Praia de Rocha Weather August Averages, Portugal
During summer, the weather conditions for southern Portugal can be described as dry, hot, calm, clear and sunny. The average temperature for August is recorded at a comfortable 23°C. Sizzling daytime temperatures are not uncommon with highest average temperatures being recorded at a sultry 27°C. Lowest average temperatures are documented at a comfortable 18°C whereby night time temperatures offer some respite from the searing summer days.
Long days are a feature of August with twelve sunshine hours on average and there is a fifty-six percent chance of experiencing a clear sunny day. As with the previous month of July, rainfall is highly limited. Mean precipitation rates are recorded at just three millimetres and rainfall tends to occur on just one day of the month, making it a mere two percent chance of experiencing damp weather on any given day of the month. To be absolutely certain of dry weather, check the forecast.
Strong blustery days are uncommon but regular sea breezes are a welcome accompaniment for a late afternoon promenade or chilled beverage while contemplating the sublime by the tranquil azure waters of the Atlantic. Ocean temperatures tend to be at their highest during August and are recorded at 22°C. Subsequently, August is one of the most favourable times in which to engage in aquatic activities and water related sporting endeavours, or simply enjoy a refreshing sea-bath.
Where to Stay
At this time of year, finding accommodation can be challenging if bookings haven't been made well in advance. Finding accommodation which is less well-known and little out of the main area can be crucial. Villa Moments Guesthouse offers this without compromising on standards. It's located just 500km from the famous beach and is decorated beautifully with care and attention. It is a new offering, but it has received rave reviews from guests so far. This one won't be a secret for long!
Another option for those who want cheap, clean but basic accommodation in the middle of all the action is the Villarade Hostel, which is located very near to the Casino. It has Wi-Fi and air-conditioning, and some rooms come with a balcony or patio.
For standard self-catering apartments, the Flor da Rocha tourist apartments are a good option for many. They are centrally located, provide one and two-bedroom apartments, with access to an array of facilities 24hr reception, outdoors swimming pools, bar, outdoor terrace, tennis courts, games room, airport transfers and access to bike rental. The apartments are comfortable, basic and clean and come with balconies.
Things to Do
The nearby town of Silves is worth a visit and lies just a 30 minute bus-ride away. The annual Medieval Fair, taking place in August, is a regional highlight with people coming from all over to dress in medieval costume, eat and drink, cheer on jousting knights, listen to music and enjoy the atmosphere. At any time, Silves makes an enjoyable day-trip, maintaining much of its original architecture including its red-stone hill-top fortress which offers a wonderful vista on first arrival. The Moorish influence is strong here, and the town is twinned with the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Time can be spent wandering around the streets, enjoying the architecture and local artist studios. Local bus services are economical and run from Portimão. In the August sunshine, it will be a particularly enjoyable experience.
Satisfy your appetite, sample some of the best Algarvean cuisine and soak up some culture by getting along to one of this major event in the food calendar. Portimão will be teeming with people during the annual Sardine Festival, which celebrates (you guessed it!!) with large amounts of grilled sardines, while listening to Portuguese, Brazilian and African music. There will be local wines on offer to enjoy in the sunshine, and the mild evening temperatures will be perfect to enjoy the outdoor fireworks display that finishes it all off.
There are almost too many local festivals to choose from, and if visitors can manage to pull themselves away from the beach, they will find something to match their interests. Music fans should get along to the International Jazz Festival of Loulé which is in its 21st year and attracts international acts.
Hit the Beach
The beachfront of Praia da Rocha will be thriving with activities at this time of year, as well as sun-worshippers enjoying the soaring temperatures, with average highs hitting 27°C. The sea temperatures will also be pretty inviting at an average 22°C. The long stretch offers plenty of space to spend a relaxing day, with sun beds and parasols for hire and easily available.
There is also the option to take a walk or a cycle along the cliff top, from the end of Tomás Cabreira Avenue, in a westerly direction towards the smaller cover of Praia do Amado. This pathway offers stunningly scenic views. The beach is smaller than its neighbour, but is supervised during high season. Access is through an often crowded car-park, and a steep set of steps down the cliff side. The cliffs are eroding so pay attention to signs warning of rock falls.
All the usual facilities for sea-based activities will be catered for along the main beach of Praia da Rocha at this time of year, but for a boat trip with a difference, and possibly one for the kids, there are various options with the impressive Santa Bernando Pirate Ship.
Restaurants and Nightlife
It won't take much effort to make your way to Restaurante Senhora da Rocha which is in a prime spot overlooking the beach in Rocha. It has a wide selection of seafood, friendly staff and a great spot outdoors to enjoy a cold glass of wine after an active day outdoors.
A casual, laid-back option for food and or drinks is the Duke of Holland Bar, which is located on the main strip. It's nothing fancy, with a lovely rustic interior, and solid, well-priced pub grub and Dutch snacks, with a wide selection of Dutch beers. The owner Martin, who is in fact Dutch himself, enjoys long conversations with patrons. It doesn't have a website but it is easy to find on Avenida Tomás Cabreira (J Pimenta Loja 32).
Plans are underway, after a brief period in operation in 2015, to run the Búzios venue in 2016 and 2017. It is replacing the old Meo Sport Summer Sessions, and will offer DJs and music in a massive outdoor nightclub on the beach (which promises to be soundproofed to keep locals happy). In the meantime, Spot 3, offers tasteful late-night dining and drinking options and great views. The place is popular any time of the day, but is a nice spot to grab a drink in the late evening when the lights are on and the place has a particularly stylish atmosphere.