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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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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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£205

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

Tivoli Marina Portimao

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

Located in the estuary of the Arade River, Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel has been designed to blend in perfectly with its surroundings and is situated in the Portimao Marina area of Praia de Rocha. The beach is located in front of the hotel. Official local rating for this property is 4 Star.

The Tivoli Marina Portimao is 51kms from Faro International Airport (FAO).

10 kms from Lagoa, a place with historical interest, and 18 kms from Lagos.

FACILITIES:

In the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel the main restaurant, the Nikki Marina, offers an international menu, and has a wonderful view over the river. In addition, the Ithaka Snack Bar, set in the gardens near to the pool, offers a wide range of snacks (summer season only).

Spacious riverside Deck Bar (summer only).

2 outdoor salt-water swimming pools (1 for adults and 1 for children), gym and children's playground.

What is included?

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£266

Algarve Casino

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

The impressive Hotel Algarve Casino is in Praia da Rocha, Portugal, and offers refined comfort, total relaxation, and numerous entertainment and sport venues. This hotel is also a great place for combining leisure with business if you need to. It is located near several championship golf courses, water parks, marinas, bars, discotheques and has its own Casino. In the evening, there is also the Aladino Restaurant with its international shows and live musical entertainment. The hotel is right on the beach (awarded Blue Flag status and Gold Quality status) and offers lots of personal services. The Algarve Casino offers a truly cosmopolitan ambiance and lively atmosphere - book this one and you will not be disappointed!

Getting to the hotel: The airport at Faro is 65km away.

FACILITIES:

The Hotel Algarve Casino terrace is great in the evening for sipping a cocktail, watching the ocean and the fabulous sun sets of the region and don't miss the casino show; it's right on your doorstep!


Food, drink and entertainment in the Algarve Casino: Restaurants include Amendoeiras for breakfast (buffet) and dinner with panoramic views over sea and the swimming pool. The Restaurant Zodiaco is open air, close to the swimming pool for lunch and snacks, and Aladino is great for dinner with the Casino show. The Sunset bar in the main lounge has a seaside view and the Panorama Casino Bar has a terrace over the beach. There is also a restaurant on the beach open during the high season.

 

Sport, games and activities: seawater swimming pool for adults (heated from March til October), Health Club with massage service, Turkish Bath, reiki, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness-room. Nearby there are several championship golf courses, horse riding, water parks, deep-sea fishing, and available in high season - windsurfing, boating, jet ski, banana boats and para-gliding.

 

For the kids: Children's swimming pool (seawater).

 

Additional: Reception and house-keeping, 8 spacious function/meeting rooms with natural light and wireless LAN internet, catering and lounge for up to 340 people. Also available is a hairdresser, garage on the hotel (local charge) and free of charge parking 300 metres away from the hotel. WIFI is available free of charge throughout the hotel. The hotel accepts small dogs at an extra charge.

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£278

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.

Recommended offers in Praia da Rocha

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.

 

What is included?

from

£205

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.

What is included?

from

£243

Tivoli Marina Portimao

Praia Da Rocha, Algarve (Faro)

Located in the estuary of the Arade River, Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel has been designed to blend in perfectly with its surroundings and is situated in the Portimao Marina area of Praia de Rocha. The beach is located in front of the hotel. Official local rating for this property is 4 Star.

The Tivoli Marina Portimao is 51kms from Faro International Airport (FAO).

10 kms from Lagoa, a place with historical interest, and 18 kms from Lagos.

FACILITIES:

In the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel the main restaurant, the Nikki Marina, offers an international menu, and has a wonderful view over the river. In addition, the Ithaka Snack Bar, set in the gardens near to the pool, offers a wide range of snacks (summer season only).

Spacious riverside Deck Bar (summer only).

2 outdoor salt-water swimming pools (1 for adults and 1 for children), gym and children's playground.

What is included?

from

£266

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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