Praia da Rocha Hotels Algarve, Portugal

Praia da Rocha is a busy resort which attracts families, groups and couples due to it's good selection of attractions and amenities. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and not forgetting the famous beachfront casino. As well as the great beaches, there is plenty to do in the area such as waterparks, watersports and various excursions to keep the whole family entertained.

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Praia da Rocha

On the "strip" you will find a wide selection of restaurants, lively bars and a 5 star casino. Spend lazy days on the beautiful beach situated at the far end on the main drag. Praia da Rocha is an excellent base for visiting the many attractions of the west, for example the Monchique mountain range, Cape st Vincent and the historical fishing village of Portimao. Transfer time approx 1hr 15.

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Praia da Rocha Hotels (?)

With its own casino and situated on the beachfront in Praia da Rocha, the Algarve Casino Hotel is close to all the resort amenities and just a short drive from the town of Portimao....

4.3 / 5 from 6 reviews

Algarve Mor Apartments offers simple accommodation in a convenient location, just steps away from the beach and all the resort amenities....

4.4 / 5 from 5 reviews

The Avenida Praia Hotel is a simple hotel with an ideal location, right on the beachfront promenade, close to the resort amenities....

Spa hotel, set in a former 19th century palace, combining traditional Portuguese architecture with modern comforts and a prime location on the cliffs just above Praia da Rocha beach....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Well equipped, budget friendly accommodation just 150m from the beach and resort facilities....

4 / 5 from 10 reviews

The apartments have a central location close to the beach, shops, bars and restaurants of Praia da Rocha. The complex has an outdoor swimming pool with childrens pool and a buffet restaurant, as well ...

4 / 5 from 5 reviews

The Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments offers basic accommodation, with an on-site swimming pool, children's pool, snack bar and restaurant facilities....

3.4 / 5 from 28 reviews

Situated just a 5-minute walk from the Praia do Vau beach, the Club Praia Vau offers comfortable self-catering accommodation with access to an outdoor pool, a snack bar and a childrens playground....

With a good central location, the Clube Dos Arcos offers simple accommodation within easy reach of the Praia da Rocha beach and resort facilities....

2 / 5 from 2 reviews

Clube Praia Mar offers comfortable self-catering accommodation with a choice of studios and apartments with one or two bedrooms. The complex has indoor and outdoor pools, a pool side bar and a restaur...

The Clube Vila Rosa Apartments are situated between the town of Portimao and the beach resort of Praia da Rocha. The complex features two swimming pools, a kids pool, tennis courts and a childrens pla...

4.1 / 5 from 14 reviews

Coral Do Vau is a 3-star complex offering comfortable and well equipped self catering accommodation, situated next to the Praia do Vau beach....

Hotel Da Rocha is a beachfront 4-star property offering comfortable studio accommodation with access to a shared outdoor pool with poolside cafe-bar....

4.5 / 5 from 4 reviews

This complex of self-catering studios and apartments is situated between the Alto Club Golf Course and the beach at Praia do Vau. It offers two outdoor pools and a childrens pool, a small childrens pl...

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

With comfortable accommodation and a central location, the Flor da Rocha Aparthotel is well situated for easy access to the resort amenities....

3.5 / 5 from 4 reviews

Offering simple self-catering accommodation the Iate Aparthotel provides a simple base close to the resort amenities, with access to an outdoor pool....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Overlooking the Praia do Vau beach around 1.5km from the centre of Praia da Rocha, this apartment complex offers well equipped accommodation, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre and a childrens...

4.6 / 5 from 5 reviews

The apartments are conveniently located, close to two beaches and just steps away from the resort amenities....

4.5 / 5 from 15 reviews

In a central location the Jupiter Hotel overlooks the beach at Praia da Rocha, close to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa centre and...

4.5 / 5 from 13 reviews

Luar Hotel overlooks the Tres Castelos Beach, just a a 5-minute walk from the Praia da Rocha Beach and the amenities of the resort....

4.2 / 5 from 17 reviews

The Mar a Vista Apartments are situated on the edge of the resort, just a short walk from the nearest beach and the centre of Praia da Rocha....

