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The Portimao / Praia da Rocha area
The Western Algarve hosts spectacular scenery with a magnificent coastline featuring honey decorated cliffs, grotto's, caves and over 100kms of golden sandy beaches washed by the Atlantic Ocean.
The weather is great most of the year (average yearly temperature 22.3C). April/May/October/November its in the lower 20sC, June/July/August/September upper 20sC - 35C or more. As you get over 300 days a year sunshine, if you are lucky you can lay on the beach enjoying the sun on Christmas day.
The area is filled with history. The area is rich in history going back to the Romans and the Moors occupation left their influence on the architecture and customs and also the Portuguese sea faring history. Meander in the old historic towns, picturesque squares decked with cafes and picturesque fishing villages or wander at today's sophisticated and changing harbor towns rich in culture.
Lisbon is only 2.5 hours away by car for those who want to go a bit further, or Spain at just over an hour away.
Praia da Rocha, is a superb beach next to Portimão which is the second largest city on the Algarve.
It became a tourist centre at the end of the 19th century, when it was the favored summer resort of families from southern Portugal and Andalusia; and in the winter with English visitors.
Praia da Rocha is ideal for anyone who wants to be close to a fantastic beach, have plenty of places to wine and dine or party until late.
The avenue Tomás Cabreira, which runs along the top of the beach, is full of restaurants, cafes, and shops and is particularly lively at night with a variety of bars and clubs to choose from.
At the end of the avenue is the Fortress of Santa Catarina, which was part of Portimão's coastal defenses against corsairs and pirates. It was built in the 17th and 18th centuries and gives a wonderful view of the beach and the cliffs on one side and the marina on the other. The Hotel da Bela Vista with its Belle Époque architecture dates from this time and stands out amongst the modern buildings along the beach front.
There is also a casino along the avenue that hosts a show every night, with dinner and dancing if you like, apart from the opportunity to have a flutter on the tables.
There are over 20 golf courses and 2 water parks within a 30 minute drive and a wide spectrum of water sports including jet skis, fishing, water skiing, paragliding, wind surfing and much more in Praia da Rocha itself . Boat trips to the caves, fishing trips and dolphin watching can be booked at the beach.
Praia da Rocha is popular all year around and it is lovely to see people of all ages enjoying the Winter sunshine, taking a stroll, relaxing on a bench or enjoying a drink at one of the many esplanades.