2019 was a busy year on our blog and the top 10 of our most-read blog posts were all about Portugal! Traveling to Portugal soon? Don’t miss out on our top 10 blog posts about Portugal. Within Portugal, some of the most-read blog posts were about the Algarve while others about Madeira. And, no surprise! Blog posts about Benagil are very popular.
One of SeaBookings’s founders, Femke, has been living in Lagos for more than 20 years now. Living in Lagos is lovely and the beaches in Lagos continue to surprise every single day. Lagos is worldwide known for its stunning beaches. Femke shares her top 6 of beaches around Lagos. The beaches in Lagos are all stunning and all different.
Her favorite 6 are Porto de Mós, Praia da Batata, Meia Praia, Praia do Pinhão, Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo. But it is hard to choose and herself usually goes to quieter beaches that are a bit further away from town.
The Benagil caves are the most impressive sea caves in Portugal. As a result, the cave has been the most popular cave to visit in the Algarve. There are several ways to visit this cave. In this blog post, we tell you some of the possibilities and the pros and cons of each.
Traveling to Lisbon and dreaming about visiting the famous Benagil sea caves in the South of Portugal? How to get from Lisbon to Benagil is one of the most frequent questions our customer support gets. This is why we decided to make a blog post about how to get from Lisbon to Benagil!
It is possible to visit Benagil from Lisbon on a day tour. However, if you can spare one night, it is much more relaxed if you take your time and make it at least a two-day trip. But that’s just a suggestion.
And another “how to get from A to B” blog post in our top. If you’re visiting Lisbon, you have many possibilities for fun day trips to discover more of Portugal! One of the day trips we recommend is Sesimbra!
We love going to Sesimbra so now and then and think you should too, so we decided to make a post about how to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra! The easiest way to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra are our transfers, which start at 25€ per person and pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation in Lisbon. But of course, there are more options.
If you are on holidays in the Algarve, you might be looking for some tips about how to get to the famous Benagil cave. That’s why we want to help you find out how to get from Faro to Benagil cave. Remember that there are boat tours to Benagil with many different departure points in the Algarve (from Lagos to Vilamoura), which might be easier to reach than the Benagil Beach itself, by land.
Ponta de Piedade is another popular landmark of the Algarve. It’s a must place for nature lovers and photographers thanks to the beautiful colours of the setting which make an incredible postcard portrait.
For the most sporty ones and if you dare climbing up 182 steps to the top of the lighthouse, you’ll have a view of the Ponta da Piedade promontory, which marks the limit between land and sea. This lighthouse can also be reached by car or foot from Lagos. Of course, we are a fan of the kayak, SUP and boat tours to Ponta da Piedade. To discover the best way to discover this area for you, read further.
We’ve been writing quite some blog posts about things to do in Albufeira because it’s one of the Algarve’s most popular holiday destinations. Albufeira has long been one of Portugal’s most popular resorts because it combines an interesting cultural heritage, stunning beaches and there are many things to do in Albufeira for all age groups.
We hope you liked our list of most-read blog posts. Let’s see if next year, we get some articles about our other destinations in this top 10! Happy 2020!
The Algarve is a perfect destination for families with children of all ages! Long sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, lots of nature and family-friendly hotels and accommodations invite families from all over the world to spend a great time here!
We know that kids are already happy if they can play at the beach all day long and make new friends. However, to make sure your holidays in the Algarve really become unforgettable, we have found the best activities to do with children in the Algarve! From surfing to fishing to fun boat tours, the Algarve has a lot to offer for families with young children!
Sure, there are water parks like the Slide and Splash that are quite a lot of fun. But if your kids love being out at sea, there are many boat tours in the Algarve that are specially designed for your children to have a great time onboard! For those of you staying looking for a special experience, here are some great family activities s where your kids can really have a super fun time.
There are private and shared options for boat tours with children in Lagos. If you prefer to spend some real quality time during your family holidays, we have a uniqueprivate family cruise in Lagos. Onboard of the stylish yacht, the parents can relax in the sun while the kids have a lot of fun playing on deck and diving in the crystal-clear waters. You even have the option to add some fun watersports like wakeboard, banana or SUP.
For the families who prefer a shared tour where the kids can make new friends, we have a funfamily boat trip in Lagos. The big and stable catamaran is perfect for kids of all ages, as they can play on the deck and meet other kids to play with. Parents can enjoy a drink at the bar and relax in the sun. During this cruise in Lagos, you can enjoy the view over the rock formations while the children have the best time onboard!
Now, while boat tours are always fun, we also have some more exciting great activities to do with children in the Algarve! One of them is an unforgettablekids surf lesson in the Algarve! This surf school is specialised in taking kids out to ride some fun and easy waves around the beaches of Lagos. This surf lesson is one of the best activities with children in the Algarve because they can learn a fun new sport in a safe and fun environment!
Around the area of Albufeira, we have another fun boat trip on a real pirate ship! TheCaptain hook cruise in Albufeira is tailored for families with kids, and a whole lot of kids entertainment is included. As the name already gives away, the theme of this boat trip is Pirates! The children can play on the deck and feel like real explorers, while your parents can enjoy the cruise along the Algarve coastline!
Another one of the best activities to do with children in the Algarve is ourfamily fishing trip from Alvor. This fishing trip is specially made for families so that even the youngest can catch some fish! The safe and stable fishing boat is suitable for all ages, and all the equipment for the entire family is included. If someone from your family doesn’t want to fish, they can join anyway and support the rest of the family!
For those of you staying around either Armação de Pêra or Vilamoura, there is the option toride on a banana! This fun experience is always great to do with kids! You can even make a competition to see who can stay on the banana the longest! Riding a banana is one of the best ways to spice up your beach day in the Algarve!
There are many great things to do in the Algarve, but these were the best activities to do with children in the Algarve! You see, there are lots to choose from to make sure your holidays will be unforgettable for the entire family, no matter what age your kids are! And we’re sure they will love it so much, you will be coming back very soon to try some more fun activities in the Algarve!
Is it the first time you are planning to go to the Algarve and would you like to know where the most romantic spots are? Carry on reading, because in this article we listed the most romantic things to do in the Algarve.
When you are in Portugal, there is so much to see and do. The South of Portugal is famous for its golden sand beaches with spectacular sandstone rock formations, cliffs and caves. By renting a car you can drive easily to some nice places and admire the beautiful beaches and impressive rock formations while standing on the top.
At SeaBookings, if you’re looking for something special for the two of you, we, of course, recommend taking a romantic boat trip to see all the beauty of the Algarve from the sea.
Check out some of the most romantic things to do in the Algarve
#1 Admire the impressive rock formations of Ponta da Piedade
One of the places you can’t miss when you are in the Algarve is Ponta da Piedade, situated in the western Algarve. You will find these beautiful rock formations inLagos.
