Praia da Rocha Holidays
Praia da Rocha Holidays – An all-year round holiday for all ages
Praia da Rocha has been a popular holiday destination since the end of the 19th century, and the elegant Hotel da Bela Vista still stands as a reminder of those more refined days.
A holiday in Praia da Rocha is an all-year round favourite for all ages, whether it’s for powerboat racing and jet-skiing or dining at one of the many fine restaurants. If you are a party animal you can stay out until dawn at host of bars and clubs, but if your night scene is preferably a quiet one, you can enjoy dinner and a show at the casino followed by late-night dancing or chancing your luck on the spin of the roulette wheel.
The beach is enormous and an enormous draw, just the place for building sand castles. But to take a break from slumbering on the sands a visit to the Slide and Splash water park or the Zoomarine at Albufeira will keep kids, teenagers and adults happy for hours.
When to go
Any time at all! As one of the oldest established resorts in Portugal, Praia da Rocha is ‘Open all Days’, never mind ‘Open all Hours’. The pleasures change with the seasons, and while the beach is always there, whether it’s for a gentle stroll through the wavelets during Spring or beach games and bronzing during the summer, it’s probably best to avoid the more extreme water sports during the winter months.
The weather in Praia da Rocha
Cool but comfy from November to April (16-20º maximum daytime temperatures), to hot and steamy during high summer, when it can reach the high twenties in July and August, with twelve hours of sun and blue skies. The cooling breeze wafting off the Atlantic helps to keep the body comfortable, but even in the shade the temperature can reach a lethargy-making mid-20’s. The only time you are likely to feel raindrops falling on your head is from November to February, but even then they will be light, with an average of only two inches rainfall annually.
Getting the best deal
At any time other than the peak seasons of July and August, and the Easter and Christmas school holidays, you stand a reasonably good chance of getting a deal both with your accommodation and on flights. You might also find that your meals out and drinks bills are a bit cheaper, as bars and restaurants occasionally have special offers to tempt customers during quiet periods. It’s worth taking a stroll around the resort when you arrive to see what you can find to help stretch the holiday budget.
You will find the best deals in Praira da Rocha by checking below or visiting our late deals offers.
Airport and transport need to know
If you are planning a touring holiday which includes spending time in the Algarve, you could fly into Lisbon airport and hire a car, otherwise the only other option is to flying into Faro. It is the Algarve’s only international airport, and has excellent connections with most of the regional UK and London airports, and regular flights from the main low-cost airlines. Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2, bmibaby, and charter airlines Aer Lingus, Thomson Flights and Monarch all operate routes into Faro airport.
Expect to pay around 70€ (£49) for a taxi for four people, 90€ (£73) for a six-seater, from Faro airport to Praia da Rocha. Add a further 20% if your flight arrives between 9pm and 6am Monday to Friday and at weekends or national holidays. You could save a few euros by comparing prices and booking online or using a shared shuttle bus. You will make major savings travelling by bus; 1.75€ (£1.40) from the airport to Faro bus station, 5.15€ (£4.20) Faro to Praia da Rocha.
Vai e Vem is a local bus network that has various routes around Praia da Rochas, and costs between 1.30€ (£1.05) and 1.70€ (£1.40) depending on route.
The best beaches in Praia da Rocha
The resort of Praia da Rocha also gives its name to the beach Praia da Rocha – or perhaps it’s the other way around! It is one of a string of beaches that form the Portimão coastline, although it is the longest and widest so there is no rubbing sun-tan-lotioned-shoulders with your neighbours, even during the height of summer.
This beach is excellent for families with younger children and those with elderly or disabled travelling companions, as a boardwalk with plenty of cafes and restaurants runs the full length of the beach, giving easy pushchair and wheelchair access. As a registered Accessible Beach it has easy access for disabled people, with special equipment and amphibious wheelchairs that means they can splash about in the sea to their heart’s content. As well as water sports such as jet-skis, windsurfing and paragliding, the eastern end of the beach has a section reserved for beach sports.
If you want to slouch out on a beach away from kids, Praia do Amado is a broad expanse of fine sand that has a pretty steep set of stairs leading down to it, so tends to be avoided by families with children. There are beautiful views from the footpath and cycle track that links it with Avenida Tomás Cabreira. Praia do Amado is popular with surfers and has hosted a number of national and international surf and body board competitions. It has a surf school near the beach.
Praia do Vau is one of the most popular beaches in the western Algarve, and is where the wealthy once spent their summers. The water is calm and of excellent quality so the beach is very popular with families, helped by the fact that there are restaurants serving snacks and meals throughout day and you can hire sun shades and pedalos.
Areias Sao Joao
Armacao de Pera
Praia da Falesia
Praia da Luz
Praia da Rocha
Praia de Oura
Quinta do Lago
Vale de Parra