If you are going on holidays to Albufeira, make sure you have great fun enjoying one of the best Albufeira boat trips. From Albufeira, we offer a wide range of sea activities, we have choices for everyone and all budgets.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy your holiday, take a sailing tour along the impressive coastline of the Algarve. Up to some adrenaline? Many choices for you! Here is my personal (by Femke, co-founder of SeaBookings) top best boat trips in Albufeira.
The main attractions are the dolphins and the impressive beaches and coastline. I have tried them all, and all are well worth it. This experiences will make your holiday unforgettable.
Definitely, my favourite boat trip in Albufeira, as I love the combination of both seeing the caves and also having the opportunity to search for some wildlife. Dolphins are seen very frequently. Although, we can’t guarantee you see them. They live in wild and aren’t fed. We fully respect the natural environment.
Nothing better than spending some quality family time. On this tour, you have the opportunity to enjoy an amazing boat trips departing from Albufeira. This trip has a stop to swim and eat lunch on a beautiful beach.
If you like sailing or are up for some relaxation, grab your chance. This sailing boat in Albufeira only takes 12 people. The sailing tour takes you to amazing views of the cliffs and caves. The best choice for private charters up to 12 pax.
In summer, Albufeira gets hot! No better way to refresh than appreciating the underwater world. Do you like to swim and love the ocean? Discover the Portuguese coastline from a different perspective. This boat trip takes you to the best snorkel spots.
Read the experience of Nathalie, content and translations at SeaBookings about her SUP Grotto Tour in Lagos. Thanks for sharing, girl!
SUP board are very big and stable
The early bird catches the worm, they say. Well, in this case, the early bird gets to enjoy the most beautiful SUP Grotto Tour in Lagos!
When my dad visited me in Lagos last year, I wanted to make sure he had a great time in the Algarve. He loves surfing and the ocean, so I thought that maybe a SUP Tour in Lagos would be a great idea. And I was absolutely right!
We opted for a SUP Grotto Tour in Lagos, which meant that we met at Praia Dona Ana at 8 am. For those staying in the centre of Lagos, this beach is super easy to reach by foot. But the SUP school also offers a pick between Burgau and Lagos for those staying a little further away.
Beautiful morning light
The light at this time of the day is just absolutely magical. Praia Dona Ana, usually a busy beach full of people, is a true paradise this early in the morning. Peaceful and quiet, with the calm and clean Atlantic Ocean in front of it. Only for this view of another beautiful day starting in Lagos it was already worth getting up so early.
Once everybody had arrived, our young and very friendly guide gave us our boards and paddles, depending on our experience and strength. Since my dad already has been doing SUP for quite a while, he got a board that was great for more advanced SUPers, while I got on one of the really big boards where you don’t have any troubles at all getting up.
Our guide was in a super good mood, that reflected the overall atmosphere of the small group of about 8 people. We learned some basics about SUP on the beach, and then it was time to hit the water!
SUP is done in small groups
Getting in the water and on top of the SUP board is very easy, especially with the really big and stable boards like mine! You just knee on the first and then get up! And that’s it, you’re ready to go! Easy right?
With the calm and blue Atlantic Ocean underneath our feet, we started paddling towards west, in direction of Ponta da Piedade. After the first 5-10 Minutes of paddling, we already passed some beautiful rock formations that lie in the middle of the ocean. We paddled around them, getting really close to natural beauty in its purest form.
While my dad and I are quite sporty and paddled rather fast, there were also some of the group that took it more slow and relaxed. Our guide made sure that everybody was safe and gave us tips and tricks on how we can improve our technique. He also told us about the rock formations and showed us where to paddle best, so that we can see all the hidden corners of the coastline.
With the morning sun always shining on us, we paddled along the beautiful coast of Lagos until Ponta da Piedade. On the way there, we even paddled through some grottos and into some caves! Our guide always made sure that we were safe, telling us when we should knee on our boards rather than stand up and when to be careful with the waves. Getting so close to the beautiful rock formations in Lagos is a real adventure, and everybody on the tour loved it!
The whole group had a blast!
Once we reached Ponta da Piedade, we paddled a little further around the corner. In the distance, we could already see Praia da Luz. Then it was time to paddle back. Because the wind was coming from the east, the way back was a lot harder! But thanks to the help of our guide, we had already developed a strong paddle technique!
When we almost had reached the beach, the sun was already quite strong. The clear and fresh ocean was definitely inviting us for a little swim! Just in front of the beach we all jumped off our boards and cooled off in the Atlantic! The best ending to this beautiful SUP Grotto Tour in Lagos!
The SUP Grotto Tour in Lagos was definitely the highlight of my Dad’s holiday in Lagos! Just like everybody else on the tour, we both thought it was the best possible way to start the day. The view of the beautiful caves and grottoes in the morning light is just amazing. SUP is such a fun sport, and after we felt that we really deserved a delicious breakfast in town!
Luckily, the guide took photos of us and from the surroundings during the tour! So we were able to share this beautiful experience with our friends. The photos reflect the great atmosphere and make for a good memory of a perfect SUP Tour in Lagos!
