If you are looking for secluded Algarve hotels offering great hospitality then Rocha de Gralheira is well worth checking out. I took this picture of Jack the proprietor some years ago as we checked out. We go back to the Algarve sometimes twice a year and always fit in a stay at Rocha de Gralheira. It started off as an enormous dining room serving excellent food at very reasonable prices with rooms for guests who stay over. There’s a swimming pool as well and you need to be told about a place like this. You would never ever find a great place like this to stay at on the Algarve, not even by chance.
We like Jack’s place, better know as Rocha da Gralheira because we feel completely at home. After a big evening meal, we just walk upstairs and that’s it until the next day. No driving, no worries about finding our way anywhere, We know our bed’s not more than 80 metres from the dinner table. Jack hasn’t changed at all over the years but the reception behind him sure has.
We know that we’ll probably spend more on dinner than the cost of our room and that we might share the dining room with a wedding celebration or a communion party. At breakfast we have the whole spotless dining room to ourselves.
At night, I can look out at the lights in the valley below San Bras and hear nothing but a dog barking. In the early morning, I can just make out the crow of cockerels in the distance.
It takes us four and a half hours to get from Marbella to Jack’s just outside San Bras de Alportel. From Faro airport to Rocha de Graheira it’s not more than 17 kms inland and four minute’s drive from San Bras de Alportel.
If you are looking for glitter and show on holiday and the company of lots of others, Jack’s is not for you. If you just want to be yourself and feel absolutely free to come and go and feel totally welcome, do give Rocha de Gralheira a try.