Praia da Rocha – meaning Rock (rocky) beach – is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. The south coast meets the Arade river. Besides the beach, it has also a lively ‘strip’ of night life and entertainment sought after by holiday makers. It is a 25 minute walk from our place, along the coast.
Praia da Rocha Beach
An extensive stretch of sand sheltered by cliffs, the Praia da Rocha (Rock Beach) is known internationally and has for long been Portimão´s “visiting card”. Inviting the visitor to sun and sea-baths, the sweeping bay offers excellent conditions for water sports and boat-rides. This beach has a very complete set of facilities, including public toilets, car parks in its proximities, Lifeguard and health centre.
“Three Bears”, “Indented Rocks” and “Two Brothers” are some of the names chosen by the local inhabitants to identify the rocks that rise from the sand, affording soothing shades when it gets too hot.
The Tomás Cabreira Avenue, which follows the coastline to the Santa Catarina de Ribamar Fortress, is full of hotels, bars, restaurants, esplanades and discotheques which, together with the Casino, turn Rocha into a zone of intense commercial and tourist activity.
Extremely cosmopolitan, the zone offers an enormous variety of night entertainment, which grows significantly during the summer season and is much preferred by younger people.