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Holidays in Praia da Rocha

A small but bustling resort area alongside a huge beach, Praia da Rocha has been a popular place for holidays since the late 19th century. The cosmopolitan restaurants and nightlife along the seafront promenade (Tomás Cabreira Avenue) are the perfect complement to the old town area, pretty marina and quieter waterfront of Portimão, the bigger port town behind Praia de Rocha.

26 °C

May to October for beach weather.

2 hours 45 minutes

Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 70km east of Praia da Rocha.

Praia da Rocha’s beautiful big beach is one of the best in the Algarve, perfect for lazy summer days. Book your holiday with Thomas Cook today.

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Vila Rosa

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

Located near to beautiful beach of Praia da Rocha, in the Algarve, the Clube Vila Rosa has comfortable apartments fully equipped, spread out through an expanse of 5000m² of gardens. Close to Portimao, Rock Beach and Fort of Santa Catarina, the refreshing breeze of the sea and the excitement of the Algarve night life are minutes away.
Clube Vila Rosa offers comfortable studio and one-bedroom apartments with self-catering facilities along with a delightful restaurant and two friendly bars. Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer.
The resort benefits from its privileged location, a short distance away from the main avenue of Praia da Rocha, which is full of bars, restaurants and shops. In its surroundings, golf courses, aquatic parks, shopping centre and the international Algarve race track at 13 km far. 

Faro International Airport (FAO) is 63 km from the hotel.

Local Tips: Nearby visit the old fishing village of Alvor and its beautiful natural reserve.
Discover also Albufeira, an attractive old village with traditional low fisherman's cottages, churches and narrow cobbled streets. Definitely worth a visit!

 

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self catering apartments with options for Bed and Breakfast and Half Board. Clube VilaRosa presents the onsite Rodizio VilaRosa Restaunt for delicious cuisine, as well as the Cluben Bar and Tropical Bar. Numerous restaurants and cafes within walking distance and in nearby Portimão. Guests enjoy entertainment in the day and night (during high season).

Sports, games and activities: Two swimming pools for adults, a children's swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, soccer field, children's playground area, games room from May to October, Bliss Day Spa with massage rooms and Turkish bath.
The staff at reception will help with various excursion programmes and other outdoor activities such as horse riding, Jeep safaris, Sea safaris, water sports, Golf green fees, coastal cruises, boat trips, and water parks.

Additional: 24 hour reception (May to October), multilingual staff, currency exchange, security guard, laundry service, free Wi-Fi Internet in public areas, mini-market from May to October, free luggage room, airport transfer by arrangement with charge, 24 hour medical clinic nearby, car rental, garage and free parking.

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£180

Oceano Atlantico

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The Oceano Atlantico is a home away from home just 5 minutes from the beach at Praia de Rocha in Portimao, in the heart of the Algarve. Offering space, well-equipped kitchens, a restaurant and poolside bar, this friendly 4 Star apartment hotel is a great base from which to enjoy local attractions and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life, and go a bit further to Portimao for great shopping. The aparthotel is great for families with children offering safety, flexibility and a range of options which will enable you to be free from the hotel's timetable and schedules. Guests will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer.

 

Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport is 30 km from the hotel.


Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows.


FACILITIES:

Dining: The Aparthotel has an excellent range of restaurant services, such as a pool bar where you will be able to enjoy the Algarve sun, pampered with light meals served by the pool, the delicious food in the restaurant (opening under new management), with a light meal and à la carte menu and a unique atmosphere, and the Lounge Bar for a calm and relaxing ambience to help you wind down after a full and exciting day.


Activities: Free use of the outdoor swimming pool (adults and children), children's playground. The area of Portimao is particularly great for golfers, with two 9-hole championship courses, Penina and Morgado do Reguengo, as well as Alto do Golf, a course with a majestic view out to sea.