So if you are on holidays in or around Lagos, you definitely have to go on a SUP Grotto Tour in Lagos! I promise you won’t regret it. It will be the highlight of your holidays in Lagos!
The Algarve is the ideal holiday destinations for water sport lovers like fishing, surfing, diving and many others. Fishing in the Algarve is one of the most popular water sports among families and groups of friends. Fishing trips can be done from several locations in the Algarve like Olhão, Tavira, Alvor and Lagos. About the type of fishing, we’ve got fishing for all tastes, from family fishing to jigging to deep sea fishing in the Algarve.
“Donzela” is our fishing boat in Alvor
Why go fishing in the Algarve
The advantage of recreational fishing is that it can be done with whoever you’d like to take. Usually, for the activities that involve fishing in the Algarve, no previous experience is required. In fact, many bookings we receive for recreational fishing in the Algarve are for fathers and their sons. Such a nice father-sun experience during your holidays in Portugal!
In addition, mums and daughters can also join the fishing tour as the ones who do not aspire to fish can come along as a spectator. This is also why the fishing tours in the Algarve are popular among groups of friends. While the guys have fun fishing, the girls can simply enjoy the sun on the deck and take some nice pictures.
Dad and sons coming back after a family fishing tour in Lagos
In most cases, the fishing tour does not end when you get back to the marina. That’s when the real party starts as usually you may bring your fish home for a BBQ dinner. Go out fishing with friends and family on the atlantic and then going home to prepare your own fish is the ultimate holiday experience! Of course this does not apply on the shar fishing and and big game fishing tours as on those trips we practice “Catch, Photograph and Release”. This means that all sharks and fish that we catch will be returned to their natural habitat after been caught (and taken some impressive pictures).
Another successful boat trip with fishing in the Algarve
Happy customers make us happy and we decided to share some feedback from our customers about their boat trips with fishing in the Algarve: Read along if you’re still doubting what to do during your stay in the Algarve!
Although we permanently live in the Algarve, we decided to have a tourist day and booked the fishing day experience in Olhão. We have a great time on the water and you really do not need to be an experienced fisher to take part. Ricardo and his colleague help you when needed and take all the time to explain everything. We even got some fish to take home! Next time we are going to take their watertaxi to one of the deserted islands and spend the day.
Me and my sun went for a big game fishing in Tavira. Marta is super welcoming and the staff on the boat was extremely friendly and professional. There were two more guys joining on the trip. As the conditions were perfect, we had a great day with some impressive catches. We were happy to sea the sharks were released back into the sea after taking some pictures.
If it’s bottom fishing for fun or big game fishing in the Algarve, we couldn’t recommend Miguel (the captain) and his shipmates enough! Friendly, funny and very professional! Would highly recommend for a 4 hour family fishing trip, shark fishing or even sunset drinks and swimming. A ‘must do’ adventure during your stay in Alvor.
Thanks a lot for everything! It was a fantastic trip, with a fantastic staff and I have no words to describe the moments of fishing, photos and caves with my family. Really really beautiful! There was no sun, but the weather was good enough to do all the activities we wanted. I really appreciate!
You’ll aways have the support of friendly and professional staff
And this is just a small sample of all the great feedback we’ve been receiving. At SeaBookings we always want to make sure we work with the best tour operators to guarantee you’ll get the best experience.
Do you have some experience to share or would you like to know more about fishing in the Algarve, let us know!
During your holidays in Portugal, besides lying on the beach, you sometimes want to do something active! Our kayak tours in Portugal are some of the nicest ways to get more out of your vacation. And it is not only fun, but you are also immediately involved in sports! We have made a top 5 of the most beautiful kayak tours in Portugal that you definitely cannot miss!
The kayak tours in Portugal that we have listed for you vary from 2 hours to 6 hours and from 25€ to 65€. Whether you want to go only kayaking or combine it with a boat trip, everything is possible! All kayak tours that we offer each have something special. The first four kayak tours described below are for all ages and levels of experience. The intensity of the kayak tours in Portugal will be adjusted to the level of the group. Do you already have some experience? Then we have a new challenge for you, namely point 5, the kayak tour in Sagres.
Do you dare to explore the Portuguese coast in an ecological and healthy way?
Lagos is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the South of Portugal, the Algarve! A kayak trip in this area is definitely worth it! Do you already know the beautiful cliffs of Lagos? No? Then this is a very cool trip for you! Smoothly sailing over the sea, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful cliffs, caves and hidden beaches. There is plenty of time to occasionally stop at remote beaches. Here you can have a nice rest, or you can choose to snorkel, the area is beautiful! We are a real fan of these kayak tours in Portugal from our own town.
Yes, you read it right, this excursion is a two in one! First, you will cruise with a boat towards the beautiful area around the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Once we arrive in this area, you will switch to a kayak to discover the caves of Ponta da Piedade up and close. This tour is very suitable to do with the whole family or a group of friends.
