The Armação de Pêra reef is Portugal’s largest natural reef and is thought to be over 25,000 years old. Once part of the original Algarve coastline, the reef is believed to house 70% of the species indigenous to the coastline, as well as 45 species newly discovered in Portugal and, incredibly, 12 species newly discovered in the world. 

The incredible biodiversity of the reef has led to an effort to classify it as a Marine Protected Area, helping to promote natural conservation and a sustainable future for the local fishing community. 

As part of this larger commitment to minimise the impact we have on this unspoiled stretch of coastline, VILA VITA Parc’s feel a responsibility to use sustainable methods and principles as we drive to pioneer eco-tourism at our Armação Beach Club. 

Life is better by the beach, so we want to make sure that it lives on for future generations to enjoy. 


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Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Church

One of the more romantic features of the Red Chalet is a story that connects it to the church it faces across the square. 

Capela dos Ossos, Alcantarilha

Portugal is home to several bone chapels, one of which is a short drive from the Red Chalet and found behind a church in the small village of Alcantarilha. 

The Fish Market, Armação de Pêra

One of the oldest fishing villages in the Algarve, Armação de Pêra’s Saturday market is famed throughout the region for its showcase of the sea’s bounty. From freshly caught sea bass and red mullet to clams and shellfish, the traditional methods of local fishermen mean that quality and sustainability are guaranteed. 

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