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A Portuguese countryside retreat

Perched on a hill overlooking lush farms and greenery in the central Algarve, Porches is something of a hidden gem. More laid-back and upscale than some of the nearby coastal resorts, it has managed to retain much of its traditional charm, making Porches holidays the perfect option for those keen to get a taste of local life. The cute parish settlement that gives the petite Porches region its name may only have earned ‘town’ status a few years back, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in culinary and cultural interest.

There’s fabulous local wine to try and traditional pottery shops to discover, along with plenty of great restaurants and bars. And while the town itself is inland, a string of gorgeous beaches are within easy reach, including the scenic Praia da Senhora da Rocha, just a 10-minute drive away. For an authentic Portuguese experience, holidays to Porches offer the real deal.

Your Porches questions, answered

Humans are said to have lived here since the Neolithic Age, but Porches town as we know it today was built by settlers in the 16th century.

While there are buses connecting Porches to bigger towns, such as nearby Portimao, you might want to rent a car so you can explore the many beaches and other attractions.

Aside from its relaxed countryside setting, Porches is famous for traditional crafts – particularly pottery – and its proximity to the many excellent vineyards in the area.

Best things to do in Porches

Fire up the kiln

At one time, pottery was Porches’ largest export, and in recent years the craft has had a renaissance. Visit a reopened pottery works to take a tour and buy traditional, hand-crafted souvenirs.

Visit caves of wonder

From Porches, it’s easy to visit some of the incredible natural rock formations that line the Algarve coast. Don’t miss the famous, and rather surreal, Benagil Cave.

Make a splash

The Algarve is known for its water parks: hugely popular family attractions where you can enjoy high-octane rides and rapids galore. Be sure to visit one during your stay in Porches.


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