We can say that this tour is one of the most popular tours we offer. The tour lasts about 3 hours and is worth the money! The combination of a boat trip + kayak tour makes this tour very unique in Portugal. This tour also goes to the most popular cave in Portugal, the Benagil cave.
The tour starts early in the morning for two reasons: first, you avoid kayaking in the heat of the day and secondly it is still very quiet in the early morning, so you are one of the few who is already enjoying the sea and caves, amazing! Also, on this boat trip, you do not necessarily have to kayak. You can also enjoy the surroundings from the boat. Do you really want to stand with your feet in the sand of the Benagil cave? Then you have to join the kayak!
During a kayak tour in Sesimbra, you will definitely pass the most beautiful beaches in the area around Lisbon. Sesimbra is a place is not far from Lisbon (about 30 minutes by car). If you want to get away from the busy city and are in need of a bit of nature, then these kayak tours in Portugal are definitely something for you! You will be amazed by the untouched beaches and the crystal-clear water. The nature is so breathtaking around the area of Sesimbra, and so close to Lisbon! On this tour, you can kayak in Portugal all year round.
Can you imagine yourself taking pictures whilst paddling along the impressive cliffs and beaches around Armação de Pêra? Discover the coastline from Armação de Pêra to Praia da Albandeira by the sea in a sporty way, on this fantastic tour by kayak.
On this tour on a vintage sailboat in Lisbon you’ll enjoy the Portuguese capital from the Tagus River. We invite you and your beloved one to enjoy a special view over the fascinating and astonishing city with music, drinks and time to relax. This tour is private which means you’ll have the whole boat for the two of you.
Along the tour we’ll pass by some of Lisbon’s most emblematic symbols. The red 25th of April Bridge, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the majestic Jerónimos Monastery are some of the points of interest. Terreiro do Paço is one of the main highlights of this tour. The view from the Tagus River to this historical square is impressive. You’ll be able to take some great pictures here.
This is Lisbon sailing experience is one of the most popular sailing cruises in Lisbon as it combines nature, history and adventure, while appreciating a plateful of Portuguese “petiscos” accompanied by a ultimate fresh white or rosé wine. We’re sure this experience will make your Valentine’s day in Portugal unforgettable!
If your Valentine’s day in Portugal will be in the South, we recommend this private sunset sailing in Ria Formosa. This experience gives you the chance to enjoy the Ria Formosa on your own way.
During the tour you can go for a visit to some of the many islands of the Ria Formosa, and stop for a swim. Your sailboat for this boat trip will be the “Tertius” a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 29.2 Legend. To get the most out of this sailing experience, we provide you a bottle of sparkling wine. Feel free to bring your own snacks. This romantic excursion in Ria Formosa takes about 2 hours and departs from Faro. We have a suggested itinerary but of course you may choose your own.
Another suggestion for a romantic Valentine’s day in the Algarve is this sunset sailing trip in Portimão. Departing from the Marina of Portimão, the trip starts by cruising past the fishermen town of Ferragudo. As soon as the winds are right, the sails will be hoisted. We’ll then sail from Praia da Rocha towards Ponta João D’Arens. In front of the stunning cliffs of Praia do Alemão, we’ll anchor. Here the crew will serve you a delicious dessert: a pastel de nata and port wine. As drinks, you’ll have water, beer, wines and soft drinks available along the whole tour. We’ll have time to eat calmly and enjoy typical Portuguese tastes while feeling the Ocean underneath you.
On our way back we cruise close by the unique cliffs of Ponta João D’Arens, an impressive cape worthy of a few great photo opportunities. While sailing back to Portimão with the wind behind us, the sun will slowly sink into the horizon. This last stretch of the sunset sailing trip in Portimão is a very enjoyable one with great music in the background or just enjoying the natural silence that only a sail yacht can provide.
Belém is the starting and arrival point of this private sunset tour in Lisbon
This private sunset tour in Lisbon will take you to discover Lisbon’s landmarks such as Torre de Belém and Ponte 25 de Abril. Come aboard on our sailing boat, offering you the best sunset tour in Lisbon, to explore the enchanting views over Lisbon.
We are certain the two of you will enjoy the scenery whilst relaxing. This private sunset tour in Lisbon departs from Doca de Belém to discover Lisbon from a different perspective. From the Tagus river you can enjoy stunning views over Lisbon and over the South bench too. During this sunset tour in Lisbon, we will serve you some wine (white, rosé or red) and snacks.
Let us know if you’d like to book one of these experiences. We’re sure your Valentine’s day in Portugal on a bout will be a success! You can do the experience on the 14th of February or give it that day and enjoy it when it’s a bit warmer. Up to you! <3
Portugal is known for its stunning beaches and related ocean activities. Portugal tours can be done either in the water, like boat tours, or in the city, like the tuk-tuk or running tours, or even in the nature, like hiking tours.
In fact, Portugal has an immense coast line. Continental Portugal has a coastline of 943 km, the Azores Archipelago of 667 km and Madeira 250 km. In addition to the amazing length, the coastline of Portugal is very friendly for ocean tours because of its beauty and diversity.