Additional: 24 hour reception, cleaning 2X week, Changing towels and linen 2X week, babysitting service on request, free parking. There is a broad range of stores, with the Shopping Centre and Continente hypermarket, as well as the Lidl hypermarket, 800m away, as well as the Portimão Retail Park, 1.5 km away.

 

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£198

Jupiter Hotel

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The 4 Star Jupiter Hotel features 180 comfortable guestrooms offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest while still being connected with complementary Wi-Fi Internet access. Situated on the seafront in Praia da Rocha, and close to Portimao, Rock Beach and Fort of Santa Catarina, the refreshing breeze of the sea and the excitement of the Algarve night life are minutes away. Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise in Portugal has to offer.

Faro International Airport is 60 km from the hotel.

Local Tips: The Jupiter is just a few minutes' walk from the sea where you can walk for miles on the sandy beaches. A vibrant nightlife and shops in Praia da Rocha and Portimao are easily reached.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Bed and Breakfast accommodation with an option for Half Board with supplement. The Jupiter Hotel has a restaurant with both inside and outside access offering distinguished a la carte service. The hotel Bar has daily live music, games and a smoker's porch.

Sports, games and activities: Outdoor Swimming pool covered & heated in Winter, Spa offering Health By Water with therapeutic circuit, pool, Turkish bath, sauna massages. Gym.

Additional: 24 hour Reception, currency exchange, Internet access throughout the Hotel and in the Internet lounge (business), babysitting services on request with charge, car parking facilities, meeting rooms that cater for all types of meetings and capacity, equipped for 10 to 300 people. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners with supplement (mandatory).

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£226

Jardim do Vau

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The glorious Algarve Coast of Portugal is home to the 4-star Jardim Do Vau Hotel with a lovely beachfront setting at Praia Do Vau, 3km outside of the town centre. The Jardim Do Vau Hotel offers 131 contemporary 1 and 2 bedroom apartments equipped for independent living and complemented by hotel facilities. Couples and families can also enjoy good restaurant and bar service, a pool bar in spring and summer with separate pools for adults and children, a Junior Club in season, and a terrific Health Club to relax in. And don't forget the stunning beaches. Book into the 4-star Jardim Do Vau Hotel where family members can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Algarve Coast and the glorious climate of Portugal.

Getting to the hotel: 60km from Faro International Airport (FAO).

Local tips: Bus Station 3km; Railway Station 4km; and City Centre 3km with numerous restaurants, bars and shops. Hire a car and explore along the beautiful coast and inland.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment in the Jardim do Vau : Restaurant 'O Jardim' offers breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, catering for all the family; a cocktail bar is open in the evening and pool bar in Spring & Summer offers light meals and refreshments between 10am and 7pm. There is a library in the Health Club.

Sport, games and activities: Swimming pool, sun terrace and garden area, loungers & parasols, table tennis, snooker, mat balls, volleyball & badminton net, and a Heath Club (closed Sunday) includes indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam room (charge), natural solarium and beauty & aesthetic treatments (charge). Direct beach access and there is a golf course within 500m.

For the kids: Children's swimming pool and playground; Junior Club (May to September); and babies' pool.

Additional: 24 hour Reception Services, housekeeping, free WiFi internet access at reception, laundry facility, organised tour bookings, car rental, nautical activities arranged, conference and event space for up to 120 people, hairdresser (by appointment), mini market, free parking, free shuttle to Portimao (except Sundays); no pets allowed.

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£243

Hotel da Rocha

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The Da Rocha Hotel features 158 comfortable studio apartments overlooking the sea, offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest. Situated steps from the sandy beach at Praia de Rocha, this modern and stylish 3 Star vacation retreat is a great base from which to enjoy local attractions and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life, and go a bit further to Portimao (2 km) for great shopping. Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer.

 

Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport is 50 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self Catering and Bed and Breakfast accommodation with options for Half Board and Full Board. Da Rocha Hotel presents the modern and stylish Grand Café Bar with meals, snack service and drinks from the early hours until late at night. This property is within very close walking distance to a multitude of bars and restaurants.

