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Pera in Central Algarve Portugal. Pera comes under the district of Silves, little history is known from the village,it’s name means pear or Piro in Latin. now known more as being more associated with the Larger city of Armacao de pera, which is well known for its fishing industry and fishermans beach.
however the area in the 16thto18th Century, Pera was well known for it’s sandy soil, which was ideal for growing pears these were made into marmalade as the variety was not suitable for eating only cooking, as well as being dried in the sun as a dried fruit. along with the Carob and grape. The reason this is mentioned is the neighbouring village of Alcantarilha hold an annual dried fruits fair in the first week in September,with many stalls selling foods consisting of dried fruits, there is a fun side, as there is always live music until late as well as stalls selling home cooked food followed with a glass of the local wine and has a great atmosphere.
The Village of Pera even has the Carob and grape on its coat of arms. Pera as a village has it’s many single cobbled stone streets, with two churches the main one dating from the 18th Century, sitting on the highest point of the village it gives great views of the coast and the large city of Armacao de Pera. The baron looking land between is in fact a well known nature reserve that sits on salt marshes, very popular with bird watchers.
Pera has a good daily indoor fish market, there are plenty of small shops, as well as numerous bars and local restaurants where a dish of the day can still be had for around €7-8 .the village has expanded in the last few years with modern housing estate on the outer edge towards Albufeira side.
Pera is perhaps now more well known for it sand Fiesa (sand Sculpture festival) is said to be the largest in Europe with a different theme each year now in its 11th year (2013), also just up the road is Real Picadeiro a horse riding centre that gives regular shows as well as a restaurant open in the evenings.
Pera’s Main High street
Main 18th C Church
Daily Fish Market
View toward the Coast
Many narrow streets
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