Nossa Senhora da Rocha
The Famous Cliff-Top Church

Nossa Senhora da Rocha is an area on the Algarve coast with a stunning beach alongside beautiful cliffs on which is perched a small pretty church. It is one of the most photographed places in the Algarve.

This exceptionally welcoming beach is adjacent to the Nossa Senhora da Rocha fishing harbour, so beachgoers share it with fishing boats and equipment (especially buckets) as well as the fishermen's storage huts.

If the conditions are right, we can show you the area's caves, where you can admire the fascinating interplay of light and colour, as well as to secluded, inaccessible beaches.

The high line of the cliff, where you can see many sinkholes, is to the east of the beach. To the west of the beach is the long Nossa Senhora da Rocha promontory, from which you can see all the way to Albufeira.
A tunnel excavated beneath the promontory provides access to the neighboring beach, Praia Nova.

The beach is surrounded by a vast quantities of vegetation, such as juniper, wild olive, and mastic trees. Many birds, like falcons, black-headed gulls, herring gulls, and swifts, find shelter on the cliff face, where you can also see a variety of plants and birds that have adapted to living in salty water.

Praia da Nossa Senhora do Rocha by boat is definitely a preferable anchoring spot for a swimming stop on a 4h cruise.

Can I get married in the Nossa Senhora da Rocha (Our Lady of the Rock) Chapel? 

Nossa Senhora da Rocha is a popular wedding venue, therefore early booking is recommended. That is extremely difficult to accomplish and requires public liability insurance, a licence from the maritime police, and the town hall.
The best option is to find a wedding planner to help with these demands.