Parasailing in Lagos: adrenaline-boost and unforgettable views

We’ve been trying out the most amazing watersports and boat tours of Portugal. We’ve been “testing” some of the activities that we sell on SeaBookings.com. By experiencing these activities ourselves, we’re able to give a better idea of what they consist of to our customers: you. In this post, We’ll share the most adrenaline-boosting activity we’ve done so far: parasailing in Lagos.

Parasailing basically consists of being pulled behind a boat, in the air, with a specially designed parachute. Parasailing in Lagos is one of the most popular activities we sell in Lagos for adrenaline lovers. It can be done by all ages and does not require any previous experience.

Parasailing in Lagos takes place on Meia Praia, the main beach of Lagos. At about one third of the beach, counting from Lagos, you’ll find a watersport school. Here, you can learn how to windsurf, do parasailing and other sports like wake boarding and kite surfing. To get there, from Lagos, take the road along Meia Praia. At the roundabout of the Marina of Lagos, go straight and after the petrol station on your right, you’ll find a beach resort called Duna Beach and then you’ll see the watersport school on your right. You can park for free by the school, near the beach.

To go parasailing in Lagos, of course we recommend you to book online to assure your seats. Yet, after receiving your booking confirmation, you should have a kind of flexible mind set. In fact, parasailing in Lagos is highly dependent on the wind. Therefore, we always suggest people to book in the morning, when there is usually less wind. And be aware that, if you book for 10:00, maybe you’ll have to wait until 10:30 or even 11:00 until the conditions are good. The wind changes very fast and the team who does the parasailing in Lagos is quiet picky with the wind. Your safety is first. But no worries, waiting a bit on the beach is not a hassle. Just make sure you’re prepared for it and bring your swimming wear, towel, umbrella and sunscreen.

parasailing in Lagos

From the RIB we went into the parasaining boat

Our experience parasailing in Lagos:

In our case, we booked for 13:30 and once we checked in (at the school on the parking lot), we had to wait a bit on the beach. At 14:00 we were picked up by a small rigid inflatable boat to bring us to the proper parasailing boat. While jumping from the beach onto the boat, you’ll get a bit wet, so we recommend to wear swimming wear. Feel free to bring a little bag you’re your camera as in the boat you’ll most likely not get wet. Jumping from one boat to the other is easy. You’ll be wearing a life vest all the time.

The parasailing in Lagos is done from a specially designed boat. This boat has a plateau from where you’ll take off and land and a special machine to control the rope that’s attached to the parachute. There are also some benches to sit, for the people who’re going to fly and also for the spectators. Parasailing can be done solo, from 40m to 120m in height, or tandem, up to 40m. Tandem parasailing can be done up to 120kg in total, so usually, only a parent and a kid can do it. When there’s no wind at all, the maximum weight can be a bit more.

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Takeoff!

The good thing about parasailing is that it does not require any previous experience. Parasailing in Lagos can be done from age 6, tandem with a parent. If fact, many families do this activity two by two. It’s very easy to do. Basically, all you do is to sit in the harness that you wear. That’s why the safety briefing is very short.

Before me, two other guys went up into the sky. The flight time is usually 10-15 minutes. You’ll be flying behind the boat that cruises along the shore. On days when there’s a bit of wind, usually, the parasailing in Lagos is done along the bay of Lagos, Meia Praia. When there’s no wind at all, you’ll be taken towards the caves and cliffs of Ponta da Piedade. Here, the views must be incredible! I flew along the bay and was already highly impressed by the stunning views.

So, when it was my turn, the crew had already put my harness on, under my life vest. One of the crew members was driving the boat, and the other helped the parasailors to take off and land. He attached me to the parasail and told me to relax and sit back. I admit I was rather nervous. Parasailing is not the kind of activity I always dreamed of as I’m not so fond of heights, but I still wanted to give it a try. So, I sat back and slowly the rope was being loosened such that I was taking off while the boat was moving forward. Take off is really easy and nothing to worry about.

The feeling of seeing the rope stretch and you’re furthering from the boat, higher and higher into the sky, is amazing. I only went up to 40 meters and found the views and the feeling impressive! Now, imagine going up to 120m! While up in the sky, the sights are truly breath-taking. The 10-15 minute in the sky are enough to calmly look around, from the horizon of the Atlantic, to Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, the bay of Meia Praia, the lagoon of Alvor, Alvor and Portimão. Wow, I felt so blessed to live in this stunning country! Another thing that impressed me was the silence. If you’re up in sky by yourself, there will be no noise, only the sound of the wind hitting the parasail. This was a beautiful moment that also reminded me the silence you experience while scuba diving.

Overall, it was a great experience. I felt the adrenaline flowing through my veins and I’ll never forget the beautiful silence surrounded by such an amazing scenery.  The landing is also easy. You don’t need to do anything. Just hang there and slowly be pulled back to the boat. On the boat the friendly crew congratulated me for overcoming my fears. Actually, I really enjoyed and feel that one day I’ll be back to fly up to the maximum of 120m.

Tips for parasailing in Lagos:

  • Book on time to assure your spot;
  • Be on the beach on time to check-in but be prepared for delays due to the wind conditions that may change from one moment to the other;
  • Usually the mornings are less windy, so we recommend you to book as early as possible, before the wind picks up;
  • Bring swimming wear, towel, sunscreen, umbrella and a snack and drink for the time you’ll spend on the beach before (and after) your parasailing experience;
  • Tandem parasailing can only be done up to 120kg in total. Only when there is no wind at all, the weight can be a bit more;
  • To get to the watersport school on Meia Praia, you can go by car, train or walk (about 2km) from Lagos;
  • If it’s too windy and you’ve got no availability to reschedule, why not try out some of the other watersports provided by this tour operator?
  • You can bring your phone/camera on the boat and a GoPro is great to take with you up in the sky (all at own risk, of course).
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The crew preparing the parasail

Are you ready for this unforgettable and adrenaline-boosting experience? Book your parasailing in Lagos now!

