Welcome to Praia da Rocha
Behind the beach looms the built-up resort catering to summer visitors, when the tiny population swells to over 4000, with high-rise condos and luxury hotels sprouting along the cliffside. The main thoroughfare is a tightly packed row of restaurants, bars, clubs and a well-known casino. Peer beyond the concrete facade and you'll see vestiges of an elegant past, including some late 19th-century and early 20th-century mansions, which are now atmospheric guesthouses.
The Marina de Portimão, painted autumnal colours (to match the cliffs) is at the beach's eastern end, just inside the river mouth.