Ponta de Piedade has very capricious shapes due to erosion and weather influences. The coast between Lagos and Albufeira has several stretches of coastline with huge limestone rock formations but those of Ponta da Piedade is very special, especially during sunset.
The coast of Lagos lends itself very well for beautiful walks, just like the rest of the Algarve coast by the way. You can easily park your car on the large parking lot (free of charge) at the lighthouse, from where you can look down along the steep cliffs within a few minutes.
A very original and romantic things to do in the Algarve is to admire the impressive Ponta da Piedade is during achampagne sunset cruise in Lagos where you will have spectacular views from a unique perspective: the Atlantic Ocean.
#2 Explore the natural park of Ria Formosa
Do you want to escape the busy touristic places in the Algarve? Then you should definitely go to the nature reserve of Ria Formosa. When you arrive at the airport of Faro, you can already see the blue lagoons, white-sanded beaches and the green little islands.
You can visit Ria Formosa from different places. In Olhão we have for example this romantic private yacht island tour where you can discover Ilha do Farol, Ilha da Culatra up to Ponta Culatra together with your beloved one.
It is even possible to stop at a picturesque fishing village on one of the islands to eat some fresh fish for lunch. Or what do you think of a Ria Formosa boat tour on a cute little boat for an intimate and super romantic thing to do departing from Tavira?
#3 Visit Praia da Rocha
Portimão is one of the bigger towns on the Algarve coast about one hour’s drive from Faro. The beach area of Portugal is known for its beautiful red coloured cliffs. It is nice and warm in the summer and Praia da Rocha is definitely worth a visit.
At the top of the beach, there are some nice restaurants and bars where you enjoy Portuguese cuisine. You can taste the best fish dishes or just relax in the shade. On the beach of Praia da Rocha, you can rent sunbeds, so you do not have to carry them yourself.
It is also possible to see this beautiful beach from your own private sailing boat. The crew will serve you a delicious glass of champagne and you can enjoy your time together while seeing how the sun sets slowly in the Atlantic Ocean.
#4 Discover Benagil
You’ve probably heard many good stories about Benagil. This unique sea cave is the most famous marine cave of Portugal. Why? Benagil has an impressive skylight from above and a beautiful beach contained within.
During sunrise and sunset, the cave is bathed in sunlight which pours in from the top, this makes the rocks turn red and yellow. Doing asunrise SUP tour to the Benagil Cave does not only gives you the opportunity to see this beautiful light entering the cave, but you will also have some quality time with your beloved one before it gets really busy around the cave.
Do you have something special in mind and would you like us to help you organize the best boat tour or water sport activity in the Algarve? Feel free to contact us at any time by mailing to [email protected] and we will send you the best suitable and romantic things to do in the Algarve. For options in Potugal as a whole, check out this article. Enjoy your days in the Algarve!
If you’re looking for holiday inspiration about southern sunny Portugal or if you’ve already booked your trip to Lagos, Algarve, this article about tours in Lagos is for you.
We, the SeaBookings.com team, are from Lagos. We grew up there and some of us still live in this beautiful idyllic Portuguese fishermen town.
We’d like to share, from our own experience, some of the best tours in our home town to enjoy a day or few around the city, some inside tips and of course the best water sports and boat tours.
We definitely recommend you to check out the city itself. Grab your friends and family and go wandering to the city centre, the beautiful and lively old town.
Due to its history (Lagos is an ancient maritime town with more than 2000 years of history), it has a great abundance of historical sites and an intricate Moorish architecture.
In the main street and around the city centre you will find many restaurants with friendly terraces and coffee shops, and of course the boutique shops where you can buy bikinis and souvenirs.
Wandering around the city
To assure you get the most out of the several tips & tours in Lagos, we recommend you to check Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural). From our experience and especially during the summer season, there is nearly always an act worth seeing.
Maps, which also may include information about the activities in Lagos, are available at the several tourist information points. Also, “Free Maps” are available at several hotels, shops, restaurants and real estate agencies.
Logistically, Lagos is rather small and public transport works fine but don’t forget that Lagos is a hilly town, so bring your comfy walking shoes to avoid unnecessary pain.
Please don’t forget that parking can be difficult in Lagos centre during the summer. The best parking places in Lagos are paid (very cheap if compared to other European countries, though).
If you want to go out for dinner or walk around the city, try finding space along the paid parking places along the main avenue “Avenida dos Descobrimentos”.
When the Avenida has no free space to park, you can also check the paid parking garage that is situated on the main avenue, next to the “Infante Dom Henrique” statue.
If you’re planning to park for the full day or longer, we suggest you to park for free, on a considerable good and safe place at the back of the Lagos Marina.
Marina de Lagos, Lagos, Portugal
Historical attractions – things to do for culture lovers
Museu Regional de Lagos – Town Museum
Lagos has got a few small but worth to visit museums if you like to get a better taste of the local history.
The Town Museum of Lagos presents some local archeological findings, religious costumes, international coins dating back to 300 AD and unique currencies for each municipality of the region.
Also, you will find historical attributes related to the city’s link to the ocean and the Discoveries like fishing (and farming) equipment, sea shells and minerals and assorted weapons.
The entrance fee is a symbolical 2€. The opening times of the museum are from 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00; Tuesday to Sunday.
Don’t forget that, like most museum in Portugal, the Town Museum is closed on Mondays.
Museu da Cera dos Descobrimentos – Wax Museum of Portuguese Discoveries
Lagos hosts a Wax Museum of the Portuguese Discoveries where you and your family can get to know a bit more about this era by meeting the main individuals that represent Portugal’s Discoveries around the world.
We think this museum is a must-do activity for families with kids who are eager to learn about history.
Entrance fees are 5€ per adult and 3€ for children. The wax museum of Portuguese Discoveries is opened from 10:00 to 19:00 all days of the week.
Igreja de Santo António – Saint Anthony Church
The Church of Santo António should surely be on your list of things to do in Lagos. Originally constructed in 1707, and rebuilt in 1769, this church, named after Saint Anthony, is rather simple and plain on the outside and astonishingly impressive inside.
It’s a true surprise, don’t forget to walk in the church to appreciate the brilliance of the ornate wood carvings that contrast with the intense colorful dome ceilings.
The interior church walls are covered with typical local 18th century “azulejos” (tiles) of blue and white. A statue of the patron saint, Santo António holding Baby Jesus is located on the throne within the altar. The church is located on Rua General Alberto da Silveira, in the city centre.
Mercado de Escravos – Slave Market
This historical city once housed Europe’s first black slave market. The market was built in 1444 and during the 15th century, here the first slaves, captured and transported from Africa, were sold.
The trade of slaves brought a considerable income to the Portuguese monarchy and merchant classes.