The best party boat in the Algarve

The Algarve, beside being a popular holiday destination for ocean and beach lovers, is also an attraction for party people. Cities like Vilamoura and Lagos are known for their bubbly nightlife. These cities attract party people from all around the world, all year round. There are several party boat tours in the Algarve and we found the best ones: the party boat in the Algarve that departs from Vilamoura and Lagos.

The girls on the boat party in Albufeira

The girls on the boat party

These boat parties depart from the modern Marinas of Vilamoura and Lagos. These Marinas is very easily accessible and you can park easily.

Of course, we had reserved our spots via SeaBookings, so once we arrived at the check-in spot for the party boat in the Algarve, we only had to mention our name. After checking-in, we still had some time to grab a drink on the cosy terrace of the Marina.

The testing team!

The party team!

The party boat in the Algarve

When it was time for boarding, we were called by the friendly crew. The boat was totally booked but there was still enough space to lay on the deck and enjoy some sun or to dance. The people on the boat were mainly aged between 25 and 35 years old. The main nationalities that were present among the party people were Spain, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. All were party people looking for an unforgettable afternoon with great music on a stunning boat.

At 18h30 the boat was ready to depart. We settled on the upper deck, where we found a comfortable space to put our bags and flipflops. The music started to play. The DJ was playing the best house tunes of this summer. The music suited the stunning scenery of the coast of the Algarve perfectly.

We sat on the upper deck and went to get our drinks two by two. As the rhythm of the music was inviting for a dance, we went to the deck downstairs. Here there was enough space to dance while enjoying the beautiful sights of the coast of the Algarve.

It was a warm summer day and the temperatures, even around sunset, were high. The good news was that to refresh, we jumped into the water of the blue Atlantic. The water felt great. Almost everybody got into the water. A lot of fun.

The three hours of the boat party went by super fast as we cruised along the coastline while the sunset created stunning colors in the sky. Every time we came along another boat, the crowd went crazy, singing, dancing and putting the hands in the air to greet the other boats.

Overall, the four of us agreed: this is the best party boat in the Algarve. It’s the perfect vessel to host an event like this. The party has a good sound system with great music. The bar works perfectly. The crew is very nice and the environment aboard was just amazing! We’ll be back!

This is the best party boat in the Algarve

This is the best party boat in the Algarve

Our tips for the boat party in the Algarve

  • This boat party in the Algarve is great for groups of friends and even bachelor parties;
  • The party boat in the Algarve combines two of the best things of the Algarve, its stunning coastline boat trips and unforgettable parties;
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen;
  • Eat something before you get aboard as you’ll only have dinner very late;
  • Bring a nice summer outfit but don’t forget your swimming wear for a refreshing dive;
  • The boat parties only run during the summer and tend to get fully booked, so book on time!

Book your party boat in the Algarve now and have fun!

Kitesurf school Lagos Portugal

The best activities in the Algarve for groups – sporty

If you’re traveling to the Algarve with a group, you’ll have to plan a bit ahead. Going to a restaurant with a group of 10 may require previous reservations. The same applies to watersports and boat tours in the Algarve. Today we’ll share our top 5 best activities in the Algarve for groups. The segment we aim for today is the sporty and young segment. Later this month, we’ll share another 5 best activities in the Algarve for groups that prefer less sporty nautic activities. 

There are a lot of nautical activities in the Algarve. We tried to pick the top 5 most popular activities in the Algarve for groups based on our experience. Prices range from 15 € to 55 € per person and there are things to do for all tastes and all along the coastline of the Algarve.

Top 5 most popular activities in the Algarve for groups

Kayak tour Benagil

Kayak tour Benagil is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Kayak tour in Benagil

The kayak tour in Benagil is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups booked on Seabookings. This tour will take you to the most impressive rock formations of the worldwide known Cave of Benagil.

The kayak tour in Benagil starts at Praia de Benagil and will make a nice route along the stunning coastline of the region of Benagil. You’ll pass by the emblematic secluded beaches of Marinha and Carvalho and be able to paddle into stunning caves.

This kayak tour in Benagil is one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups because you can join a group of friends (up to 10) and have a lot of fun. The guides are super friendly and speak several languages. Each kayak takes two people. The kayak tour in Benagil is continuously assisted by a motorboat.

  • Duration: 01:00
  • Location: Praia de Benagil
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 15 €
Stand up paddle boarding Lagos best activities in the Algarve for groups

Stand-up paddle boarding in Lagos is one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Stand-up paddle in Lagos

If you’re looking for the best activities in the Algarve for groups and you’re near Lagos with a sporty group, go for stand-up paddle in Lagos! Stand-up paddle, also know as SUP, is basically, standing on a huge surfboard and moving forth with a paddle while standing or sitting on your knees. We went to try out stand-up paddle in Lagos and we confirm that one of the big advantages of this sport is its easiness to learn. After a short intro on the beach, you’re ready to go!

This is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups as the guides are very flexible and will adapt according to the wishes of your group. The guides and experienced SUPpers and happy to share their knowledge about the sport itself and about the region.  Stand-up paddle in Lagos can be done at several locations like Ponta da Piedade or even to the hidden Praia da Ingrina near the west coast (transfer included).

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Praia Dona Ana, Lagos
  • Available Seats: 8
  • Price: 35 €
surf school algarve

Surfing is one oft he greatest activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Surfing on the west coast

For the most adventurous and sporty people, on of best activities in the Algarve for groups is surfing on the west coast. You’ll be picked up (5€ extra per person) at your accommodation near Lagos or meet at Praia do Amado on the west coast. Praia do Amado is a great beach to learn how to surf or to catch some waves if you’ve already got some experience.

