|Praia da Rocha lies about 40 miles from the airport and is the second largest resort in the Algarve. From its Cliff top location, the beach with its famous rock formations, is quite good and has some water sports available for you to try while lazing away the day. A good and varied mix of accommodation can be found here, with all manor of hotels, villas and self-catering blocks on offer. The shopping facilities are excellent and there's enough souvenir and gift shops, including a hypermarket, to ensure all your holiday needs are well catered for. At night, a huge amount of bars, discos and even a casino will make the evening stroll along the promenade, a very pleasant experience.|
| There is a massive amount of restaurants in Praia da Rocha, seving everything from traditional Portuguese cuisine to fast food. With a staple diet of meat, fish, vegetables and fresh fruit, the Portuguese traditional food is extremely healthy, and wine is the ubiquitous table beverage. The ever-growing influence of the tourist can be seen here, with burger bars and pubs springing up everywhere. Chips are served with all meals, if that's what you want, but the traditional dishes of: Arroz de Polvo ( octopus pieces in onions and tomatoes ), Caldeirada ( fish stew ), Cataplana ( pork and clams stewed in a wok ) and Espetadas ( skewered meat ) are all excellent and well worth a try. The local beers and wines are of a very high quality, with special imported ones available in most bars and restaurants.|
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