The major sponsor of these expeditions was Infante Dom Henrique (Prince Henry the Navigator), who’s statue appears on the square where the market is located. The Navigator received 20% of the selling price of all the slaves.
Nowadays, the Slave Market holds a museum with ancient findings. On one of the walls of the building there is a stone dating from the 17th century.
Beside the ancient findings, the building now serves as an art gallery presenting a rotation of local artists from across the Algarve. António Alonso is a local artist that we highly appreciate, for example.
The Slave Market has no entrance fee and is open from 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday.
The slave market Lagos, Portugal
Castelo dos Governadores – Governors Castle
As we mentioned before, the town of Lagos played a decisive role in the Portuguese Discoveries. It was from Lagos where the caravels left in 1419 to discover the Madeira archipelago and in 1427 the Azores archipelago.
This city was also the point of departure of the ships that conquered Alcácer-Ceguer, Arzila and Tânger in Africa.
The castle of the Governors has its origin during this epoch. Around 1642, during the Portuguese Restoration War from Spain, the Castle’s walls were reinforced for the use of artillery. With the big earthquake of 1755, many of the castle’s walls were destroyed again.
Nowadays the Castle of Lagos does not maintain much of its initial construction, but it is an important heritage, classified as National Monument.
If you walk from the city centre in direction of Praia da Batata, you will pass by its very well preserved walls which are still is one of the main references.
Lagos City walls
The old part of the town is circled by the old stone city walls. The Lagos city walls were constructed in the 16th century to protect the city.
Once this city was the capital of the Algarve, when the territory needed to be protected by city walls.
A fun way to experience the old city is to enter from the back of town, through a beautifully arched entry hole in the wall.
You can park your car near the old walls. From there you can wander around the typical narrow back streets of Lagos and feel like a local.
Many of the old street walls are draped with the vibrant color of bougainvillaea.
Also, street art is becoming more and more common in Lagos and you encounter some walls covered by artistic graffiti paintings, sometimes with a political touch.
Statue of São Gonçalo
Situated on the main Avenida dos Descobrimentos, right on top of Praia da Batata beach, you can find the statue of São Gonçalo de Lagos. The statue illustrates the Algarve’s only Saint, São Gonçalo.
The statue is in a spectacular position overlooking east of Lagos the Meia Praia and Praia da Batata, Alvor and beyond. São Gonçalo is the protector of the local fishermen.
The statue of São Goncalo
Sculpture of Dom Sebastião
Dom Sebastião is a statue in Lagos, right in the city centre. Dom Sebastião I was King of Portugal and the Algarves from 11 June 1557 to 4 August 1578. As such, he was the penultimate Portuguese monarch of the House of Aviz.
He disappeared in the battle of Alcácer Quibir in Africa. Sebastian I is often referred to as “O Desejado” (The Desired) because the Portuguese people longed for his return. The decline of Portugal occurred because of his death.
Statue of Infante Dom Henrique
The statue of Infante Dom Henrique may be found on the square next to the Slave Market we mentioned before. Infante Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu was born on 4 March 1394 and died 13 November 1460.
He is better known as Henry the Navigator, or “O Navegador” in Portuguese. He was an important figure in the 15th-century Portuguese politics and the beginning of the Portuguese Empire.
In fact, he is regarded as the main initiator of the Age of Discoveries as he was responsible for the start of the Portuguese exploration and maritime trade with other continents through the exploration of Western Africa, the islands of the Atlantic Ocean while searching for new routes.
Tours in Lagos
The famous Grotto boat tours
Boat tours are surely one of the best things to do
Lagos is worldwide known for its particular coastline. In fact, the region around Lagos, in particular from Praia da Batata to Ponta da Piedade is characterized by distinctive and magnificent cliffs with rock formations and grottos.
That’s why, one of the most popular tours are the so-called “grotto tours”. The famous Ponta da Piedade is a place to visit.
If you are in the city for the first time, you need to do this! Step into a small typical fishing boat and let your local fisherman be your guide.
Your guide will navigate around and under the breathtaking rock formations and take you into the caves including the “Elefante”, “gruta do amor”, “A capela” and more.
It’s also a great way to decide which beaches you want to go during your holidays as your guide will point out the many beaches that surround the town.
Our favorite grotto tour is the two-hour grotto boat tours to the Ponta da Piedade caves. This tour is a two in one as you’ll depart on a beautiful sailing boat and later step over to a smaller boat to enter the caves. It’s a real taste of Portugal.
We also provide many boat tours, including day tours, boat trips with lunch, boat cruise to the famous Benagil caves,
Sailing boat tours in Lagos with lunch on board
If you are staying inPraia da Luz, you don’t need to come to Lagos to enjoy a grotto tour. We recommend you to go with the local provider that departs from Praia da Luz.
Grotto boat tours to Ponta da Piedade
We’re sure you will enjoy these boat tours that depart from Praia da Luz. On this tour, you’ll also get to know the cliffs from Praia da Luz, like the famous “Rocha Negra”, Black Rock, with a volcanic origin.
If you’re in Lagos for only one day and you’re short on time, don’t worry, because there are many one-hour grotto tours that depart from the Marina of Lagos. These tours are all very similar, they differ a bit in the type of boat.
We always recommend the smaller boats, because those are the ones that can easily manoeuvre inside the grottoes. Usually, these tours will take you to the direction of Ponta da Piedade, close to the cliffs and in the caves, and on the way back, speed up a bit to reach the Marina one hour later.
Parasailing is definitely a thing to do if you love adrenaline. Parasailing combines the ocean and the sky while adrenaline flows through your body. It is, with no doubt one of the most exciting ways to explore your holiday destination and also to enjoy a unique view.
Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where you are towed in the air behind a boat, while attached to a kind of parachute – the parasail wing, which is specially designed for this purpose. Two or three people can parasail at the same time.
On this parasailing adventure, you sail along the coast of Meia Praia beach. Parasailing in the Algarve can be done from only 45€ per person for 15 minutes in the air. And believe us, 15 minutes is enough as this experience is rather intense.
In Portugal, you need a boat licence to take a Jet ski to open waters. Don’t you have a boart licence but really want to enjoy the adrenaline of speeding on a Jet ski? Good news! On Meia Praia, you can ride a Jet ski without any licence as long as you stay within the limits set by the operator.
This sailing boat has become an icon from the city. The boat appears on Lagos postcard and everybody loves it. These boat tours have been operating in the Algarve for many years. They are on the most popular things to do.
We recommend booking in advance because the boats can become fully booked for several days in a row during the high season. The tour will take you on a lovely cruise along the Meia Praia beach.
The staff will serve a typical Portuguese BBQ of grilled chicken and salad and there is plenty of time to relax, swim and make stunning pictures of the coastline.
