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“Not as famous but excellent”
Review of Armacao de Pera

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Berlin, Germany
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25 reviews
18 helpful votes
“Not as famous but excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2010

Not as famous as other towns in the Algarve, Armação de Pera is a refreshing surprise. The town extends itself along a sandy beach, nearby beaches are also wonderful.

You should visit Praia Senhora da Rocha, a marvelous bay between cliffs.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Neutral review on Armaceo de pera”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2010

Arrived in Armacao de pera, Portugal in August 09 and due to a hectic 5 months i am just getting to write the review.

The reason we booked this place was due to the price and popularity of the more common places to the british tourists like Albufiera. We thought we would go for somewhere that was maybe a bit more less known and a bit cheaper and it would be a more enjoyable holiday experience as holidaying with a full resort of British tourists really takes the experience of being abroad away.

This was maybe just a little too much Portugese for us. The small town itself was nice enough with various restaurants to choose from (not as much as we would have hoped but sufficient enough) and the beach was long enough and very clean. 1st day we arrived we took the usual walk to the coast to see the beach, as you do and caught a rare glimpse of it through the entire coast full of portugese tourists. This was the busiest beach i have ever come across and was too packed to enjoy it unless you walked along to the cliffs and found a spot there.
1 good thing of the beach though is the small fishing boats which the locals will only be too happy to take you through the caves of the coastline and see some of the best spots that portugal offers. Quite stunning and our son enjoyed it aswell (3yrs) until he fell asleep :-)

The towns promenade along the front of the coastline didnt have too much character through the day but was really nice at night, but be warned.. in August when we went it was like sardines in a can trying to get along and having a buggy doesn't help.

We didnt have a swimming pool as we booked an apartment which suited our needs and was very secure for our son(1 of the reasons for booking) There was a guitar bar 5 mins from the apartment which had a public pool and was around 5 euros per adult per day to use. We used this but i would suggest you pack a cool bag and head to the dolce supermarket and fill up your supplies as it is as cheap as chips :-) The bar is quite expensive to eat and drink there all day. There is 2 large pools and a kids pool here and the kids pool was very suitable for our son.

Dont hold out much hope for a taxi as these are very few and far between and even when we phoned we never ever got an answer and neither did the pub there trying to call 1 for us. Dont head too far away and leave it late to try and get back by taxi as we did and ended up in a bit of a predicament!!

The place does have a fair amount of high rise buildings which i really do not like and have never liked, you should probably know that...

Thats the end of my review so all in all we made the most of our holiday but was not our usual scene. The reason i have focused on some of the negative points was that these were what we look for in a holiday and if you are the same you have the advice before you go. If you arent too fussy about a very busy beach, lack of taxis and a very busy town then you will love it.
i would say also though is that you should take into consideration that we went in the busiest couple of weeks in August and that is all i can base my review on, however after speaking to a couple who have an apartment over there which they own then they did say that the portugese holiday there aswell and that they were on holidaying at that time. They also mentioned that the place is deserted outside of the holiday season so i guess it is just choosing your time to go.

Hope this helps

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Bournemouth
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46 reviews
33 helpful votes
“visit July 2009”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2009

Having just returned form Armacao de Pera I feel I should write a few lines -

We stayed in a beautiful villa with it's own private pool, in a residential area 10 mins walk from the town centre and beach.

Yes there are a lot of high rise buildings near to the town centre but they are not imposing nor an eyesore.

A lot of Portuguese visit Armacao for their holidays so it is a very 'Portuguses' area; do not visit if you are looking for a 'Brits abroad' type holiday.

Everyone we met, whether our next door neighbours, the shop assistants in the Supermarkets and gift shops, restaurant staff, bar staff, all were very hospitable and helpful. Most spoke very good English and the few that didn't were able to understand and help as necessary.

Visit the Clipper restaurant and Porters - both have excellent menus and food to die for!

We frequented most nights after our meal, Tropicana Bar, in the old town just off to the left of the main road. Run by Sabine this is a fantastic little bar, great hospitality and a lovely atmosphere.

Aqualand water park is only 20 mins drive away, and a very good day out. Beware of food and drink prices though!

The beach is good, but for something more special drive to the west of the town to find lots of little coves and bays. We found Marinha; a beautiful beach with lots of natural erosion; beware though it's a long walk back up the steps! Also as it's the Atlantic the sea can be calm one day and extremely rough the next.

All in all a fabulous week; if you go enjoy :-)

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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2009

Not a very pretty resort especially with the current building work along the sea front promenade, they are working on re-paving. Makes for not a very good view from some of the restaurants and very dusty shoes and feet. Beach was fab but sun loungers a rip off at 14 euros for 2.
One restaurant I would recommend is "The Clipper" which is on the main promenade overlooking sea, they made us feel very welcome. In all of the other restaurants we went into we found the algarvians very rude and abrupt, even when their restaurants were half full found we were ignored a lot of the time and left sitting there which resulted in us walking out a lot of these.
Will not be going back to the Algarve anytime soon.

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nottinghamshire
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6 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Portuguese charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2009

Armacao must have one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. It is also a very charming resort even though it seems very built up with apartments. The walk into the old town to the east of the resort rewards you with lovely friendly restaurants serving Portuguese cuisine. At night you feel safe as the resort has a very strong family atmosphere. We have visited twice and on both occasions our self catering accommodation has been the biggest we have ever stayed in. Also, check out Pedros bar at the back of the beach near the old time. Perfect after a day's sunbathing.

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