Praia de Rocha Weather July Averages, Portugal
The July weather is what really draws people to this resort. Hot and dry conditions dominate the mid-summer period along the southern Portuguese coast. The mean daily temperature for July is 22°C. Warm daytime temperatures can be expected and average highest temperatures are recorded at 27°C. Lowest mean daily temperatures are documented at a tolerable 18°C.
The following month of August tends to be warmer, but only by a degree or so on average. The summer period is an optimal time to visit the southern Iberian Peninsula which experiences long sunshine hours, an obvious advantage for those wishing to take in as much as they can during their summer break. In July there are on average fourteen sunshine hours per day with a fifty-six percent chance of a clear, sunny days over the course of the month.
Rainfall over the summer months is limited. Throughout July the average precipitation is recorded at just 3mm, the same as for August. Rainfall can be expected to occur, on average, on just one day in the month, a mere two percent chance. The chance of experiencing a cloudy day is similarly low with just a six percent chance while stronger windy conditions are calculated to be around twenty percent on any given day. Essentially these are good odds for near perfect holiday weather. Substantial rainfall and cooler temperatures tend to manifest by mid autumn ensuring plenty of time to take advantage of the dry summer conditions. Average sea temperatures over the course of July are just above 21°C so perfect for swimming.
Where to Stay
A big attraction in Praia da Rocha in July (apart from the sunshine, stunning beaches and blue skies!) is the nightlife. At this time of year, many revellers will enjoy late nights at one of the many nightclubs, followed by days recovering by the pool, or at the beach. Cheap, basic accommodation can be on the cards in this case, and if so, the Hostel S. José is a good option. It's a fun, brightly decorated, lively place to stay in summer, with dorm, double and family rooms to choose from (no children). It's an ideal option for groups of friends or couples on a budget, and there are plenty of common spaces to socialise in and meet fellow travellers. Make the most of the hammocks on their breezy terrace on those lazy days.
For self-catering options with a bit more comfort, try the Jardins da Rocha. This huge complex offers everything you could need, including a supermarket and is popular among longer term visitors. There is a pool area, beach facing rooms, clean, well-equipped apartments and rooms, and a short stroll to the main beach.
For a very indulgent stay outside of Praia da Rocha itself, less than 4km away in the neighbouring district of Carvoeiro is the stunning Vale D'oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa. This 5-star resort is located in secluded grounds, in the countryside, and includes all that would be expected with accommodation of this price and standard swimming pool, spa treatments, on-site restaurants, bars and gym facilities. It is a short journey into Praia da Rocha by taxi or hire car, so there is no need to miss out on what amenities there, but you may never want to leave!
Things to Do
Portugal has one of the most diverse selections of native grapes in the world, as well as being the location of the very first wine producing regions. Its distinct microclimates allow for diversity and richness of choice for wine-lovers. There are a number of companies offering tours that focus on the wine of the region. For starters, get to the Adega Cooperative in Lagoa, which offers wine tastings and tours all day. Their Facebook page is only in Portuguese but they can be contacted on +351 282 342 181 and are located on E.N. 125, Lagoa.
Another option, is the quirky Quinta Dos Vales which offers wine tasting, and the chance to enjoy (and if you wish to purchase) some of their unique pieces of art in their sculpture park. For those who like a bit of celebrity with their wine, the popular Adega do Cantor provides pick-ups from hotels in Praia da Rocha in its ticket price. The vineyard is owned by Sir Cliff Richards and he has his own wine, and is said to be occasionally involved in producing it directly. The Quinta de Penina vineyard, offers a more authentic local wine tasting experience, as it has been run by the family for decades, and the in-house agronomist, João Mariano, has earned international renown for his wines and tours.
For some wild and wet entertainment of the water park variety, a trip to Aqualand is a must. It is located near to Alacantarihla, approximately 25km from Praia da Rocha, the park offers rides and slides for children and adults, adrenalin junkies and those who just want to relax on a float in the "Congo River, or in one of the poolside cafés. It is only open for the summer months, and is a popular destination. If you are not driving a hire car, there are bus services from Praia da Rocha, and some hotels organise trips for residents.
Hit the Beach
The seafront of Rocha is bustling at this time of year, and there is no end to the stalls selling souvenirs, ceramics, tattoos or hair braids.
For those who are a little less confident in the water, the Playsurf Escola offers lessons from beginners upwards, as well as surf trips to the West coast after a few lessons (depending on your progress). They are located centrally on the main beach. Contact details are on their website.
It might also be the time to check out some of the neighbouring beaches in the area. The neighbouring beach of Praia dos Três Castelos is the next bay up from Praia da Rocha beach. It also offers a lengthy stretch of sand, before it reaches Praia do Vau. It has the stunning cliff-lines and is a nice alternative during peak season, should the main beach feel a little crowded. Access is via the cliff-top and there is a car-park there. There are some facilities available on the beach, and on the avenue above the cliffs.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Restaurants on the main strip of Praia da Rocha will be busy at this time. If you want to go off the beaten path and try a very local experience, take the 20 minute walk into the centre of Portimão and step inside the cosy, atmospheric surrounds of Balcalhoada Restaurant. It's usually packed with locals, the menu is in Portuguese and there are mostly cod dishes on offer, but the waiters are helpful, the food is amazing, and the sangria that washes it down is definitely worth trying. It's also located on a lovely cobbled street which adds to the authentic experience of the place. Get there on a night with live Fado for a truly unique experience.
The Irish Bar of choice for some, due to its authentic wooden interior and generous Irish breakfasts, is the Ireland's Eye Pub which offers what would be expected. The familiar beers from the UK and Ireland are served on tap, the main sports fixtures are shown on the TV and there is often some music to entertain. It has a great location on the beach with outside seating.
For the ultimate summer beach party experience, some time at No Solo Água is a must for many who pass through the resort, as well as locals. It is based on the high-end, beach club model of places like Marbella and offers pools, bars, restaurants, a private beach and late night DJs to keep you going from morning through to night. There are stylish touches to the seating areas and the lighting as it changes throughout the evening.