The dolphin watching tours are with no doubt on the top of Portugal Tours. Everybody loves dolphin watching tours in Portugal. The youngest love the speed of the boat and the close encounter with dolphins. Even the older get emotional when finding wild dolphins.
The coast of Portugal is home to many species of dolphins. The most commonly seen species in Portugal are common dolphins, spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, pilot whales, killer whales and other whales.
Also on the Portuguese Islands of Azores and Madeira Dolphin Watching Tours are very popular. With departures from several islands, here you can be lucky to find other cetaceous like several species of whales!
From Madeira, Funchal Marina, there is also the possibility to swim with wild dolphins. Also on the Island of São Miguel, Azores, one can swim with dolphins.
The swimming with dolphins in Portugal is done during the dolphin watching trips. You’ll be properly equipped with a wetsuit and snorkelling gear and be able to be very close to the dolphins!
These tours usually take one hour and a half to two hours. Some tour operators also take a marine biologist on board who will be happy to answer all your questions about dolphins and other marine life.
Different types of boats are used for Dolphin Watching Tours. Specially designed Rigid Inflatable Passenger Boats are the most common. Dolphin Watching Tours can also be done on bigger boats. The bigger boats are very suitable for families. The big boats usually have a bar service and toilets on board.
In terms of safety, life vests are mandatory for all people on board, according to the Portuguese law. Besides, all boats that go for Dolphin Watching are equipped with the latest safety requirements imposed by the EU.
The Portuguese coast is a mix of beautiful white sand beaches and breath-taking caves and rock formations. These rock formations and caves are mostly found in the western Algarve.
Benagil and Lagos are the most popular places for Cave Boat Tours. In fact Benagil is one of the most remarkable sea caves in Europe. The sea cave of Benagil was in 2014 listed in the world’s “Top 10 Coolest Caves” by The Huffington Post.
The caves of Lagos are also a common place to visit in the Algarve, especially the area of Ponta da Piedade. Ponta da Piedade is like a post card. It’s characterized by very high cliffs, some with more than 20m, that reach into the light blue sky out of the deep blue ocean.
The grotto tours in Lagos are an inexpensive and original way to enjoy the coastline of Lagos. Prices per person start at €10.
To enjoy a cave boat tour to Benagil, there are several kinds of boat tours. You can choose a big catamaran or a small fishermen boat. It all depends on your taste. The most traditional boat tour starts at the beach of Benagil itself. This popular cave boat tour takes about two hours and costs €17,50 per adult.
Most of the cave tours to the Benagil cave take you to over 20 amazing caves in the surroundings of Benagil.
The best online prices and several options for the cave tours can be found on SeaBookings.com:
One hour cave tours – This tour departs from the Marina of Lagos. It’s ideal if you’re travelling on a tight budget or are short on time. You will stay on the same boat during the whole tour. This cave tour is suitable for any age as it does not require changing boats.
Two hour cave tours – This grotto tour is a more complete experience. Departing from the Marina of Lagos, you will sail along the coastline of Lagos. This will be done on a very nice typical sailboat. You will then anchor and step over to a smaller boat. This smaller boat is better to enter the grottoes.
Both in Benagil and Lagos, the cave tours by boat are highly recommended for families and groups of friends. You will go in and out of the most breath-taking caves. You will be able to hear and smell the ocean closely.
In the most impressive caves, the captain of the boats usually shut down the boat’s engine to enjoy the cave silently. If you’re doing this day on a warm day, feel free to go for a refreshing dive in ocean. As this trip is highly recommended for all ages and all preferences, it’s on our top 5 Portugal Tours.
Lifejackets are required and included in all cave tours. The use of lifejackets on touristic boat tours is mandatory in Portugal.
These tours may take between one hour and a half and three hours. Departures of the kayak tours in Portugal take place along the whole Portuguese coastline. In the Algarve, you can go kayaking in Portimão, Lagos and Vila Nova de Milfontes.
On some kayak tours, you will immediately embark in the kayak, like is the case on Praia da Batata in Lagos or Vila Nova de Milfontes. On other kayak tours in Portugal you will depart on a big boat which takes the kayakers and the kayaks to a better place to start. This happens if you depart from the Marina of Lagos.
The kayak toursin Portugal are suitable for families as there exist tandem kayaks where parents can take their kids. Also for groups of friends this experience is highly recommended. If you’re a sporty traveller looking to explore the nature, this is the best of all Portugal Tours.
We are fan of the kayak tours in Portugal. Kayaking allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Portuguese coastline, its grottoes and impressive rock formations, in a silent and sporty way.
While you’re cruising along the coast you’ll be burning calories and working your arms and core. Another advantage of the kayak yours is that they are environmentally friendly as no fuel is required, only your own strength.
Lifejackets are required and included in all kayak tours in Portugal. The use of lifejackets on touristic tours is mandatory in Portugal. Prices start at 15€ per person.
Parasailing is also known as parascending or parakiting. It is a recreational kiting activity where you are towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed parachute. This parachute is called the parasail wing.
