Armação de Pêra

It was for centuries a fishing village, a focal point for fishermen attracted by the abundance of fish especially, sardines and tuna, which was salted and sold in the south and centre of Portugal.

To defend the settlement against raids from pirates and corsair, a small fort was built in the 17th century at the initiative of a prosperous boat owner.

One of the walls of this old fortification with a doorway and above it the royal coat of arms, still stands on a slight elevation overlooking the sea.

The chapel inside, which is dedicated to Santo Antonio (Saint Anthony), dates from the same period. The carved and gilded woodwork of the retables in the main chapel, the side chapels and the chapels of Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary) and Sagrado Coração de Jesus (the Sacred Heart) are representative of art in the Algarve at the time (18th century). The church's holy treasures include vestments and a finely crafted silver Monstrance.
The churchyard affords excellent views of the surrounding fields and the sea.

These days, the fishermen's nets are still to be seen on Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermen's beach). But it is to the tourists who come for its broad sands and warm waters that Armação de Pêra now ones its lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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Praia Grande beach and rock formation.

The old town.