P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the resort of Praia-da-Rocha as a Port-of-Call.
A jewel of a resort on Portugal’s Algarve, Praia da Rocha is famous for the glorious beach which stretches along its restaurant and café-lined waterfront.
This is a great port of call for a `chill-out’ day spent simply browsing the shops and enjoying golden sands and sapphire-blue waters. But, if you are feeling active, there is also the 17th century Fortress of Santa Catarina to explore at one end of the beach. At the other end is a tunnel which connects the main beach to a chain of smaller, uncrowded ones, overlooked by rugged cliffs and full of dramatic rock formations.Just inland is the Ria de Alvor estuary, a wilderness of salt flats and sand dunes which is home to dozens of bird species. Also worth exploring is the charming Old Town of nearby Portimao, with its 18th and 19th century houses, elegant squares and winding streets.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Praia-da-Rocha as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Praia-da-Rocha Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Praia-da-Rocha Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
An exciting world of water fun! What a great way to spend the day!
Over 1,500 metres of twisting, turning, splashing fun. Aqualand Water Park has been built around 60,000-square-metres of beautiful, landscaped gardens. Under the watchful eye of lifeguards, experience the thrill of the Raging Rapids, The Flying Carpets and Crazy Leap! Test your nerve on the Supersurf, Kamikaze and Banzai Boggan.
For flexibility lunch has not been included on this tour. There is a café and a restaurant in the park where you can purchase food and drinks at your own expense. There is a small charge for using lockers, sun umbrellas and deck chairs.
Where the Land Meets the Sea
Visit the historic town of Lagos and stop at Sagres to experience awe-inspiring views from the cliffs at the ‘End of Europe’.
You won’t want to miss a visit to Lagos, one of the area’s most popular resorts. Lagos has a fascinating and chequered past. The town was where the first African slave auctions were held, and its shipyards built the caravels, which sailed on historical voyages of exploration.
The old town is full of character with treasures such as the ornately-gilded Chapel of Santo Antonio, the Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator and the site of the former slave market.
You’ll hear more about Prince Henry in Sagres, as this was the location for his School of Navigation and from where his sailors set out to explore the world. This small fishing port is perched on windswept cliffs at the south-western extremity of Portugal.
At Cape St Vincent you’ll be awestruck by the dramatic 200-foot-high cliffs, known as the ‘End of Europe’, once believed to have been the end of the world during the Middle Ages. The views out over the Cape are quite magnificent. From Baleeira Beach there’s another opportunity to take photos of the magnificent view out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Zoomarine Park has it all! Come along to see, learn, and…. above all…. enjoy!
Zoomarine Park is a spectacular ocean life theme park, which is entertaining and educational, popular with grown-ups and children alike. Discover how clever our animal friends really are when you watch the dolphin and sea lion shows. Marvel at the beauty and intelligence of the dolphins as you watch them in motion with their trainers. The seals and sea lions take you on another adventure and the parrots, macaws and cockatoos reveal their colours and sounds. For a peek at the ocean, make sure you also take a look at the Aquarium.
Spend time at the amusement park, which has merry-go-rounds, a big wheel, a mini roller-coaster, lakes, waterfalls, picnic areas and souvenir stalls amongst many other attractions.
When you’ve seen all the shows, why not take to the water in the refreshing swimming pool!
Lagos at Leisure
Spend a relaxing few hours exploring this medieval town on your own.
Lagos is a fascinating and historic town. Its sturdy medieval walls testify to its importance in the 15th century, when its shipyards built the caravels which sailed on historical voyages of exploration. Today, the narrow bustling streets are full of interest. Reminders of the past can be seen around every corner.
A transfer will take you to this town, linked to the Portuguese Discoveries, where you will have time at leisure to explore on your own.
Head for the hills, where the pace of life is much slower. Visit the mountain village of Monchique and the Moorish town of Silves.
From Portimão harbour you’ll take a drive to Silves, the former Moorish capital of the province of Algarve, which was known as Xelbe by the Moors. The town’s 2 most visible buildings, its red sandstone castle and the red and white cathedral, are reminders that in medieval times this was the most strongly fortified and most strenuously fought over place in the Algarve.
On the way up to the Monchique Mountains, you’ll see luxuriant vegetation, not found in other parts of the region: cork oats, orange trees, eucalyptus and chestnut trees as well as many flowers and shrubs. Visit the mountain village of Caldas de Monchique. Set in a ravine, you’ll discover this delightful, old fashioned spa village that has soothed the rheumatism of those who have taken its waters since Roman times.
Search for the enigmatic dolphins off the Algarve coast.
Dolphin watching is one of the most exhilarating experiences that any of us will have in our life time. Sadly, most people only ever get to see dolphins in captivity; however this is an opportunity to see them in their natural environment.
Travelling by RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).The RIBS are the same as those used by the Coastguard and Greenpeace and conform to the highest of safety standards. This tour offers spectacular sea views of the Algarve coastline as well as the deeper offshore waters where the dolphins are to be found.
Enjoy the thrill of off-road driving in the hills of the Algarve.
Experience an exciting off-road adventure by jeep and discover the unspoilt side of the Algarve. En route you’ll enjoy beautiful landscapes surrounded by amazing vegetation and travel along routes which are inaccessible to tour coaches.
Setting off from Praia da Rocha, your jeep will follow in convoy towards the Monchique Mountains. Stops will be made to enjoy the scenery and learn about the characteristics of the area’s fauna and flora. A short stop will be made in the village of Monchique, the highest point in the Algarve. Continue your journey by visiting an old farm where you will be invited to taste some typical products from the region.
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