Local wine and traditional pottery abound

Vila Vita and the beach

Porches is a classic Algarve village with white-washed houses and the typical filigreed chimneys. This picturesque village is where much of the traditional blue and white pottery is made, one can visit the Pottery factory which preserves the local craft and the ancient Moorish designs – some shops also decorate the handmade pottery in public view too.

Our hotel choice here

Algarve 5 star hotels are generally on the coastal area, five minutes from Porches, including our choice of the excellent family property, Vila Vita Parc, most hotels are located near Armação de Pera.

Beautiful white sand beach

Once a small fishing village this is now a town perfect for Algarve luxury holidays. Porches boasts one of the nicest sandy beaches in the Algarve which stretches for miles (the beach has the same name as the town). Boat trips depart from here and there are theme parks for the younger visitor including Aqualand and the Dolphin Park within 10 minutes of town. The appeal of the white sand beach here does mean it gets busy in the peak summer months but either side of July/August this area is very appealing.  

Dining out

There are some good restaurants in the village, in particular the more traditional ones where Fado is sung as in times gone by. Porches may be small but it is also cosmopolitan. You can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and old world charm and hospitality, as well as magnificent views across the cliffs to Senhora da Rocha. And if you fancy some Bavarian bonhomie, Porches has its very own Biergarten serving Paulaner beer straight from Munich.

The Area

The area of Porches is well known for its wine as well as the famous blue and white traditional Portuguese pottery. Porches has good heritage too with various monuments such as 16th century Mother Church, the ruins of the ancient Castle, probably with Moorish or even Roman origins, or even the Nossa Senhora da Rocha Fort, on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The surrounding area has much to see and do too.


One of the main attractions of the Algarve is its mild Mediterranean climate.  More than 300 days of sunshine per year make this part of the Algarve a perfect choice for visitors all year round.

The summers are warm and dry, tempered by a mild Atlantic breeze, spring and autumn are temperate and pleasant, the ideal time to explore the many activities the region has to offer, while the winters are moderate with little precipitation.