Armacao de Pera

Silves
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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Apartamentos Lindomar
Apartamentos Lindomar
3 out of 5
Rua D Joao II, Armacao de Pera, Silves, Algarve, 8365-130
The price is £51 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Silves. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (17 reviews)
"Magic central location, great fully fitted apartment and comfortable bed and bathroom. Recommended. Thank you."

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019

Apartamentos Lindomar
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, 8365-101
The price is £75 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Silves. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (479 reviews)
"Seems to be the only "real" hotel in the area. Convenient walking to beach and to restaurants on the boardwalk."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2022

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armacao de Pera, an IHG Hotel
Marsuites B&B
Marsuites B&B
3 out of 5
Beco da Fábrica, Silves, 8365-134
The price is £64 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Stay at this 3-star B&B in Silves. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Albufeira Old Town Square and Sao Rafael Beach are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Lovely hotel near centre , beach at end of street,
"Everything was great, staff very friendly and helpful. Covid rules were in force and precautions followed properly. The onsite carpark was full all the time this was the only drawback. However it was peak season"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2021

Marsuites B&B
1 Bedroom Apartment Can Sleep 4 People With Private Pool And Air Conditioning
1 Bedroom Apartment Can Sleep 4 People With Private Pool And Air Conditioning
Silves, Faro District
Stay at this apartment in Silves. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and on-site parking. Popular attractions Sao Rafael Beach and Albufeira Marina are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Apartment in a quiet environment suitable for family
"We had a pleasant stay in Mary apartment. A nice view of the country side overlooking the swiming pool of the residence. The center of the town Amarceao only 2 minutes by car or 8 minutes if you prefer walking. You can walk to the beach only 10 minutes away and it is one of the longest in Algrave.Apartment ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2018

1 Bedroom Apartment Can Sleep 4 People With Private Pool And Air Conditioning
SIMPLY THE BEST APARTMENT
SIMPLY THE BEST APARTMENT
Silves, Faro District
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Silves. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a water park. Popular attractions Albufeira Old Town Square and Sao Rafael ...
SIMPLY THE BEST APARTMENT
Vila Galé Náutico
Vila Galé Náutico
4 out of 5
Vale do Olival, Silves, Armacao de Pera, 8365-158
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Silves. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a free kids' club. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (117 reviews)
Fabulos 5 night stay.
"The location the breakfast the cleanliness the friendliness the comfort you cant go wrong with this hotel. The staff are so lovely and helpfull. Especially Ana on reception. She helped me out with my retun check in for our flight. I was having a problem with my phone and she went out of her way to ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Vila Galé Náutico
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