Praia da Rocha

A bustling holiday resort, the area of Praia da Rocha is a jewel amongst the many locations of Portugal’s Algarve.  Without a doubt the most notorious feature of Praia da Rocha is the amazing beach scene that stretches across the most picturesque location.  Waterfront bars and restaurants line its entrance that would in itself be the perfect day in the sunshine.  Praia da Rocha really is the perfect place if you are looking to relax and unwind.  The sublime beauty of the golden sands combined with the welcoming waters of the sea entwines perfectly to create the picture postcard holiday destination. 

This delightful port of call may be the perfect chill out destination but if you are looking for something more active then fear not as you will not be left disappointed. Santa Catarina is the 17th century fortress well worth a closer look for its iconic stature.  If you wish to explore stunning wildlife in local habitats then head for Ria de Alvor estuary packed full of salt flats and sand dunes, specifically home to dozens of species of birds. 

To venture further afield there is the gorgeous neighbouring destination of Portimao were winding streets are lined with 18th and 19th century housing designs complimented by local boutiques and the chance to discover the perfect souvenir to take home.

Excursion opportunities at Praia da Rocha are absolutely amazing.  There is so much to choose from whether you’re looking for a relaxed day in the sun, family fun or an exploration of the Algarve.  One popular excursion for discovery is to head for the delights of Monchique and the Moorish town of Silves.  These renowned locations offer superb exploration and sightseeing opportunities.  Alternatively you may prefer to spend time with the children and if so a visit to Aqualand could be just the thing.  An abundance of adrenaline pumping water rides come together for a day of excitement, you transport will be arranged to and from along with tickets for entrance so nothing to worry about apart from holding your nerve when you reach the top of the slides.  Another option would be the trip to Zoomarine Park where guests can witness an amazing array of wildlife shows, thrilling rides and stunning scenery.  This really is another great day out for adults and children to see something special. 

Along with the options above there are plenty of opportunities to go on safari.  One option would be to head out in the transport of Jeeps and venture off the beaten track to discover some of the Algarve’s more hidden treasures.  The journey will take you through the Monchique Mountains for extravagant scenery.  The other option would be to enjoy a day of dolphin seafari.  The tour features a rigid inflatable boat for an exhilarating experience to enjoy the thrill of these enigmatic sea sights. 

Whether you are looking for something traditional, something different or something truly serene, the fabulous port of Praia da Rocha delivers on all levels for a brilliant day to remember. You can visit Praia da Rocha aboard a wide range of Mediterranean cruises, to see our Mediterranean cruise deals, click here.


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