Porches is famous for its gorgeous handmade pottery and it would be a shame not to visit the studios that line the main road, and don’t overlook the smaller studios for that personal designer touch. There’s no pressure to buy, prices are often very reasonable, and the studios are lovely just to browse, particularly when the potters and painters are at work. Talk to them and you’ll discover that this now flourishing iconic Algarve industry was saved from extinction by an Irishman named Patrick Swift in the early 1960s!
Neighbouring Lagoa is the wine-growing centre of the Algarve, and (wine-lovers take note) one of our holiday villas is set in its own vineyard. However, neither the pottery nor the wine are what really compelled us to offer a selection of our beautiful holiday villas with pools here. What clinched it was the proximity to some of the Algarve’s most picture-perfect beaches: Praia de Vale de Centianes, Praia do Carvalho, Praia do Benagil, Praia da Marinha, Praia de Albandeira. These neighbouring golden coves, some of which are backed by soaring cliffs, fill up quickly in high season, so you may want to visit early then come back to your own poolside pleasures later in the day.