Hiring a Car in Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha car hire

Praia da Rocha is a beach resort located in the southern part of the Algarve, the most popular tourist destination in Portugal. Although best known as the venue for the annual BSWW Mundialito international beach soccer tournament, Praia da Rocha has emerged as a draw for tourists in its own right. It became a popular vacation site at the end of the 19th century, when tourists from families from Andalusia and the rest of Algarve would flock there in summer and English tourists would arrive in the winter.

Summer visitors coming to Praia da Rocha don’t need to worry about overcrowding since the huge beach can accommodate plenty of people, even at the height of the tourist season. After you’re done with the beach you can enjoy a drink or a meal at the restaurants and cafes along the Tomás Cabreira, the avenue that runs above the beach.  The avenue is also a great place to shop for souvenirs or just to sight see by food since it has spacious and well-manicured pedestrian lanes which have seating. And when the sun goes down, it comes alive as the bars and clubs open their doors.

One of the centers of the nightlife in the Praia da Rocha is the Hotel Algarve Casino, a luxurious five-star hotel-casino that is the first in Portugal. Apart from the lavish accommodations, there is also a full-featured casino in addition to luxury facilities such as a health club and outdoor swimming pool.

Sites of Historic Interest

While most of the accommodations in Praia da Rocha are modern hotels and high-rise apartment blocks, discriminating tourists can stay at the Hotel da Bela Vista. The hotel, which opened in 1934, boasts of distinctive Belle Epoque architecture and luxurious accommodations in its 11 rooms and suites. The in-house restaurant also boasts of unparalleled gourmet food from Portuguese chef Rogério Calhau.

Tourists interested in exploring the history of the place can easily hie a car in Praia da Rocha to travel around the city, one of the most popular sight seeing destination in Praia da Rocha is the Fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar, which is found at the end of Tomás Cabreira. The fortress, which defended the area against pirates and corsairs, was built between the 17th and 18th centuries and provides a great view of the beach on one side as well as the Portimão marina on the other.

Nearby Attractions

There are also many attractions that tourists staying in Praia da Rocha have easy access to. For example, there are two popular water parks that can be found just a short distance away – the Slide and Splash in Lagoa and the Zoomarine close to Albufeira. There are also sites of historic interest such as Silves, a town which boasts of a well-preserved Moorish castle and is found on the banks of the Arade River. Those interested in doing some shopping can visit the Algarve Shopping Mall, which is located near Guia.

Golf lovers can also enjoy some great courses near Praia da Rocha, such as the Penina Championship Golf Course, which was designed by the venerable architect Sir Henry Cotton, and the Nick Faldo Golf Course in Amendoeira.

You can easily hire a car in Praia da Rocha using the reservation form at the top of the page, or by visiting the homepage of Yes Car Hire

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