This surfing experience is one of the greatest activities in the Algarve for groups because it’s a lot of fun to learn surfing together! This surfing experience takes the whole day and includes two surf lessons of 1h30 each by experienced instructors. All the surf equipment and sport insurance is included. Food and drinks are not included. Feel free to bring your own (something light to eat in between the two surf lessons) or grab something at the local cafe.

  • Duration: full day
  • Location: Lagos / Praia do Amado
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 55 €
Snorkeling from a boat is one of the coolest activities in the Algarve for groups

Snorkeling from a boat is one of the coolest activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Snorkeling from Albufeira

This snorkeling tour from Albufeira is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups as you’ll get on a boat and go to the best snorkeling spots of the Algarve! The 2-hour snorkeling in Albufeira will take you and your friends to explore the under-water world of Albufeira. The snorkelling tour is done from a boat. This allows access to the best snorkelling spots around Albufeira and to exclusive areas far from the busy touristic zones.

This snorkeling tour is one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups because it’s suitable for the whole group. In fact, if you don’t want to snorkel, you can simply enjoy the sun on board). During your snorkeling tour, you’ll be joined by an experienced and friendly team who will be happy to teach you all the tips and tricks for snorkeling.

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Marina de Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 30 €
Jetboat Algarve is one of the fastest activities in the Algarve for groups

Jetboat Algarve is one of the fastest activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Jet boat in Albufeira

The jet boat in Albufeira is without doubt one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups who love speed and adrenaline! This is a thrilling 60-minute ride on a jet boat where your whole group of friends will enjoy an adrenaline boost. You’ll scream with amusement as the experienced skipper performs tricky maneuvers over the water. 360-degree spins and power slides are part of the menu.

Grab your friends together and cruise along white-sand beaches, caves, rock formations of Albufeira on the super cool jet boat. You might even be lucky to spot some dolphins!

  • Duration: 01:00
  • Location: Marina de Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 45 €

These are some of the best activities in the Algarve for groups that like sporty and exciting water experiences. Of course there are many more, let us know if you’ve got any suggestions or questions. To book, please be on time. Boats and tours tend to get fully booked for days during the high season, specially for these best activities in the Algarve for groups. Enjoy!

Jet boat Algarve: 100% adrenaline, wet and fun!

As we did with some other activities and boat tours that we have available on SeaBookings, we had to try the jet boat Algarve. We’ve had a lot of great feedback about the jet boat Algarve and now it was our turn to try it out!

The Marina of Albufeira

The jet boat Algarve departs from the Marina of Albufeira. Albufeira is located only 45 minutes away from Faro airport, the main airport of the Algarve. Albufeira is a major holiday destination in the sunny south of Portugal. Albufeira is known for its sunny stunning beaches, good food, fun nightlife and a lot of ocean activities. The jet boat Algarve is one of the most popular things to do in Albufeira. We went to try it out.

The jet boat Algarve departs from the Marina de Albufeira

The jet boat Algarve departs from the Marina de Albufeira

The jet boat Algarve has two possible durations: 30 minutes and 60 minutes. We went on the 60 minute jet boat Algarve experience. The main difference between the two is that the shorter one is more focussed on pure adrenaline. The longer one, in addition to the adrenaline and fun part, does some sightseeing to the fantastic coastline of the region, with visits to the caves. There are two jet boats available in Albufeira.

Getting to the Marina of Albufeira, where the jet boat Algarve departs from, is very easy. From the city center of Albufeira it’s a nice 30 minutes walk. Grabbing a car or a taxi would take about 15 minutes. Parking in the Marina is free and there is plenty of space in the underground carpark.

Checking in for the jet boat Algarve

In the Marina you’ll find the meeting point for the jet boat Algarve next to the Gate4 Café. We were welcomed by Beatriz and Luiza, two very kind girls, who’ll check you in and take you to the boat. It’s recommendable to be there 15 minutes before your trip departs.

Before getting onto the boat, it’s recommended to take of your shoes or flipflops. Yes, it is. Believe us. We’ll explain why in a bit. Beatriz warned us we’d get totally wet. Totally. And we were like “yea right”, so we brought our dresses instead of wearing just a bikini. Then Beatriz introduced us to Miguel, or skipper, who gave us our life vests.

Team SeaBookings on the jet boat Algarve

Team SeaBookings on the jet boat Algarve

Jet boat Algarve: our experience

Getting into the jet boat Algarve is easy. You just step from the dock into the boat. There are three rows with 3 seats and one front seat for the skipper. When Miguel started the engine, you could immediately feel the 500 hp of the jet boat Algarve. Miguel gave us a quick briefing about the tour: “We’ll first speed up and go to the end of Armação de Pêra. There, we’ll slow down and head back close to the coast and go into some of the caves. Along the way, we’ll do some maneuvers”. If so, he’d lift his hand and we’d have to hold on tight. After putting our belongings like phones and wallets into a waterproof box, we were ready to go.

jet boat Algarve

Getting on the jet boat Algarve

Wow, this jet boat Algarve is so powerful and Miguel, as a professional skipper, made us scream. He was speeding, doing tight curves and even some 360º, 180º, powerbreaks and slides. Everytime Miguel lifted his hand, we’d hold on tight to the bar in front of us and start screaming of joy! The powerbreaks are incredible. Miguel speeds and then all of the sudden breaks. As such, the boat creates a wave and almost dives into the ocean. And yes, here you’ll get soaking wet! The people who were too stubborn to take their sunglasses of even had them taken from their face with the wave and the whole boat ends full of water. This is a lot of fun. We never expected this to be so cool and it’s super refreshing too!

