Senhora da Rocha, Algarve

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Senhora da Rocha
Senhora da Rocha is a small fishing community in the municipality of Lagoa, more specifically on the coast of the parish of Porches, in the Algarve. One of its beaches is the Praia da Senhora da Rocha and by the sign the most rustic of the proximities, because it is used like refuge for the boats of the fishermen.

The beach is flanked by cliffs, but of special interest is the West cliff where is the Fort and Chapel of Our Lady of the Rock. Also in this cliff there is a tunnel excavated in the rock, that connects the Beach of the Lady of the Rock with the New Beach.

The fact that Praia da Senhora da Rocha is protected by high cliffs not only has a great advantage for fishermen, but also for tourists on days of less pleasant winds.
Embedded between high cliffs, Praia da Senhora da Rocha is a small beach lined with clear and calm waters, ideal for swimming or to start boat trips along the coast, discovering the surrounding caves.

To the west, the beach is bordered by a rocky point that separates it from the New Beach, but to which it remains connected by a tunnel excavated in the rock. It is at this rocky point that the charming Chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Rock is located, that would have been constructed in the century. XIV to host the image found here. Around there is a belvedere from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama on the Algarve coast.
The gastronomy of Praia da Senhora da Rocha is similar to that of the rest of the Algarve. It is based on fresh fish, seafood and also some meat making. The fish is very varied and you can highlight the sargo, monkfish, swordfish, sole, red mullet, sea bream, hake, gilt, ferreira, rooster fish, horse mackerel, sardines, among others. These are made in the most varied shapes, cooked, roasted, fried, grilled or stewed. In addition to the fish there are some marine invertebrates such as octopus, squid and cuttlefish, which are of great importance in the feeding of this area. The most consumed seafood is shrimp, crab, santola, oysters, mussels and perceives, which are eaten cooked with enough salt, or baked on the plate, if they are bivalves. As regards meat, it is possible to refer to pork, rabbit and hare, which constitute a kinergic resource in this area. Regional sweets are based on almond, fig, gila and eggs, so the characteristic beverages are arbutus brandy and fig brandy.
The Rochatem Beach a Mediterranean climate very similar to its surrounding resorts. The Algarve in southern Portugal is home to many popular resorts, loved by tourists seeking long hot summers in the region or mild winters. Located towards the extreme west of the south coast of Portugal, the weather conditions in Praia da Rocha are almost identical to those of Lagos and Ferragudo, although summers are slightly warmer than Praia da Luz, more to the west and slightly cooler than Quarteira and Faro.

Summer, from June to September, is unbelievably hot. The average high in the mid-20s in June and September, rising to a high of 28 ° C in July and August. The beach is protected by the cliffs of the north wind and the sun shines for about twelve hours a day in the peak months. The humidity is quite low, helping to keep the heat more bearable. The night refreshes pleasantly at the beginning and end of the season but can stay in the 20s in the peak months. Fortunately, it usually reaches about 18 ° C in July and August. Rainfall is minimal.

It does not rain very often, but rain falls in strong storms that become heavier as autumn progresses.

The winter, from December to February, is very light, as is the area feature. The high average is 16 ° C throughout the season. The low average of 10 ° C decreases to 9 ° C in January. The rain is lighter, but more frequent in December and January, before beginning to decline in general.

Spring is warm and sunny. The rain still falls quite often, but not enough to worry about.

The mountainous region to the north keeps the whole Algarve protected from the colder climate received by northern Portugal.
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