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Tips & tours in Lagos, Portugal

The perfect destination for Summer holidays: a beautiful charming little town, surrounded by plenty of watersports, boat tours, beaches, beautiful caves and turquoise water. Lagos has it all.
Whether you want to discover Portuguese cuisine, lie in the sun all day, do a boat tour, go out partying every night or do a different watersport or boat ride every day, you can choose from all of this.

We will help you find the best boat tour or water sports. You can do SUP, surfing or kitesurfing or just go on a boat tour and discover the caves around Ponta da Piedade. Dolphin watching boat tours are also very popular, just like the coastal tours to the famous Benagil caves. For us, this destination is the absolute Must-Do for ocean lovers! In fact, Lagos is the place where SeaBookings was born and part of our team lives here :)

  • Our favorite beach: Praia Dona Ana
  • Our favorite restaurant: Tasca do Kiko
  • Our favorite boat tour in Lagos: Dolphin watching Lagos
  • Our favorite watersport in Lagos: SUP in Lagos

Getting around in Lagos & the Algarve

The best way to discover the Algarve during your tour in Lagos is definitely with a rental car. With a car, you can not only explore all the attractions of the Algarve but also drive through all the authentic and cute villages along the coast and in the countryside. However, there’s a train line all the way from Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António and bus lines are becoming better and better too.
Lagos is a small city, almost everything at walking distance, you can explore the city center, some pretty beaches, and of course do a boat tour to the impressive caves of Ponta da Piedade or Benagil. For more tips around getting around in the Algarve, read these tips.

Discover the city of Lagos

Lagos is a city located in the Algarve, South of Portugal. The city is known for history, old town, cliffs, beautiful beaches and caves. There are amazing beaches to discover, from one of the biggest beaches of Portugal (Meia Praia) to the small beaches, surrounded by stunning cliffs (Praia D. Ana). At Ponta da Piedade, there are several beaches you should see. Don’t forget that from near the Lighthouse at Ponta da Piedade, you have a unique view you should not miss. The wonderful beaches, cliffs and caves are best seen on a boat tour, kayak tour or SUP tour. On these tours, you will have the chance to get into the caves of Ponta da Piedade or Benagil.

With children, in Summer or Winter, visit the interesting science museum or the Portuguese Discoveries Wax Museum. The Centro da Ciência Viva, is located in the old town. The Portuguese Discoveries wax museum (Museu de Cera dos Descobrimentos) is located in the Marina of Lagos. With good or bad weather, both will provide you with a pleasant and interesting time with your family.

Many historical monuments, were constructed from the end of the thirteenth century on, the Lagos walls (Muralha de Lagos), Lagos castle (Castelo dos Governadores), and several fortresses (Forte da Ponta da Bandeira and Forte da Meia Praia) were built. These monuments were constructed to guarantee the protection of the coast and citizens against invasions and constant attacks of pirates and corsairs. During the Discoveries, the city had a very important role. It was one of the main departure points for the conquerors in the North of Africa, and the initial phase of the Portuguese Discoveries, lead by Infante D. Henrique.

On the main avenida, you can find a replica of the “Caravela da Boa Esperança” (Caravel of Good Hope), on a caravel like those Gil Eanes the navigator, discovered a passable route around Cape Bojador, which marked the beginning of the African exploration. With the departure from Lagos, the Portuguese navigators conquered and discovered Ceuta, Madeira Island, the Azores Islands, Alcácer- Cequer, Arzila and Tânger. In the middle of the 15th century, the first African slaves arrived in the historic city. The slaves started to be sold, thus a slave market was built, next to Praça do Infante Dom Henrique. Nowadays you can visit the Slave Market, but as a museum which offers visitors a perspective on this regrettable chapter of Portuguese history.

The “Igreja de Santo António” - Santo António church, is a must see. It has a beautiful baroque gilded temple, the decoration with baroque carvings, thus considered one of the most beautiful churches in the country. You can visit the Santo António Church, by visiting the Lagos museum (Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho), open at Tuesdays to Sundays,  with a cost of only 3€ each entrance. Another church worth a visit is the São Sebastião Church, it also has some gilded carvings and a small bone chapel.

The best boat tours in Lagos

The most famous Lagos boat tours are most definitely the Ponta da Piedade cave tours. The cave tours allow you to see the rock formations and caves and grottos of Ponta da Piedade.
Famous Ponta da Piedade, can be seen on big or small boats, for big or small groups. There are many boat tours to different sets of caves and purpose. We recommend a sightseeing cruise, to cruise along the coast of Lagos and see the most beautiful secluded beaches
Even sea caves including the caves of Benagil can be seen and should be on your TOP things to see on in the Algarve. The cave tours in Lagos are a must.
The wild dolphins have also been one of the favorite things to do, the sensation of seeing them swimming in the wild, touches everyone. The dolphin watching tours depart from the Marina.
For the younger party generation, don’t miss out on one of the best boat parties in Portugal. Dance, drink and go for a dive in the ocean on the Booze Cruise.
There are many boat tours, but don’t forget to book in advance, as they get sold out very quickly, especially during the busy summer season. We offer only the best quality tours.

