Situated on the sun-kissed southern Portuguese coastline, Praia Da Rocha has long been a popular getaway for those in need of a dash of escapism. Its most popular draw is its vast beach space; not only is it the largest along this particular stretch of coastline, it’s also wide enough to accommodate peak summer crowds.
A medieval fortress towers high on the eastern part of the city, harking back to the days when it was used to ward of pirate’s, it is now a major attraction and offers excellent ocean views. Praia Da Rocha comes alive at night, with a string of bars, restaurants and casino open for business, even during the autumn and winter months.
A fuel-efficient economy car is perfect for driving around Praia da Rocha, where you are unlikely to encounter any difficult driving conditions.
It would be quite easy to while away a day or two in the Marina de Portimão area, which offers a range of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants. Various boat trips descend from the marina; on a good day, it is common to spot dolphins in their natural habitat.
Those on vacation with children may want to jump in the car and head to one of the nearby waterparks one day. Slide and Splash is a short drive away, just near to Lagoa, while a bigger park, Aqualand, is not far from Alcantarilha.
Those in need of a little retail therapy can head over to Portimão, which is approximately 20 minutes on foot or a few minutes in a car. The bustling centre has designer shops and the dining options are endless. There are several golf courses in Portimão; Penina and Morgado are two of the best.
Portugal has some fantastic restaurants, and Praia da Rocha is no exception. Restaurante F offers diners traditional Portuguese food and some of the freshest fish you’re likely to find in the area. If you’re in the mood for Italian cuisine, La Gioconda is a popular choice with natives and tourists alike.
Using your horn in a built-up area is frowned upon in Portugal, so only use in an emergency situation.
Cyclists should take note that it, in this part of the world, it is illegal to carry a bicycle on the back of your car.
Please note that both the use of both mobile phones and hands free kits are prohibited whilst driving.
Praia da Rocha is serviced by Faro International Airport, which accepts flights internationally and gets very busy during holiday season, which runs from March to October. Domestic flights are also available to Lisbon. The airport is around 30 miles east of the beach.
Driving to Praia da Rocha will take approximately 50 minutes, dependent on traffic. By taking the N125 eastbound, you‚Äôll be there with relative ease.