As you can imagine, flying in the sky behind a boat that cruises along the coastline is amazing. You will be able to enjoy a unique view. You will be enjoying two natural elements at the same time, water and air. This experience is one of the most popular things to do in the Algarve. It’s a unique holiday experience in Portugal that will make your holidays unforgettable.
Parasailing is quite sensitive to the weather conditions, but usually the summer in Portugal is ideal for it. Sunny skies with no wind are the best conditions for parasailing. Parasailing is suitable for all ages. No experience is required. You can choose if you prefer to fly on your own, solo, or with someone else, tandem. There are also several options of height.
Departures for the Parasailing experience in Portugal are from Lagos or Albufeira. Prices start at 45€ per person.
Lifejackets are required and included in all parasailing experiences. The use of lifejackets on touristic boat tours is mandatory in Portugal and the jackets should be kept on while in the air.
If you’re on holidays in Portugal and you like the local food and the ocean, this Portugal tour is for you.
Bom Dia Boat Trips is one of the oldest tour operators in Portugal. Since 1980, the beautiful sailing boats of Bom Dia in Lagos represent a smart and environmentally friendly way of preserving historical and traditional Portuguese sailing ships.
On the BBQ cruise in Lagos, you will sail in the Bay of Lagos and cruise along the stunning caves and rock formations. After enjoying the beauty of the coast, you’ll anchor in a sheltered bay.
For lunch, the crew will prepare grilled chicken, salad, bread and wine. We highly recommend you to bring your swimming and snorkel gear because you can go for a refreshment in the ocean. After lunch, you’ll be taken on a smaller boat to the famous caves of “Ponta da Piedade”. The BBQ trip from Lagos takes about three hours and departs at 13h00 form the Marina of Lagos.
In Albufeira, the BBQ trip takes a full day. This BBQ cruise from Albufeira starts in the morning from the Marina of Albufeira. By cruising West, always close to the coast, you’ll get to know the impressive scenery of the south coast of Portugal. We’ll head up to Nossa Senhora da Rocha, near Carvoeiro.
The highlight of this BBQ trip in AlbufeiraAlgarve are the refreshing drinks along with a delicious barbecue cooked by the crew on a private beach which is not accessible by land. There are two providers for this BBQ boat tour form Albufeira. The main differences are the type of boat.
If you’re staying near Portimão, you can also jump on a BBQ trip from here. Departing from the Club Naval of Portimão, this tour takes part on “Manguito”, a typical fishing boat. The boat and its friendly crew will ensure a comfortable and safe sailing experience along the stunning beaches, rock formations and grottos from Portimão. If you’re lucky, you may even be pleasantly surprised by a group of dolphins.
This BBQ tour from Portimão takes half a day. The whole family or group of friends is welcome on board. We’ll guarantee no one will be hungry.
You’ll be served a lunch of barbecued sardines or meat, fries or boiled potatoes, salad, bread, fruit and drinks in a typical local restaurant. On the boat itself, there is a bar service for extra drinks.
As these BBQ cruises in Portugal are very popular, they tend to quickly become fully booked during the high season, so we recommend you to book as soon as possible. In the low season, prices start at €40 per adults and children (age 5-10) pay only €25. During the high season, prices may rise to €55 and €25 respectively.
On all BBQ tours in Portugal lifejackets are required and included as the use of lifejackets on touristic boat tours is mandatory in Portugal
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Anthony Briggs, from Tuki Retreat, enjoys working in the hospitality industry and is dedicated to providing clients with the best accommodation experience available. He shares his favorite coastal towns in Portugal with us.
Most countries in Europe are quite popular destinations that tourists from all over the world love to visit. One such European country that deserves a lot more attention and should be on your bucket list is Portugal. Despite being practically adjacent to its bigger brother Spain, the number of tourists visiting Portugal isn’t as huge. For this reason, it doesn’t get that much mention from the global tourist community.
With most of its towns conveniently situated near the coastline—each is unique and beautiful in their own unique way, making Portugal a perfect country to go visit if you’re looking for some peace and quiet on your travels.
Which Coastal Towns in Portugal Should I Go To?
With so many coastal towns in Portugal to choose from, you might want to start planning which ones to include in your itinerary right away. To help you decide which towns deserve your full attention, here are some Portuguese coastal towns you shouldn’t dare miss out on:
Ria Formosa in Tavira
Located east of the Algarve region, Tavira is a coastal town that attracts relatively fewer tourists. But, it makes up for it by offering you a more authentic holiday experience—the Portuguese way.
Tavira has retained much of its ancient heritage with historic churches and buildings dating from as far back as the Moorish era.
The name Tavira comes from the Arabic word “tabira” which means “the hidden.”
The beaches in Tavira are also considered to be go-to destinations as most of them are unspoiled and protected by the Ria Formosa Nature Park.
The town’s calm ambiance and slower pace are a surefire draw if you want to get the best out of your vacation compared to the rest of Algarve’s resort-filled towns.
Deaprt from the charming town of Cavoeiro to the Benagil cave
Also located in Algarve, Carvoeiro is a relatively small fishing village with an unassuming vibe that might be a reason why even those who have already visited Portugal tend to overlook it during their entire trip. But underneath Carvoeiro’s quaint appearance lies a coastal town that would leave you asking for more.
