Portuguese in Praia da Rocha

F Restaurante

Classier than most restaurants on the strip, F has superb views over the beach from the covered terrace and contemporary Portuguese dishes such as cornbread-crumbed octopus, mackerel ceviche with tiger milk (a...

Portuguese in Praia da Rocha

Marisqueira Praia da Rocha

An unusually traditional restaurant for Praia da Rocha, this low-key place serves classic Portuguese fare: sardinhas grelhadas (salt-seasoned grilled sardines), arroz de tamboril (monkfish and coriander rice) and...

Bar in Praia da Rocha

Nana's Bar

The best bar in town by some distance, Nana's has much more local character than the others, pours better drinks (local wines, craft beers and generous cocktails) and keeps it real with Portuguese lingua franca.

Club in Praia da Rocha


Everything is brutal about the Cathedral, from the grey-granite cladding and industrial metal doors to the 1am opening time (though it doesn't really get going until around 4am when other bars in the area shut)....

Fortress in Praia da Rocha

Fortaleza da Santa Catarina

Praia da Rocha's petite fortress was built in 1621 to stop pirates and invaders from sailing up the Rio Arade to Portimão. Panoramic views extend along the river, marina and beach.

Casino in Praia da Rocha

Casino do Algarve

Set over two levels, this small, well-known casino, midway along the esplanade in the Hotel Algarve, has nine gaming tables with blackjack, roulette etc, and 350 slot machines.