 

Sports, games and activities: Outdoor swimming pool, sun beds and umbrellas. Guests have access to the Jupiter Spa just 20 m from the hotel, along with O Jupitor restaurant, plenty of waters sports on Praia da Roche beach 50 m from the hotel, and fabulous Golf courses in the area.

 

Additional: 24 hour Reception, golf reservations, tour assistance, excursions, laundry and dry cleaning service, room service, Internet access, conference room for up to 80 people, underground parking. Some services are with charge.

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£246

Tivoli Marina Portimao

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

In the Portuguese resort of Portimao guests will find the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel that faces out towards the Rio Arade River. An elegant hotel that features everything that guests staying at a 5* complex would expect and more. In the Marina area of the resort that is very close to many of the shops, restaurants and bars perfect for some evening entertainment for all of the family. The hotel is extremely close to the beach with it only being a matter of minutes away from the hotel reception.

FACILITIES:

The hotel has its own amazing restaurant that serves up some of the most delicious local Portuguese and International food throughout the day whilst guests can look out over the river. The Tivoli Marina Portimao also boasts its own snack bar that is set in the beautiful landscaped gardens and offers a wide range of light bites and beverages for guests.

The hotel boasts two large outdoor swimming pools that are salt-water filled, one of which is for adults and the other for children only. Away from the pools the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel also has an indoor gymnasium and children's playground.

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£269

Algarve Casino

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The hotel Algarve Casino is set in the sunny resort of Praia da Rocha, Portugal, and is simply perfect for your next beach holiday. This 5 star accommodation is all about ultimate relaxation and elegance thanks to its impressive service and facilities. Close by you will find many golf courses, water parks, shops and restaurants to keep yourself busy. The hotel even has its own Casino! The hotel is on the beach so you don't have to walk far to enjoy the warm sand and refreshing ocean.

FACILITIES:

The hotel features the Amendoeiras restaurant for breakfast and dinner (both buffet). Enjoy the ocean and pool view while you dine on international and local cuisine. The terrace is also perfect for cocktails in the sun. The Zodiaco Restaurant is available for lunch in a beautiful open air environment where guests can also enjoy light snacks throughout the day. The Sunset bar has the best view of the beach and serves a selection of drinks along with the Panorama Casino Bar. You will be spoilt for choice!

The hotel features its very own seawater swimming pool especially for adults. There is also a health club on site with massage service (upon request). Other activities include reiki, sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and gym. Outside of the hotel, guests can enjoy the surrounding golf courses, water parks, deep-sea fishing and various water sports.

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£281

You could easily spend your whole holiday at Praia da Rocha. It’s the main beach in the Portimão area and one of the most impressive in the entire Algarve; bucketloads of sand, open-air cafes and a long promenade leading to the glamorous yachts moored in Portimão Marina. To get to know the area better, take in the views from the 15thcentury fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar up on the clifftop and explore Portimão’s old town and waterfront. Go further with a boat trip along the River Arade to Silves; 23km away by road - the town’s famous for its castle. Or unwind in the quaint village of Alvor nearby.

The glorious beach is top of the list of attractions in Praia da Rocha. Holidays here revolve around its long, wide sweep of sand, which is book-ended by weathered cliffs and lapped by calm waters. There’s everything you could need for a day in the sun, from parasols and watersports to an array of places to eat and drink on the promenade. Walk through the passageway in the rocks at the western end and you’ll find yourself on the golden sands of Praia da Tres Castelos beach. Or head up to the clifftops for amazing views along the coast.