Situated between Praia da Rocha and Portimao, the Oceano Atlantico offers spacious and well equipped apartments, with some sleeping up to 8 people....

4 / 5 from 4 reviews

The Oriental Hotel is situated directly on the beachfront of Praia da Rocha, close to all the resort amenities and just a 5-minute drive from the town of Portimao....

4.1 / 5 from 7 reviews

A family friendly property just 10-minutes walk from Praia da Rocha and Praia do Vau beaches....

4.4 / 5 from 23 reviews

The Presidente Aparthotel is situated on a clifftop overlooking the Castelos beach, offering self-catering accommodation with access to an outdoor pool and a seasonal restaurant....

4.6 / 5 from 5 reviews

Situated on the main beach road in Praia da Rocha, the Hotel Santa Catarina is well placed for enjoying the beach and resort amenities....

4.8 / 5 from 5 reviews

The Solmonte offers simple accommodation in a good location for easy access to the beach and resort amenities....

2.3 / 5 from 6 reviews

The Squash Club Apartments are situated in the centre of Praia da Rocha, offering simple self-catering accommodation with access to an outdoor pool area with kids pool and pool snack bar....

Boasting a unique location on the Portimao Marina, the Tivoli Marina Portimao Hotel is conveniently situated for all the resort amenities and the beach....

4.4 / 5 from 10 reviews

The Torre Verde 3 Castelos offers self-catering accommodation on the outskirts of Praia da Rocha, though just a few minutes by foot to the Tres Castelos Beach....

Well placed apartment complex located right on the seafront of Praia da Rocha....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

A complex of studios and one-bedroom apartments situated close to the beach of Praia do Vau....

The Vista Marina Apartments offer comfortable and spacious self catering accommodation, located between the beach of Praia da Rocha and town of Portimao....

Praia da Rocha Reviews

Holiday Date:21st Oct 2016
Accommodation:Tivoli Marina Portimao Hotel
Room:Studio
Board:Full Board
(5 suns)

Fabulous place to go unfortunately the weather was not favourable the time we were there, during late October half term only 3 hot days in our 8 day stay and there were some very stormy days too. However, as you do, we made the most of our holiday exploring the local area and found it very interesting. The beach is stunning and very very clean. If I were to go back it would be in the Spring/Summer months as you are guaranteed better weather and I'm sure there will be lots more to do. I would recommend Praia da Rocha to anyone who is looking for a nice break.

Holiday Date:20th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Plaza Real Apartments
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Room Only
(5 suns)

Lovely clean beaches, lots of bars restaurants and coffee shops. Good arrangement of different types of restaurant and ticket shops to arrange day trips.

Holiday Date:19th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Jupiter Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Side Sea View
Board:Half Board With Drinks
(5 suns)

This has to be the best beach in the Algarve.

Holiday Date:17th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:All Inclusive
(2 suns)

Not a lot in the area we stayed at. Beach was nice. Shops reasonable. Would not return to this hotel or area of Portugal.

Holiday Date:17th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Bela Vista Hotel and Spa
Room:Classic Junior Suite
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(3 suns)

Best for young people.

Holiday Date:15th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Jardim do Vau Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

The beaches in that area are second to none in the world, we go to Portugal regularly and always around that area, we love it, everything about it, the people, the food, the weather, everything.

Holiday Date:10th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Plaza Real Apartments
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Room Only
(4 suns)

Good resort.

Holiday Date:10th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Algarve Mor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sidesea View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Other than the beach there is nothing outstanding.

Holiday Date:9th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Algarve Mor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sidesea View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Bars cafes and supermarkets all much more expensive than in Portimao. Streets and beach immaculate with cleaners out each day, people very friendly and helpful when enquires were asked.

Holiday Date:4th Oct 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:Studio
Board:All Inclusive
(3 suns)

Lots to do in resort.

Holiday Date:1st Oct 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Very hilly, no good if you have mobility issues as there are steps down to the beach, which is amazing, and our hotel was down a steep hill. A lot of Irish bars as well as the usual sports bars. Plenty of restaurants, a lot of them them do all you can eat buffets for 10 euros, or 2 courses for 10.90 euros. We ate somewhere different every night, local lager 2 euros a pint, people very friendly, very clean resort, 1.50 euro for the bus into Portamao. Good shopping mall here with a Primark and loads of other shops, you will need to get a taxi though as it is on the outskirts; we paid 7 euros from our hotel to the mall.

