Mini guide to Porches
Porches is an unspoilt fishing village located on the Algarve, about five kilometres
inland from the coastal town of Armação de Pêra. The town
is a haven for those who are looking for peace and tranquillity, but also require
the attractions of the rest of the Algarve and its beaches.
Porches is famous for its pottery, and the local factory was founded in 1968
to revive the craft and preserve ancient Iberian and Moorish patterns. Each
piece of pottery is hand-glazed and painted in a free-flowing style in blue,
green and turquoise; good examples are available for purchase in the many shops
Porches is distinctive for its cluster of classic white regional-style houses,
punctuated with striking filigreed chimneys. The town's parish church has replaced
an older 16th century church, the chancel of which still remains. Signposts
from Porches onwards indicate the route to the beaches, where there is a large
car park. A tunnel leads to Praia Nova, a long bay that is ideal for beach walks.
All the bays at the nearby Senhora da Rocha are great for sunbathing and snorkelling.
There are a great variety of ceramics shops, as one may imagine with a pottery
factory on the doorstep of the city. Nightlife is limited, but the nearby towns
of Albufeira and Portimão have plenty of lively pubs and clubs to keep
the night owl happy.
There are several nearby destinations worth visiting. Portimão is a
cosmopolitan port with high-quality restaurants, modern shopping centres and
a large, bustling market. The long, sandy Praia da Rocha beach, south of Portimão,
with its distinctive rock formations, is a must-see. The famous resort of Albufeira
lies to the east, and farther along the N125 is the pretty village of Olhao,
set in the striking Ria da Formosa Nature Park. All these areas and more are
easily accessed by car.
Porches is reachable via the main N2 highway from Lisbon and along the N125.
The nearest rail station is at Poco Baretto to the north, and three trains daily
service this track from south of Lisbon. Faro International Airport to the east
is the nearest, and if a transfer hasn't already been arranged, catch a taxi
to the Faro train station to continue to Porches.
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