The name Carvoeiro is said to have come from the old word “caboiere” which means “hamlet of ”.
Carvoeiro’s picturesque setting provides an idyllic view of the entire Algarve region.
One beach in Carvoeiro that isn’t as fully packed with tourists no matter the time of year and yet exudes its own charm is Praia do Paraiso, which literally translates to “paradise beach.” If that name alone isn’t enough to make you want to go there instantly, nothing else will.
A visit to the famous Benagil caves is a must when visiting Carvoeiro.
Viana do Castelo
Located in the Lima estuary, Viana do Castelo is one of northern Portugal’s oldest coastal towns that once served as an entry point for explorers and traders from the 16th to 18th centuries.
A landmark you should be visiting while in Viana does Castelo is the Praça da República, the town square where you can find attractions such as:
Chafariz Fountain sculpted with ornate figures
Igreja da Misericórdia, a three-story church with an array of Roman arches, Renaissance balconies, and interestingly carved pillars
Paços do Concelho, the old town hall built in the early 16th century with its Gothic arches and Renaissance details
Viana does Castelo is also home to the Navio Gil Eanes, a former medical ship from the 1950’s that used to offer assistance to the town’s bevy of cod fishermen but now serves as a floating museum.
Peniche is one of the coastal towns in Portugal known for surfing
Located in the Oeste Subregion on Portugal’s central coast, Peniche is a coastal town that generates a slightly grittier feel as it remains a working port for fishing vessels.
The long beaches in Peniche generate a massive amount of surf breaks forming powerful waves which makes it an ideal location for water sports such as surfing and body boarding.
You can take a ferry ride as well from the town marina to visit the Berlengas Islands—one of the world’s first ever nature reserves where flocks of seabirds find sanctuary.
Known as the “Venice of Portugal,” Aveiro is the closest you can get to riding a gondola and exploring its artificial canals without having to go all the way to Italy.
The name Aveiro comes from the Latin term “aviation” which means “a gathering place for birds.”
When you get tired of seeing canals left and right in Aveiro, you can take a side trip to Costa Nova where dozens of the striped, multicolored beach houses and fishing shanties serve as a welcome visual treat.
If you’re the type of tourist, who believes that money is no object at all to having the perfect European getaway, the resort town of Cascais located just west of the Portuguese capital might be the one you’re looking for.
Cascais’ accessibility from Lisbon makes it a favored tourist destination for those who prefer to stay close to the capital.
West of Cascais is a natural rock formation known as the Boca do Inferno which translates to “Hell’s Mouth.” Occult magician Aleister Crowley was said to have faked his own death there, but don’t let that and the sinister-sounding name of the place scare you away from the chance to explore Boca do Inferno’s breathtaking seaside cliffs.
Cascais is also home to the Hotel Palacio Estoril, a 5-star hotel that was used to shoot parts of the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
Some tourists visiting Portugal for the first time might stick to its more well-known cities such as Lisbon and Porto, but if you prefer to take the road less traveled and is looking for an adventure, you will never forget, a journey to these coastal towns in Portugal would guarantee just that. Taking advantage of what each Portuguese coastal town has to offer would also help you appreciate Portugal’s very long history as a maritime nation while enjoying your European escapade at the same time.
With such a vast and delicious selection of restaurants and eateries to choose from in Quinta Do Lago, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to picking somewhere that suits the needs of the whole family, especially the little ones!
Quinta do Lago’s amazing surroundings
Peter Jenkins, travel expert and managing director at Sun-hat Villas and Resorts, specialists in luxury Algarve villas, has compiled his top five family friendly places to wine and dine.
From mouth-watering breakfasts to daily bistro specials, Koko Lane’s extensive menu offers something delicious for any time of the day. Located on the driving range, the flatbread starters and spinach tortellini provide sustenance for a busy morning practicing your drives. With a traditional wood-fired oven creating heavenly pizzas, a play area next to the restaurant and an ice-cream shop, the kids will forever be satisfied. Takeaway is also readily available so you can stroll leisurely along the stretch of sand and simultaneously enjoy your pizza.
The Shack Bar and Grill
If you’re after something that sways a little more towards the edgy vibe, then The Shack Bar and Grill is the place for you and your family. This cool restaurant mimics the authenticity of a fisherman’s shack and is situated next to the shoreline of the lake – overlooking the nature reserve and sea beyond. You can watch over the kids running around and playing in the sand, whilst tucking into a ‘Shack Burger’ or the fish tacos, washed down with an exotic cocktail and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere that the live music supplies.
The Cheeky Pup
This is a brand-new Irish gastropub, operated by a young and passionate team that adhere to the fun and friendly atmosphere that Quinta Do Lago prides itself on. The Cheeky Pup serves fine wines, craft beers and food all day and also features an unrivalled outdoor terrace, offering the perfect alfresco experience. With live music to whisk you away into the late hours of another glorious day, you can sit and reflect on how amazing both the seabass and tiramisu you just devoured were. The kids menu is fantastic too and packed with plenty of healthy options, but if you’re youngsters are missing home, we’d recommend the classic fish, chips and peas option; brownie points if you can get them to eat all the peas! Due to popularity, we suggest you make a reservation here and be sure to look out for discount vouchers, soon to be offered online.
