Sunday, 30 April 2017

Steps away from the beach - Praia da Rocha

It's a few steps from our apartment to the best soft sandy white beach area in Portugal at Praia da Rocha (beach of the rock). Our apartment on the second floor of Verandas da Rocha has sweeping sea views, even from the kitchen, and it's location is in the prime restaurant and bar area of the beachfront.
Sweeping sea views from the verandah and inside the Apartment
Fully equipped kitchen for self-catering

Well furnished self-catering Apartment that sleeps 5
Lounge with 140 channel TV and unlimited free wi-fi



We've added a broom cupboard and moved
the microwave

Recent improvements added a shower door in the bathroom

1 bedroom Apartment with additional sleeper couches for max 5 guests


The apartment building has it's own swimming pool and kiddies pool

Verandas da Rocha - our apartment is on the second floor facing the sea


The nightlife outside the apartment building - filled with shops, restaurants and bars

Choose your season for the temperatures to suit your vacation

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

April at the Apartment

It's April 2017 and apartment co-owner Dave is enjoying an owner's renovation week in Praia da Rocha. Renovations include a glass shower door, moving the fridge and microwave to improve kitchen counter space and build in a broom cupboard.

The weather this month of the year is absolutely stunning - temperatures by day of about 25 c and nicely cooler by night. T-shirt and beach weather with a long sleeve top by night.. although all the restaurants are cosy and warm so you could live in casual short-sleeves.

Photo from the beakwater showing our apartment block in the centre.

The apartment is the one on the first floor with the lights on

The bedroom

View of the beach and sea from the balcony

Dave crammed in the car packed with new doors and hardware for the renovations

View from the lookout point of the beach, cliff and apartments - ours is the second from the left



2 cocktails for Euro 7 happy hour

Dave drilling in the cupboards for the new electrical point needed in the kitchen


Cheers to good friends and another jug of Sangria

Dinner out with friends

View from the Apartment 

Sangria here is the best

Lamb chops and vegetables for Euro 10,50

A new shower door has now been installed

A morning walk or run along the promenade is spectacular

Dave in the tunnel through the Rock Praia da Rocha is named after - right outside the Apartment

Hole in the Rock

Stunning views on a run along the promenade


View of the beachfront and apartments from the harbour side by night

The fort on the harbour side of Praia da Rocha on an evening afer-dinner walk

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Our first guests

This past weekend was an exciting one as we had our first guests arrive at our Portugal Algarve Beach Apartment.

View from the balcony of our beach apartment

The location at the main Praia da Rocha beach and just a few minutes from Portimao makes this apartment the ideal holiday destination.

We trust that our first guests will have a great stay in Verandas da Rocha and they they will be back again soon.

Book now to take advantage of the end of summer!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Algarve and especially Praia da Rocha is amazing

Having just spent the last few days at our apartment in Praia da Rocha, we have decided that it is most certainly situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

A panoramic EARLY morning view of the beach in front of the apartment. Is this not just amazing??

The sun rises early throughout summer and sets late in the day, thereby giving you the most time possible to enjoy the weather, beaches, surroundings and friendly people.
Co-owner Mark and his wife Lisa at the beach directly opposite the apartment.

Restaurant prices in Praia da Rocha and the whole Algarve are actually quite reasonable when compared to some other places in Europe and breakfast at a great little place just down the road from Verandas da Rocha cost us less than 10 Euro a day for both of us!

The cappuccino Lisa had with breakfast! Does this not just set the holiday mood :-)
Whilst there we did some re-decorating to get the apartment ready for our guests arriving tomorrow. Here is the newly decorated lounge.



Saturday, 2 July 2016

Meeting up with friends

Portugal is a great place to eat, drink and be merry. And at prices that are not expensive.

I enjoyed meeting up with Louis and Jorge, both of whom own apartments in Praia da Rocha, and was introduced to Aubrey who now handles checking in of our guests at the apartment and also handles the cleaning and change of linen on their departure.

Local cuisine is excellent, and Sangria has become our national drink. All very nice.

Manuel introduced me to the delicious cinnamon sprinkled bake at the nearby fishing village Alvor's Saturday morning market.

Sangria is our national drink

Co-owner of the Apartment, Dave, saying cheers with a glass of Sangria

Dinner out with friends on the streets of Praia da Rocha, outside the Apartment

Apartment owners Louis and Jorge

A delicious meal out - our Apartment front of house manager Aubrey is right with his wife Jen

Apartment co-owner Dave left with friend Louis in Lisbon