Porches is a traditional Portuguese village in the Algarve, around 10 kilometres east of the city of Lagoa. Pretty, peaceful and packed with Portuguese culture, Porches has retained a small-town charm with a handful of modern touches on the outskirts.
Traditional architecture and old houses line the streets, finished with their signature decorated chimneys. Porches is famous throughout Portugal for its pottery. The streets are scattered with little shops where you can watch potters at work and pick up lovely handcrafted ceramics.
Vineyards dot the surrounding countryside, giving the town its other famous produce – wine. The best known is Mateus, a medium-sweet rosé that's loved worldwide. Foodies will have a field day in Porches' local restaurants – most menus have a focus on fresh seafood, but you'll also find Mediterranean favourites with a spicy Brazilian twist.
If you fancy getting out and about, the town is within easy reach of the market town of Lagoa and the beaches and entertainment of Carvoeiro.
Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around 2 hours 40 minutes.
Transfer time from Faro airport to Porches is approximately 40 minutes.
Summers in the Algarve get pretty scorching, so beach-goers can expect the mercury to top 30°C in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May and October stay at a pleasantly toasty low 20s, and even in winter, things rarely drop below 15°C – ideal for year-round golfers.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
A service charge won’t typically be added to your restaurant bill in the Algarve, so it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill. The same goes for taxi drivers – aim for 10% or round up your fare to the nearest euro. Tipping is not expected for bar staff, hotel porters or maids, although a euro or two would be appreciated for excellent service.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.