Dolphins are animals that fascinate everybody, no matter the age. The waters from the Algarve are very popular for local and migrating dolphin species.
It’s a truly unforgettable experience to see these charming animals in their natural habitat. That’s why the dolphin watching boat tours should also be on your top things to do. Your children or friends will love the adventure!
There are three dolphin tours in Lagos that we highly recommend.
Do you dare to come aboard of “Tornado”, Europe’s biggest rigid inflatable passenger boat? Feel the boost of its twin-engine while speeding over the Atlantic on a very safe way. We’re sure your family will love this boat tours in Lagos. Your husband will love the boat and your kids will remember this as the best things to do in Lagos, Portugal.
The other tour we highly recommend is on the Prince of Whales, a smaller boat. On this boat tour, your guide is actually a marine biologist. The biologist will be happy to share all the interesting facts about the creatures you’ll find during this boat tours in Lagos.
Also from Praia da Luz there are daily departures for a dolphin watching adventure during the summer. These dolphin watching boat tours in Lagos are excellent for families with kids from 4 years old.
All operators mentioned above have a very high chance of seeing dolphins because they are specialized in this kind of tour.
Finding wild dolphins is not guaranteed because the animals are totally wild and are not fed. Don’t forget to book in advance. These tours are very popular during the summer and may become fully booked for several days in a row!
Lagos is a windsurf paradise. Given the privileged location of Lagos, there’s always a spot where the wind is just right. The bay of Meia Praia is one of the most common places to practice windsurf in Lagos. If you’d like to learn to windsurf, there are amazing windsurf lessons on Meia Praia.
We work with a watersports center that is specialized in this sport and has been teaching the art of windsurfing to many tourists over the years. Starting at 60€ for 2 hours you get a very personalized windsurf lesson given by a local and certified instructor.
If you’re based in Praia da Luz, there is no need to come over to Lagos to learn how to windsurf. The local watersports specialist, based on the beach of Praia da Luz, provides a five hour windsurf course for only 120€. These courses are suitable for all ages (as long as you can swim and feel comfortable in the ocean) and levels of experience.
To explore Lagos stunning coastline, nothing better than the Kayak tours in Lagos. Like that you’ll be environmentally friendly, you’ll exercise and have no noise while enjoying the fantastic sights!
Another great advantage of kayaking along the coast is that due to the fact they’re so small, you’re able to go inside all of the caves at Ponta da Piedade. Kayaking is a great activity in Lagos for the younger generation or for active families.
Kitesurfing is, along with windsurfing, a very popular sport on the beaches around Lagos, and in particular on Meia Praia.
In Lagos, you can take kitesurf lessons, suitable for all levels of experience. Don’t forget that kitesurfing is way more complex than surfing and windsurfing and therefore it will take a bit longer before you can actually do it.
The SUP tours are a great way to explore the coastline
Stand-up paddle is one of the sports in the world that grows fastest. Why? Because it can be done by all ages (as long as you can swim and feel confortable in the ocean) and because it’s rather easy to learn.
You have several options to do SUP tours in Lagos. If you prefer, you can go to an area far away from all the tourists, in Sagres.
If you prefer to stay in the city, you can go SUPping at Ponta da Piedade. This region of the Algarve is known for its fantastic rock formations and caves and stand-up paddle is definitely a cool way to explore it.
Looking for a day excursion with the kids or youngsters and want something different than the sea? Aqualand is an all-inclusive waterpark about 45 minutes from Lagos. If you don’t have a rental car, you can go by bus, but it may take a bit longer.
Aqualand is a world of water attractions for the whole family or group of friends. Here you can experience a broad variety of water slides of all different shapes and sizes.
Aqualand is suitable for the whole family; while some relax on the lawn, others enjoy an adrenaline rush while the little ones enjoy themselves at their very own water playground.
During the summer months, be patient with the crowds as Aqualand draws locals and visitors from across Portugal.
In general, queues may appear big but are rather fast. For the girls: do not wear a strapless bikini top or you’ll lose it! Tickets are available at hotel receptions.
Have some fun time with the kids in the local zoo
A nice tip for families with kids: the Zoo of Lagos. The Zoo is located near Barão de São João, a village about 20 mins from the city and you can either go by car or a bus.
The zoo is home to more than 120 animal species and about 200 botanical species from around the world in a natural environment. We consider this smallish zoo ideal for families with young children who look for activity out of the city.
There are no big animals like tigers and elephants, but you will encounter plenty of birds, monkeys and wallabies. Also, some regular farm animals that the children can pet. There is a restaurant on site. The zoo is opened daily and all year around.
Ponta da piedade
Ponta da Piedade can be viewed by many perspectives. We prefer the perspective from the ocean by boat or kayak or SUP tour in Lagos, but you can also explore the top of the cliffs.
If you park your car near Ponta da Piedade you can find some nice signed walking trails. You may expect amazing views, so don’t forget your camera.
The most beautiful beaches can be explored, in many different ways. Like even the small hidden beaches like Praia de Estudantes.
Also, be careful, because rain and wind are constantly eroding the edges of the cliffs, so don’t get too close to the edge and stay on the trails.
Do not forget to bring your hat and sunscreen, because the sun is very intense next to the ocean.
Best things to do in Lagos – Horse Riding
For nature and animal lovers, there are several horse clubs in the neighborhood of Lagos where you can go for a ride.
In the winter, you can fulfil your dreams by booking a West coast ride. On this ride, you will gallop over an extensive beach and have a lovely ride through the countryside of Portugal guided by a local who knows the trails and the horses very well.
The beach ride can only be done during the winter because otherwise, the beaches would be too busy. So, during the summer months, you can book a pick-nick ride, and go swimming with the horses in a stunning lake.
These tours are highly recommended for nature lovers and are suitable for all levels of experience and ages. Lagos, Portugal.
Golf in the Algarve
Golf in the Algarve
The Algarve is home to some of the finest golf courses of Europe. Thanks to its slightly hilly terrain and pleasant weather conditions, the Algarve is renowned for its world-class golf courses, most of which are open all year round.
The town is a very popular destination for golf lovers because of its proximity to a multitude of great golf courses. Lagos is a good home base for a golf holiday, as great selection of luxury golf courses lies within less than a 15-minute drive from the city.
Penina Golf Course is one of the most popular golf courses, as it offers a selection of three courses, bordering the town.
Boavista Golf is another popular course which has scenic views over the bay of Lagos. Some of the courses are quite hilly, so we recommend you to take an electric cart.
The best beaches
One of the best things to do is to spend a warm day is to enjoy your time one of the many beaches along the town coastline. The beaches along the Lagos’ coastline are all stunning and all different.
During the high season, some of the most popular beaches can become quite crowded.