Stunnign views from the jet boat Algarve

Stunning views from the jet boat Algarve

Before going back into the Marina, Miguel gave us the joy of one more powerbreak. So, we ended up this jet boat Algarve experience soaking wet and with a great smile on our face. Back in the Marina, you can get dresses again and grab your shoes. Beatriz was waiting on us with our pictures that she took before departure!

Such a great experience! We highly recommend it to speed lovers and adrenaline lovers! It’s so cool! The total capacity of the jet boat Algarve is 12 and one skipper. The jet boat Algarve experience is not suitable for young children and people with back problems or pregnant women. We recommend you to book a few days ahead as the jet boat Algarve tends to get fully booked.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions about the jet boat Algarve or simply book now!

 

We went kayaking in Benagil

Kayaking in Benagil is a must!

Grab your friends together and go kayaking in Benagil

Grab your friends together and go kayaking in Benagil

We love to try out the experiences that are available on our platform. Femke and a group of friends went to try out the kayaking in Benagil. This kayak tour in Benagil takes you to one of the biggest marine caves of Portugal and even Europe.

Kayaking in Benagil is a lot of fun. You’ll depart from Ferragudo on a boat. Ferragudo is a cute fisherman town, next to Portimão, in the South of Portugal, Algarve. Parking facilities next to the departure point are great and free.

The kayaks for the kayak tour are tandem

The kayaks for the kayak tour are tandem

The kayak tour in Benagil

The kayak tour in Benagil takes about 3 hours. On the boat, you’ll get a brief instruction by one of the guides and then you’re ready to get into your kayak. The guides that will take you kayaking in Benagil are very kind and speak English and Portuguese. The trip starts at a boat trip and only closer to the Benagil caves, we’ll step over to the kayaks.

The kayaks that are used for this kayak tour in Benagil are tandem kayaks. They take two people at a time. Life vests are mandatory to go kayaking in Benagil and provided by the tour operator.

Bring sunglasses and a swimsuit for kayaking in Benagil

Bring sunglasses and a swimsuit for kayaking in Benagil

The fact that the kayaks for the kayak tour in Benagil are tandem makes it suitable for families. Children can go with their parents. For example, mom can go with one of the kids and dad with the other. As long as the kids can swim, they are welcome! Don’t’ you want the kayak but your whole family or group of friends does? No worries, come along on the support boat and enjoy the sun, view and take some pictures.

The kayak tour in Benagil will be continuously accompanied by the boat. If you feel tired or something goes wrong, the boat is there to support immediately. Of course, this is usually not necessary, it’s just a matter of precaution. To go kayaking in Benagil, you do not need to be super fit. Obviously, it’s a physical exercise, but not very intense and it does not require any previous experience.

About the tour itself, kayaking in Benagil is amazing! You’ll have the change to stop on four different beaches for a little rest and to explore the beauty of the rock formations. In total, you’ll be able to get into about ten different caves. Kayaking in Benagil, as said, starts at Praia de Benagil and you’ll be kayaking up to Praia da Marinha. The huge cave of Benagil is the highlight of this kayak tour in Benagil. This is one of the largest marine caves of Europe and the waters around it are several shades of blue. Just beautiful!

The sights along the kayak tour in Benagil are stunning. We went into a lot of different grottos. As it was a very warm day, we even went for a swim. As the kayaks are rather unstable and can get totally wet, it’s not recommended to take your phone or camera. You can store your luggage and phone at the tour operator. If you have got a water-resistant GoPro, please bring it! You’ll make impressive pictures and videos for sure!

Blue waters under you in the kayak tour in Benagil

Blue waters under you in the kayak tour in Benagil

Now it’s your turn!

All you need to bring to go kayaking in Benagil is a swimming suit, towel, hat and a lot of sunscreens! As this activity is very depended on the tides and waves, we recommend you to book a few days ahead and stay in contact to be informed about the conditions of the ocean. Of course, cancellations are not part of the plan but due to the nature of this activity, they may happen! Controlling the weather and ocean conditions is still something that is out of our reach.

The cave of Benagil is impressive!

The cave of Benagil is impressive!

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions about kayaking in Benagil and also, feel free to book now, of course! You can read more about Benagil here.

Tips on getting around in the Algarve

The founding team of SeaBookings grew up in the Algarve and as some of our customers have been asking some tips on getting around in the Algarve, we decided to share some personal tips. We hope these tips help you planning your holidays in the Algarve.

The Algarve is the most sought for region of Portugal by tourists, especially during the summer season. The big influx of tourists is noticeable on hotel and restaurant occupations but also on traffic. The Algarve counts with two major roads: the national road N125 and the highway A22, also known as the Via Infante de Sagres. If you’re travelling by car in the Algarve, you’ll quickly meet the A22 highway which stretches from Bensafrim (near Lagos) to the Spanish border. In total the A22 measures about 133 Km, having Faro (airport) about in the middle. The N125 national road is free, opposed to the tolls we pay on the A22, but it’s not as safe and comfortable as the motorway.

Tips on getting around in the Algarve

There are essentially 7 ways to get around in the Algarve: by (rental) car, train, bus, taxi, uber, transfers and hiring a camper. Each of this means of transport can be most suitable to get around in the Algarve, depending on the situation. We’ll present the how, pros and cons and a tip for each of these ways for getting around in the Algarve based on our personal experience.

Tips for getting around in the Algarve - by rental car

Tips for getting around in the Algarve – by rental car

  • Rental car in the Algarve

How: upon arriving at the airport, you can hire a car at the airport. There is a broad range of car rental agencies. Marina rent-a-car is the one we’ve been working with most. We’re very satisfied with their pricing, quality of fleet and service. International agencies like Europcar are also available. The toll charged because of the use of the A22 highway will be debited from your credit card after giving in the car.

