Praia da Rocha

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Praia da Rocha
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Praia da Rocha beach
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Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve's best known and certainly most impressive beaches. A vast expanse of golden sand backed by the ocre coloured sandstone cliffs unique to this stretch of the Algarve. The beach's name translates to 'rock beach' and this refers to the numerous rock formations that punctuate the golden sand towards the western end. Being located on the doorstep of Portimão, one of the Algarve's most popular resort towns, means there is no denying this beach can get busy. However, the sheer size of Praia da Rocha means there is usually plenty of room for everyone.
As a major resort there is no shortage of facilities and the promenade is lined with restaurants, bars and clubs. At the eastern end there is even a casino and marina tucked away in the mouth of the River Arade. Protecting the entrance to the river is the medieval fortress of Santa Catarina, now a great spot to take in the beach and sites of this bustling resort.

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Praia da Rocha Weather Info

5 Day Praia da Rocha UV Index

UV Index scale

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Praia da Rocha tide times & sea state

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
12:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 2mph
18:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 12:18am (1.27m)
High 6:49am (2.85m)
Low 1:14pm (1.16m)
High 7:41pm (2.63m)
Daylight
First light06:47
Sunrise07:15
Sunset17:22
Dark17:50

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 10ft 21s  °  ° 15mph
12:00 12ft 19s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 12ft 19s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 1:39am (1.34m)
High 8:08am (2.82m)
Low 2:40pm (1.14m)
High 9:03pm (2.68m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:16
Sunset17:22
Dark17:49

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 10ft 16s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 10ft 16s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 9ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 3:07am (1.29m)
High 9:27am (2.90m)
Low 3:57pm (1.01m)
High 10:16pm (2.83m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:17
Sunset17:21
Dark17:49

Fri 22/11 »

Surf report for Fri 22/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 17mph
18:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 4:22am (1.13m)
High 10:36am (3.05m)
Low 4:59pm (0.84m)
High 11:15pm (3.03m)
Daylight
First light06:50
Sunrise07:18
Sunset17:21
Dark17:48

Sat 23/11 »

Surf report for Sat 23/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 5:21am (0.92m)
High 11:34am (3.23m)
Low 5:52pm (0.68m)
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:19
Sunset17:20
Dark17:48

Sun 24/11 »

Surf report for Sun 24/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 4mph
12:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 12:06am (3.22m)
Low 6:12am (0.73m)
High 12:25pm (3.36m)
Low 6:38pm (0.56m)
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:20
Sunset17:20
Dark17:48

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

12 °C
(53 °F)

Light breeze, 11.2 km/h from N

Sea temperature

16.3°C / 61.4°F

Rating

Average: 4 (2 votes)

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