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Many Portuguese from Lisbon own or rent holiday homes here with it’s number swelling to nearly 100,00 in the summer months. There is a large daily fresh fish and fruit and veg market, as well as a street market every Saturday & Wednesday outside the post office. There are many mini supermarkets where you can get nearly all the essentials; hence the town has continued to grown in popularity. Armacao de Pera underwent €9 million improvements along its seafront to bring it into keeping with modern living although much character was stripped from the town, one good thing that came out of it was the wheelchair access to most places including the beach.
Keeping it’s bars and restaurants serving many traditional dishes keeps many restaurants open all year round.
Armacao de Pera has fewer bars and pubs. With lower key and higher standard than those fighting for trade in nearby Albufeira. Prices are more realistic a coffee or beer on the seafront only costing €1.20. Restaurants offer a tourist menu with the starter main and sweet along with wine for around €10-€15 this was still the case in 2020. Overall a great town for walking, being mainly on the flat. Armacao de Pera still retains its tiny cottages hidden away on the back streets near fisherman’s beach.
The modern love of art can be seen on many roundabouts along the main road toward Porches. Note: the bar/cafe on the beach on fisherman’s beach is an official public toilet with ramp for disabled. You do need to ask for the key, the toilet is only open to the public in peak season 1st June until 30th September.