Pro: Hiring a rental car in the Algarve is a great way to discover the region and opens up many remote beaches or villages that have little or no public transport access.

Con: The Portuguese are rather impatient drivers. They will attempt to overtake on hills or blind corners and speed up. Unfortunately, Portugal has one of the highest levels of road deaths per population in Europe.

Tip: don’t forget your credit card as for most rent a car agencies in the Algarve, a credit card is required as a deposit.

Tips for getting around in the Algarve - by train

Tips for getting around in the Algarve – by train

  • Train in the Algarve

How: the trains in Portugal are operated by CP. There’s a train rail along the whole Algarve, “Linha do Algarve”, being the endpoint Lagos and on the East Vila Real de Santo António. Personally, this is one of our favorite means of transportation in the Algarve. For example, to get from Lagos to the airport in Faro, we usually go by train. The timetables and prices can be easily found on the official site of CP. The tickets can be bought on the train stations and if there’s no station, only a stop, you should get your ticket in the train.

Pro: Traveling by train is cheap, fun (nice views and local people) and you can do something while traveling (sleeping or reading a book for example).

Con: Despite having 30 different train stations and stops in the Algarve, some beaches or points of interest are not reachable by train. Of course you can then jump over to a bike, taxi or uber.

Tip: There are special discounts for the summer season.

Tips for getting around in the Algarve - by bus

Tips for getting around in the Algarve – by bus

  • Bus in the Algarve

How: Eva Transportes in one of the major bus operators in the Algarve. In the Algarve, you’ll find frequent daily, long-distance busses connecting the major towns in the Algarve with Lisbon and the rest of Portugal. Within the cities, sometimes there are urban bus networks (Albufeira, Faro, Lagos and Portimão).

Pro: There are no trains to the Southwest point of continental Europe, Sagres. Fortunately, Eva Transportes operates in between Sagres and Lagos. So, if you want to go surfing or do a boat tour in Sagres, you can go by bus (schedule here).

Con: Along with the limited network, bus services on weekends and Public Holidays are a lot less frequent than on weekdays. In addition, most routes have no service after about 8pm. In fact, personally, we avoid to use the bus in the Algarve all times.

Tip: To get to Faro airport from the train station of Faro, you can go by bus. This bus runs about twice an hour from around 5AM to 11PM. The fare is about  €2,50, tickets can be bought in the bus and the journey takes about 20 minutes.

Tips for getting around in the Algarve - by taxi

Tips for getting around in the Algarve – by taxi

  • Taxi in the Algarve

How: The taxis in Portugal  are easily identifiable. Taxis are either beige or black and green. Taxi ranks are usually found in all the resorts and big hotel chains, city centers and shopping centres. To catch a taxi in the Algarve, it is best to go to a rank or call a taxi to pick you up (you can find a list of numbers here).

Pro: Taxis are a easy, flexible and relatively cheap way of getting around in the Algarve.

Con: Regular taxis can only take four passengers. Some taxis are six and eight seater,  so if you are a part of a bigger group it is recommended to book beforehand (and be ready to pay a bit more). In addition, be aware that taxi drivers are not fond on getting their cars dirty, so don’t count on them for dusty dirt tracks.

Tip: You may find some taxi ranks with no taxis or packed with people cueing. It’s recommendable to call to arrange your pick up. Call Taxi Luís from aljezur for example (car on picture).

Bridge over Rio Arade (by Armando Rito)

Bridge over Rio Arade (by Armando Rito)

  • Uber in the Algarve

How: We’re Uber fans. We use Uber to get around in Lisbon all the time. This summer, the smartphone taxi service also launched in the Algarve (possibly only until the end of September).

Pro: Uber is the easiest, safest and cheapest way to get around the Algarve. In fact, traveling by Uber is easier, safer and cheaper than a regular taxi service. And it’s classier too 😉

Con: For now, Uber is more concentrated in the busiest cities of the Algarve: Faro, Albufeira and Vilamoura. You can also order an Uber in other cities, but waiting times may be a bit longer than usual.

Tip: For first users, download the app and use the promocode SEABOOKINGS to receive €10 discount on your first ride (valid until August 31st 2016).

How to get around in the Algarve - transfers

How to get around in the Algarve – transfers

  • Transfers in the Algarve

How: There is a wide range of choice for personalized transfers in the Algarve. These small operators are happy to take you from the airport to your accommodation or from your accommodation to the Marina where your boat tour departs from.

Pro: Transfers are a good option for families with more than four members who choose no to rent a car.

Con: Pricewise, transfers are not the best option as it’s a totally personalized service.

Tip: Find your best transfer partner and negotiate a good deal for the several trips you’ll need to do during your stay.

Tips for getting around in the Algarve - by cool camper

Tips for getting around in the Algarve – by cool camper

  • Hire a camper in the Algarve

How: Yes, it is possible to hire a camper and go for a road trip in the Algarve. Indie Campers is present in more than 80 locations across Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and Mediterranean Islands and one of them is Faro. You can choose your favorite camper from a brand new fleet of more than 2000 campervans. Hiring a camper gives you a lot of freedom. You can go to the prettiest beaches and to unique locations for surfing or boat tours along the whole algarvian coast. This is probably the most awesome way of getting around in the Algarve.

Pro: Indie Campers includes a 24-hour pick up/drop off service at the airport or hotel in every rental/booking.

Con: Are there any cons behind this cool way of getting around in the Algarve?

Tip: You can add your surfboard and wetsuit to the package or book a surf tour with us and go there with your Indie Camper.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions regarding ways to get around in the Algarve. Happy holidays!

