Praia da Rocha
Travel advice for the popular holiday destination Praia da Rocha on the coast of the western Algarve in southern Portugal: hotels & holiday apartments, beaches, golf courses, marina, casino, restaurants & bars, water sports weather, points of interest, excursions, …
Praia da Rocha is the most popular main beach of Portimão.Originally a fashionable seaside resort which had the first ever casino in the Algarve, mass tourism has now turned Praia do Rocha into one of the busiest places in the whole of the Algarve. Along the busy cliff top promenade there are a number of hotels, such as the Hotel da Rocha and the Hotel Algarve Casino, plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. There is a dual carriageway, lined with palm trees, leading to neighbouring Alvor where large apartment complexes can be found. One of the most popular of these aparthotels is Clube Praia da Rocha.
The fortress (Forte Santa Catarina) on the eastern side above Praia da Rocha affords great views over the estuary of the river Arade, to the picturesque village of Ferragudo on the opposite shore and the modern marina, which is surrounded by restaurants, shops and apartments.
The beach Praia da Rocha stretches for two kilometres from the mouth of the Arade River in a westerly direction, set against the backdrop of magnificent red sandstone cliffs. Several of the most beautiful beaches of the entire Algarve are located nearby until the bay of Alvor: Praia do Vau, Praia dos Três Castelos and Praia dos Três Irmãos.
Praia da Rocha Hotels
Hotels and holiday apartments in Praia da Rocha
The best hotel in Praia da Rocha is without any doubt the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa on the promenade. It is situated on top of the cliffs, overlooking the fantastic sandy beach with great views to the Atlantic coastline. The former mansion of a Portuguese family became one of the first hotels in the Algarve in 1935, when tourists still had to take a boat to reach the Algarve. Today this luxurious boutique hotel, redesigned by the Portuguese star architect Graça Viterbo, is a member of the Relais & Chateau Hotels group.
Several other top hotels are located along the promenade of Praia da Rocha, all of them offering great views over the Atlantic panorama. The 5 star Algarve Casino Hotel hosts one of the three casinos in the Algarve, operated by the Solverde Group. In the road behind the promenade and between the palm tree lined carriageway to Alvor there are many larger apartment blocks – one of the most popular being the apartment hotel Clube Praia da Rocha.
Praia da Rocha Weather
Actual weather conditions and weather forecast for Praia da Rocha and Portimão
Actual weather conditions may significantly differ in the various locations due to the winds on the Atlantic coast. Therefore we are publishing more specific and detailed weather data and 72h weather forecast for selected spots on the Algarvian coast, including wind speed and direction, altitude of waves and rating for surfers as a special service to our visitors interested in water sports. According to our own experience, and based on judgement of the locals, this is the most accurate weather information currently available for the Algarve.
Tide table for the Algarve coast
Surf & wave forecast provided by the Hydrographic Institute of Portugal:
- Significant altitude
- Average direction
- Peak periods
- Wind direction and strenght
Weather in Praia da Rocha and Portimão