Originally a small fishing town Armação de Pera is a now a lively Algarve resort, with a wonderful long sandy beach stretching from Senhora da Rocha beach all the way to Praia de Galé. It is a charming mixture of old and new.
The 'old village' at the eastern end, by the fishermen's beach, is more typically Algarvean. Here you will find the remains of a 17th century fort still standing - built to defend the village from pirates by a wealthy fishing boat owner. There is a chapel inside, dedicated to Santo António, which is also 17th century, with panoramic views of the full length of the beach.
At the western end of Armaçao de Pera you will find the attractive tree lined promenade, there are several modern apartment blocks, a large hotel and a choice of cafés and bars. From the promenade there is a gentle sloping path to the beach, making it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
There are also a huge selection of bars, restaurants and cafés along the sea front, most of which have local, freshly caught fish on the menu every day. Don't miss the network of cobbled back streets which also offer a variety of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, and are one of the prettiest parts of Armação de Pêra.
Zoomarine sea-life park at Guia offers a great day out, and is just 10 minutes drive away, here you can enjoy wildlife shows and water rides, as well as make use of their inviting outdoor swimming pools. At Zoomarine you can also swim with the dolphins, but you must pre-book for this.
A trip to 'Algarve Shopping', also at Guia has something for everyone and is a must for shoppers, brimming with shops and boutiques as well as a large Continente supermarket, and large food hall with restaurants and fast food outlets. Non-shoppers can also enjoy their time at Algarve Shopping, there are plenty of comfy seating areas in the sunshine, a bowling alley, multi-screen cinema and games arcade.
The Algarve climate is perfect for golf, and there are many Golf Courses in and around the Armação area. The closest are the new Pestana Silves Golf and Amendoeira Oceânico Academy, both just a 15 minute drive away. Slightly further afield are Pine Cliffs, Salgados, and Balaia Golf course (nine holes). Many of these courses offer special deals throughout the year.