Praia da Rocha

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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 ochre 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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