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Welcoming tourists in since the 1930s, Praia da Rocha has gone from a quiet beach resort on the southern coast of Portugal to a lively coastal town. Praia da Rocha boasts one of the biggest beaches in the Algarve and visitors are entertained with a selection of restaurants and bars along the promenade. There’s even a casino here, if you fancy a flutter on the cards!

Things to Do

From days on the beach to boat trips up the Arade River, Praia da Rocha is a place for relaxing as well as having fun. Hop onto a dolphin spotting excursion to see some of these beautiful animals in their natural environment. There's also the medieval fortress of Santa Catarina which provides a great way to see into Praia da Rocha’s history, or why not spend a day on one of the many golf courses surrounding this Portuguese resort?

Food and Drink

An evening in Praia da Rocha is best enjoyed along the Avenue of Tomas Cabreira, the street that runs parallel to the beach. This resort isn’t a wild place but after sun down, the restaurants and bars come alive. There’s everything from traditional Portuguese food to international cuisine and for an evening tipple, why not grab a cocktail or beer to end a great day in the Portuguese sunshine?


Praia da Rocha’s beach is one of the longest and widest beaches on the south coast of Portugal. There are parasols to hire for those wanting to soak up some vitamin D on the soft sand. Alternatively, grab a jet ski or pedalo and head out onto the ocean for a while! To find a beach that’s slightly more exclusive, head west where smaller sandy coves are surrounded by the dramatic cliffs of the Algarve.

Location of Praia da Rocha

Key Facts

  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time: 2-3 hours
  • When to go: June - September

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