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.


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$172.49 Tours & Sightseeing

Portimao Private Algarve Wine and Tapas Tour by Motorcycle

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour when you book, and then make your own way to central Portimão to join up with your private driver-guide and classic touring motorcycle. As this is a private tour, chat with your guide and perhaps tailor your itinerary to suit any particular culinary interests you have. After a safety briefing, put on your helmet and board the sidecar or motorcycle — if there are two of you, one will ride pillion behind your guide. Then, feel the thrill as the engine revs and you set out on your tour.Relish the breeze as you cruise around Portimão and the surrounding coast, towns and villages. Admire the views of the Atlantic and sands of Praia da Rocha beach, and delve into the pretty village of Alvor, whose cobbled streets are littered with neighbourhood tapas bars and restaurants.While you ride, hear about the Algarve’s food history and culinary specialities, and enjoy several tasting stops to sample some of the staples for yourself.Venues vary on each tour, but you can typically expect to enjoy some fish or seafood tapas, and sink your teeth into a delicious sweet treat such as an almond pastry, cake or other mouthwatering morsel.Additionally, head out toward the whitewashed town of Lagoa and visit one of the Algarve’s leading wine estates. Gaze at the leafy vineyards as you glide up to the winery and then take a seat to taste up to four of its red, white or rosé varieties.As you sip, hear about the unique microclimate that helps nurture the estate’s award-winning wines, and learn how to distinguish each wine’s flavors and aromas with helpful tips from your wine host.Finally, return to your motorbike for a scenic ride back into Portimão, where your tour ends where it started.

$120.89 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

Make the most of your Algarve stay by renting a convertible Cabrio and enjoying a scenic drive. Your full-day tour starts in Praia da Rocha (Portimão), lasts approximately 6-7 hours tour and includes lunch in a typical restaurant in the hills. You will drive your provided car and your guide will be happy to stop for pictures at any place.Begin the tour by visiting Algarve natural parks, river springs and mountains where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the coast. Your tour can include other activities like bathing in the sea, snorkeling or a picnic in a quiet bay. See Monchique garden, largely covered in eucalyptus trees, cork oaks and pine trees. Its highest peak Foia at 3,000 feet (920 m) offers a stunning panoramic view of the coastline and the ocean.Next, head to Lagos, which always has a seafaring connection, originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, and then, during the 15th century, was the base for the 'Voyages of the Discoveries' when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town.Finally, see Dona Ana, Ponta da Piedade, and Meia Praia before heading back to Praia da Rocha, your starting point.

$92.11 Tours & Sightseeing

Portimao or Alvor to Lagos, Ponta de Piedade Self-Drive Tour

Start your tour from the meeting point in Praia da Rocha or Alvor and spend approximately 3 hours exploring Algarve scenic routes and towns. Visit Lagos, which always had a seafaring connection. Originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, and then, during the 15th century, was the base for the 'voyages of the Discoveries' when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town.Continue your trip to the Costa d'Ouro (Golden coast) on account of the yellow/red cliffs that line it and visit Dona Ana and Camilo beaches, littered with sea stacks and grottoes. Then head to Ponta da Piedade and contemplate all the magnificent and curious shapes of the huge rock formations hollowed out by the sea. Your guide will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way. The tours are suitable for convertible cars, scooters or a mixture of both.

$114.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Portimao to Alvor, Ferragudo Private Tour by Vintage Sidecar

Meet your driver-guide in Portimão in the morning or afternoon and let them know what you want to see so they can tailor the itinerary around you. After a safety briefing, put on your helmet and board the sidecar or motorcycle — if there are two of you, one rides pillion behind your guide — and set off. As you travel, revel in the breezes and views, and listen to the commentary from your guide, who will share historical facts about Portimão and its importance to the Algarve’s fishing and sardine canning industry.Ride through Portimão and cross the bridge to Ferragudo. This traditional village is one of the Algarve’s up and coming haunts, and boasts whitewashed fishermen’s cottages and cobbled streets huddled behind a restaurant-lined quayside.Admire the village and its hill fort as you head for Ferragudo lighthouse. Then, stop on the lighthouse promontory to absorb the epic views that stretch back to Portimao, and to the Atlantic Sea in one direction and the Monchique hills in the other.Coast back through the narrow streets of Portimão Old Town, passing the 18th-century Our Lady of the Conception church and other landmarks, and then continue to Alvor, a pretty town tucked between the Alvor River estuary and sea.Check out the riverfront streets and cliff-lined beaches and, if you wish, stop for refreshments (own expense) or some shopping (own expense). Next, trace the coast back to Portimão past beaches including the vast, sandy Praia da Rocha, and enjoy free time to visit Santa Catarina Fort, Portimão’s 17th-century maritime fortress. Stretch your legs around its battlements and learn about its history before rejoining your motorcycle and ending your tour at the start point. Before saying goodbye to your guide, receive a discount entry voucher to Portimão Museum — perfect if you want to delve further into Portimão’s history following your tour.

