Praia da Rocha Beach

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Entrance of Praia da Rocha Beach

1/8 Entrance to the sand of Praia da Rocha Beach.

West at Praia da Rocha Beach

2/8 Praia da Rocha Beach, the west part.

East at Praia da Rocha Beach

3/8 East perspective at Praia da Rocha Beach, from the cliff top.

Sand, Praia da Rocha Beach

4/8 Sand at Praia da Rocha Beach.

Banners, Praia da Rocha Beach

5/8 Banners at Praia da Rocha Beach.

West part of Praia da Rocha Beach

6/8 East pat of Praia da Rocha Beach, near the pier.

Bathing area at Praia da Rocha Beach

7/8 Praia da Rocha Beach, bathing area beside the pier of the Arade River bar.

Panoramic of Praia da Rocha Beach

8/8 Panoramic view over Praia da Rocha Beach, perspective from the ending of the pier.

Weather and Tide Table

Waxing Gibbous Moon
Partly Cloudy
16 - 30
18 - 30
17 - 29
16 - 26
16 - 23
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About the Beach

What is Praia da Rocha Beach?

Lifeguarded Beach from to
days for the end of bathing season

It's an Oceanic Beach in the northern hemisphere bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, located on the coast of Portugal - Iberian Peninsula - in the municipality of Portimão.

Praia da Rocha Beach is part of the 1 mouth by the west margin and is located along the urban sea front of city. Its name is somehow related to a local legend known as the 2, this story tells how the love of a mermaid was disputed by a fisherman and a highlander. The outcome of this love story culminated in the rise of the beach that we see today.
The sand is wide and long, of about 1,2 Km.
At east the beach is bounded by a pier with about 700 meters, where adventurous ones jump and dive to the sea. Beside the beach arises the Forte de Santa Catarina3, the perfect place to drink on the terrace and read a good book, watching the beach, the sea and the always beautiful, river bar.
The 4 is nearby and the image of several vessels since sailboats until cruises, entering the Rio Arade bar is a constant in these part of the city.
The sand of Praia da Rocha also holds some editions of the well known Mundialitos, a prestigious beach soccer international competition that brings together the best national teams in the world.
On Avenida Tomás Cabreira, bustle of the summer reaches its peak due to the existence of numerous hotels, highlighting the Hotel Algarve Casino, ideal for game lovers.
The area surrounding the beach is traditionally full of tourists that fill the many hotels and apartments to rent for the summer. During the months of July and August, walking the sea side road can become a real challenge.
Opposite to the beach, there are many restaurants ready to welcome the immense gastronomic demand that exists in the warmest months.
The iconic disco Katedral is a symbol of Portimão city when it comes to nightlife establishments. In this regard, the offer is wide along the promenade and near here, next to Portimão Marina, lies another row of bars much appreciated by younger vacationers and guests of the marina.
This is probably the best known beach in and those looking for a busy summer rhythm, in a place populated by many beautiful faces and tanned bodies, finds here the perfect spot.


  1. Arade River
  2. Praia da Rocha Legend
  3. Santa Catarina Fort
  4. Portimão Marina

Where is it?

Map of Praia da Rocha Beach

Decimal Degrees (Lat/Long WGS84)
Degrees, Decimal Minutes (Lat/Long WGS84)
Degrees, Minutes, Seconds (Lat/Long WGS84)
Lat. 37.116685º
Lon. -8.535831º
N 37º 7.0011'
W 8º 32.14986'
N 37º 7' 0.07"
W 8º 32' 8.99"
Parish Portimão
County Portimão
District Faro
Region Algarve
Country Portugal
Continent Europe
Ocean North Atlantic
Maritime Authority Capitania do Porto de Portimão
Protected Area
Bathing Water Rocha
Coastal Unit Praia dos Três Irmãos - Armação de Pêra (W)
Coastal Region Costa Algarvia


Award 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Water Quality
Blue Flag
Gold Flag
Handicapped-Accessible Beach
Zero Polution



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