Praia da Rocha holidays 2020
Nestled just five minutes away from central Portimao, Praia da Rocha enjoys a well-earned reputation for having one of the best beaches in the Algarve. This resort town’s main beach is vast and tranquil, ensuring there’s always somewhere to park your beach blanket. If you’re planning a 2020 getaway in the Algarve region of Portugal, Praia da Rocha holidays offer action and relaxation in equal measures. With a lively nightlife and dining scene, family-friendly waterparks and zoos, and romantic, rust-coloured clifftops, there’s truly something for everyone here. Spend your days shopping in Praia da Rocha’s varied retail outlets, or pay a visit to the popular casino.
The local architecture encompasses everything from a 17th-century fort to ultra-modern, sleek condo high-rises. Catch a glimpse of Praia da Rocha’s elegant past in its 19th-century mansions, many of which have been converted into luxurious guest houses. Whether you prefer your holiday accommodation to provide timeless convenience or quirky amenities, you’ll find a room to suit your personality.
Praia da Rocha at a glance
Discover the best beaches
Simply the best: Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve’s most well known beaches thanks to its 1.5 km of golden sands
Rest & relaxation
Take a leisurely stroll amongst the palm trees in Ribeirinha
Cultural hotspot not to miss
The Art Deco tile panels kitting out the Jardim 1º de Dezembro will take you on a trip through Portuguese history
Top attractions to visit
We’re thinking Santa Catarina Fortress and the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar
Perfect for watersports
Alvor offers you perfect conditions for kitesurfing
Must-visit historical sites
Visit the 17th-centruy church of Igreja do Colégio
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Things to do in Praia da Rocha
One of the top attractions in Praia da Rocha is the Santa Caterina Fortress. This sturdy historic fort dates back to the early 1600s, and today overlooks the golden sands of the beach as well as the marina. This makes it a top spot for visitors hoping not only to soak in Praia da Rocha’s lengthy history, but also its spectacular sunset views. It’s hard to miss, looming over the resort with its imposing stairs to the top.
Do you prefer a bit of retail therapy? The Tomás Cabreira Avenue heaves day and night with its restaurants, shops, and bars. Visit the town’s airy boutiques to flex your spending muscles, or simply take a stroll to experience all the hustle and bustle of daily life here. For further shopping opportunities you can venture to the massive Algarve Shopping Mall in Guia, with its expansive and airy food hall.
Praia da Rocha beaches
Visiting the beach is a must-experience activity during any Praia da Rocha holidays. The town boasts a long, pristine stretch of soft sands inviting you to stay in place with a sun lounger or build a sand castle. This beautiful beach offers plenty of room to sprawl out, whether you wish to relax or take part in the plentiful activities on offer here. Summer is the best time to visit for football fans, as the Beach Soccer Worldwide Mundialito takes place here in August. The beach is easily accessible, with a well-tended wooden walkway skirting the full length of the sands. This boardwalk is lined with ice creameries, relaxed cafes and bars to refresh you when the weather heats up. Alternately, you can get out onto the water with your choice of sports. Paragliding, windsurfing, and jet-skiing are all popular activities, or you can simply hire a family-friendly pedalo. With plenty of lifeguards and a first aid post, it’s ideal for visitors of all ages.
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