Pera is close to the beautiful Algarve coast about 10 minutes drive from Alcantarilha and Guia. The Algarve Retail Shopping Centre is a few minutes drive from your beautiful self catering villa and Albufeira, with its lively nightlife, is 20 minutes away by car. With a beautiful golden sand beach nearby, your self catering villa at Pera offers a great base for enjoying this lovely area.
With such perfect weather and stunning scenery, the Algarve is a popular place for golfers. The nearest golf course to your villa in Pera is Salgados golf course which is just 10 minutes drive away. 25 other golf courses are within 30 minutes drive.
The village of Pera is known for its sand sculpture festival in May, when you may want to visit, on the outskirts of the village. These sixty or more professionally finished sculptures are true works of art to be enjoyed and marveled at.
The golden sands of the nearby beaches make this a beautiful place to stay. Whether you want to walk along the water’s edge, sunbathe, read or surf, there is a beach for you within easy reach of your Pera villa.
The well known resort of Albufeira is just 14km, a 20 minute drive, from your self catering villa in Pera. As well as its active nightlife and sandy coves, Albufeira attracts visitors to its historic sights. Named as ‘the castle in the sea’ by the Moors in the 8th century, it was a fortified stronghold many centuries ago. The Church of Sao Sebastiao on Praca Miguel Bombarda has some beautiful features including a notable Manueline doorway.
Faro Old Town - This ancient walled city is a delightful place to explore from your self catering villa in Pera, and it is just 40km away. Once a trading port, Faro has both Arab and Roman ruins. The golden church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo certainly lives up to its name with wonderful gold leaf woodwork. Visit the 13th century Cathedral in the square and the beautiful Episcopal Palace nearby. During the summer there is entertainment near the marina, and just outside the town there is a modern shopping centre and multiplex cinema showing films in English.
The tiny Portuguese village of Guia was at one time a site of pilgrimage where travellers would make their vow to Our Lady of Guia. Home to Cliff Richard, and offering over 20 excellent restaurants, it is a pleasant place to spend a couple of hours. See the Roman bridge and finish the day at the local Zoomarine water and theme park.
This area of Portugal is popular all year round due to its sunny, mild climate. From March to October is has 8-12 hours of sunshine daily with temperatures reaching 29C (84F) on average. Winter temperatures average a very pleasant 16C (61F).
The nearest airport to your self catering villa in Pera is Faro International airport which is just 49 km away. There are frequent low cost flights to Faro from all over Europe making access to the Algarve very affordable and easy.