The best watersports in Lagos

If you are sporty, or up for some adventure. The water sports go from extreme kitesurfing to diving. Discover Ponta da Piedade on a Stand Up Paddleboarding tour or a kayak tour. There is no better way to come so close to the caves.
This city is known for a vibrant surf scene, have you ever thought about surfing? Maybe it’s about time, to grab some surf lessons, and go for a surf day trip including transfers. Surf is a sporty and fun experience.

Coasteering is an exciting way to discover the most “secret” places along the Algarve’s coast. You’ll hike, jump into the water and climb up some cliffs. Parasailing is a must for the adrenaline seekers.
Get a stunning view over the coastline.  In a sum, there is a huge variety of cool watersports to offer. SUP, Kayak tours, surf tours, coasteering, parasailing, jetskis and even windsurf lessons.

Where and what to eat 

There are many options for everyone. There are some very typical fish restaurants, typical Portuguese cuisine restaurants, but also trendy vegan and vegetarian restaurants.
For fish, depending on what time of the year you come, a different fish might be more recommended, for instance, the Sardines are fatter, more delicious, and abundant in the summer months. Sargos, Douradas and Robalos (sea bass) should be eaten during winter months for best quality. 
The most recommended typical fish restaurant with an amazing view is restaurante “ O Camilo”. For dinner, and some good sardines “O Escondidinho”.
The Portuguese cuisine is a lot fish-based but has also many traditional dishes such as “Frango piri-piri” (chicken piri-piri), “Bife à Portuguesa” (Portuguese steak), “Jardineira” (vegetable and meat stove), “Bifinhos de perú com cogumelos” (turkey with mushrooms).
The most recommended typical restaurants for lunch is Casa Chico Zé, just outside town. For dinner, with a real Portuguese atmosphere, go to “Restaurante Calhou” or “Tasca do Kiko” for a bit fancier sphere.
For vegetarian or vegans, there are some cool options for you. The most recommended place to eat for vegetarians or vegans in Lagos, are “Artesão” in the Marina of Lagos,  “Poké Lagos”, “ Fresco’s café”, “Green Room” and many others.

Enjoy the gorgeous beaches 

Lagos is well known for its beautiful beaches. You can go on a boat tour around the coast to check some out and then decide which one you like most. We will list out some of the ones you can’t miss.
From the city-beach Praia da Batata, you have many beaches until Ponta da Piedade. Most of them are walking distance. Praia dos Estudantes and Praia do Pinhão are right after Batata Beach.
Praia da Balança, is located after Praia da Boneca and Praia dos Pinheiros and is a very cute, sandy cove enclosed by towering cliffs. It can be reached by boat or by a challenging footpath. Praia do Barranco do Martinho is located immediately to the west of Ponta da Piedade. This beach has nice and calm waters because of the small cove where the beach is inserted. 

Praia do Camilo and Praia da Dona Ana are some of the most popular beaches in Lagos. But therefore, they’re also rather crowded. Meia Praia is probably the best-known beach.
It’s very long and has many beach bars. It’s ideal for beach days when there’s no Northern wind “Nortada”. Praia do Canavial and Praia do Porto de Mós are a little further away from the city center. These beaches are very popular among locals.

Do you want to see all these beaches in one day? Well, guess what we have several cave tours in that allow you to see all of them.
Whatever you decide to do during your trip to Lagos, we promise you will love any of the watersports and boat tours in Lagos! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.

Our boat tours and watersports in Lagos

Cover for Boat + kayak tour to Ponta da Piedade
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Boat + kayak tour to Ponta da Piedade

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Boat Party in Lagos

Boat Party in Lagos - Booze Cruise

5h
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Boat tour in Lagos with lunch

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Cover for Boat tour to Benagil from Lagos
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Boat tour to Benagil from Lagos

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Boat trip to Ponta da Piedade

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Coastal cruise in Lagos

4h
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Dolphin Observation in Lagos with Marine Biologists

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Dolphin watching Lagos

2h
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Family boat trip in Lagos

3h
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Full-day private charter in Lagos

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Grotto trip Ponta da Piedade
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Grotto tour Lagos

1h
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Half day fishing in Lagos

4h
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Kayak tour from Lagos

2h
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Kitesurfing in Lagos

3h
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Bom dia Grotto Tour
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Lagos sailing boat trip with lunch

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Luxury yacht rental in Lagos

