Praia da Rocha travel guide

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 sunscreen 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.

 

Best for…

Beach lovers: The calm waters, broad sands and promenade dotted with bars and restaurants make Praia da Rocha an all-rounder 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.

 

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Fast Facts

Language: Portuguese is the language spoken here

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 

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Tourist information: Further 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 

Holiday destinations related to Praia da Rocha:

  • Lagos
  • Cavoeiro
  • Alvor
  • Albufeira
  • Vilamoura
  • Getting around

    On foot: 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; 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 Ven 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 ten km 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!