Edificio Cruzeiro

Rua Engenheiro Francisco Bivar, Praia da Rocha, 8500, Portugal
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cruise help

by ExcitedTraveler

I have just discovered your site by accident while searching for info on Villefranche, I wonder if anybody out there can help me, I will be cruising in the Med this summer and having cruised the med twice before do not want to go on organised excursions in all the ports. one being Praia da rocha, I cannot find any info on where the cruise ship anchors, or if there is any local transports to nearby towns, as all I can seem to pick up is that praia is mainly beach which I don't really want, I would be most gratefull for any ideas. Also on the same trip any info about Cititavecchia, as I do not really want to go into rome (having been there three times) and cannot seem to find any info on the surrounding area. Thank-you

RE: cruise help

by MFAMILY

If I undertand well, you will be cruising the mediterranean, touching France and Italy. Is this cruise also coming to atlantic waters, to Portugal?

RE: RE: cruise help

by MFAMILY

There is actually no dock for large ships in Praia da Rocha or the whole of Algarve, for that matter. The only way is to stay off the coast and come ashore on small boats.

RE: RE: cruise help

by ExcitedTraveler

Thanks for your help, yes, cruise from Southampton into the Med, Brochure blumf does say we will be landing by tender in Praia da Rocha, but from what I have seen online, it seems that the town is on the top of a cliff, is this right?. Do you know if it is a long walk to the town.

RE: RE: cruise help

by Durfun

Praia da Rocha is the nicest beach near Portimao (itself not being a beach at all!!). You will see lots of boats in Portimao, however, as you would around Lagos. I see no problem is dropping anchor here somewhere (?).

RE: RE: cruise help

by MFAMILY

Hi
Sorry, I didn´t understand you where leaving on the cruise out of UK. Ok.
As said, Praia da Rocha is a town itself, where you can easily stroll around. There are frequent buses going on to nearby towns. If History interests you, get on to Silves and learn a bit about the moorish occupation of the Algarve. It´s rather interesting.

Travel Tips for Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha - a Sun, Sand and Sailing center

by dlytle

"A beautiful, pollution free holiday resort area"

Praia da Rocha is very similar to the Costa de Sol. If you enjoy tranquil clear water and long stretches of beautiful beach then you are bound to like Praia da Rocha. Born as a beach suburb of Portimao, it has matured into a robust holiday resort in its own right where you will find every kind of beach and water sport activity that you could desire.

Praia da Rocha (literally "Rock Beach") is a lovely coastal city where fascinating rock formations, along an otherwise uninterrupted stretch of golden-white sand, are among the most photographed sites in Portugal.

This resort traces its origins back to a small trading port of the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. Some think that the place was originally the famous Portus Hannibalis named by the famous Roman general, Hannibal Barca. During the following Moorish occupation they renamed the place “Burj Munt”.

Located at the mouth of the River Arade it provides a natural harbor and has in its past been a home for smugglers and pirates. The river also provides sea access to the up-river ancient and interesting city of Silves.

"If you are a beach person this is the place to be!"

But its main attraction is, of course, the wonderful beach. It is a beach of unusual rock outcroppings erupting out of a gorgeous strip of wide golden sand. The colorful eroded cliffs upon which we see a skyline full of modern buildings highlight its background. Despite this resort’s popularity, and masses of apartments and hotels, there still plenty of space on the beach to catch a tan.

It is at the western end of the long beach that the tall spires of rock that give the beach its name explodes from the sand. In this area you can often find a deserted bay or corner beneath the cliffs in which to languish and insulate yourself from the crowds and the noise of the city.

Even from the deck of the ship I was on I could tell that the main beach strip at Praia da Rocha is bustling with activity. Pedestrians rule this beach as vehicles are not allowed on the sand. Bars and restaurants spill out onto the pavement and the atmosphere is distinctly animated.

The picture included here shows the beach from the Arade river estuary. So its looking across the breakwater fishing pier (the lighthouse is at its far end) towards the multicolored rock cliffs at its west end. This picture would make you think that the beach is relatively short – but it is actually a very long and pretty beach area.

"See the Algarve from the Sea!"

We were on the Wind Spirit and sailing out of Portimao on our way to Lisbon when I captured this photograph of a nice sailing ship with Praia da Rocha in the background.

You can take my word for it, the sailing area off the Algarve coast is beautiful almost beyond words. The coastline west between Faro and Sagres consists of small bays and coves broken up by imposing rocky outcrops and amazing grottoes. Then seventeen miles to the west of Lagos is Cape St. Vincent that is a formidable headland that was considered by the ancient and mediaeval Portuguese to be the western extremity of the world. All great scenic areas to see from the sea.

If you decide to take a sailing adventure then don’t be surprised if you see lots of dolphins surrounding your boat during your adventure. There are often reports of as many as a dozen all enjoying the thrill of diving across your bow.

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Address: Rua Engenheiro Francisco Bivar, Praia da Rocha, 8500, Portugal