The eastern end of the town (not of the beach, that continues for several kilometers until Galé) is the best to families with small kids.
There are no stairs to reach the beach, that is shallow and quiet.
Some private houses to rent in this area of town make it easier to kids, and I used it several times, when the kids were small.
The western end of the beach is its most beautiful area. The wild rocks compose strange formations and become a sort of amusement park for kids. The only problem is being a little far from town, and, in the heat of the day, you'd better take your car, but parking is the usual nightmare.
The long stripe of fine sand, lining the hotels and apartment buildings, are the core zone of this popular beach.
The commercial concessions fill the area, and you are "invited" to book a canopy or chairs, but there's free space to everybody, if you refuse to spend money in a shade.
The beach in Armação de Pera is long, with several accesses descending the cliffs, not to high, but, in the central area, high enough to become uncomfortable, specially with children.
When our kids were small, we spent there three successive summers, renting a home in the western tip of the beach (Fisherman's beach), where the land is shallow, almost at sea level.
It's the quietest and most comfortable area, and the more affordable solution after the camping park, not far.
We went to Armacao De Pera in August and pretty much stayed on the beach everyday.
The beach is apparently one of the longest in the Algarve and there are plenty of loungers to use.
We stayed near the West side where there are rocks and caves to explore and tends to be less busy.
The resort consists of a long strip and the old town where there are shops, a few bars and restaurants.
There are 2 lovely ice cream parlours which are bright pink and sell the best hazelnut ice cream, we don't get this in the U.K!
There isn't much to do in the resort so its best to get a bus to the neighbouring towns, Aqualand waterpark or Zoomarine sealife centre,
We were quite happy to stay on the resort but would have got bored after 7 days.
The restaurants start getting busy at 9pm so its best to eat earlier at 7pm if you want to get the best seats.
The old town gets very busy at 11pm onwards when all the Portuguese tourists come out to eat ice cream and crepes.
Good bars are Kippis Bar leading down to the Fishermans Beach which is owned by a very friendly couple. We didn't venture into any of the clubs but I think there are 2. Calixtos Club and Fruit Bar. Superbok is Portugal's beer and it is very crisp and nice!
Generally the resort is for couples who want a quiet time, families and elderly people. There are more Portuguese visitors in the summer than British, German etc... which was very nice.
If you want to go clubbing every night and get drunk, best to stay in Albufiera. If you want to avoid the club 18-30 crowd
Armacao De Pera will do very nicely!
at armação de pera obviously, a huge beach facility. and from my point of view, and i like beaches a lot, is one beach i like less. thou' it was the first one, i met in algarve, it's sorroundins pouring with huge concret jungle buildings, makes it very ugly beach in did. if yu stay here, well, just drive yur car,or take a cab to the others 1001 beaches in algarve.