The Beach Guide

Praia da Rocha Beach

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.

Nearest city

Portimão

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Praia da Rocha Beach Weather Info

Fri 24th
Heavy rain showers 13°C / 55°F
Sat 25th
Fair 13°C / 55°F
Sun 26th
Fair 13°C / 55°F
Mon 27th
Partly cloudy 15°C / 59°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 15°C / 59°F
Wed 29th
Cloudy 15°C / 59°F

5 Day Praia da Rocha Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Praia da Rocha Beach tide times & sea state

  • Fri 24/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 24/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
    12:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 16mph
    18:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    High 2:30am (3.30m)
    Low 8:46am (0.71m)
    High 2:54pm (3.06m)
    Low 8:50pm (0.82m)
    Daylight
    First light07:14
    Sunrise07:42
    Sunset17:49
    Dark18:17
  • Sat 25/01 »
    Surf report for Sat 25/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
    12:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 7mph
    18:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    High 3:07am (3.31m)
    Low 9:20am (0.72m)
    High 3:29pm (3.04m)
    Low 9:24pm (0.83m)
    Daylight
    First light07:14
    Sunrise07:42
    Sunset17:50
    Dark18:18
  • Sun 26/01 »
    Surf report for Sun 26/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
    12:00 3ft 17s  °  ° 6mph
    18:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    High 3:42am (3.28m)
    Low 9:53am (0.77m)
    High 4:03pm (3.00m)
    Low 9:56pm (0.87m)
    Daylight
    First light07:13
    Sunrise07:41
    Sunset17:51
    Dark18:19
  • Mon 27/01 »
    Surf report for Mon 27/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
    12:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
    18:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
    Tide times
    High 4:16am (3.22m)
    Low 10:26am (0.84m)
    High 4:37pm (2.93m)
    Low 10:28pm (0.94m)
    Daylight
    First light07:13
    Sunrise07:40
    Sunset17:52
    Dark18:20
  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
    12:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
    18:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 7mph
    Tide times
    High 4:50am (3.11m)
    Low 10:58am (0.94m)
    High 5:11pm (2.84m)
    Low 11:03pm (1.04m)
    Daylight
    First light07:12
    Sunrise07:40
    Sunset17:53
    Dark18:21
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 16s  °  ° 11mph
    12:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 15mph
    18:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    High 5:26am (2.99m)
    Low 11:33am (1.05m)
    High 5:48pm (2.74m)
    Low 11:40pm (1.16m)
    Daylight
    First light07:11
    Sunrise07:39
    Sunset17:54
    Dark18:22

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