Armação de Pêra was named after the inland region of Pêra in Portugal, where the fishermen came down from originally and armação, which was a specially adapted boat, with a combined netting system, designed by the Moors. Today Armação de Pêra is a lively high-rise Algarve resort, which is very popular with Portuguese holidaymakers in the summer. It has a wonderful long sandy beach stretching all the way to Praia de Galé. Arriving on the outskirts of Armação de Pêra, there are large numbers of attractive, modern apartments along with the roads and roundabouts to link it all together. The centre (centro) and the beach (praia) are clearly signposted, and there are several roads leading to the beach, so if you miss the first one, don’t worry! There is a large area of ground at the western end where you can park and another large area at the eastern end by the fishermen’s beach, along with a multi-storey by Pingo Doce supermarket. There are several beach restaurants including the excellent Arte Náutica Beach Restaurant – not the cheapest but in addition to freshly caught fish they have an excellent wine list and make a rather good Espresso Martini!
Pros: The wonderful sandy beach is child friendly and there are lots of great beach bars and restaurants
Cons: This area gets exceptionally busy in the main summer months