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Praia Da Rocha

Praia da Rocha

A lively part of Portugal's Algarve, Praia da Rocha couples culture and zesty nightlife to tremendous effect, all backed up with beaches and restaurants that are sure to leave a good impression on you. You'll never be lost for what to do amid the casinos and day trips on offer.

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More than just fun in the sun

The name of this area translates as 'Beach of Rocks', which certainly makes sense when you see the rugged cliffsides that cup the beach of Praia da Rocha in a snug and sandy embrace. Pleasingly, the sandy stretches remain free of any rocky outcrops but Praia da Rocha's stunning natural beauty, comes from the boulders bulging from the deep blue water.

The distinctive look of Praia da Rocha gives it massive appeal, and it's a tourist destination that more and more of those booking Algarve holidays are choosing to visit every year. The local government and homegrown businesses of the area have engaged in sprucing up the resort, only adding to its appeal.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Portuguese
  • GMT - None

Viewpoints and vistas

Nothing beats a great view, and in Praia da Rocha, the combination of heritage and natural rock formations make it very easy to get a great appreciation of your surroundings.

For history buffs, make sure to check out the Three Castles, the Fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar and the Ponta do Altar lighthouse, all of which are easy to find, walk to and enjoy. It helps that they all offer sensational views of the coastline as well, the sights you'll see if you brave hikes up to the clifftops themselves are spectacular too.

Hustle and bustle

You'll find that Praia da Rocha is an active resort, where families, couples and party-goers all cross paths to make the most of the entertainment on offer. In that respect, you can expect a huge variety, from glitzy nights at the city casino through to local jam sessions at the acoustic bar.

Nightclubs are easily found here too, offering nonstop partying for those who are looking to dance until dawn. On the other end of the scale, daytime activities, tours, hiking trips and watersports are also yours to enjoy, together with a host of shopping opportunities that'll give more than a little retail therapy to those who need it.

Dining for every budget

People from every age and background love to visit Praia da Rocha, so it makes sense that the resort offers a nice selection of places to eat and drink. One evening you could be eating a lavish meal at the local high class restaurant, yet the next morning, you could be tucking into a full on fry-up at a beachside cafe.

You can expect to find a great mix of Mediterranean cuisine and international dishes to choose from, so rest assured that every kind of tastebud will be tingled during your stay here.

Exploring your options

If you want to head out and see the sights beyond this cosy corner of the Algarve, you're in luck. Regular bus services give you the chance to take a day trip to the city of Portimao, while other services let you get out into the country, or make your way to nearby waterparks, festivals and other places of interest.

That being said, don't be in too much of a hurry to leave Praia da Rocha, as the town hosts countless festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Some of the more easily recognisable ones are at New Year's Eve and Easter, but there are motorboat races and other sports going on throughout the year too.

The important tip to take with you is to connect with the community, because you never know what kind of party or music night they're going to throw next. It definitely ensures that no two evenings spent under the stars of Praia da Rocha are ever the same, making this the ideal location for those interested in booking a holiday to Portugal.