In July this year, the Powerboats in Portimão are back.

F1H2O Powerboats in Portimão –  World Championship 2016

Ever heard of F1H2O? F1H2O stands for the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship. This championship is an international motorboat racing competition for powerboats. The Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship is the highest class of inshore powerboat racing in the world. In fact, it is comparable to Formula One car racing. In the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship, each race lasts approximately 45 minutes following a circuit marked out in a selected stretch of water, like a lake, river, dock, or sheltered bay. This year, the powerboats in Portimão are back.

Rio Arade, home to the powerboats in Portimão

Rio Arade, home to the powerboats in Portimão (picture by rotasturisticas)

In 2016, and after a five-year break, the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship returns to the Arade River in Portimão between July 29 and 31. The organisation has confirmed that the Grand Prix of Portugal will be moved back to the Algarve after “logistical issues” last year’s event in Porto. Portimão is the third round of the F1H20 World Championship 2016. We’re super excited to have the powerboats in Portimão back as this is a super exciting event!

Lavinia Cavallero, the vice-president of one of the event’s promoters said: “We are glad to be able to maintain an all-important second country location in Europe, thanks to the enormous interest shown and support of the Associação Turismo de Portimão ”. In fact, powerboat racing has a “long-standing tradition in Portugal and a big following countrywide”.

In July this year, the Powerboats in Portimão are back.

In July this year, the Powerboats in Portimão are back.

Of all the exciting battles of the powerboats in Portimão, the most notable and well-remembered performance was probably by Norway’s Marit Stromoy. In 2011, the powerwoman Stromoy outpaced her male peers to take pole position. Nevertheless, Stromoy’s hopes of a maiden GP win ended with a dramatic coming together with Shaun Torrente.

Portimão, in the Algarve, was one of the most popular venues for teams and drivers of Formula 1 Powerboats. In fact, the city in the Southwest of Europe has already hosted 13 successful Grand Prix from 1999 to 2011. In 2016, “The return to Portimão will be welcome news to several current team managers and drivers including the sport’s most successful driver – 10-time world champion and now team manager with Abu Dhabi, Guido Cappellini” Laviana added.

In July this year, the Powerboats in Portimão are back.

In July this year, the Powerboats in Portimão are back.

The Formula 1 Powerboats in Portimão are known for attracting thousands of people to the town’s riverside area. As such, the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship is of great economical importance for the whole region.

In 2016, the F1H20 World Championship started in Dubai in March. The second stop will take place on July 17th in Evian, France. And then, the next stop of the Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship is Portimão in the end of July.

Are you in the Algarve from July 29 to 31? Come to the Arade River and enjoy this spectacular race of the powerboats in Portimão! If you’re looking for a powerboat experience yourself, check out the Jet Boat in Albufeira or the Rocket Boat in Albufeira. Of course the Jet Boat and the Rocket Boat are not the same as F1H2O boats, but they come very nearby to the powerboats in Portimão!

Sagres

Bo’s tips about the best things to do in Sagres

Ever heard about Sagres? Sagres is known as “the end of the world”. In fact, Sagres is most Southwestern point of mainland Europe, located in the Algarve, Portugal.

Me and my sister Femke got to know this magical place when we were two young girls looking to explore the best waves while surfing in Sagres. More than fifteen years after having met this cool surfer town for the first time, we share our personal tips about the best things to do in Sagres.

In this blog post we’ll share our personal tips to enjoy Sagres to the fullest. We’ll tell you what are the best things to do in Sagres and where and how to do them. We will also share our favorite spots to eat and drink in Sagres and also about where to stay in Sagres.

What to do in Sagres?

Surfing in Sagres

Me and my sister were 10 and 12 years old when we started surfing. Actually, we started surfing in Sagres. We used to grab a surf van from Lagos and look out for the best waves of the South Eastern point of the Algarve.

Many times we ended up in the region of Sagres as it has several beaches with different orientations to have suitable waves for all levels. This unique location and perfect waves all year round make surfing in Sagres one of the most sought for activities in Sagres.

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Wave sensations – Surf lessons in Sagres – The best things to do in Sagres

So, when in Sagres, a surfing lesson is a must. We recommend a full day surf lesson. This surf lesson in Sagres is suitable if it’s your first time and also if you’ve surfed before and want to improve your basics. In this stage you’ll be surfing broken waves. Broken waves are the most suitable way to learn and to reach the necessary confidence for the next level. We’re sure this is the ideal surf lesson to gain experience riding the waves as we’ve done it ourselves!

SUP in Sagres

Stand-up Paddle is becoming more and more popular. SUP can be done by all ages and does not require any previous experience and is easy to learn. Sagres is a true paradise to explore this sport, that’s why SUP in Sagres is one of the most popular activities in Sagres.

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SUP in Sagres – The best things to do in Sagres

SUP is a unique way to explore the hidden coastline of southwest Algarve. To make the most out of your SUP experience, we recommend a tour with our friend Nelson. Nelson knows the coast of the Algarve like no other, allowing you to discover places you would never see on a boat tour. Back in the days, Nelson was one of our surf instructors teaching us how to surf in Sagres, and is now SUP guide, among other amazing activities to explore the coast, like Coasteering.

Boat tours in Sagres

There are several boat tours in Sagres. They’re surely all worth it, depending on your taste. This romantic sunset boat tour is one of our favorite boat tours in Sagres. The sunset is a special moment of the day where the skies of Sagres become even more magical.

During the Summer, you can enjoy this sunset on a romantic boat trip. On this tour in Sagres, you’ll be offered a delicious traditional Portuguese snack, a glass of the world famous green wine and a non-alcoholic beverage to round off this inspiring experience.

