Comfortably situated at the mouth of the Arade estuary, Praia da Rocha is the Algarve’s best known and longest established resort. Its creamy yellow sands and warm crystalline waters have provided year-round tourist appeal since the 1930s.
Framed by ochre cliffs and lapped by sheltered Atlantic waters, the town’s 2-kilometre-long beach is one of the most photographed in Europe, largely due to its highly architectural rock formations. The sea has sculpted the soft cliffs along the coast into fantastic shapes in the form of pinnacles, buttresses and caves shimmering with reflected light.
The town itself is a vibrant holiday resort with numerous bars, restaurants, night-clubs, souvenir shops, hotels and apartments. There’s also a first-class casino located right on the beach.
Nearby, set on the estuary of the River Arade, just 3 km north of Praia da Rocha, the fishing port of Portimão is blessed with a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and a rich selection of fish and seafood restaurants. A short drive west lies the picturesque village of Alvor, where the discovery of a Neolithic settlement with vestiges of a subsequent Roman occupation is evidence of the town’s historic past.
Praia da Rocha is situated on Portugal’s south coast ( 1 ml S of Portimao, 15 mls W of Albufeira, 190 mls S of Lisbon, 40 mls W of Faro and its international airport). It can be found on a clifftop overlooking famous rock formations on the beach and in the ocean. Hilly area’s can be found to the north of the resort.
There are golf courses in the vicinity;
Palmares – This is a course of great beauty, perfectly blending beach and mountain scenery.
Penina – The first golf course to be built In the Algarve, Penina is considered the masterpiece of Sir Henry Cotton.
Alto Golf – Alto Golf runs through two valleys, and was the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton.
Portimão is one of the main big game centres in the Algarve, offering the chance to catch fighting swordfish and other big fish. there are also facilities for sailing, hind-surfing, para-sailing water-skiing and scuba diving The golf course set among the pines of Penina is internationally renowned. With courses at Alvor and Vau too, keen golfers arc spoilt for choice.