Praia da Rocha is one of the most popular resorts on Portugal’s Algarve Coast attracting crowds of tourists during the summer season. Located on the western side of the Algarve with the bustling district of Portimao close by Praia da Rocha’s main attraction is its beach. Named the “Rock Beach” because of its geological characteristics with large and interesting rock formations and the resort centre perched atop a cliff overlooking the beach it is not, however, lacking in sandy areas. In fact beach lovers particularly enjoy the resort’s two-kilometre long and 100-metre wide sandy beach.
Praia da Rocha is a destination for just about anybody. There are a lot of places to stay and things to do for both couples and families with children. Aside from the beach other places to visit are the marina, the water park (Slide and Splash) and Zoomarine which is a favorite with kids.
The Algarve Casino Hotel is one landmark on the Avenida Tomas Cabreira you should not miss. The casino is a great place to go for both entertainment and dining with at least three restaurants to choose from. Staying in the Casino 5* hotel is also recommended as it has all the top-class amenities and facilities required to make for a very comfortable holiday. You can even stay connected while on holiday with free wireless internet available to guests.
Along the same promenade (Tomas Cabreira) is the Jupiter Hotel, another nice option for accommodation that is only a short 70-metre distance from the beach. A bit farther from the casino but also on the beachfront is the cliff-top Hotel Presidente which boasts sweeping views of the sea from each apartment’s balcony.
Praia da Rocha likewise has an alternative to hotel accommodation apartment rentals. This is advisable for people who prefer to have the option to cook their own food or do their own laundry especially for lengthier stays. The Castelos da Rocha and Tres Castelos have 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments for rent that are equipped with most of the necessary modern appliances.
Cuisines and dining places are diverse enough in Praia da Rocha resort. While Irish restaurants and bars seem to be the highlight there are also places that feature local Portuguese food, as well as Italian and English fare. Among the notable restaurants are La Dolce Vita, the Dockside seafood restaurant, Dina’s Snack Bar, and Daly’s Irish Bar, which serves authentic Irish breakfasts.
Bars are also numerous fuelling the exciting night life of the resort. Most bars either have live entertainment, satellite TVs, game rooms, or discos. A few, however, do not have any of these things and simply offer a quiet, relaxing spot for drinking and talking with friends. Places you should check out include the Taverna, Squash Pub, Daly’s, and Kerri’s Bar.
It is very easy to get to Praia da Rocha, which is only about an hour (or less) away from the Faro airport. When visiting here remember to pack light clothes and prepare for the heat as it can easily reach 30°C in the summer.