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Portugal Algarve - About Praia da Rocha
Portimão beach is at Praia da Rocha, a 2km drive, with your hire car of Praia da Rocha car hire, from the town. In the early days, Praia da Rocha, was the jewel of the coast of the Algarvian tourism. It magnificent beach at Praia da Rocha was the first to attract a steady stream of visitors to the Algarve. Magnificently overhung by red sandstone cliffs and pitted with numerous caves. The huge beach of fine sand is strewn with rugged outcrops sculpted by nature into extraordinary formations and backed now by huge hotel complexes. Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve´s most hedonistic resorts, popular with young visitors dedicated to making the most of the nightlife on Avenida Tomás Cabreira, the disco- and barlined seafront road. At the eastern end of the 2km beach, the Fortaleza de Santa Catarina looks across to Ferragudo´s Castelo de São João de Arade. The two fortresses form a 17th-century defensive system designed to guard the Arade River estuary. At this eastern end you also find the new marina. There is a large parking area at the marine of Praia da Rocha, where you can leave your hire car of Praia da Rocha car hire.
If you are seeking an escape from the crowds, take a boat rip to the rocky coves at Praia da Vau and Praia dos Três Irmãos in Alvor.
Famous golf courts in the Praia da Rocha área area:
The Penina course is the grandfather of courses in the Algarve. It was the first golf course to be built in the Algarve, back in 1966, and is considered to be the brilliant masterpiece of Sir Henry Cotton. The quality and the success of this course encouraged the subsequent construction of many other courses that now exist in the region. The Championship Course of Penina has hosted several of the Portuguese.
Open Championships. Originally paddy fields for rice growing rice has been converted into a flat challenging course and especially for the stronger player. This flat parkland type course with almost four hundred thousand trees, many bunkers, with wide greens and a vast tee area, making this a real championship course. As the fairways are flat Henry Cotton introduced strategically placed water hazards to catch the unwary long hitter.
A new lake has been built to protect the green of hole 5. The undulations on the fairway of hole 9, five new bunkers together with more water around the green of hole 13 (which became a small island), deeper bunkers and new tees are features added to the original layout.
Penina also features two 9 hole courses by Sir Henry Cotton: The Resort Course, a pleasant Par 35 with 2,987 metres; and The Academy Course, a Par 30 with 1,851 metres.
Penina has excellent conditions to park your rental car of Praia da Rocha car hire.
Alto Golf: This course is located between the town of Portimão and the sea and close enough to the latter to give the player an occasional sea view. A simple par-3 opens your round but it is deceiving to what is in store. The course is considered a good test of a player’s ability with strategic bunkers, dog-legs, elevated greens and well placed trees. A further noteworthy challenge is the par-5 on the sixteenth that is considered to be one of the longest holes in Europe. This 18 hole, Par 72 golf course, was the last to be designed by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton. The winding fairways and elevated greens reflect Sir Henry’s golfing philosophy of providing low handicap players with a testing game and still affording plenty of enjoyment for players at average club level and providing satisfaction and inspiration for beginners.
Alto Golf has a large parking area to leave your hire Praia da Rocha car hire.
Morgado Golf: Opened in early 2004, this new course is an absolute golfing gem. Lying to the north of Portimão and situated close to Alvor, it is laid out in a large 980 hectare estate through undulating small valleys. With breathtaking views of the Monchique Mountains and the western coastline, Morgado has one of the most natural golf settings in Portugal. The immediate main characteristic factor is its large greens which place demand on good putting skills. The course plays through rolling hills and the accuracy of the player's shot will be questioned by deep impressive bunkers. A further 18 hole course is already in the planning stage.
Morgado Golf is very easy to reach with your hire car of Praia da Rocha car hire. Bellow the directions to Morgado Golf:
Álamos golf: This course is one of the latest courses which opened in the Algarve in 2006. Lying to the north of Portimão it is located a few steps from its sister course Morgado. The setting is a large 980 hectare estate through undulating small valleys. The immediate main characteristic factor is its large greens which place demand on good putting skills as they are often raised above the fairway approach and involve several levels. Also, the accuracy of the player's shot will be questioned by deep impressive bunkers.
Álamos Golf is very easy to reach with your hire car of Praia da Rocha car hire. Bellow the directions to Álamos Golf: