The name Armacao de Pera is a reminder of how this beach resort started as a fishing community. Armacao is the name given to the massive tuna nets which stretched up to 3 miles out to sea. The net, like a vast wall suspended beneath steel cables and bouys herded the migrating fish into boxlike traps. Pera is a small village nearby.

Fleets of boats gaurded the nets and brought the fish ashore to be processed and canned. Today nothing remains of that once thriving industry and along the shores where the anchors and nets stood offseason there are now the hotels of Armaca de Pera.

Armacao de Pera is a beach resort. The hotels and apartments back the golden beach which forms the focus of holidays at the resort. Armacao de Pera may not be a place to immerse yourself in Portuguese culture but it is a place to get a tan.

The resort of Armacao de Pera has a variety of restaurants and bars but choice here is limited. There is a bus service with connections to Albufeira and Portimao but a hire car could be an essential for people who want a more adventurous holiday based in Armacao de Pera.

This resort is well suited to young families and the less mobile as the streets of Armacoa de Pera are largely flat and access to the beach easy. Holidaymakers seeking a particularly active nightlife might consider a location closer to one of the larger centres as more suitable than Armacao.

Near to Armacao de Pera is the well established resort area of Senhora da Rocha. Houses and villas set in well maintained gardens enjoy pool and tennis facilities as well as access to the nearby beaches.

If your idea of a dream holiday is a perfect sandy beach and sun, sun, sun then Armacao de Pera fits the bill, as will almost any resort on the Algarve. But the resort is low on facilities and holidaymakers may feel isolated without a car.

Check at the reception desk of your holiday accommodation and you will find that there is lots to do within just a few short miles. Better still, most of the major attractions have a pick up bus service to transfer you to and from Armacao de Pera . Transfer services to the attractions are not free and you need to allow for such expenses in deciding if it is worth hiring a car for your holiday.

East from the resort the beach stretches away towards Albufeira and there is plenty of space even in high season. To the west the coast rises up into the cliffs that extend past the golden bay of Carvoeiro to the mouth of the River Arade and Ferragudo.

Along this coast the rocky cliffs are cut by narrow valleys leading down to picture book coves and beaches which huddle against the blue ocean. Away from the high season you can often find a private little bay in which to soak up the sun on this south facing coast.

A new motorway is slowly being built along the Algarve and with the completion of the latest stretch in august 2000 the resort of Armacoa de Pera is even more accessible from Faro airport. Even if your holiday includes transfers its good news to spend less time sitting on the coach after your flight.

Self catering can be a great way to cut the cost of your holiday. Whilst the resort has local supermarkets you will need to go a little further to get the best prices and selections. By summer 2001 a new shopping complex should be open on the EN125 highway between the village of Guia and Albufeira. Alternatively visit the town of Portimao where there are large supermarkets on the edge of town.

Out of season Armacao de Pera can be very quiet and apart from the local shops and cafes there is not a lot available. Whilst this is true of many resorts the streets of high rise buildings that characterise Armacao de Pera can seem rather daunting as a winter holiday location.