The Cheeky Pub
This is the most exclusive steakhouse experience you can have in the Algarve. The Bovino Steakhouse offers prime-cuts and the finest dry-aged beef within a setting created by one of Europe’s most acclaimed designers, you are guaranteed to feel like royalty. We love the rump, the ribeye, or the two persons ‘Bovino Signature Cuts Experience’. Kids are also well catered for here; there is a separate well thought out children’s menu and an outdoor play area, which really adds to the atmosphere and allows them to explore the surroundings in the sun, whilst you remain close by.
Picnic in the Park or on the beach
Saturday night in Quinta Do Lago is beach party night, granting the resort the well-deserved nickname of ‘bather’s paradise’. Lying along the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve, Quinta Do Lago beach has pristine white sands that stretch out for three kilometres, protected by the dunes. This part of the coastline offers unspoilt views of the ocean, making it a beautiful picnic spot (home-grown produce and wine is always available from local markets and shops).
The resort’s driving range annually hosts Picnic in the Park in aid of some of the neighbourhoods’ charities between July and August, which creates a relaxed atmosphere amongst the tropic temperature. Live music and children’s entertainment are situated next to the first tee of the South Course. There are usually four fresh hampers to choose from ranging from €12 – €25. The ‘pure’ hamper is an assortment of healthy super foods, the ‘Bovino’ is a meat-lovers dream and the ‘Clubhouse’ basket is comprised of dips and cheeses. A kid’s picnic basket is also available to purchase.
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Living in Lisbon, we’re blessed with a mild climate all year round. Sailing can be done all year round and we go sailing in Lisbon, on the Tagus River, quite often. We had never gone sailing in Cascais yet so we were happy when we were invited to join go sailing from Cascais to Lisbon.
Going to the beach in March or October actually happens quite often as we love the beach and there are many nice beaches around Lisbon. And yes, to truly catch some sun and not only for a nice beach walk. It was the mid October when we were invited to go sailing in Cascais. The weather was still very summery, around 30ºC.
Cascais is a picturesque fishermen town about 30km away from Lisbon. You can easily go there by car or train. The train is really nice as the trainline goes along the Tagus River which slowly flows into the Atlantic. The train station in Cascais is really in the city center. It’s about 15 minutes walk from the Marina of Cascais.
We decided to go by train as we’d be sailing in Cascais and finish the tour in Lisbon. The whole family was invited, so we took our 3 year old who loves boats. The stunning sailboat was already waiting for us in the Marina. We were very warmly welcomed by João and Susana. It was a very warm and sunny day but unfortunately there was not much wind so we needed to use the engine too.
Sailing in Cascais is a very nice thing to do with the family. The views over Cascais town and its surounding beaches are unique from the point of view of the sea. It was a great experience to enjoy the coastline from Cascais to Lisbon from this perspective. Of course there was also time for a refreshing swim.
João and Susana had prepared some delicious snacks and drinks. The boat is a very charming sail boat with a toilet for extra comfort. The first part of the trip we were sitting in the back while enjoying some drinks. The youngster was even allowed to steer the boat for a bit. A true highlight for her! Then, we went to the front were we could lay down on a comfy pillow and enjoy the views while laying down and cuddling. The trip took about two and a half hours but this really depends on the wind and tides.
We highly recommend this experience sailing in Cascais. This trip is only done on request, so feel free to contact us to know more. Prices start at 450€ for the whole boat and you can take up to 8 pax. You can go sailing in Cascais to Lisbon or the other way around, of course!
We live in Lisbon. We love Lisbon. The capital of Portugal is a very welcoming city. These days, a lot of people, more than 70.000 to be more exact, will be visiting Lisbon to attend the Web Summit, one of the greatest tech conferences in the world. If you are one of those lucky people, read on, we’ve selected the best things to do in Lisbon just for you!
Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, is known for its nice blend of richness in culture, history, shopping, nightlife and startup scene. From all of its seven hills, you can find many “miradouros” – viewpoints – to enjoy the stunning sights over the imposing São Jorge Castle, the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, the Tagus Estuary and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Being a coastal capital city, some of the best things to do in Lisbon are related to the ocean or the river. Just outside the city, you’ll find a beautiful string of Atlantic beaches, from Estoril to Cascais.
The Web Summit takes place from November 6th to 9th. Usually, the weather in Lisbon is already a bit “winterish” this time of the year. For now, temperatures are expected to range between 14 and 22 degrees celcius and it seem to be some sunny days. We recommend bringing an umbrella as you never know. Keep up with the local weather here.
In our personal opinion, and as locals, the best things to do in Lisbon are:
One of the best thing to do in Lisbon: eat!
