By Femke Irik, co-founder and experience-tester at SeaBookings.
The kayak tour in Lagos is a must for everyone who is capable to do so. But no worries, it’s not very demanding. You don’t need to be in top shape, only to be able to swim 😉 Ponta da Piedade is known for the most impressive caves, cliffs and amazingly clear water. While kayaking in Lagos, you’ll discover this little paradise on your kayak. Ready?
People often ask me:
What is the best way to discover Ponta da Piedade?
Well, for me there is no doubt! Go kayaking in Lagos!
Be impressed by Ponta da Piedade
Here are 5 reasons why I love kayaking in Lagos
1. You can’t get closer to the caves than on a kayak
There are many small caves and tunnels which are only accessible by kayak or SUP.
You can make stunning pictures
2. Breath, live and enjoy
There is no better feeling than being healthy, sporty and having fun at the same time. The fresh sea breeze will make you feel alive.
The kayak tour takes you very close to the caves and rock formations
3. Be together
Kayaking in Lagos is done with 2 people each kayak. I have never seen someone not smiling on this tour. It’s great for family fun or even team building.
It’s a true teamwork
4. Time to swim, snorkel and rest on a beach
The kayak tour in Lagos takes you over to a lovely beach, where everyone can swim or do some snorkelling. Ponta da Piedade has amazing beaches along the coastline, you will have the chance to rest a bit on a beautiful beach which is inaccessible by land.
You can even bring your dog!
5. Unforgettable memories
I have kayaked in Lagos several times now, and I will never forget how much fun it was. I should book a kayak tour in Lagos myself soon 😉
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.
Portugal is a beautiful country, with rich and diverse natural environments. With a warm-to-hot climate that is convenient for year-round outdoor activities, the Portugal coastline is perfect for exploring by water. If you prefer convenience, you might consider a boat tour. These are often narrated, and can offer restrooms, snack bars and other amenities that a casual tourist will find useful.
But if you are a more adventurous type of person, and prefer to do things for yourself, you may find that a kayaking trip is more your style. There are several advantages that paddling a kayak has to offer.
Join us on a kayak tour in Portugal
Kayaking Is Relaxing
One of the biggest advantages that kayaking has over a boat tour is peace and quiet. Most of us spend our time in urban environments, surrounded by the sounds of engines, noisy crowds and notifications from electronic devices. There are many benefits to escaping the stress of the modern world and spending time in nature, including:
Decreased stress and anxiety
Lower blood pressure
Pumping up the heart rate
A general sense of well-being
With the noise of the engine and the other people on a boat tour, you might find that you aren’t getting the escape that you were looking for. Kayaking, by contrast, eliminates all of these factors. Leaving behind the engine and the crowds, you are left with your ‘yak, the sounds of your paddle in the water, and maybe a close friend or two (human or otherwise!). Paddling with a tandem kayak can be really fun if you’re not alone.
Kayaking can be done all around the Portuguese coast
It Brings You Closer To Nature
In addition to relaxation, the relative silence and increased maneuverability of a kayak, also allows you to see more of the nature that you are looking for. On a boat tour, you are limited to a pre-planned route. You may see wildlife from a distance, but a larger boat can only get so close before the size and the noise of the engine potentially chases them away.
Kayaking is a completely different story. The compact size leaves you free to explore coves and small creeks, circle islands, and even land on shore and walk around when you see something interesting. When you do encounter wildlife, you are less likely to disturb their activities, because you can stop paddling and drift. This lets you get much closer, and really see nature in action. If you are planning to fish from your kayak, you will find that the decreased noise and disruption will improve your catches.
Kayaking in a group is a lot of fun
Kayaking Provides Beneficial Exercise
If the benefits of being truly within nature aren’t enough for you, there are also the advantages of the physical activity of kayaking. Some of us need to find time for more exercise anyway, and this is a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone (not literally!).
But don’t let this scare you; kayaking is not the same as trying to squeeze a workout into an hour at the gym. You can set your own pace, so you won’t have to be pushing yourself the entire time! Even at a casual speed, the exercise offered by kayak is a whole lot better than nothing.
It Is Better For The Environment
As well as the benefits to you, kayaking is also better for the environment you are exploring. Kayaks, in addition to not using a motor, are easy to clean, and don’t require water resistant surface paints that can leach chemicals into the water. With all of these factors to consider, kayaking is often a better option, for your health, and for your overall experience.
If you are thinking about exploring Portugal in a kayak, you can choose from many planned tours, or you can simply grab your paddle and explore on your own. See you out on the water!
Grab your friends together and go kayaking in Benagil
We love to try out the experiences that are available on our platform. Femke and a group of friends went to try out the kayaking in Benagil. This kayak tour in Benagil takes you to one of the biggest marine caves of Portugal and even Europe.
Kayaking in Benagil is a lot of fun. You’ll depart from Ferragudo on a boat. Ferragudo is a cute fisherman town, next to Portimão, in the South of Portugal, Algarve. Parking facilities next to the departure point are great and free.
The kayaks for the kayak tour are tandem
The kayak tour in Benagil
The kayak tour in Benagil takes about 3 hours. On the boat, you’ll get a brief instruction by one of the guides and then you’re ready to get into your kayak. The guides that will take you kayaking in Benagil are very kind and speak English and Portuguese. The trip starts at a boat trip and only closer to the Benagil caves, we’ll step over to the kayaks.
The kayaks that are used for this kayak tour in Benagil are tandem kayaks. They take two people at a time. Life vests are mandatory to go kayaking in Benagil and provided by the tour operator.
Bring sunglasses and a swimsuit for kayaking in Benagil
The fact that the kayaks for the kayak tour in Benagil are tandem makes it suitable for families. Children can go with their parents. For example, mom can go with one of the kids and dad with the other. As long as the kids can swim, they are welcome! Don’t’ you want the kayak but your whole family or group of friends does? No worries, come along on the support boat and enjoy the sun, view and take some pictures.
The kayak tour in Benagil will be continuously accompanied by the boat. If you feel tired or something goes wrong, the boat is there to support immediately. Of course, this is usually not necessary, it’s just a matter of precaution. To go kayaking in Benagil, you do not need to be super fit. Obviously, it’s a physical exercise, but not very intense and it does not require any previous experience.
About the tour itself, kayaking in Benagil is amazing! You’ll have the change to stop on four different beaches for a little rest and to explore the beauty of the rock formations. In total, you’ll be able to get into about ten different caves. Kayaking in Benagil, as said, starts at Praia de Benagil and you’ll be kayaking up to Praia da Marinha. The huge cave of Benagil is the highlight of this kayak tour in Benagil. This is one of the largest marine caves of Europe and the waters around it are several shades of blue. Just beautiful!
The sights along the kayak tour in Benagil are stunning. We went into a lot of different grottos. As it was a very warm day, we even went for a swim. As the kayaks are rather unstable and can get totally wet, it’s not recommended to take your phone or camera. You can store your luggage and phone at the tour operator. If you have got a water-resistant GoPro, please bring it! You’ll make impressive pictures and videos for sure!
Blue waters under you in the kayak tour in Benagil
Now it’s your turn!
All you need to bring to go kayaking in Benagil is a swimming suit, towel, hat and a lot of sunscreens! As this activity is very depended on the tides and waves, we recommend you to book a few days ahead and stay in contact to be informed about the conditions of the ocean. Of course, cancellations are not part of the plan but due to the nature of this activity, they may happen! Controlling the weather and ocean conditions is still something that is out of our reach.
The cave of Benagil is impressive!
Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions about kayaking in Benagil and also, feel free to book now, of course! You can read more about Benagil here.