To find a more non-touristic quiet beach you need to hire a car and drive a few kilometres. Please don’t forget to protect yourself against the heat and bring a sunshade, hat, sunscreen and water.
Some of our favourite beaches around Lagos are Porto de Mós, Meia Praia, Praia do Camilo and Praia D. Ana.
Praia Porto de Mós, Lagos
Nightlife & parties
Lagos is not only known for its natural beauty and as a nice picturesque Portuguese town. Lagos is also known for its lively nightlife. The town has an abundance of pubs, bars and cafes with awesome atmosphere and for all tastes.
To have dinner, the city centre has many restaurants with lovely terraces to enjoy a local dish or foreign ones, like Italian, Japanese or Indian.
We really like Taberna de Lagos, a bit more chique than the average, with trendy music and a modern Portuguese / French menu. Adega da Marina, on the main avenue, is the best if we consider price/quality.
Grilled sardines in Lagos
Typical Portuguese food, like fresh fish and meat. Here you can try some sardines if its sardine season. Come early or you risk a queue during the summer months.
For people who like a food-experience, we recommend Pizza Pazza. Pizza Pazza is a Pizzeria owned by a German-Italian family who makes the most amazing thin pizzas.
You have to drive a lot, about half an hour from Lagos, and it’s not easy to find. If you went to the west coast for the day, it’s an ideal way to finish your day. Located in the small surfer village Pedralva, it’s a lovely place to go on your holidays. Try to reserve because it might be very busy.
Another tip if you want to leave the citylife for a bit to escape from the tourists, is Atabai in the old “Hippy” village of Barão de São João. It is just 15 minutes from Lagos and also a true experience. They serve great dishes for a great price.
In terms of bars, we usually go to Red Eye bar for a nice night out with surfer music (indie-rock) and some beers to play pool or darts. Joe’s Garage is the craziest bar of Lagos. If you look for a “noite louca”, go here and feel the real summer nights! Great cocktails and popular music!
Stevie Rays is a bit more classy and are the place to hear some funky of jazz music. We think Stevie’s is the coolest place to go out in Lagos as they often have live music.
Black Cat Bar, right next to Stevie’s, is a bar that’s all year round frequented by the Portuguese locals.
Always a nice atmosphere for a beer on the street. For the after hours, Duna Beach Bar on Meia Praia is the place to be. Grab one of the transfers provided or a taxi and dance until the sunrise by a pool on the beach to the beat of local DJs.
The city is well accessible with public transport, such as bus and train. We recommend to hire a car or arrange your transport with a transfers provider.
In a nutshell, and as you may have realized after reading about the best tips & tours in Lagos, this town is a dream holiday destination for all ages and tastes.
Lagos is only 45-minute drive from Faro airport and there are low-cost flights from all major airport around Europe. So, what are you waiting for? If you have got any questions about the tips & tours mentioned in this article or anything else about Lagos, feel free to contact us.
If you’re planning your holidays to Portugal, more specifically to the Algarve, you’ve most likely already heard of the Algarve caves.
In fact, the coast of Portugal is known for its impressive caves and rock formations. In this article, we’ll share the TOP 5 Algarve caves you can’t miss.
Therefore to write this article, we’ve spoken to some of our partners who know the Portuguese coastline like no other.
Local fisherman and skippers of the popular cave boat tours are experts on the caves of Portugal. Most importantly, they were proud to share their knowledge about the caves in the Algarve for instance.
In other words, we have experienced many cave tours along the Algarve, the caves are a must on your next holiday.
The top 5 ocean caves of Algarve you can’t miss are:
The Benagil cave is the highlight of most cave tours in the Algarve
The worldwide known ocean cave of Benagil is originally named “Algar de Benagil”. The cave of Benagil in Portugal is one of the most remarkable sea caves in the world.
In 2014, this popular ocean cave of Portugal was listed in the world’s “Top 10 Coolest Caves” by American magazine The Huffington Post.
Well, if this is a worldwide know cave, it surely is one of the best of the Algarve’s caves!
Where and how to get to the caves of Benagil?
The cave of Benagil is located in the Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal. Just next to Benagil beach.
The nearest city to this grotto is called Lagoa. Benagil itself is a small village mostly dedicated to fishing. The Benagil cave is located just next to Praia de Benagil.
The amazing Benagil sea cave is not easy to access. The caves and grottoes are only accessible by boat, kayak, SUP or if you’re a good swimmer, swimming.
However, if you like adventure and would like to swim to the Benagil cave, make sure the ocean is very calm. As entering the caves by boat is already a great adventure.
The safest way to reach the grottoes is by boat and this is suitable for all ages. Boat tours to Benagil depart daily from the Carvoeiro beach, Lagos, Portimão, Alvor, Albufeira, Faro or Armação de Pêra.
“Zorreira” – The Zorreira Cave
The boat reaches the caves very closely
The cave of Zorreira is another cave in Portugal you shouldn’t miss. It’s located in the area of the cave of Benagil. By going on a boat tour to the cave of Benagil, most likely you’ll also visit this cave.
Out of the about 20 caves that are part of the boat tours to the Benagil cave, the cave of Zorreira cave is definitely one of the most impressive one.
“Arcos de Marinha” – The arches of Marinha
Arcos da Marinha
The beach of Marinha is one of the most emblematic beaches of Portugal. This beach is also located in the region of Lagoa. Thus this beach is certainly a beach you should visit on your holidays in Portugal.
The Michelin Guide considered “Praia da Marinha” as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe and as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Marinha Beach is very popular for its stunning rock formations and crystal clear waters. As the ocean is generally very calm here, it’s a great spot for snorkelling.
The wide range of rock formations are a preferred habitat by local marine flora and fauna.
The rock formations around the Marinha Beach have two arches. The arches of Marinha are one of the known symbols of the Algarve.
Therefore, local fishermen and skippers consider these arches as a place of Portugal you should not miss.
We conclude, the best way to explore the two arches of the Marina beach is by boat. Most boat tours to the Benagil cave mentioned above also pass by these breath-taking arches.
“Gruta do Capitão” – Captain’s Cave
Algarve caves – Captain’s cave
The Captain’s cave as locals call this impressive cave in the Algarve is also one of our favorites. This cave is located in between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra. Next to Praia da Estaquinha and Praia do Barraquinho.
This cave is very difficult to access. In fact, it’s a privilege to be able to access this Algarve cave as you cannot reach it by for or swimming, only by boat. Even by boat, this cave is hard to access.
Capitan’ cave can only be seen closely if the ocean conditions are perfect. Low tide and no waves are the perfect conditions required to visit the Captain’s Cave in the Algarve.
This boat tour is one of the most popular boat tours of the Algarve, as it combines two things: dolphin watching and visits to the stunning caves of the Algarve. Most of the cave tours in the Algarve visit this cave in small fishing boats.