Dolphin watching in Sagres

Sagres may be worldwide known for surfing, but did you know Sagres is also home to several species of dolphins? Dolphin watching in Sagres is the ideal experience for travellers with children. The encounters with wild dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic are very inspiring experiences.

Dolphin watching from Sagres - boat trips Algarve

Dolphin watching from Sagres – boat trips Algarve

On these dolphin watching trips, we deal with wild animals. As such, you’ll not be guaranteed you’ll actually find them. The good news is that the experienced boat crew finds dolphins on almost every trip. Several species can be found, from common dolphins to Minke Whales and at times even Orcas, Hammerhead sharks and Blue sharks.

On this dolphin watching trip in Sagres, a marine expert will be on board to tell you all the secrets about the animals. Even if you have the tough luck to not find any mammals, the trip is definitely worth it thanks to its adventurous spirit and incredible sights over the coastline and caves. This dolphin watching tour from Sagres is a must-do activity in Sagres and will make your holiday in the Algarve unforgettable!

Diving in Sagres

Sagres is one of the best scuba diving sites in Europe. Even if you do not have a diving certificate, you can try it! This diving experience in Sagres will allow you to explore the wonderful and mysterious underwater world without having to go through an intense and prolonged training.

With this diving school that we know personally, you can try scuba diving in Sagres with all the safety and autonomy like a certified diver in just half a day.

discover diving sagres

discover diving sagres

Being a beginner, for your comfort and safety, the diving session will be done from a beach (instead of from a boat, which requires more experience) with a vast underwater flora and fauna, so you can enjoy this adventure.

If you’re a more experienced scuba diver, there are great options to. Wreck diving in Sagres, for example, is one of the most popular things to do in Sagres for divers.

Birdwatching in Sagres

During the months of September and October, Sagres usually hosts a Bird Watching Festival. This festival is a great event for bird watching lovers. Honestly, we’re not bird watching fans ourselves, but we’ve had great feedback about the bird watching possibilities in the region of Sagres.

A great variety in both resident and migratory birds make bird watching one of the best things to do in Sagres.

Yoga in Sagres

When in Sagres, you’ll immediately feel the relaxed and laid back environment. This is one of the reasons why yoga is one of the most popular things to do in Sagres. To enjoy the wellness sensation in Sagres to the fullest, check out the packages provided by Trip for Wellness. Trip for Wellness is the ideal partner in uncovering the best kept secret spots to totally relax and practice yoga too.

Running in Sagres

As we already mentioned, Sagres is known for its stunning landscapes and special and bright light. In addition to being a great place for watersports and boat tours, Sagres is also perfect for running. So, while visiting Sagres, stay healthy and active with a close contact with the lively nature and one of the purest and cleanest air you can breathe in Europe.

To make sure you get the most out of your running, why not contact a local guide? Running, on the road or trails, is one of my personal favorite things to do in Sagres.

Cycling in Sagres

Another popular activity in Sagres and a great way to explore the Southwestern region of Europe is by bike. If you like two wheels but don’t want to sweat, you can also go for a scooter in Sagres. Renting a bike or a scooter is one of the best things to do in Sagres. Bike rentals in Sagres, at Maretta shop start at €10 per day.

What to Eat & Drink in Sagres?

Sagres is the name of one of the most popular beers in Portugal and it is also a magical surfer town known for great waves and a relaxed environment. To grab a beer, our favorite spot is called Água Salgada. “Água Salgada”, means salted water, and this is what you’ll probably still feel on your skin while sipping a nice Sagres beer after your day on the beach. Água Salgada is also the spot to be after having had dinner and to spend the last energy you’ve got after a long day surfing on the dancefloor.

Talking about dinner, one of our favorite spots is “O Dromedário”. The specialty of this restaurant are the pizzas. Pizzas are great to fuel up carbs after spending a lot of them while surfing.  If you do not want a pizza, try the vegetarian and italian dishes, salads, or great ice creams. For the ones looking for a truly local experience, grilled fish is a must. For the freshest fish for a good price, check out “A Sagres” Restaurant.

Where to stay in Sagres?

As young surfer chicks, me and my sister used to stay in the surf camp of the Algarve Surf School. So, in case you’re booking your surfing in Sagres with us, ask about the Algarve Surf School Hostel and we can arrange that for you too. This established Sagres Surfing Hostel gives you a cosy atmosphere where you’ll feel at home.

In this Surfing Hostel, you’ll dream about surfing and all meals are thought for surfers. This hostel in Sagres is perfectly situated at walking distance from the local amenities, the town centre and the above mentioned bars. And to get the most out of your surfing in Sagres, you can even walk to three stunning beaches.

If you want another hostel option, the Funky Monkey Hostel is a must. We have never stayed there ourselves, but friends of ours have, and they loved it! The Hostel has an open plan kitchen with amazing views of the garden.  To recover after an epic winter surf session, the Hostel has a very cozy living room and fireplace. The real secret of the Funky Monkey Hostel are the 3000m2 of gardens and a wonderful rooftop terrace.

Not everybody is fond of hostel style accommodations. Luckily, Sagres hosts options for accommodating all tastes. The Memmo Baleeira Hotel is a must for design lovers. Memmo Baleeira is the perfect spot for relaxing in a contemporary atmosphere of design. This 4 star Design hotel provides literally everything you need for a break from your daily routine.

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sagres explorer – boat trips from lagos to sagres- Beach hut watersports – Luz

Do you have any additional tips or tricks about Sagres or would you like some more suggestions about the best things to do in Sagres, feel free to contact us. You can also check all the boat tours and watersports in Sagres on our Sagres category page.

