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Praia da Rocha

Travel Guide
Rocha Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views

Praia da Rocha is an all year round holiday destination, known internationally for having one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Algarve. One of its most popular stretches of sand, Rock’s Beach, owes its name to the rocks that rise between the sand and the sea.

Praia da Rocha is also a cosmopolitan resort with a buzzing nightlife, restaurants, water activities, sports and shops. Since the 19th century, Praia da Rocha has had a long tradition of tourism, not only in summer with Portuguese families but also during the winter when it attracts waves of Brits looks to escape the rain. The Palace, which houses the Bela Vista Hotel, was one of the first hotels to open on Rocha's beach in 1934.

Avenida Tomás CabreiraThe Avenida Tomás Cabreira is a long avenue that follows the coastline to the Fort of Santa Catarina, and is one of the most popular areas of Praia da Rocha. It’s lined with an incredible selection of of restaurants, hotels and even has a casino.

St. Catarina FortThe St. Catarina Fort was built by the Governor of the Algarvean Kingdom in 1621 to protect the city from pirates. Located near the Marina on the far eastern part of the Praia da Rocha, it is accessible by a staircase carved into the cliffs. It also has a bar and provides stunning views overlooking Praia da Rocha.

MarinaLocated at the eastern end of Praia da Rocha, the Marina is the place to be. Here you can join a boat tour for a little dolphin-watching, get into some water sports or simply have a meal. With its great selection of restaurants and bars, the marina is lively both day and night.

Things to do in Praia da RochaDuring summer, Praia da Rocha holds the annual Mundialito, an international beach soccer tournament, organized by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). The nearby Arade River also plays host to powerboat racing and jet-skiing events during the summer months.

One of the Algarve's biggest attractions are golf resorts and Praia da Rocha is no exception. It has several golf courses within a 10 minute drive, including the three courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton at Le Méridien Penina Golf Resort and Morgado do Reguengo Resort.

Visit the nearby city, Silves, a historic town with a beautiful Moorish castle. Make the journey by boat down the River Arade and enjoy the one hour trip to the largest castle in the Algarve on the water.

ShoppingPraia da Rocha is also a shopping paradise, with a nearby shopping mall that’s home to around 100 stores. You’ll also find a great selection of stores that specialize in local handicrafts and souvenirs along the main streets.

Hotel Algarve Casino
Hotel Algarve Casino
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Faro
The price is £145 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Located in Portimao, this beachfront hotel is on the riverwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Portimao Harbor and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (713 reviews)
"Very nice property located in the middle of Pria da Rocha. Great beach, beautiful pool, friendly and helpful staff. We were there in the midst of the pandemic and they were pretty strict as far as wearing masks and observing the protocols were concerned. Our room had a spectacular view of the beach. ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Hotel Algarve Casino
Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao
4 out of 5
Marina Portimao, Portimao
The price is £165 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
This family-friendly Portimao aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Portimao Harbor and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (608 reviews)
Beautiful location great value
"Absolutely superb, could not fault it at all and great value for money. Brilliant, would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Tivoli Marina Portimao
Bela Vista Hotel & SPA - Relais & Châteaux
Bela Vista Hotel & SPA - Relais & Châteaux
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
The price is £331 per night from 28 Aug to 28 Aug
Located in Portimao, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Rocha Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Slide and Splash Water Park and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"The Bela Vista is a jewel of a hotel sat in an otherwise typical holiday seaside environment. Commanding an elevated view of the magnificent beachfront, the experience is absolutely first class from check in to check out (in particular the breakfast, dining and pool aspects). There is 1 simple reason ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2021

Bela Vista Hotel & SPA - Relais & Châteaux
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Club Amarilis
Club Amarilis
3 out of 5
Edificio Amarilis Avenida V3, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
The price is £94 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Located in the heart of Portimao, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Algarve Casino and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach and Tres Irmaos Beach are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (89 reviews)
Excellent value, comfortable and clean
"The room was a bit dated and tired, but given how cheap it was I wasn't expecting much. The bed was extremely comfortable, the shower was fantastic and the staff couldn't do enough, including helping me order a take away as the dining room was shut. Really good value and I'd definitely stop again ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2021

Club Amarilis
Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao
4 out of 5
Marina Portimao, Portimao
The price is £165 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
This family-friendly Portimao aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Portimao Harbor and Rocha Beach. Vau Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (608 reviews)
Beautiful location great value
"Absolutely superb, could not fault it at all and great value for money. Brilliant, would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Tivoli Marina Portimao
Apartamentos Clube Vilarosa
Apartamentos Clube Vilarosa
3 out of 5
Beco dos Mosaicos Romanos Lote 1, Praia da Rocha Algarve, Portimao
The price is £94 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Situated in Portimao, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rocha Beach and Portimao Marina. Slide and Splash Water Park and Carvoeiro Beach are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (208 reviews)
"Nice, quiet area. Friendly staff. Free baggage storage after check out whilst waiting for airport transfer."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Apartamentos Clube Vilarosa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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