“Elefante” – Elephant
Algarve caves – Elefant cave
The cave called “Elefante” is located in the area of Ponta da Piedade, Lagos. Lagos is a picturesque fishermen village (or city). When visiting Lagos, the “Elefante” ocean cave is the one you should not miss.
The local fishermen and skippers of the boat tours in Lagos are sure that the “Elefante” is one of the most impressive ocean caves of Portugal.
So, when you’re visiting the Western Algarve, you should go to Ponta da Piedade.
What, where and how to get to Ponta da Piedade?
Ponta da Piedade is not a beach as there’s no sand to lay on. Instead, Ponta da Piedade is a magical place where high rock cliffs reach from the blue sky into the deep blue ocean.
The “Elefante” rock formation in Lagos is a cave of Portugal you should not miss, because it’s included in the most beautiful set of caves.
Kids love to recognize these figures in the rock formations and the “Elefante” is with no doubt a favourite!
For example, looking for figures in the rock formations of Lagos is like looking for figures in the clouds. A fun game for the little ones.
As mentioned before, according to the local experts, “Elefante” is the cave of Portugal you can’t miss.
The best holiday with the best cave tours
There are many places where you can take a cave boat tour from, most of the locations have easy and free car park. However, in the summer season, the cave boat trips get very busy, thus book in advance to avoid any disappointments.
In conclusion, there are many more amazing caves, which we would love to share with you. We wish you a beautiful adventure to discover the best sea caves of Algarve, Portugal. If you’ve got any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact us.
If you are going on holidays in Lagos Portugal, you will have many fun and cheap things to do. Lagos is a beautiful holiday destination if you are flying to Faro airport. The local people are very tourist-friendly, it’s a great destination for young to older people. For the younger generation, Lagos is a very cool place to go out and get drunk. The beach parties are definitely a must do for this generation. 10 best things to do in Portugal
For families, it also a great destination, as you have many beautiful beaches where you can relax, swim & play in or out the water. All beaches have lifeguards, and criminality is almost inexistent. For the older generation, September & October are the recommended months, there is less tourism and the city is emptier so you can walk around, without worrying.
10 best Things to do in Lagos Portugal
1. Go to the most beautiful beaches of Europe
In Lagos, there is a beautiful place called Ponta da Piedade. At Ponta da Piedade, you can find the most amazing and stunning beaches of Europe. Go to Praia D. Ana, Praia do Camilo e Praia do Pinhão. Or have a better look at Ponta da Piedade, by boat;
The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
2. Discover the historical center of Lagos
Lagos is known for the discoveries, thus you should check the slave market and the 16thcentury city walls. In Lagos you will definitely feel some of its history;
Lagos – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
One of the best things to do in Lagos are definitely the grotto boat trips from Lagos. On this boat trips, you will be able to go inside all of the caves in Lagos on a small boat. This boats, normally take about 10 persons. Book in advance to avoid disappointments. This boat trip from Lagos is suitable for all ages;
Ponta da Piedade – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
4. Do a dolphin watching trip from Lagos
In the Algarve, there are many species of dolphins and other wildlife. It’s definitely an ultimate experience, a must do of the things to do in Lagos. When choosing the company with who you are going, take into account, that only on the Rigid inflatable passenger boats you are almost able to touch them. The dolphins are never guaranteed, because they life in total freedom and are not fed.
Dolphin watching – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
5. Go horseback riding in Lagos
In Bensafrim, just about 10 min. from the center of Lagos, you have amazing spots to go horseback riding. Have a look at Quinta do Paraíso Alto, the most trusted British riding school in Lagos;
Horse riding – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
6. Go to a traditional farmers market
Every week, on Saturday morning there’s a traditional farmers market opposite the Marina footbridge, and near the bus station. Here you can find many traditional and local quality food.
Market – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
7. Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
In Lagos, you have a great scuba diving school, who can take you out for snorkeling along the beautiful Ponta da Piedade or take you on a boat dive to the most amazing underwater cliffs and wrecks. 10 best things to do in Portugal
The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal – Diving
8. Eat the best fish in Lagos
If you are looking for a typical fish restaurant, o “Bar da Lota” is the place to go. You can find it next to train station and fish auction buildings in Lagos.
Sardines – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
9. Eat the best shrimps ever
In Lagos, you can find a very long white beach, it’s called Meia Praia. At Bar Quim, at Meia Praia, you can enjoy the best shrimps you have ever tried before. Ah, and don’t forget the amazing beach view. 10 best things to do in Portugal
Shrimps – The 10 best things to do in Lagos Portugal
10. Book your activities early
In Lagos, you can do many activities, from boat trips, parasailing, kayak tours, SUP or Surf, there is always something to do for the whole family. In June, July and August, expect many tourists, thus don’t forget to book your things to do in Lagos early. Avoid disappointments on your family holidays in Lagos.
This year we decided to try the northern west coast of the Algarve region of Portugal for our summer holidays. We rented a nice rural house in Odeceixe, walking distance to the beach of Odeceixe. This house ended up being the perfect spot for some active holidays with the family. On the program we had: biking to Odeceixe Beach, running to Amoreira Beach and doing SUP in Aljezur.
Of course, on SeaBookings blog, we’ll tell you all about the SUP in Aljezur. We joined an afternoon tour which was something new to us as we’re more used to early morning tours. The SUP in Aljezur was a river tour, on the Praia da Amoreira, the perfect setting for a peaceful stand-up paddle tour! We’ve done SUP a few times before, in Lagos, Cascais, Madeira… And this SUP in Aljezur would be the first river-tour. We were very lucky with calm and warm weather.
We met the friendly guides at the car park. We were super curious about how they aim to be the SUP school with the lowest carbon footprint. The guides provide SUP tours to discover the most beautiful and remote beaches, rivers or lakes of the Algarve. Some of these unique spots are Arrifana, Amoreira, Odeceixe and Barragem da Bravura.
Regarding the gear used for the SUP tours, Antoine and Gaylord proudly explained that they use the best eco/tech stand up paddle boards from Starboard and Patagonia wetsuits. These high-quality brands try to be as much environment-aware as they can. Starboard, for example, has a mission to not only to make the best boards in the world, but also the best boards for the world. We learned they do so by using recycled material and EVA. And did you know that they have innovative “Paddle Picks”? You can attach this little accessory made by recycled fishing nets to a paddle to easily pick up floating pieces of trash while you are out for a paddle. Of course, we gave some use to these “Paddle Picks” along the tour to help keep the waterways clean!
After this interesting and passionate introduction, we were ready to hit the water. It was the first time we were taking little Lu of five years old on a SUP tour, so we were all super excited! Lu started the SUP tour on the front of her dad’s board while we were heading river inwards. We were going with the currents so we hardly had to paddle. Of course, the guides warned us that we’d also have to paddle back, so against the current but that they could help if needed.