The best of Algarve boat tours

Are you one of the lucky ones who are visiting the Algarve this summer? Be prepared. Your holidays will be awesome! To enjoy the stunning white sanded beaches and impressive rock formations to the fullest, let us share the best of the Algarve boat tours with you. In fact, the boat trips in the Algarve are a must whilst enjoying your holidays in the South of Portugal.

The best of Algarve boat tours

As you probably already know, the Algarve is the southernmost province of continental Portugal. The Algarve is the southwest point of the European continent too. Its geographical location in the South of Europe and being surrounded by the Atlantic gives the Algarve one of the best climates in Europe. Very mild all year round and with a lot of sunny days per year.

Surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic on its South and West, the Algarve also includes some very pretty islands and islets. The region with most islands is near Faro. It’s called the Ria Formosa lagoon. This nature reserve has over 170 square kilometres and is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The Ria Formosa is a stopping place for hundreds of different birds.

Given its enormous richness in nature, the Ria Formosa Lagoon near Faro is a popular destination for nature lovers. Some people choose the Algarve as their holiday destination for a very particular reason: bird watching. In fact, bird watching is one of the most popular boat tours in the Algarve. The bird watching boat trip in the Algarve allows you to discover the broad diversity of the permanent and migratory birds of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This Algarve boat trip has a very special skipper. The skipper of this boat tour in the Algarve is a biologist and he will be your guide, teaching you about the species you’ll encounter. The Ria Formosa is an important spot for migrant birds from or to Africa which can be nicely observed from this boat tour in the Algarve. More than 200 bird species can be found on one unique day.

For nature lovers who prefer mammals rather than birds, the dolphin watching boat tours in the Algarve are one of the best things to do in the Algarve. The Atlantic, surrounding the coast of the Algarve, is home to several species of wild dolphins. Common dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins are most frequently spotted on these boat tours in the Algarve. If you’re lucky you may even encounter other species like whales and sea turtles.

The dolphin watching boat tours in the Algarve are very popular among the families. Both the parents and children will surely be amazed about these special encounters with these magical mammals. The dolphins are totally wild and not fed which means that these boat tours in the Algarve are a true adventure as you’ll never know in advance what species you’ll encounter. Dolphins and other mammals are spotted on almost all trips as the skippers of these boat tours in the Algarve are very experienced. Please bear in mind that there’s always a small chance of having tough luck and not finding any. If this happens, the boat trip is worth it anyway as it’s fun itself and the sights are amazing!

The length of the Algarve coastline is approximately 155 kilometres. Beyond the westernmost point of Sagres, more precisely the Cape St. Vincent, it stretches a further 50 kilometres to the north. These 50km of west coast are very popular for watersports like surfing and windsurfing. The southern coastline is notable for picturesque caves and grottoes. The regions around Benagil and Lagos are the most popular for their impressive marine caves and rock formations. These grottoes and caves are best accessible by doing one of the many boat tours in the Algarve.

There are several types of boat tours that go to the Benagil marine cave. Benagil is a beach near Lagoa and it’s famous for its cave which is only accessible by boat. Regarding the Algarve boat tours to Benagil, there are small fishermen boats but also big catamarans. What’s best depends on your own preferences. The typical cave boat tour in the Algarve takes you to over 20 stunning Algarve caves. The boat tour will take you in and out of the most impressive caves. As you get into a grotto, the sun illuminates the ocean water, creating amazing effects of different tones of blue. We’re sure you will love it. In the most famous caves, the skipper will shut down thes engine of the boat. Like that you can admire the cave calmly with no noise and take great pictures!

In the region of Lagos, the caves of Ponta da Piedade are the most popular ones to visit on a boat tour. Ponta da Piedade is a place where high rock cliffs of over 20m reach into the deep blue Atlantic. Ponta da Piedade is a magical setting of light brown rock sculptures that meet the blue waters of the ocean below, being one of the main attractions of Lagos.

By boat tour is the most popular way to visit Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. The grotto boat tours in the Algarve to Ponta da Piedade are the most popular boat tours in Lagos. These Algarve boat tours depart from several beaches and the Marina of Lagos. The grotto boat tours in the Algarve are an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy the colossal rock formations and coastline of Lagos with your family and friends. Prices start at only 10€ per person. On these Algarve boat trips experienced fishermen will maneuver their way through the amazing caves whilst telling their names and secrets. In fact, across time, local fishermen have given names to some of these rock sculptures. The most popular ones are the Chimney and the Grotto of Love.

Bom Dia Boat Trips - Lagos - Boat trips in the algarve- Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Bom Dia Boat Trips – Lagos – Boat trips in the algarve- Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

For those who are in love or curious about the Portuguese cuisine, there are the BBQ boat trips in the Algarve! The BBQ boat trips in the Algarve take between 4 and 6 hours, departing from Lagos, Portimão and Albufeira. These boat tours in the Algarve are ideal for families and groups of friends. On most of the tours, you’ll depart on a big boat, a sailing boat or a catamaran, and cruise along the coast. Once you’ve reached a nice spot, the boat will anchor. Depending on the boat tour, you can either jump onto a smaller boat to explore the caves and then go to a private beach to enjoy a BBQ lunch or simply enjoy your meal on the big boat. On the longer boat tours, there is time for a swim, beach games and snorkeling.

Albufeira Beach BBQ - Beach BBQ abufeira - boat trip from Albufeira- boat trips Albufeira – Albufeira

Albufeira Beach BBQ -Beach BBQ abufeira – boat trip from Albufeira- boat trips Albufeira – Albufeira

The Algarve is a great holiday destination for ocean lovers and there are Algarve boat tours for every taste and preference. If you’ve got any questions or suggestions about the boat trips in the Algarve, feel free to contact us. If you’d like to book some of the Algarve boat tours, we recommend you to book ahead to ensure your spot and avoid fully booked boats.

Enjoy your holidays in the Algarve!