The Algarve is blessed with countless stretches of pristine sandy beaches, and Praia da Rocha is one of the best. Set against an impressive backdrop of red cliffs and the medieval Fort of Santa Catarina, there’s plenty of things to do Praia da Rocha. Only a five-minute drive from Portimão, the bustling beachside town of Praia da Rocha has everything from luxury hotels and high-rise apartments to restaurants, bars and 19th century mansions-turned-guest houses. What should you add to your Praia da Rocha things-to-do list? Here are just a few highlights we think will pack your holiday to Praia da Rocha with fun for all the family!.

Ocean Revival Underwater Park

Spend a day visiting the Ocean Revival Underwater Park, where you can explore an exceptional diving destination that’s teeming with marine life. Take a boat from the Subnauta Diving Centre to the Ocean Revival artificial reef, which has been created from four decommissioned ships from the Portuguese Navy. You can enjoy good sea conditions all year and still, warm waters that are safe for diving, so you can relax and take in all the underwater sights without worry. It’s free for those who already have a diving qualification, and there are PADI-approved instructors giving lessons for beginners at the Subnauta Diving Centre, before you take the plunge out at sea.

Aquatic adventures at Zoomarine

Take the family on a fun-filled day out at one of the Algarve’s biggest attractions and one of the best things to do Praia da Roche. Only 30 minutes away by car, kids can learn all about the preservation of wildlife and the environment at the rehabilitation and exhibition centre, before splashing around in the fountains, wave pools and water slides. If they’re still not worn out, there’s even a fun fair, 4D cinema and aquarium to keep them busy too.

Things to do near Praia da Rocha

Portimão, the bigger port town behind Praia de Rocha, is a 20-minute stroll away. Here you can see the beautiful Colegio dos Jesuitas Church, sample the fresh seafood in the harbor, and browse for souvenirs in its many shops. The rustic town of Silves and bustling resort of Lagos are both around half an hour away. There are historic castles, museums and a 13th century cathedral to see in Silves, while Lagos is home to a small marina, pretty beach and ancient fort.