps a more spiritual shield to the fishing trade that operated out of these waters.

The parish church, Igreja de São Francisco de Pêra, was built in the 18th Century. With its beautiful baroque altarpiece and original figurative tiles depicting the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, this has to be one of the location’s best photo op spots.

Armacao de Pera is also home to the annual International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA). Since its inception in 2003 it’s had a different theme each year. The largest sand sculpture event in the world, it’s held between May and October and attracts some of the world’s top sand sculptors who come together to give form to over thirty-five thousand tons of sand. Adults and children can also participate in this form of artistic expression. At night, the sculptures are lit up and act as a backdrop for shows and performances, creating an amazing ambience.

BeachesArmação de Pera has some of the busiest beaches of the Algarve, lined with delectable cafes, top notch restaurants, and boutique, big brand shops. Be sure to check out the fresh fish market at Pescadores Beach. Beijinhos Beach, with its lush green area is home to local seabirds; perfect for nature lovers. Please note that Beijinhos is only accessible only by foot during low tide or from the clifftops.

Praia do Vale do Olival is one of the area’s most beautiful beaches, sitting between exquisite rocks formations carved by centuries of erosion. Take the trail through the surrounding cliffs that connects it with Beijinhos Beach.

ActivitiesExplore the caves in a traditional fishing boat or take a cruise along the coastline and discover the stunning rock formations and beaches as you go. Boats depart every day from the Pescadores Beach.

Food and DrinksThe village has a network of little streets with a variety of shops, cafés, bars, and numerous sea-front, beachside restaurants. The main dish served here is grilled fresh fish and seafood.


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Be Smart Terrace Algarve
Be Smart Terrace Algarve
3 out of 5
Quinta das Palmeiras - E-3-IV, Alporchinhos, Lagoa
The price is £25 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
This family-friendly Lagoa aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Senhora da Rocha Beach, Praia Nova and Nossa Senhora da Rocha Chapel. ...
4/5Very Good! (172 reviews)
Great on a budget
"This is great for a cheap and cheerful no-frills stay. Nice pools, great beaches etc and option to get food and drink all inc which we didnt use, though. We will most likely return - with an upgrade. Only downside was that doors and windows let all noise through but luckily we were there at a quiet ..."

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Be Smart Terrace Algarve
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
5 out of 5
Praia Das Gaivotas, Lagoa
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £240 per night from 9 Oct to 9 Oct
Offering direct access to the beach, this Armacao de Pera hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cova Redonda Beach and Senhora da Rocha Beach. Armação Beach and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (501 reviews)
"Beautiful property. We had the garden view deluxe room which was beautiful but had view of the gardens. We asked for an upgrade and paid extra for a smaller not as luxurious room that had an amazing view. Breakfast buffet was included and was extensive. Other than that, I thought the prices for lunch ..."

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2021

Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos, Porches, Lagoa, Algarve
The price is £282 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Armacao de Pera hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cova Redonda Beach, Senhora da Rocha Beach and Nossa Senhora da Rocha Chapel. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (392 reviews)
"By far the best experience I have had in a resort. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous and well maintained, it’s clean, COVID safe with the most unbelievable service. Credit goes to everyone working here who do a fabulous job day in and day out to ensure we’re happy and having the best time. Couldn’t ..."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Pestana Viking Beach & Spa Resort
Pestana Viking Beach & Spa Resort
4 out of 5
Praia Senhora da Rocha, Lagoa
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £64 per night from 9 Oct to 9 Oct
This family-friendly Lagoa aparthotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cova Redonda Beach and Senhora da Rocha Beach. Marinha Beach is 2.4 mi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (403 reviews)
"Beautiful location, well kept grounds, responsive staff"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Pestana Viking Beach & Spa Resort
Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Marginal, Silves, Silves
The price is £62 per night from 7 Oct to 7 Oct
This Armacao de Pera hotel is on the beach, 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Senhora da Rocha Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Zoomarine and Marinha Beach. Benagil Beach ...
4.2/5Very Good! (430 reviews)
"Great hotel in a quiet area of the Algarve. Hotel followed the covid 19 cleaning to the letter (spraying outside pool area at end of day). Hotel is showing it age, but still a place I would happy visit again."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, an IHG Hotel
Be Live Family Palmeiras Village All-Inclusive - All Inclusive
Be Live Family Palmeiras Village All-Inclusive - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Quinta das Palmeiras bloco E3-IV, Porches, Lagoa
The price is £97 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Located in Armacao de Pera, this all-inclusive resort is within a 5-minute walk of Cova Redonda Beach and Senhora da Rocha Beach. Praia Nova and Nossa Senhora ...
4.1/5Very Good! (42 reviews)
"The hotel’s facilities were nice and clean and the personnel continually were cleaning the common areas, where it was obligatory (fortunately!) the use of masks. They all were nice, corteous and always willing to help. To avoid any potential infections, at the restaurant, one can’t serve his own ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2020

Be Live Family Palmeiras Village All-Inclusive - All Inclusive
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