The finest beaches in Algarve, a gorgeous climate, an action-packed resort… Praia da Rocha is everything you could ask for from a beachside destination. The resort is just 2km south of the residential city of Portimão. The two names are often used interchangeably, but visitors rarely stray further than walking distance from the Praia da Rocha beach. Who can blame them for wanting to be at arm’s length from the longest and broadest beach on the coast? The beach is so vast that it never gets stuffy, even in the peak of summer. Miles of golden sand, water sports, seaside bars and restaurants, the beach of Praia da Rocha invites sun and relaxation.
And that’s not all there is. Paved promenade, casino, marina, vibrant nightlife…the list of fun things to do in Praia da Rocha is endless! In the summer, the resort is so popular that most of the hotels sell out early in the season, so book early! Although an all-year-round resort, Praia da Rocha is quieter during the winter, with the exception of the school holidays. Visitors gather to Praia da Rocha around Christmas and New Years to soak up some winter sun and celebrate the new year with fireworks by the beach.
Praia da Rocha might be all about fun in the sun, but an authentic taste of Algarve culture is only a short ride away. Silves, the ancient capital of Agave, can be easily reached by bus. Make it a day trip from Praia da Rocha and get your culture fix.
Want your beach break with a side of history? Make it a day trip from Praia da Rocha to visit Silves, the former Moorish capital. Away from the hectic rhythms of the rest of Algarve, the city is calm and peaceful. Stroll among the red-stone walls and take in the sight of the well-preserved castle to get a taste of Portugal’s past. For breathtaking views of the city, climb to the castle battlements. It will make for a great picture that’ll capture the entire city!
Only twenty minutes away by foot, the lively city of Portimão is the biggest city in Western Algarve. But don’t imagine a big metropolis! On the contrary, the city centre is a small and friendly, with many restaurants and outdoor cafés by the waterfront, so you can enjoy ice cream with a view. Take some time to venture to the pedestrian shopping streets in the old part of town - Portimão is the centre of commerce after all. To make the most of your day in Portimão take a calm boat trip in the Arade River to see Portugal at its most scenic.
Alvor is a charming Portuguese fishing village, only a 15-minute ride way from Praia da Rocha. The village has its own character with white washed houses and narrow cobbled streets. The sight of fishermen casting their nets feels like a return to a simpler time. The village also boasts a small lagoon with clear blue shallow waters - perfect for small children!
Exploring Praia da Rocha…
Praia da Rocha Beach
With plenty of golden sand to go around, couples, friends and families with small children can enjoy their fun in the sun on the Praia de Rocha Beach. Sandcastles by the sea, lounge chairs, water-sports, lots of refreshing drinks… it’s picture perfect!
If you are looking for an even more secluded beach spot, Tres Castelos is for you. Located right next to Praia da Rocha, Tres Castelos is a smaller and quieter beach, but arguably just as beautiful. It has impressive rock formations and small caves for you to explore. Surrounded by cliffs, this beach also tends to be warmer as it’s shielded from the wind.
Santa Catarina fortress
Looming on the marina end of Praia da Rocha beach, the Santa Catarina fortress is hard to miss. While it was used to keep pirates away, nowadays it serves as a viewpoint, offering charming views of the land and sea.
With over 200km of coastline, it's no surprise why Algarve cuisine is all about the seafood. Daily fishing trips bring all kinds of haul, from sardines to oysters, which is why you can expect a variety of seafood choices. Most meals start with “couvert”, a starter consisting of bread, olives and sardine paté. Main dishes are mostly fish-based, while the desserts are rich and creamy! In the summer, meals are often accompanied by “vinho verde” a slightly sparkling wine that leaves you feeling refreshed.
Praia da Rocha restaurants
Because of the many visitors coming to Praia da Rocha every year, you can expect to find all kinds of cuisine, from Indian to Chinese! But that doesn’t mean it falls short on authentic Portuguese food. The coast is lined with quality seafood restaurants cooking the day’s fresh catch. Bacalhau, dried salt cod, is a must-try dish that tastes just like the sea. If you venture near Tres Castelos you will find panoramic restaurants overlooking the cliff. Now that’s what we call dinner with a view.
Praia da Rocha holidays spell fun in the sun. The beautiful rock formations, endless golden sand and clear blue waters will make the perfect backdrop to your holiday snaps. Do you want to lounge by the beach all day? Praia da Rocha is calling. If you are more of an active traveller, endless cliffs paths are just waiting to be explored. One thing’s for sure, booking your Praia da Rocha holidays with easyJet holidays is the best way to an effortless trip! Save money by booking your flight and hotel together and get your vacation to Praia da Rocha at great value-for-money.
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