With its crowd-free beaches and sleepy rural villages, Porches is the Algarve with the volume turned down.
A sandy coastline and ancient towns
The peaceful parish of Porches ticks off sandy beaches in the south and tiny hilltop villages in the north. A patchwork of vineyards fills the countryside in between. Tradition reigns supreme – fish, wine and pottery have always been Porches’ bread and butter, making it a honey pot for foodies and arty types. Livelier towns like Armacao De Pera neighbour the place, plus several theme parks are within a 20-minute drive away.
Petite coves and rural vineyards
Little bays and towering headlands line Porches’ coast. Hotels are just starting to take root, settling close to half-moon beaches like Senhora Da Rocha. Fishermen still roost here too, so sunloungers and beach cafés share space with fishing boats. The namesake of the area, the northern village of Porches, is Portuguese down to its bones. Cosy seafood restaurants and family-run bars dot the narrow backstreets. And it’s all wrapped up in natural parkland and vineyards.
Day trips along the coast
Armacao De Pera town is less than a 10-minute drive away. This is where the petite coves give way to one of the longest beaches in the Algarve. Old and new sit shoulder-to-shoulder here, so the old town is speckled with souvenir shops and family-run restaurants. Must-do day trips include the Slide & Splash waterpark – it’s around 20 minutes away by car.
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