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Holidays in Praia da Rocha

With its broad, cliff-backed swathe of sand, picturesque old sea fort and bustling town overlooking the sea, it’s easy to see why Praia da Rocha holidays are a popular place for holidays since the late 19th century. Climb the steps of the 16th century Fortaleza da Santa Caterina and take in the views of the modern yacht-filled Marina de Portimão and ocean from the fort’s terrace. Only a short stroll up the elevated main street of Avenida Tomás Cabreira is Praia da Rocha town. It’s full of luxury hotels, bars, restaurants, and even a casino, which looks over the beach from the edge of ochre-red clifftop. The port town of Portimão and the lively nightlife resort of Alvor, are both just under 15 minutes away.

26 °C °C

Enjoy the long, hot summer between June and September.

2 hours 45 minutes

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

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.

Recommended offers in Praia da Rocha

Castelos Da Rocha

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Castelos Da Rocha in Praia da Rocha has 50 rooms and was renovated in 2010. The hotel is located 150 m from the sandy beach. The closest cities to ...
  • Accessible from the hotel: Portimao Docs (4 km), disco (100 m), theater (6 km) and airport FAO (75 km). The hotel is within easy reach of bars and ...
  • Limited reception hours: 9:00 - 24:00. Arrivals after 10.00 pm please confirm by e-mail to castelosdarocha@gmail.com or by phone the arrival time.F...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Flor Da Rocha

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • The Flor da Rocha Hotel features 133 comfortable one bedroom and two bedroom apartments offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest. Situ...
  • 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.

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

smartline Amarilis

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Smartline Amarilis are situated at Praia Da Rocha on the beautiful Algarve Coast of Portugal. The 3-star smartline Amarilis is set in pleasant gard...
  • Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport (FAO) is 70 kms from the smartline Amarilis.
  • Local tips: The apartments are only 350m from the renowned Praia da Rocha beach which offers a range of water sports & fun, and numerous shops ...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Vau Hotel

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Vau Hotel is an all-suite hotel located in the Algarve, within walking distance of Praia do Vau beach. Benefiting from a coastal location and close...
  • FACILITIES:
  • Reception is available 24 hours a day, offering a range of services including laundry (every day of the week) wake up service, lost and found, taxi...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Luar Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Welcome to the Luar Hotel in Praia da Rocha. The hotel is located 100 m from the sandy and rocky beach. To make your stay more comfortable a lobby,...
  • Accessible from the hotel: Portimao (3 km), airport FAO (53 km), Slide&Splash (15 km) and Tres Castelos beach (100 m).
  • FACILITIES:

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Clube Vilarosa Apartments Turisticos

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • General Description:
  • Welcome to the Clube Vilarosa Apt Turisticos in Praia da Rocha. The sandy beach is 500 m from the hotel and the town of Portimao is 2 km away. The ...
  • Amenities:

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Jupiter Algarve Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • The Jupiter Algarve Hotel enjoys a prime location next to Praia da Rocha beach, with the Fort of Santa Catarina and Portimao Marina both nearby. Gu...
  • FACILITIES:
  • Bed and breakfast or half board is available with an a la carte restaurant serving an international menu and a pool bar for snacks and light bites....

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Jardim do Vau

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 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 t...
  • 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 b...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

With beaches this good, holidays Praia da Rocha could easily just consist of sunbathing, swimming in the sea and enjoying the open-air cafés lining the promenade. There’s plenty of things to do in Praia da Rocha away from the impressive sandy shoreline too. Explore the history of the area with a trip to the 15th century fortress of Santa Catalina and Portimão’s old town. Take the kids on a family-friendly day out to Ocean Revival Underwater Park or the Zoomarine aquatic attraction. Sail along the River Arade to Silves on a boat trip, or unwind in the nearby village of Alvor.

There are countless great beaches on the Algarve coast, and Praia da Rocha is one of the most beautiful. You’ll find a quiet spot to lay down your towel on the wide sweep of sand, and kids can paddle in the calm waters. There’s everything you could need for a day in the sun, from parasols to places to eat and drink on the promenade.

