Things to do in
Lagos

Explore the old town, relax on the beaches, and take to the water in this bustling Portuguese town.

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From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

1. From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Cruise along the coast of Lagos and Ponta da Piedade in the Barlavento region of the Algarve and see the rock formations and hidden grottos from the inside. Get an amazing perspective of famous beaches such as D. Ana Beach and Camilo Beach from the sea. Relax in comfort on cushioned seats and listen to explanations from your skipper as you depart Marina de Lagos and sail towards the Ponta da Bandeira Fort. Pass the beaches of Batata and Pinhão, as well as a nudist beach as you continue to the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the yellow-golden cliff-like rocks, given names such as the "Kitchen" and "Living Room" for their unusual shapes. Make your way towards the small semi-circular beach of Barranco Martinho, between Canavial Beach and the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse, characterized by a tall rock near the waterline. Continue back to Marina de Lagos, where you will disembark at the end of the tour services.

From Lagos: 2-Hour Kayak Cave Explorer Tour

2. From Lagos: 2-Hour Kayak Cave Explorer Tour

Hop aboard and explore the sea caves and beaches of Ponta da Piedade on a 2-hour tour by kayak and boat from Lagos. Admire the beautiful golden sand beaches created over millions of years, and listen to your guide as they explain the rules of navigation and how to use your kayak gear for your safety. Once at Ponta da Piedade, board your kayak and follow the guide through the beautiful caves and small beaches the area is famous for. After your kayak adventure, get the chance to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Then, jump back on board and relax on the way back to the city.

From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

3. From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

Climb aboard a boat in the marina at Lagos, and then cruise along the coastline of the Algarve to marvel at the sea caves. Benefit from comfortable seats and the best safety facilities for a truly relaxed experience out on the water.  Listen to the live on-board commentary and get a better appreciation of the rock formations and the history of the area. Discover hideouts for pirates and sea stacks of incredible beauty. Every adventure is different, depending upon the tide and sea conditions, which will determine which caves and areas you can visit.

From Lagos: Algarve Golden Coast 4-Hour Cruise

4. From Lagos: Algarve Golden Coast 4-Hour Cruise

Climb aboard to explore the southwestern Algarve on a round-trip, 4-hour cruise from Lagos to Cabanas Velhas. Pass magnificent beaches of golden sand, cliffs of staggering rock formations, the sea caves of Ponta da Piedade and the iconic black rock of Praia da Luz. Drop anchor in a secluded bay near the fishing village of Burgau. Enjoy a complimentary meal. Jump into the water for a swim and snorkel among the marine life, sip a cocktail on the deck or grab a paddleboard for a little adventure. Work off some energy on the trampoline or inflatable water park. Laze in the sun on the way back to Lagos but keep an eye open to spot dolphins in their natural environment.

Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park Entrance Ticket

5. Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park Entrance Ticket

Get your adrenaline thrills with a full-day entrance ticket to the Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park, located near Albufeira. See a spectacular dolphin presentations that is both educational and entertaining – get close to sea lions and seals, and walk among birds of prey and tropical birds in an enchanted forest. Learn about the oceans in the aquarium, an educational tour to the amazing underwater world. The pedagogical area has more than 20 ecosystems, distributed according to the central theme. Finish off by riding the Rapid River rafts, a fun and exciting ride. Relax at the Zoomarine Beach, a new aquatic fun area, where you will find a wave pool surrounded by white sand, water slides, swimming pools and an aquatic playground.

From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

6. From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

Climb aboard the catamaran at Lagos Marina and set sail to Ponta da Piedade for a 2-hour guided kayak tour along the Algarve Coast. After leaving the Marina, the boat heads to Ponta Da Piedade, where you will discover Algarve's famous grottoes and cliffs by kayak during the 1-hour journey accompanied by a guide who will comment throughout your adventure. Spend 15 minutes relaxing and swimming in the grottoes, unknown bays and quiet beaches before heading back to Lagos Marina. Please note that throughout your tour, the catamaran will escort the group for safety and comfort reasons.

From Lagos: Algarve Coast and Caves by Kayak

7. From Lagos: Algarve Coast and Caves by Kayak

Journey to one of the top highlights of the Algarve: the Lagos Caves. Hop in a kayak for an active and adventurous trip to the characteristic rock formations that continue to charm visitors with their mystique and beauty. Let your experienced guide lead you to the most impressive caves on the Algarve coastline. Learn how the beautiful shapes and patterns decorating the cave walls were created by sea erosion and get to know the unique flora and fauna of the area while snorkeling. Then enjoy a relaxing stay at a beach which is solely accessible by boat. If you don't feel like paddling back, opt to ride on the support boat, which will be close by at all times during your trip.

Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

8. Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. This tour lasts approximately 90-minutes and runs throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão.

Algarve Aquashow Park Admission Tickets

9. Algarve Aquashow Park Admission Tickets

Book your day ticket here for the Aquashow Park, Portugal’s largest and most popular water and thematic park. There’s plenty to enjoy and enough thrills to keep the kids happy all day. You’ll find an amazing variety of slides for all ages: • The 32-meter-high Free Fall/Kamikaze, a combination of 2 slides giving you the sensation of surfing on a big wave • The fabulous Speed Race, where you can compete with other guests to see who is the fastest slider • The White Fall which invites the bravest for a unique slide • The Wild Snake offering a ride into the dark The little ones can safely play in the water in their own mini-park world. There are slides and other water attractions to ensure they have lots of fun. For those looking to relax, the park offers a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, and green areas with sunbeds. One of the park’s main attractions is the wave pool, simulating real sea waves. You’ll also find the biggest Water Coaster in Europe, reaching a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour. The Air Race is a thematic ride that has you sitting inside a real airplane doing aerobatics and stunts. Top Swing is one of the favorite thematic attractions, offering a new and unique experience.  In the show area you can take in shows featuring birds of prey, exotic birds, and reptiles. When you finally realize that you’re hungry you’ll find some good meal choices at one of the snack bars or BBQs. You can also find a small souvenir shop, changing rooms, lockers, and other facilities. Due to COVID-19, AquaShow Park is currently operating at a lower capacity. After booking, you'll receive a link to check-in at AquaShow Park and choose a date to visit.

From Lagos: 3-Hour Algarve Cruise by Fun Catamaran

10. From Lagos: 3-Hour Algarve Cruise by Fun Catamaran

Climb aboard a catamaran for a fun 3-hour cruise from Lagos to Praia da Luz and back. Depart Lagos and see the mesmerizing beaches and rock formations of the golden coast of the western Algarve. Sail towards the stunning cliffs and grottoes of Ponta da Piedade and continue to Praia da Luz, known for its volcanic landscape and palm tree-lined promenade. Then, journey back towards Lagos and anchor near the caves of Ponta da Piedade for a cocktail and some time to swim. Dive into the inviting waters and make use of available paddle boards, snorkeling gear and a water trampoline. Soak up the sun on the sunbathing net as the boat calmly cruises through the peaceful waters back to Lagos.  

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What people are saying about Lagos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,935 reviews

Excellent tour which is extremely well crafted. In seven hours you get interesting historic capital of local Moorish empire, a park made and fit for kings, the highest point in Algarve with breathtaking views, and three wines. What’s not to like. Plus very intelligent, organized, thoughtful and kind owner of company as tour guide! Can’t miss deal.

I loved the experience. The staff were really friendly and helped us with everything we needed . I really recommend it

We had a great time, it was very nice to be able to see inside the caves and admire the landscapes from the sea.

I really loved the experience. The staff was friendly and made us feel comfortable

A nice boat, nice crew. They also speak very good English. Highly recommended