This large well developed resort is popular with Portuguese as well as English visitors, which means there are so many good value restaurants here, you won’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen of your holiday villa!
The long golden beach at Armacão de Pêra is the biggest in the south, so you’ll always be able to find a space. At its western end are the characteristic Algarvian ochre cliffs and rock formations; from here, flat sands stretch all the way east, several kilometres to Praia de Galé, near Albufeira. The boats on the beach mark the original fishing village, very different these days from how it was originally, but still the best area to come for good inexpensive fish restaurants. If you prefer intimate cove beaches to long strands, visit the lovely much-photographed Praia Nossa Senhora da Rocha, just west. Nearby is Porches, famous for its gorgeous handmade pottery; visit at least one of the studios that line the main road. Kids will prefer Zoomarine, the Algarve’s very popular marine theme park, complete with performing seals, sea lions and dolphins, water slides and various other rides (for an extra cost you can even swim with the dolphins). And not far away is Albufeira with its bustling shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife.