Praia da Rocha Praia da Rocha, Portimao – Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Best Beaches in Portimao

Choose from several golden-sand beaches that surrounded Portimao just just a short drive away from Albufeira, including…

Praia da Rocha, Portimao

Praia da Rocha

Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on one of Portugal’s finest beaches – a scenic, 200m-wide, golden-sand beach nestled beneath dramatic red-ochre cliffs and facing the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Go bodysurfing, swimming or snorkelling around soaring offshore rock formations. Join a game of beach football or volleyball and explore the neighbouring beaches of Praia do Vau and Praia do Alemão – accessed through an eroded tunnel in the cliffs at the west end of the beach.

A wooden boardwalk runs the length of this kilometre-long beach, providing access to a choice of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, oceanfront hotels and the 16th century Fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Water sports include banana boats, jet skis and pedalos. Beachside bars and restaurants nestle beneath the cliffs.

Be pampered at the luxurious Algarve Hotel Casino Hotel or the sea-facing Hotel Bela Vista, a former 19th century Moorish-style mansion situated on the cliffs overlooking the beach.

Praia da Rocha is located in Portugal's southern Algarve region, around 40km west of Albufeira.

Praia Grande, Ferragudo

Praia Grande

(Ferragudo) – Unwind on this broad expanse of pale golden sand that sits on the eastern side of the River Arade opposite Praia da Rocha.

Protected by twin breakwaters, the water here is always calm, making it one of the safest swimming beaches in the Algarve and perfect for small children.

Facilities on this 800m-long beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, toilets and showers. Beachside bars and restaurants nestle beneath tree-topped cliffs.

At the northern end of the beach sits the impressive 17th century Fort of São João do Arade.

Praia Grande sits in the town of Ferragudo, opposite Praia da Rocha, around 38km west of Albufeira.

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Latest update: Best Beaches in Portimao: 22 December, 2019

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