Great for stay put holidays or for exploring

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Praia da Rocha is the name of the beach and of the bustling holiday resort. It has long been a tourist centre since the later part of the 19th century, when it was the favoured summer resort of families from other parts of the Algarve and with British visitors particularly in the winter.

Within the resort

Our chosen hotel here is the Hotel da Bela Vista with its Belle Epoque architecture it dates from these early visitor years and stands out amongst the modern buildings along the beach front.

There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops along the main avenue which runs alongside the beach. At the end of the avenue is the Fortress of Santa Catarina which was part of the areas fortifications back in the 17th and 18th centuries, there are great views here over the estuary towards the village of Ferragudo.

With its good location and array of facilities this resort would equally suit those that want to stay put or for those that love to explore further afield.

Within the resort –as already mentioned there are plenty of dining options, add to that the casino which put on shows with dinner and dancing plus the chance to have a little flutter in the casino itself.

The main shopping centre can be found at Portimao only a short walk away (or by bus if you prefer).

As you would expect there are a range of water sports and beach activities available and boat trips from the marina which can be found at the eastern end of the beach.


Within easy reach of Praia da Rocha you will find plenty of places to please the younger members of the family such as; the water park in Lagoa or the Zoomarine near Albufeira with dolphins, sealions and birds of prey demonstrations.

Golf is one of the Algarve’s attractions to the holidaymaker – there are several within easy reach of the resort including Penina.
For some history and culture how about a visit to Silves an historic town with a well preserved Moorish castle, it is easily accessed by boat from Portimao, a picturesque location well worth a visit.

Praia da Rocha is centrally located for lots of other attractions the Algarve has to offer but also has plenty to keep you entertained without leaving the resort!