Praia da Rocha
Praia da Rocha is just around the corner from Portimão marina. It is a beautiful beach, boasting the customary golden sands that we come to expect of Algarve beaches. The beach is not only long, but also very wide and even at the height of summer there is plenty of room.
It has a wooden walkway running the entire length of the beach with a selection of beach cafés and restaurants behind it, making it easy for families with pushchairs or wheelchairs to access all the facilities, and is a great place to get a taste of beach life in the Algarve.
At the eastern end of the beach there is a fort, Fortaleza da Santa Caterina, which was built in 1691 to protect the mouth of the River Arade. From the top of it you can look down the whole length of Praia da Rocha, to see it in its full glory and if you look over to the left, you can see the fantastic multi-coloured marina and across the mouth of the river to Ferragudo. Many visitors like to come to the fort to watch the sunset.
There is another great viewpoint at the western end of Tomás Cabreira avenue, complete with seating areas to take in the view. You can see Praia da Rocha to the left and Praia dos Três Castelos and beyond to the right.
Praia da Rocha has several access points along its length. Although access at the western end is by way of steep steps there are other access points, including ramp access, along its length suitable for disabled access. There are several lifeguard stations along the length, including a first aid post. In the summer months visitors can rent awnings and sunshades and there is a choice of watersports including jet ski, pedalos, windsurfing and paragliding. The eastern end also has an area for beach sports where lots of competitions take place during the summer.
Praia da Rocha is supervised by lifeguards during the main season (normally April to the end of September) and is classed as an 'Accessible Beach'.