7h
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Cover for Private boat tour from Lagos to Benagil
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Private boat tour from Lagos to Benagil

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Half-day private cruise in Lagos

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Private champagne sunset cruise in Lagos

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Cover for Private Grotto Cruise in Lagos
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Private Grotto Cruise in Lagos

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Sailing and grotto trip from Lagos

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Shark fishing in Lagos

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Sunset wine cruise in Lagos
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Sunset wine cruise in Lagos

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SUP Grotto Tour Lagos

2h
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Surf lessons from Lagos

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Coasteering the Algarve Coastline

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SUP Algarve's secrets tour

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Kids surf lesson in Lagos

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Cave tour in Lagos

Lagos cave tour

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Coastal boat tour in Lagos with swimming

Coastal boat tour in Lagos with swimming

2h
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Coast and Dolphins in Lagos

Coast and Dolphins in Lagos

2h
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Benagil cave tour from Lagos

2h
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Private yacht in Lagos with watersports

Half-day private yacht in Lagos

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Lagos kayak tour

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Private family cruise in Lagos

3-hour private family cruise in Lagos

3h
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Hen boat party in Lagos

Bachelorette boat party in Lagos

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Full-day on a sailing catamaran in Lagos

7h
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Ponta da Piedade SUP
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Sunrise SUP tour to Ponta da Piedade

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Coasteering in the Algarve

Pack: SUP + Coasteering in Lagos

8h
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Lagos Jet Boat
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Lagos Jet Boat

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Explore the untouched region between Sagres and Lagos
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Boat tour to Sagres from Lagos

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Dolpin tour in Lagos
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Dolphin tour in Lagos

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Ponta da Piedade boat tour in Lagos
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Ponta da Piedade Boat tour in Lagos

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Enjoy the view over the coastline
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Lagos grotto tour to Ponta da Piedade

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Ponta da Piedade Boat tour
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Ponta da Piedade Boat tour with time to swim

2h
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Ponta da Piedade sunset tour

1h
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Cave tour from Lagos to Benagil
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Cave tour from Lagos to Benagil

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Lagos swimming tour

Lagos swimming tour to Ponta da Piedade

9h
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private boat tour in Lagos

Private boat tour in Lagos (18 pax)

4h
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SUP Yoga in Lagos
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SUP Yoga in Lagos - Praia da Luz

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Karma Algarve Boat Festival
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Algarve Boat Festival - Private luxury yacht

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Algarve Boat Festival  - grotto
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Algarve Boat Festival - best deal up to 9 pax

3h
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Algarve Boat Festival Own Boat
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Algarve Boat Festival - Bring Your Own Boat

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Algarve Boat Festival - Bom Dia
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Algarve Boat Festival - Early Bird Barco Partilhado Bom Dia

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Algarve Boat Festival Blue Fleet
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Shared Early-bird Motorboat by BlueFleet

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Algarve Boat Festival Sargus

Algarve Boat Festival - private motorboat up to 11 pax

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Algarve Boat Festival - Deluxe Partilhado
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Algarve Boat Festival - Shared Deluxe Catamaran by Discover

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Algarve Boat Festival em Lagos.
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Algarve Boat Festival - Veleiro de Luxo até 18 pessoas

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Algarve Boat Festival Portimão

Algarve Boat Festival - private modern sailing yacht

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Algarve Boat Festival - ZUCA
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Algarve Boat Festival - private boat up to 14 pax

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Algarve Boat Festival Portimão
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Algarve Boat Festival - private boat from Portimão

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Algarve Boat Festival
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Algarve Boat Festival - shared boat up to 10 pax

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Full-day sailing charter in Lagos

Full-day sailing charter in Lagos

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Algarve Boat Festival - book your luxury catamaran

Algarve Boat Festival - Private luxury yacht

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Beginner kitesurfing course in Lagos

Beginner kitesurfing course in Lagos

3h
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Ponta da Piedade Kayak and Boat tour

Ponta da Piedade kayak and boat tour

2h
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Fishing trip in Lagos

Fishing trip in Lagos

5h
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Lagos cave boat tour to Ponta da Piedade

Lagos cave boat tour

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Lagos sailing charter

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Benagil Speedboat tour from Lagos

Benagil Speedboat tour from Lagos

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Lagos dolphin adventure

Lagos dolphin adventure

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Catamaran and kayak tour to Ponta da Piedade

Boat tour with kayaking to Ponta da Piedade

2h
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Family boat tour to Benagil

Family boat tour to Benagil

3h
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Family dolphin watching in Lagos

Family dolphin watching in Lagos

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Private family boat tour in Lagos

Private family boat tour in Lagos

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Lagos grotto boat tour

Lagos grotto boat tour

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Boat taxi from Lagos to Alvor

Boat taxi from Lagos to Alvor

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