Praia da Rocha is a very popular resort with British holidaymakers, set close to Portimao, with a convenient transfer time from Faro Airport of fifty minutes. The resort boasts an extensive stretch of golden sand sheltered by cliffs with large rock formations both in and out of the water. The hot dry temperatures and the sandy beach with its interesting rock formations all add to its popularity. Nightlife here is lively with a large number of bars, clubs and even a casino.
Praia da Rocha has something for everyone as it is well placed to access the many visitor attractions in the area. Golfers can enjoy a round at any time of year with numerous courses in the area including a championship course. Sun seekers and water sport enthusiasts will enjoy the fine beaches and the clear waters. Families with young children will find perfect sandcastle conditions but they must be aware that the sea, which is after all the Atlantic Ocean, can be rough with strong currents. The lively nightlife appeals to party-goers.
Praia da Rocha was the first resort to be developed on Portugal's Algarve. It now consists of numerous high-rise modern hotels, shops, bars and restaurants perched on a cliff top running along the edge of the beach. Access to the beach could be difficult for people with mobility problems.
Nightlife in Praia da Rocha is very lively with pubs, music bars, clubs and discos. There are numerous restaurants where those wishing for a more intimate evening can enjoy a meal in a relaxing friendly atmosphere, unsurprisingly seafood and shellfish are evident on most menus. There is also a casino for those who enjoy a holiday flutter.
There are many diversions in Praia da Rocha for shoppers there are a range of shops including many selling gifts and souvenirs. Nearby Portimao also has a large number of excellent shops and boutiques as well as a modern shopping mall. On the first Monday of every month there is a market in the town with hundreds of stalls which is the place to find gifts, souvenirs and holiday mementos. Popular items are pottery, leather goods, wickerwork, embroidered linens and jewellery.