Holidays to Praia da Rocha promise the Algarve at its best, from sweeping sands and seafront eateries, to lively bars and clubs.

Best in the west

Comfortably seated at the mouth of the Arade River, Praia da Rocha claims a top spot on Portugal's southern Algarve coast. The star of the show is its whopping shoreline, which is the region's broadest beach. Town has treats too, with everything from cosmopolitan cocktail bars to traditional tapas joints.

Avast, culture lovers

A 20-minute walk from the main beach, you'll find the Medieval fortress of Santa Catarina. Its walls used to keep pesky pirates at bay, but now they welcome tourists from all across the world. The fort offers superb views of the surrounding coastline, so be sure to pack your camera.

Unseen sights

See things from a different angle with a coastal tour. Boat trips operate from the marina and introduce you to a hidden world of pocket-sized coves, limestone caves and cliffside drama. Keep your eyes peeled for wild dolphins or, better yet, opt for a dolphin-watching adventure.

At a Glance

  • Walk in the footsteps of pirates at Santa Catarina
  • Tuck in to tasty seafood tapas by the marina
  • Look out for dolphins on a boat trip off the coast