While most things to do in Praia da Rocha are based around the beach, there’s a lot more to this part of the Algarve. In Portimão, delve into the old-time atmosphere of the fishermen’s quarters, follow the Riverside Walk around the luxury marina or browse the award-winning Museu de Portimão museum. A visit to the charming fishing village of Alvor (7km away) is also a must. The sands of its beach run all the way to the Alvor Estuary, famed for its birdlife. Between Portimão and Alvor, you’ll find the 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and driving range of the popular Pestana Alto Golf.

As the sun goes down, the promenade lights up. Its beachfront bars, cafes and restaurants are the best places to go in Praia da Rocha for sultry evenings of good company, great food and a buzzing atmosphere. Find a table in the open air for a glass of cerveja (beer) or vinho (wine) under the stars, try your luck at the casino or make a night of it at one of the discos. Menus are full of mouth-watering local dishes; look out for the chilled arjamolho soup, the Algarve’s take on gazpacho. There are even more restaurants on the waterfront in Portimão, near the cruise terminal.

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Vila Rosa

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

Located near to beautiful beach of Praia da Rocha, in the Algarve, the Clube Vila Rosa has comfortable apartments fully equipped, spread out through an expanse of 5000m² of gardens. Close to Portimao, Rock Beach and Fort of Santa Catarina, the refreshing breeze of the sea and the excitement of the Algarve night life are minutes away.
Clube Vila Rosa offers comfortable studio and one-bedroom apartments with self-catering facilities along with a delightful restaurant and two friendly bars. Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer.
The resort benefits from its privileged location, a short distance away from the main avenue of Praia da Rocha, which is full of bars, restaurants and shops. In its surroundings, golf courses, aquatic parks, shopping centre and the international Algarve race track at 13 km far. 

Faro International Airport (FAO) is 63 km from the hotel.

Local Tips: Nearby visit the old fishing village of Alvor and its beautiful natural reserve.
Discover also Albufeira, an attractive old village with traditional low fisherman's cottages, churches and narrow cobbled streets. Definitely worth a visit!

 

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self catering apartments with options for Bed and Breakfast and Half Board. Clube VilaRosa presents the onsite Rodizio VilaRosa Restaunt for delicious cuisine, as well as the Cluben Bar and Tropical Bar. Numerous restaurants and cafes within walking distance and in nearby Portimão. Guests enjoy entertainment in the day and night (during high season).

Sports, games and activities: Two swimming pools for adults, a children's swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, soccer field, children's playground area, games room from May to October, Bliss Day Spa with massage rooms and Turkish bath.
The staff at reception will help with various excursion programmes and other outdoor activities such as horse riding, Jeep safaris, Sea safaris, water sports, Golf green fees, coastal cruises, boat trips, and water parks.

Additional: 24 hour reception (May to October), multilingual staff, currency exchange, security guard, laundry service, free Wi-Fi Internet in public areas, mini-market from May to October, free luggage room, airport transfer by arrangement with charge, 24 hour medical clinic nearby, car rental, garage and free parking.

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£180

Oceano Atlantico

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The Oceano Atlantico is a home away from home just 5 minutes from the beach at Praia de Rocha in Portimao, in the heart of the Algarve. Offering space, well-equipped kitchens, a restaurant and poolside bar, this friendly 4 Star apartment hotel is a great base from which to enjoy local attractions and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life, and go a bit further to Portimao for great shopping. The aparthotel is great for families with children offering safety, flexibility and a range of options which will enable you to be free from the hotel's timetable and schedules. Guests will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer.

 

Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport is 30 km from the hotel.


Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows.


FACILITIES:

Dining: The Aparthotel has an excellent range of restaurant services, such as a pool bar where you will be able to enjoy the Algarve sun, pampered with light meals served by the pool, the delicious food in the restaurant (opening under new management), with a light meal and à la carte menu and a unique atmosphere, and the Lounge Bar for a calm and relaxing ambience to help you wind down after a full and exciting day.


Activities: Free use of the outdoor swimming pool (adults and children), children's playground. The area of Portimao is particularly great for golfers, with two 9-hole championship courses, Penina and Morgado do Reguengo, as well as Alto do Golf, a course with a majestic view out to sea.