1. Eat codfish and other fresh fish
Yes, if you love fish and other seafood, Lisbon is a paradise. In fact, you can eat a freshly grilled fish on every corner of the street in Lisbon. The fish is always fresh and usually served with boiled potatoes and veggies. Codfish is served in many different styles: grilled, cooked, baked with cream in the oven, fried with grated potato, and so on.
Of course, there are many meat and vegetarian options too. Our favorite restaurant for some freshly grilled fish and meat is “O Último Porto”. It’s not that easy to get there, but a taxi or a nice walk will take you there and you won’t regret 😉
If you want to get a truly local experience, why not join a walking food tour? Our friend Luciana is a specialist in all of Lisbon’s foodie secrets 😉
The number one things to do in Lisbon: Oceanarium
2. Go to the Oceanarium
I remember going to the Oceanarium back in 1999 when it opened. Since then, of course, I’ve been there again. The Oceanarium is one of the best things to do in Lisbon on a rainy day. The Oceanarium actually ranks #1 on the things to do in Lisbon by TripAdvisor! You can spend and entire morning or afternoon here. It’s very educational (for all ages), very friendly and easy to access, especially if you’re staying near Parque das Nações for the Web Summit.
One of our favorite museums: Contemporary Art
3. Enjoy Portuguese art at the National Museum of Contemporary Art
Personally one of my favorite museums of Lisbon. Another great thing to do if the weather is not helping. Located in Chiado, in the heart of the city, only the building is worth a visit. The building has a neo-modern architectural style that respects and honors the pre-existing historical vestiges. I really enjoyed the temporary exhibition that is on at the moment: a retrospective exhibition of the stereoscopic photographs of Francisco Afonso Chaves, a Azorean naturalist. The permanent collection crosses the history of Portuguese art from the second half of the 19th century until today. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays: 10am-6amand costs 4,50€.
Sailing is one of the best things to do in Lisbon as you get a unique perspective over the city
4. Feel the city vibe from a different perspective on a sunset sailing tour in Lisbon
On the blog of SeaBookings, of course, we have to recommend a boat tour. This 2h boat tour gives you a unique perspective over the city. It’s one of the most special things to do in Lisbon as it takes place during sunset, giving the trip a magical touch. Recently, Brazilian blogger Flávia tried the sailing tour in Lisbon and shared her experience on the blog. Make sure to book on time to assure your seat.
Feel the surf trend on a surf trip from Lisbon!
5. Grab your first wave during a surfing lesson
Lisbon has been in the news as a candidate to the new tech capital with sun, startups and surf. Yes, within 20min from the city center of Lisbon, you can go surfing. Surfing is a very popular sport under the locals and expats in Lisbon and going on a surf trip is a great way to feel this trend. Surfing in Lisbon will also count as the workout you needed during those days away from home!
We recommend booking a full surf trip. A local surfer will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the best surf spot according to the conditions and your level of experience. You’ll get a theoretical introduction on the beach before jumping into the waves. A lot of fun is guaranteed and believe us, by the end of the day, you’ll be happy to be in bed!
Wander or run around the narrow alleys and stunning “miradouros”
6. Get lost in Alfama / Mouraria
Alfama and Mouraria are our favorite neighborhoods in Lisbon. If feels great to wander around the narrow streets and cute squares to stumble upon hidden “miradouros”. Grab a coffee and a pastry so now and then or have a glass of Portuguese wine with a view. You can explore these neighborhoods on your own or you can get a local to walk you through or even run you to the most exciting points of interest.
The imponent monument of the Discoveries in Belém
7. Discover Belém
Belém is the “Discovery” neigborhood of Lisbon. From here, the discoverers left Portugal to conquer the world. You can find several touristic attractions and monuments related to the Age of the Discoveries in Belém: Torre de Belém (the tower), Padrão dos Descobrimentos (the Discovery monument) and the impotent Monastery of Jerónimos. Don’t leave Belém without having one of the famous and delicious pastries – pastel de Belém. The cue to get them may look big, but it’s rather fast. You can eat the pastel in the cafe itself with a nice coffee or take away and sit on the grass by the river to grab some sun.
Having a drink in Cais do Sodré is one of the must things to do in Lisbon
8. Grab a drink in Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré
Lisbon’s nightlife is amazing. In the famous Bairro Alto the idea is to grab a drink in one of the little bars and drink it on the street. You’ll be surrounded by hipsters, Erasmus students, LGBT, or others, depending on the street you’re in. Accept the challenge to find the cheapest beer: 0,50€ for 33cl or discover the best Caipirinha in town! After Bairro Alto, go with the flow down to Cais do Sodre for some more drinks on the streets or try some dance moves. Wanna dance a bit more? Grab an Uber or Taxify to Lux, the best discotheque of town and choose your music genre on one of the three dancing floors.
That’s Lisbon. What else. Of course there are many more things to do. Tourist things, like grabbing tram number 28 or going to a Fado concert, for example. Depending on your taste and available time, go and have some fun. We love Lisbon and are happy to share some more tips & tricks with you, so feel free to throw some questions or suggestions! And enjoy the Web Summit! See you there!