The scenery of this SUP tour was stunning. I knew that Praia da Amoreira was one of the prettiest beaches in Portugal, but I had never enjoyed it from this perspective. It was a very pleasant ride. While the guides were sharing some of their SUP experiences and stories about life in Aljezur, time flew by! Lu jumped from one board to another and had a blast. Children just love being so close to the sea!
After about 45min of a paddle with the current, it was time to head back and paddle against the current. Me and Xiko like some challenge, so we did not accept the help offered by the guides and had a true full-body workout!
Along the way, we still did some stops to use the Paddle Pick to take some litter and leave no trace, or better, leave the “playground” cleaner than we found it. The main littler we caught was related to fishing activities or beach-goers. Glad we could give back a bit this way!
The tour ended at the same place where we started. We were all exhausted but super satisfied. We still had a nice talk with this dream team while we were putting the gear back in the van. Sandy, Gaylord and Antoine are the ideal guides to take you and explore Aljezur by SUP! Besides a lovely SUP tour, you’ll learn a lot about the region and about sustainability. We’ll be back soon!
We’ve been living in Lagos for almost 18 years now. Living in Lagos is great and the beaches in Lagos continue to surprise us every single day. Lagos is worldwide known for its stunning beaches.
In fact, there are beaches for all tastes. Around Lagos you’ll find very long white sanded and super cozy secluded beaches. The beaches in Lagos are all stunning and all different.
Our favorite 6 are probably Porto de Mós, Praia da Batata, Meia Praia, Praia do Pinhão, Praia D. Ana and Praia do Camilo. But is was hard to choose and we also like the beaches that are a bit further away from town.
One of the best ways to spend a warm day in Lagos is on one of the many beaches along the town’s coastline.
During the high season, some of the most popular ones can become quite crowded. To find a more non-touristic quiet beach, we recommend you to hire a car and drive a few kilometers.
Please don’t forget to protect yourself against the heat and sun and bring a sunshade, hat, sunscreen and water.
Here is a selection of our favourite beaches in Lagos:
Praia Porto de Mós, Lagos
The best beaches in Lagos: Praia Porto de Mós
Porto de Mós is one of the bigger beaches in Lagos. Its long stretch makes Porto do Mós ideal for a long beach walk.
Also, given its dimension, you’ll always find a nice quiet spot to spread out your towel, read a book or just relax. Praia de Porto de Mós is a sandy beach. Only on its far right there are some rocks.
Porto de Mós has got two beach restaurants. Campimar on the left, is an ideal beach side restaurant-bar, for a meal or snack at any time of day. António beach bar is excellent to quickly grab a smoothy, beer, water or icecreams. António Restaurant also serves nice dinners.
Also among the locals, Praia Porto de Mós, is a popular spot on a Sunday afternoon on the beach and to grab some beers to end the weekend. There are plenty of parking places (free).
You can also reach the beach by foot from the city town, but it’s quite a walk, about half an hour. You can also go by bus.
Praia da Batata, Lagos
Praia da Batata is very popular
Praia da Batata (or Potato Beach in English) is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos for the young generation. During the summer months, this beach is packed with young guys.
After going out at night in Lagos, this is where the youngsters go for an after party or to enjoy their hang-over in the sun.
Meia Praia is the biggest beach in Lagos. Meia Praia’s wide-opened 4 km stretch of beach make it ideal for a long walk or run.
Also to enjoy the sun, this is one of the favourites of the locals with many regular visitors to Lagos. If you like a spacious beach and water sports, then this beach is for you!
Lagos Beach bars
Along the beach you can find beach bars for all tastes. Some fancier ones with fine seafood and other surf bars with live music.
You must stop in at Bar Linda, on the beginning of Meia Praia, by passing the Marina of Lagos. Here, you can enjoy nice juices and delicious honey chicken wings.
We usually go here after a long beach day to drink a beer with some wedges and fried onions.
Bahia Beach bar is great if you like Brazilian or African live music. Every Sunday afternoon around 18:00/19:00 the party begins.
Nice atmosphere and great music to dance and have fun are guaranteed. We recommend the delicious tapas, shrimp pasta and cocktails.
Shrimps – best things to eat in Lagos
A bit further away from Lagos, but still on Meia Praia, you’ll find a few more beach bars. Eat a nice freshly caught grilled fish at Gaivota’s beach bar.
This beach bar is definitely a great spot to eat fresh fish and enjoy a Portuguese “Vinho Verde” (Green Wine).
Bar Quim, is THE place to eat shrimps. The best fried garlic shrimps in Portugal are these ones.
While enjoying your meal with a nice local white wine, don’t forget to appreciate the amazing views while your kids play in the sand in front of the terrace.
If you are up for some watersports, you definitely need to check out some of the activities on Meia Praia, Lagos.
From Parasailing to Jet ski rental or windsurf lessons, there’s a wide range of things to do at Meia Praia beach in Lagos.
Praia do Pinhão, Lagos
The best beaches in Lagos: Praia do Pinhão
Praia do Pinhão is a really nice alternative to the larger busier beaches in Lagos, near the city center. Just like Dona Ana and Camilo, Pinhão is stunning.
The rock towers around the beach create shaded areas as the sun makes its way through the day. That’s also why this beach is ideal on the windiest days.
The long staircase from the road and parking place to the beach provide you with a good daily workout.
Praia D. Ana, Lagos
The best beaches in Lagos: Praia Dona Ana
Praia D. Ana is one of our favorite beaches in Lagos. The award winning Praia D. Ana (or Dona Ana Beach in English) is considered the best beach by many references in tourism. In fact, it is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos.
Despite the fact that this beach has suffered some modifications to increase it sandy area, it is still stunning as always. Similar beaches to Praia da Dona Ana, are Praia dos Pinheiros and Praia dos Estudantes.
Please bear in mind that this beach is not recommended for people with physical disabilities as it is known for the many stairs to the beach. Parking might be difficult during busy summer months but the effort will surely be worth it. For people with physical disabilities, we recommend to go to Praia da Luz.
Praia do Camilo, Lagos
The best beaches in Lagos: Praia do Camilo
Praia do Camilo is a sheltered little beach cove on the road from Lagos to Ponta da Piedade.
The beauty of this beach is apparent when you look at it from top, where you can park your car. Its crystal clear waters and impressive cliff formations create this little jewel.
As a result, Praia do Camilo is one of the best beaches in Lagos for snorkeling because the shallow rocky ocean floor attracts plenty of marine life.
Above all, the beach of Camilo is nicely sheltered from the winds on most days, which also provides for calmer waters.
Just minutes walking, you can have an amazing walk over the top of the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade.