Holiday Date:27th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Oceano Atlantico Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Great place, beach awesome, plenty of places to eat and drink.

Holiday Date:25th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Flor da Rocha Aparthotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Very nice resort with some great restaurants.

Holiday Date:20th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Presidente Aparthotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Praia da Rocha is quite a nice resort the beaches are beautiful. A bit too many sports bars there for my liking, but if you look around there are some nicer quieter bars.

Holiday Date:20th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Algarve Casino Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin - Sea View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Fantastic beach, which is both beautiful and safe. There's a huge distance from the boardwalk to the edge of the sea, across clean fine sand, so you can enjoy sea and shore in serenity. The noises and smells from the many restaurants are far enough away to make the beach peaceful, but close enough to reach when you want them. The main thrust of the main street is busy with plenty of shops bars and restaurants. Just wander down some of the side roads to find authentic family run restaurants, if you want to avoid the fast food and run-of-the-mill menus.

Holiday Date:20th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Plaza Real Apartments
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Room Only
(5 suns)

Great for bars and restaurants.

Holiday Date:19th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Flor da Rocha Aparthotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Have been coming here for 13 years. Need I say more. Love it.

Holiday Date:16th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Jardins da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self catering
(3 suns)

Very clean resort, hardly any litter and the beaches are amazing, but please some were just once can they install a lift down to the beautiful beaches not so bad going down but coming up 78 steps in the very hot sun is just too much. Booked a couple of trips but spent most of the time on the trips coach hopping and not enough time at the place, people really nice and friendly.

Holiday Date:15th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Jardins da Rocha Apartments
Room:Studio
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Stunning resort. Plenty of places to eat. Fab beaches.

Holiday Date:15th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Luar Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Side Sea View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Good mix of accommodation, beach, restaurants and walks. Local buses very available but difficult to understand the routes.

Holiday Date:12th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Algarve Mor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sidesea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Praia da Rocha is a great resort with plenty of bars and restaurants, too many good ones to name. We have already booked to go back next year.

Holiday Date:11th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Jardins da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Everything ok, definitely come back.

Holiday Date:11th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Jupiter Hotel
Room:Classic Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Praia da Rocha is a very busy place. It has plenty of restaurants and pubs that have live music each night.

Holiday Date:10th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Algarve Mor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sidesea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Love the place!

Holiday Date:3rd Sep 2016
Accommodation:Estrela do Vau Apartments
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Plenty to see and do, good restaurants, good clean beaches.

Holiday Date:2nd Sep 2016
Accommodation:Tivoli Marina Portimao Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Praia da Rocha is a lovely family friendly resort with the best beaches ever.

Holiday Date:2nd Sep 2016
Accommodation:Tivoli Marina Portimao Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Lovely family friendly place.

Holiday Date:31st Aug 2016
Accommodation:Clube Vila Rosa Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Superior Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Praia da Rocha is more expensive than other resorts, better value in Alvor eg €3.50 for a pint of beer, only €1 in Alvor.

Holiday Date:26th Aug 2016
Accommodation:Jardins da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Lovely resort, lovely beach, plenty of bars and restaurants, comes alive at night.

Holiday Date:25th Aug 2016
Accommodation:Solmonte Aparthotel
Room:Resort Studio - Resort View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Great wee resort, always feel safe when I visit.

Holiday Date:22nd Aug 2016
Accommodation:Plaza Real Apartments
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Room Only
(5 suns)

Although there was no live music or entertainment as such the resort does play good music at a decent volume. The children have games facilities but I would say this is more of a relaxed family holiday resort compared to some places where there can be the element of 'forced fun'.

Holiday Date:15th Aug 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(3 suns)

Restaurant poor.

Holiday Date:12th Aug 2016
Accommodation:Castelos da Rocha Apartments
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(3 suns)

Great selection of restaurants and bars. Superb beach. Only problem with the resort and location of apartments is the noise during high season. Lots of partygoers returning home at sunrise which woke us. Other than this we enjoyed our stay!

