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Armacao de Pera

Armacao de Pera in central Algarve falls under the district parish of Silves. It is famous for its fishing industry in the days when tuna was plentiful. Armacao de Pera still to this day thrives with fishing boats that come in daily, and unload their catch on the fisherman’s beach. You can often buy fresh fish and crab direct from the fisherman as they unload their nets or watch the auction (Loto) next to the Red Cross building. Those days of the small village have long since gone. It became a Town (Vila) in 1996). Steeped in history with remains of its fort along the seafront with the original coat of arms still unscathed on the 17th century fort entrance.             Although many would not even know it was a fort as little sign remains unless viewed from the beach. Until 2009 part of it used as the main police station and jail, sitting in the middle of the fort is the 17th century small chapel of Santo Antonio.

Armacao de Pera underwent €9 million improvements along its seafront to bring it into keeping with modern living. Good wheelchair access to most places. It holds traditional artesian fairs along the front with handmade jewellery, stain glass and pottery from the nearby Porches in the old casino cafe. Dating from the 1930’s now part art gallery and local tourist office.Outside the tourist office is free Wi-Fi, and new play area for children, with soft safety flooring. Take note of the coloured cobblestones laid in the pavement you will notice playing cards and dice, following the theme of the old casino building. You will see the pattern in the cobbles change to fish and fishing nets near the holiday inn Hotel.

Whilst the town has many high rise apartments, it lacks of a main high street of shops unlike other towns.  Well worth a visit for its main church in the square that rings out on the hour. Many back streets still offer traditional cuisine in the many restaurants. It has to be said it has one of the longest golden beaches in central Algarve. It can be entered on the flat from the fisherman’s beach end or a few steps down at the far end. If looking for no frills town, then Armacao de Pera is it.  

Tourist office WiFi area

Flat golden beach

Main church square

Fishermen sorting a catch

Fisherman's beach

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