Welcome to Praia da Rocha

Behind the beach looms the town; this has long known the hand of development, with high-rise condos and luxury hotels sprouting along the cliffside, and a row of restaurants, bars and clubs packed along the main thoroughfare. If you look hard beyond the concrete facade, Praia da Rocha has several vestiges of an elegant past, including some 19th-century mansions, which are now atmospheric guest houses.

There’s also the sleek Marina de Portimão, painted autumnal colours (to match the cliffs), and a well-known casino where you can fritter away your holiday money.

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$172.82 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Tour: Algarve Wine and Tapas Tour by Sidecar Motorcycle from Portimao

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.

$120.97 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.

$92.17 Tours & Sightseeing

Lagos and Ponta da Piedade by Convertible or Scooter from Portimão and Alvor

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.

$115.21 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.

$805.32 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.

$1324.92 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour 15 days in the South and Center of Portugal and Spain

Day 1-  LisbonExpo 98- Parque das Nacoes Alfama Baixa Pombalina (Lisbon’s Downtown Historic Center) Parque Eduardo Setimo Ponte 25 de Abril and Monument of Cristo Rei Belem Chiado and Bairro AltoDay 2-   Sintra/Cabo da Roca/Cascais/Costa do EstorilPalace of Queluz (optional visit) Sintra Lunch Cabo da Roca Boca do Inferno (Devil’s Mouth) Cascais Costa do Estoril (The Coast of Estoril)Day 3-  Milfontes-Odeceixe-Sagres-LagosPonte Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Bridge) Alentejo Litoral Sudoeste Algarvio (Southwest of Algarve) Sagres Fortaleza de Sagres (The Fortress of Sagres) Cabo de Sao Vicente (Cape of Saint Vincente) LagosDay 4-  Lagos-Praia da Rocha-Portimão-Faro-Olhao-TaviraPonta da Piedade Praia da Rocha Portimao Faro Olhao TaviraDay 5-  SevillePark Maria Luisa Plaza de Espana Cathedral La Giralda Torre del Oro Boat Tour (optional)Day 6-  SevilleFree DayDay 7-  Ronda-Malaga-GranadaRonda Malaga GranadaDay 8-  GranadaAl AlambraDay 9-  Baena- CordobaBaena CordobaDay 10-  Toledo-MadridToledoDay 11-  MadridMadridDay 12-  Segovia-Vale dos Caidos-Escorial-MadridSegovia Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) EscorialDay 13-  Trujillo-Merida-Elvas-LisbonTrujillo Merida ElvasDay 14-  Vila Vicosa-EvoraVila Vicosa Fabrica da Cortica (Cork Factory) City of EvoraDay 15-  Palmela-Setubal-Arrabida-Azeitao-LisbonPalmela Setubal Arrabida AzeitaoLisbon (End of tour)