There are lots of things to see away from Praia da Rocha’s impressive beachfront. Head to Portimão, where you can 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. The fishing village of Alvor is only 7km away and has a long sandy beach that reaches the Alvor estuary. Stop off at the 18-hole golf course at the popular Pestana Alto Golf, on the way back. For underwater sights, spend a day at the Ocean Revival underwater park. Take a boat out to this exceptional diving destination and you’ll see an artificial reef made from decommissioned Portuguese Navy ships teeming with marine life. Kids will love all the aquatic adventures at Zoomarine. Just 30 minutes away from Praia da Rocha by car, Zoomarine has fountains, wave pools and water slides to splash around in as well. 

When the sun sets in Praia da Rocha, the nightlife lights up. Spend a quiet evening dining al fresco at one of the beachfront bars, cafés, and restaurants. Find a table in the open air and enjoy a glass of cerveja beer or vinho wine as you eat some traditional Portuguese dishes like the delicious cataplana fish stew. There are a lot of great bars to choose from including sports bars, Irish pubs, karaoke bars and discos. Sip on umbrella-decorated cocktails as you dance the night away in a nightclub, or pull up a seat and relax as live music plays out in one of the bars.

Praia da Rocha is best for…

Beach lovers: The calm waters, broad sands and promenade dotted with bars and restaurants make this destination an all-round great place to please the whole family. 

Golfers: Tee off on the legendary 18-hole Alto course, which was the last designed by architect Sir Henry Cotton and has rolling fairways and great views of the sea.

Sports fans: As well as big sports events all year round, the Praia da Rocha sports area next to the beach means the whole family can play everything from beach football and volleyball to basketball and even gymnastics.


Fast Facts

Language: Portuguese is the language spoken in Praia da Rocha.

Currency: Change your spending money into Euros.

Local time: The time zone in Praia da Rocha is the same as GMT/UK time
Fly to: Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, is around an hour away from here.

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: Summer days can get as hot as 26°C and winters are mild with average highs of 16°C.

Best time to visit: Praia da Rocha holidays are best between June and September when you’ll get the warmest beach weather.

Made for sunbathing and sightseeing, Praia da Rocha’s Mediterranean climate brings long, hot summers and mild winters. There’s 11-12 hours of sunshine a day from June to August and very little rain, so pack your sunglasses and leave your waterproofs at home. Fancy a dip in the sea? In August and September, the usually chilly Atlantic waters warm up to a comfortable 22°C.


Getting around

On foot: On your holidays to Praoa da Rocha,  walk around the beach resort and you won’t miss any of the bars, restaurants, shops, and attractions.

By mini-train: Take a trip on the mini-train which runs along the seafront to the marina, and you can scope out your perfect beach spot at on the way. 

By bus: Hop on one of the buses that use the Vai e Vem route for a quick and easy way to see the rest of Portimão. To explore more of the Algarve, you’ll need a ticket for the Rede Expressos and EVA Transportes bus routes. 

By train: You can easily visit other towns around the Algarve, including the region’s capital Faro, by train. There are regular rail services from Portimão station, and once on board you can sit back and enjoy the scenic views from the window. 


Events

May, Beautiful May Jazz Festival: For four days every May, Portimão is home to the annual Maio Lindo Maio ‘May, Beautiful May’ festival. Held in the Portimão Fair and Exhibition Center, there are performances from national and international jazz singers.

Sardine festival: Recognised as the sardine capital of the Algarve, Portimão celebrates the tasty fish with an annual festival around the second week of August. Join the thousands that visit for the festival and tuck into grilled sardines as you watch fireworks and live music. 

Show jumping: Equestrian lovers will enjoy September’s International Show Jumping Competition; it’s one of the most prestigious of the horse-riding events held in Portimão every year.

Motor racing: Only about 10km from Praia da Rocha, visit the Algarve International Motor Racing Circuit, Portimão Circuit, and watch everything from the Superbike World Championship and Formula 1 tests, to the World Touring Car Championship. It’s truly a petrol head's dream.


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