To access this beach, good physical condition is required as there are extremely long staggered stairs. You can park on top of the beach, next to the restaurant.
The restaurant, “Camilo”, is a must for fresh fish lovers or seafood, even though its prices are a bit above the local average. You can also grab a light meal, a beer or an ice-cream there.
From Lagos, the Southwest point of Europe, Sagres, is only a 30 minute drive away. There are also busses that connect Lagos to Sagres. In Sagres you have any amazing places with less people. Most of the beaches are known for their spectacular surfingconditions.
Therefore, you can feel the surf-vibe in the village of Sagres with its surf shops, surf bars and surf camps. Consequently, we recommend Sagres for travelers who look for nature, more quiet beaches of for a surfing experience.
Sagres is definitely worth seeing if you are staying longer than a week in Lagos.
We hope this list of our favorite spots and the reminder that Sagres is worth a visit too helped you to plan your holidays. Let us know if you happen to discover some other beaches that are worth sharing here and enjoy!
When I heard that we had a new operator offering dolphin watching in Lagos, of course, I took the opportunity to try out this new experience myself. I have already been dolphin watching before, but every tour is special and seeing dolphins in their natural habitat is an amazing experience – over and over again!
So me and my friend went to the Marina in Lagos to try out our newest dolphin watching tour in Lagos. The tour is run by a local group of family and friends, who are all from Lagos. Thus, they are real locals and know all about the region.
The skippers already have a lot of experience in boat tours in Lagos, and especially with finding wild dolphins. So they are the perfect crew to take you out on a dolphin watching tour in Lagos since they love what they do and also love to share their knowledge about the sea and dolphins with you.
The boat is a very modern RIB! It has a lot of power and can go really fast, yet at the same time, it’s surprisingly stable and very comfortable. You can tell it was chosen with much love and to provide clients with a safe and enjoyable dolphin watching trip!
We took our seats on the boat and off we went to look for dolphins in Lagos. Once we passed the Marina of Lagos, the boat took up the speed and we raced over the sea. It was a day with perfect conditions: no wind, no waves and a really glassy sea!
Finding the wild dolphins
Thanks to the experienced crew, it didn’t take long until we found our first group of dolphins. It was a rather small one, about 10 dolphins. However, there were a few baby dolphins!
One of them, so we were told, must’ve been born no longer than 2 or 3 days ago, as it was still really tiny! It was the smallest baby dolphin I have ever seen, and surely a lovely sight.
Our skippers slowed down the boat so we could stand up to get a better look at the dolphins.
The dolphins would swim underneath our boat and jump up next to it, so we could observe them really closely. We had some questions about how dolphins bread, and the skippers were happy to provide us with all the answers!
We stayed for a while with this small pod of dolphins, enjoying the view of them swimming and jumping around in freedom.
While they continued their journey, so did we. The skippers decided to go a bit further west to look for a bigger pod of dolphins.
And a bigger pod we did find! While the first group was already very beautiful and special, this group of about 50 dolphins was simply huge.
They were all around, wherever you looked you could see fins coming out of the water and dolphins jumping around!
The dolphins of this pod seemed even more adventurous than the first one! About 10 of them even surfed the waves behind our boat.
We didn’t even know where to look, as there were so many dolphins in every direction! It was simply impressive and definitely my most adventurous encounter with dolphins in Lagos!
We stayed for a while, with dolphins jumping up really close to our boat. It seemed like they were doing a show for us and they enjoyed it a lot showing us how high they could jump.
It was really special seeing so many dolphins together, swimming in the sea and just enjoying their life!
After this magical encounter, it was time to return back to Lagos. We were west from Lagos, so on the way back we actually drove past some of the main attractions of the coast, like Praia da Luz, Praia Porto de Mós and of course the famous Ponta da Piedade. Our skipper also decided to show us how much power the boat really had!
He went full-speed in front of the beautiful beaches of Lagos, doing steep curves and slides that made us scream with excitement!
Shortly before we reached the entrance to the Marina, the boat slowed down and we were back to “reality”.
After coming off the boat, it actually felt like we had been in a different place for the duration of the tour and were now landing in real life again.
This dolphin watching tour in Lagos was definitely a highlight for me and my friend. The sheer amount of wild dolphins we found and the fun rollercoaster boat ride on the way back in front of the fascinating coastline of Lagos was an unforgettable experience. If you’re on holidays in Lagos, make sure you don’t miss our on this unique boat trip!
Island boat tour from Olhão to discover Ria Formosa
Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings, went on holidays in the Algarve and tried out this unique boat tour from Olhão to the Nature Park of Ria Formosa and shares her experience.
This summer I decided I wanted to go and experience something else. I’ve been to Portugal many times, but I never saw Ria Formosa’s natural park.
It appears that you can do an island boat tour from Olhão to discover the Barrier Islands of the famous Ria Formosa.
Olhão is situated in the South of Portugal, in the Algarve. Faro is only 20 minutes driving away. Just before you arrive at the airport of Faro you can already see the beautiful islands.
It looked so beautiful that I convinced my boyfriend to come along with me to do a nice island boat tour from Olhão.
At 12h30 the tour would start at the Marina of Olhão. We got a clear description of where we had to be at the marina so it was very easy to find the boat.
The friendly guide named João gave us a warm welcome and asked us if we would like to get more information during the tour in English or Portuguese.
There were people on board who spoke both languages so it was no problem for him to give us a nice explanation in English and Portuguese.
Departing from Olhão we picked up more people along the way. We sailed through the big lagoon in front of Olhão along Deserta Island and explored Farol Island with its nice lighthouses.
During the boat trip, João told us more about the area and that we would stop for lunch at Culatra Fishermen’s Town in Culatra Island.
Culatra has only 1000 inhabitants and is interlaced with wooden walkways. Because there are no roads or vehicles, this is a unique place to be! Their main income is fishing and we got the opportunity to discover the island for 1.5 hours.
If you want it is possible to walk to a beautiful beach (20 minutes walking), but we preferred to have a nice lunch to eat some fresh fish. João took us to a very good place where they caught the fish in the morning. It was delicious!
Once we finished our lunch, we walked through the streets of Culatra en then we headed back to the boat. The next stop was Armona Bay and Armona Island.
We stopped there for 30 minutes and decided to take a fresh dip in the ocean. It was very nice to cool down in the crystal clear waters because it was a hot day!
We continued our boat tour to back to the Marina of Olhão and along the way, we saw the famous tuna factories. As well we were told that there is an area where you can observe seahorses.
In total this island boat tour from Olhão took 4 hours and we had an amazing time! Thank you very much, João for giving us more information about these beautiful landscapes in the Algarve!
Do you have more questions after reading about our this blog or are you looking for more tips to discover the beautiful islands of Ria Formosa? Please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]!