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Praia da Rocha


Praia da Rocha


The huge beach stretching for over a kilometre and sheltered by attractive, craggy cliffs in warm colours is the reason why Rocha Beach is one of the best-known beaches in Portugal and a top choice among summer holiday makers. Practically the whole beach is criss-crossed by walkways, alongside which there are many different support infrastructures for beachgoers, including a sports area.

Up on the seafront avenue, there is a succession of hotels, bars, open-air cafés discos and a casino, all eventually leading up to Portimão Marina and providing an array of tourist activities that bring added colour and complement the entertainment on the beach.

There are two elevated viewpoints at the far ends of the beach, Três Castelos to the west and the Santa Catarina Fortress at the entrance to the harbour on the River Arade. Both afford fabulous panoramic views over the coastline between Ponta João d’Arens and Ponta do Altar. Despite the fact that this is a busy town beach popular with tourists, Rocha is so impressive and beautiful that its natural scenery still seems to come to the fore.

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Note: Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs.

The beach can be accessed on foot and by car through Portimão, following the signs for Rocha. There are small, organised parking areas along the Avenida Tomás Cabreira, and larger ones, also organised at the far ends of the beach (at Três Castelos viewpoint to the west and Portimão Marina to the east). The various support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37° 7'2.93"N 8°32'10.46"W


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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