Additional: 24 hour reception, cleaning 2X week, Changing towels and linen 2X week, babysitting service on request, free parking. There is a broad range of stores, with the Shopping Centre and Continente hypermarket, as well as the Lidl hypermarket, 800m away, as well as the Portimão Retail Park, 1.5 km away.

 

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£198

Jupiter Hotel

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The 4 Star Jupiter Hotel features 180 comfortable guestrooms offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest while still being connected with complementary Wi-Fi Internet access. Situated on the seafront in Praia da Rocha, and close to Portimao, Rock Beach and Fort of Santa Catarina, the refreshing breeze of the sea and the excitement of the Algarve night life are minutes away. Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise in Portugal has to offer.

Faro International Airport is 60 km from the hotel.

Local Tips: The Jupiter is just a few minutes' walk from the sea where you can walk for miles on the sandy beaches. A vibrant nightlife and shops in Praia da Rocha and Portimao are easily reached.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Bed and Breakfast accommodation with an option for Half Board with supplement. The Jupiter Hotel has a restaurant with both inside and outside access offering distinguished a la carte service. The hotel Bar has daily live music, games and a smoker's porch.

Sports, games and activities: Outdoor Swimming pool covered & heated in Winter, Spa offering Health By Water with therapeutic circuit, pool, Turkish bath, sauna massages. Gym.

Additional: 24 hour Reception, currency exchange, Internet access throughout the Hotel and in the Internet lounge (business), babysitting services on request with charge, car parking facilities, meeting rooms that cater for all types of meetings and capacity, equipped for 10 to 300 people. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners with supplement (mandatory).

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£226

PRAIA DA ROCHA IS BEST FOR...

Beach-lovers: Praia da Rocha is famed for its broad sands, calm waters and long promenade lined with bars and restaurants.

Golfers: Whatever your handicap, you’ll get a lot out of a round or two at the 18-hole Alto golf course.

Sports fans: There are big sports events year-round as well as plenty to do yourself, such as volleyball, sailing and karting.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Praia da Rocha is Portuguese

Currency: The currency used in Praia da Rocha is the euro (€)

Local time: Praia da Rocha is in the same time zone as GMT/UK time

Fly to: Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 70km east of Praia da Rocha.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Tourist Information: Further Praia da Rocha tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Praia da Rocha.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 16°C in mid-winter and 26°C at the peak of summer.

Best time to visit: May to October for beach weather.

The weather in Praia da Rocha is made for sunbathing and sightseeing. With 11-12 hours of sunshine a day from June to August and very little rain, you can fit a lot in. August/September is the best time for swimming in the sea, as it warms up throughout the summer to 22°C.


GETTING AROUND

On foot: Follow the road into the centre of Portimão for more shops, bars, restaurants and attractions.

By mini-train: A leisurely way to get around, the tourist mini-train runs alongside the beaches to the marina throughout the summer.

By bus: Use the Vai e Vem route to travel between Praia da Rocha and the rest of Portimão. You can also see more of the Algarve by bus, with Rede Expressos and EVA Transportes.

By train: There are regular rail services from Portimão station. It’s a great way to visit other towns around the Algarve, including the region’s capital Faro, which is less than 70km from Portimão.


EVENTS

For jazz fans: Portimão is home to the Maio Lindo Maio (‘May, Beautiful May’) festival. You’ll find international and local musicians on the bill.

Sardine festival: Visit in August to join the locals in celebration of their favourite fish, the humble sardine.

Show jumping: September’s International Show Jumping Competition is the most prestigious of the horse-riding events held in Portimão every year.

Motor racing: Frequent home of the Superbike World Championship, Formula 1 tests, the World Touring Car Championship and all sorts of other petrol-head events, the Algarve International Motor Racing Circuit is about 10km from Praia da Rocha.


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