$804.81 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lagos, Algarve Coast, Sagres, Evora 4-Day Tour from Lisbon

From Lisbon, discover southern Portugal on this 4-day tour to the country's most beautiful cities and historical monuments. With your expert guide, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Évora with its Romanesque-Gothic Sé de Évora Cathedral, see Beja's medieval castle and admire Silves’ beautiful sandstone castle. Explore the beautiful Algarve region, home to the beautiful Praia da Rocha beach, dramatic Ponta da Piedade cliff and Cabo São Vincente. Enjoy time in the fishing town of Sagres, tour the Sao Vicente Fortress with your guide, and have free time in Lagos to explore the cosmopolitan marina and enjoy a traditional lunch of cataplana (own expense). During your 4-day tour, learn interesting facts about the landmarks and villages you visit from your expert guide, and enjoy free time to explore more on your own. Three nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels are included, as well as three breakfasts.Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.

$861.23 Multi-day & Extended Tours

14 days private tour in Portugal

Day 1Lisbon:Expo 98- Parque das NaçõesAlfamaBaixa Pombalina (Lisbon’s Downtown Historic Center)Parque Eduardo SétimoPonte 25 de Abril and Monumento do Cristo ReiBelémChiado and Bairro AltoDay 2Sintra/Cabo da Roca/Cascais/Costa do Estoril: Palace of Queluz (optional visit) Sintra Lunch Cabo da Roca Boca do Inferno (Devil’s Mouth) Cascais Costa do Estoril (The Coast of Estoril) Day 3Obidos/Nazare/Alcobaça/Batalha/Fatima Obidos Nazare Mosteiro de Alcobaça (Monastery of Alcobaça) Batalha Fatima Day 4Coimbra/Aveiro/Porto Coimbra Lunch Aveiro Porto Day 5Porto Panoramic Tour Tower of Clerigos-Lello Bookstore – Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo) Aliados-Mercado do Bolhão-Santa Catarina-Café Majestic São Bento Train Station and Cathedral Gaia Rabelo” Boat TourDay 6Minho-Guimarães-Braga-PortoMinho Guimarães Braga Porto Day 7Viana do Castelo-Caminha-Valença-Monção-Arcos de Valdevez-Ponte de Lima-Porto Viana do Castelo Caminha Valença Monção Arcos de Valdevez Ponte Lima Day 8Douro River Valley-Lamego Amarante Peso da Régua Pinhão Winery: Visit and Wine Tasting Lamego Day 9Lamego-Trancoso-Seia(Museu do Pão)-Serra da Estrela Lamego Trancoso Seia Serra da Estrela Day 10Historic Villages of Portugal Belmonte Monsanto Castelo de Vide Marvão Day 11Elvas-Vila Viçosa-Évora Elvas Vila Viçosa Fabrica da Cortiça (Cork Factory) City of Evora Day 12Monsaraz-Mertola-Vila Real St. Antonio-Cacela Velha-Tavira Monsaraz Mertola Vila Real de Santo Antonio Cacela Velha Tavira Day 13Olhão-Faro-Portimão-Praia da Rocha-Lagos Olhão Faro Portimão Praia da Rocha Lagos Day 14Lagos-Sagres-Costa Alentejana-Lisboa Ponta da Piedade Sagres Cabo de São Vicente Fortaleza de Sagres (The Fortress of Sagres) Alentejo Litoral Setubal Ponte 25 de Abril (25 de Abril Bridge)