Holiday Date:12th Aug 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:All Inclusive
(5 suns)

Lovely strip. Plenty restaurants. Lovely big beach.

Holiday Date:5th Aug 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Fab place and people, lots to do.

Holiday Date:26th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Clube Vila Rosa Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Superior Apt
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

Good position for local attractions (e.g. Slide & Splash, Zoomarine) and excellent beaches. The resort itself is quite "tower blocky" and lacks Portugese character.<br />

Holiday Date:26th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Clube Vila Rosa Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Superior Apt
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

Not an attractive resort, but ideal for getting to all the waterparks etc.

Holiday Date:25th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Club Praia Da Rocha Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Good places to eat and drink. Beach lovely.

Holiday Date:10th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Solmonte Aparthotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

The beaches, bars and the people brilliant and to slow things down pop to Portimao, short walk or bus trip away. Quieter, more laid back, my favourite and a must if you like sea food. Dona Baca traditional cooking, beautiful, head for the bridge on the harbour it's under the arches.

Holiday Date:5th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Presidente Aparthotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Has everything you need and celebrating Portugal's win was amazing.

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Beaches

This 2km stretch of golden sand is one of the most famous beaches in the Algarve. The beach is backed by cliffs and is easily the resorts most popular attraction. There is a wooden walkway that runs the whole length of the beach with a variety of restaurants and beach cafes. The walkway provides easy access for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There are lifeguards on in summer and there are sunshades and awnings available to rent. For those who enjoy watersports, there is a good variety such as windsurfing, jet skiing, paragliding and pedalos.

There is a wide paved walkway that runs along the top of the cliffs which is perfect for walking or cycling and the views of the beach from here are really good.

Things to Do

Sport is a big thing here, whether it is horse riding, watersports, golf or even a spot of deep sea fishing, there is so much on offer.

The casino in Praia da Rocha is very popular and not only can you try your hand at the tables or slot machines, you can also have dinner and even see a show. It's a great night out and a little different than the usual nightly entertainment.

St Caterina Fort was built in 1621 to protect the City of Seville and Vila Nova de Portimao from Spanish pirates and moors and offers a fantastic view over the surrounding area. There is a cafe/bar here so you can enjoy a drink whilst taking in the lovely views

Out and About

There are plenty of shops in the resort and you should be able to find the perfect souvenir in one of the many stalls and boutiques that can be found along the promenade. If you don't find what you are looking for in Praia da Rocha, head to the nearby Portimao, where you will find a great shopping centre with everything from designer clothes to local hand crafted goods.

There are plenty of restaurants here which cater for different tastes. There are lots of traditional restaurants which serves lots of local dishes which include fresh cheese, smoked ham and smoked salmon or if you prefer, you could try one of the seafood restaurants. Whatever your taste, I'm sure you will find something.

As well as the many bars here, you will also find many discos, so if you fancy staying out until the early hours then you can and there are plenty of options too.

Nearby Attractions

With so much going on in the area, there will not be time to get bored.

Lagos Zoo is not huge but concentrates more on smaller animals and birds. The monkey island is great fun and there is a pets corner too. There is also a children's playground, picnic area, snack bar and restaurant here which makes it the ideal place for a family day out.

Lagos itself is worth a visit, it is one of the most attractive towns in the Algarve with its main avenue running the length of the town. The marina and beach is on one side and the cobbled streets of the town centre are on the other side. There are some great restaurants to sample and plenty of shopping if you fancy.

Zoo Marine in Guia is a very popular choice for families with children and is the highlight of many a holiday. Visitors will be able to see dolphins, sea lions, seals, tropical birds and various birds of prey. There is also an aquarium with exotic fish and sharks and there is a 4D cinema too so there is plenty to keep everyone occupied.

Why not check out Portugal's largest water park, Slide and Splash which is situated between Lagos and Albufeira. There are loads of rides for all the family and a separate children's area for little ones so everyone is happy. There is a grassy area if you fancy a spot of sunbathing and there is a couple of restaurants and kiosk serving food and drink. Slide and Splash is a great day out for all the family and a great way to cool down.

If you haven't had enough of shopping, you could visit the Algarve Shopping Mall in Guia which is huge and offers a great selection of shops.

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