Armação de Pêra
Armaçao de Pera has plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. It is a popular place for holidays all year round, especially for the Portuguese.
The Algarve is famous for its wonderful sandy beaches. Armação de Péra has the longest beach in the Algarve with over three kilometres of long sandy beach and small rocky coves.
Praia Grande is a very special place, this long sandy beach is a conservation area and is renowned for its sand dunes that become a carpet of colour in spring with over a 100 species of wild plants.
Located near the beach is the ruins of a fort which was built in the 17th century to protect the village. Near the fort is the Santo Antonio Chapel.
Activities in and around the area include walking, golf, tennis, fishing, shopping at Algarve Shopping centre in Guia, horse-riding, snorkeling & diving, sailing, surfing - board, wind and kite, jet-skiing and just relaxing on one of the many golden beaches.
Other activities include 'Aqualand' - a giant water park set among lawns and palms with a huge array of pools and slides,which is located just two kilometres away. 'Slide and Splash' in Lagoa is similar, but on a bigger scale with an excellent water area for very young children. 'Zoomarine', part zoo and part theme park, has some amazing shows and is located about five kilometres away in Guia. A bird sanctuary is located two kilometres away next to Salgados golf course.
With Armaçao de Pera being so central it is an ideal base for golf enthusiasts. Some of the Algarve's finest golf courses are within 15 minutes' drive and most both east and west are within a 30 minute drive allowing for a superb variety of year-round golfing. Salgados, Silves and Gramacho are about a 10-15 minute drive. Salgados is located in the middle of a lovely nature reserve,so has plenty of natural lagoon water hazards to negotiate. Carvoeiro (2 courses) and Penina (3) are 15-25 minutes' drive west and the 11 international courses at Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, and Vale de Lobo are about 30 minutes' drive east. The new luxury Amendoeira golf resort with two championship courses designed by Nick Faldo and Christie O’Connor is just 10 minutes drive.