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Praia da Nossa Senhora da Rocha


Praia da Nossa Senhora da Rocha


This very welcoming beach lies beside the Nossa Senhora da Rocha fishing harbour and therefore beachgoers share it with the fishing boats and equipment (especially buckets) and the huts where the fishermen store their things. The fishing boats also take tourists, on request, to visit the area’s sea caves, where you can admire the fascinating play of light and colour, and to isolated beaches which can only be accessed from the sea.

The beach is delimited to the east by the high line of the cliff, where various sinkholes cut into the rock are visible, and to the west by long Nossa Senhora da Rocha promontory, from which you can see all the way along the coast to Albufeira. A tunnel that has been dug out underneath the promontory lets you access the neighbouring beach, Praia Nova.

The beach is surrounded by abundant greenery, including juniper and wild olive and mastic trees. Many plants typical of these saline environments can be seen growing on the cliff face, along with numerous birds that take shelter here: falcons, black-headed gulls, herring gulls and swifts.

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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.

Road access is by tarmacked road from the EN 125, turning south at Porches or from Armação de Pera, and following the signs to the Nossa Senhora da Rocha. There is plenty of organised parking next to the Nossa Senhora da Rocha promontory and areas of informal parking next to the road leading down to the beach. Traffic and parking are restricted next to the beach. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-east.

GPS: 37° 5'50.59"N 8°23'7.43"W

Accessibility: For more information about this resource click here.


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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