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Praia da Rocha

Post code - Praia da Rocha
Municipality Portimão
Location Praia da Rocha

With a vast and spacious area of sand, stretching over more than one kilometre, protected by warm-coloured and aesthetically shaped cliffs, Praia da Rocha is an increasingly popular beach amongst holidaymakers and one of the best known beaches in the whole of Portugal. It has been subjected to major improvement work, so that the beach is now provided with a network of wide wooden footpaths that cover almost the whole of its area, along which you will find a wide variety of different support facilities designed for bathers. The avenue that runs along the seafront of Praia da Rocha has a succession of hotels, bars, open-air cafés and restaurants, discos, and a casino, finally culminating in Portimão Marina. This greatly diversifies the tourist supply and provides the beach with its distinctive lively and colourful atmosphere. From the high viewing points to be found at either end of the beach, Três Castelos to the west and Fortaleza de Santa Catarina de Ribamar to the east, the latter standing at the bar across the River Arade estuary, visitors can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view over the coastline between the scenic rock formation of Ponta João d´Arens and the lighthouse of Ponta do Altar. The landscape is also marked by the mouth of the River Arade itself and the nearby hills of Serra de Monchique. Despite the heavily urbanised and tourist atmosphere of the area surrounding Praia da Rocha, the natural landscape also seems to impose itself here because of its extraordinary beauty.

Note: There is a possibility of stones falling from the cliffs, so that care should be taken when walking close to them, as well as when walking on the cliff top, keeping a safe distance from the edge.

Access: There is a tarmac road to the beach through the city of Portimão, following the signs to Praia da Rocha. There is an organised parking area near the beach, which has a wide variety of different support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach is classified as an accessible beach and faces south/south-west.

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Updated on: 21-10-2014

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