Armona Island: Portugal’s hidden gem

Armona is an island off the Algarve, Portugal. Only 15 minutes drive away from Faro airport, it offers beautiful scenery, unspoilt beaches and an overall slower pace of life – the perfect peaceful retreat for holidaymakers who want something a bit different and warm!

The microclimate makes Armona a perfect retreat out of season, or for those who like to enjoy the Algarve’s summertime heat, temperatures average around 27°C+ from June to October.

Armona Island is the perfect answer for those who long for a holiday to a Caribbean like island yet don’t have the budget for it. With the scenic and tranquil Island only being a 15-minute ferry ride to the charming touristic city Olhão, holidaymakers will have no trouble finding something fun to do. Olhão is a large fishing town that takes pride in its fresh fish, fruit and vegetables that they sell daily at their market.

Tourists will have to look no further for that desired Portuguese experience as Olhão has several local style restaurants that serve their daily catch (that has been caught or produced within the 20 mile radius) accompanied by Portuguese wines. One can choose from an impressive wine mix of the rich red Douro’s to the light Alentejo whites.

Armona Island is a quirky island that has around 800 small beach houses, which range from luxury to basics, which is ideal for everyone’s budget. If travellers have come to escape their everyday routine and noisy city life, they aren’t restricted to just Olhão for their entertainment. Armona Island has a few sea front restaurants where one can drink and dine like kings at affordable prices.

In the morning you will witness the mini-market owners collecting the local cockles on the beach so that they can later fry in garlic and olive oil to then serve with Portuguese wine and fresh bread for lunch.

In the day, vacationers can catch a suntan on the beautiful sandy beach using a hired sun lounger and quench their thirst at the Caribbean style beach bar.  If you’re not the sunbathing type, Armona Island’s Atlantic west facing beach has rollers making it ideal for surfing.

Armona Island offers many fully equipped self-catering cottages that boast spectacularly beautiful sea and/or garden views. The cottages sleep 4 – 8 people and many include Internet access, making it an ideal holiday for those of any age who have a large party and a set budget. Check out what cottages are available on 

Being only 2 hours away from London, Armona Island is local and without a doubt on a tourists hotlist. Soon, the once kept secret paradise will no longer be so hush-hush.

Keith Herner (a travel blogger) recommends Armona Island: “What a great place to visit if you are after some quiet rest and relaxation, I’ll be back.”

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