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Things to do in Lagos

Explore the old town, relax on the beaches, and take to the water in this bustling Portuguese town.

Our most recommended things to do in Lagos

From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to Benagil Caves

1. From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to Benagil Caves

Climb aboard a boat in the marina at Lagos, and then cruise along the beautiful coastline of the Algarve. You will visit the famous Benagil Caves while hearing a live commentary about the iconic rock formations.  Benefit from comfortable seats and the best safety facilities for a truly relaxed experience out on the water. Listen to the live onboard commentary from your local guide and get a better appreciation of the rock formations and the history of the area. Discover hideouts for pirates and sea stacks of incredible beauty. Every adventure is different, depending upon the tide and sea conditions, which will determine which caves and areas you can visit.

From Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

2. From Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Witness the dramatic beauty of the Algarve on a cruise from Lagos. Hear coastal secrets from your guide, admire the towering rocks of Ponta da Piedade, and see idyllic beaches, including Camilo Beach. Choose between a small-group experience or a private experience. Set sail in comfort with cushioned seats as you depart Marina de Lagos. Make your way along the coast, passing pristine beaches, such as D. Ana Beach and Camilo Beach. Listen to insightful explanations about the sights from your guide. Take in the breathtaking views of the Barlavento region as you sail across the turquoise waters. Pass the beaches of Batata, Pinhão, and a nudist beach as you draw closer to the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the towering arches and golden cliffs of Ponta da Piedade and discover the interesting meanings behind their given names, such as the "Kitchen" and "Living Room" from your guide. Then, head towards the small semi-circular beach of Barranco Martinho, between Canavial Beach and the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse, characterized by a tall rock near the waterline. Finally, enjoy the scenic ride back to Marina de Lagos, where you will disembark at the end of the tour.

Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour with a Local Guide

3. Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour with a Local Guide

Take an unforgettable boat tour to the amazing giant sea caves at Benagil. Embark on a 1.5-hour guided cruise on board an inflatable RIB. Travel along the unique Algarve coastline discovering incredible scenery and breathtakingly beautiful natural rock formations. Admire the views of the amazing cliffs of the Algarvian coastline surrounded by stunning beaches.   When you arrive at the giant sea caves at Benagil, gaze in awe at their splendor. See for yourself why Algar de Benagil was recently considered one of the most beautiful caves in the world. At the end of your tour, you will return to Lagos.

Lagos: Guided Scenic Quad Tour

4. Lagos: Guided Scenic Quad Tour

Depart from the Marina of Lagos in the direction of Meia Praia beach, the biggest beach in Lagos. Stop to take some photos, and then head to Vale da Lama via off-road trails. Arrive in Vale da lama and ride along the sand dunes, before returning to the meeting point.

From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

5. From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

Discover the beautiful Ponta da Piedade on a kayaking trip with a guide. Enjoy panoramic views of the Algarve Coast, explore Algarve's cliffs, and kayak into the many caves and grottoes along the coast. Climb aboard the catamaran at Lagos Marina and set sail to Ponta da Piedade for a 2-hour guided kayak tour along the Algarve Coast. After leaving the Marina, the boat heads to Ponta Da Piedade, where you will discover Algarve's famous grottoes and cliffs by kayak during the 1-hour journey accompanied by a guide who will comment throughout your adventure. Spend 15 minutes relaxing and swimming in the grottoes, unknown bays and quiet beaches before heading back to Lagos Marina. Please note that throughout your tour, the catamaran will escort the group for safety and comfort reasons.

Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

6. Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Sail the seas of the Algarve in true Portuguese style on a boat cruise in a traditional Portuguese sailing boat. Visit two rugged sea caves and get up close to the dramatic Ponta da Piedade rock formation. Learn more about the area from your local skipper. For an unforgettable experience, you will board your unique vessel complete with a traditional Portuguese design. These special boats are designed to get you to sail to the smallest grotto. This boat will take you on a memorable journey along the breathtaking coastline, entering two amazing caves briefly and revealing the hidden grottos from the inside. Located around the rock formation of Ponta da Piedade, get an amazing perspective of famous beaches such as Dona Ana Beach, Camila Beach, and Nudist Beach, as well as sandstone cliffs. Every journey will be different and a true adventure depending on the tides and sea conditions. This is a must-do trip and is enjoyable for the whole family.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

7. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

Leaving from the Marine de Lagos, you’ll be taken on a thrilling 1.5-hour ride into the Atlantic Ocean in search of wild dolphins. The high success rate and professional crew make this a must-do tour while in Lagos.   Hop on board the boat and then relax on the bench seating. Take advantage of the extra viewing room, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The marine biologist on board will help identify the dolphins and interpret their behavior. They’ll be collecting data while on board for the purpose of preservation and conservation of these beautiful animals, as well as passing their knowledge on to you. Every trip is a meaningful excursion that provides great memories and education, as well as supplying scientific data to help future conservation projects.

Lagos: Sailboat Trip to Ponta da Piedade

8. Lagos: Sailboat Trip to Ponta da Piedade

Marvel at the beautiful Algarve Coast rock formations and visit some of the most picturesque and interesting caves of the region on this sailing trip from Lagos to Ponta da Piedade. Departing from Lagos Marina on a Portuguese traditional sailing boat, head to Ponta da Piedade. Sail in the bay of Lagos for breathtaking views of the rock formations along the coastline. Upon arrival to Ponta da Piedade, you will anchor and change to a smaller boat. Then, visit the famous caves (grottos) and rock formations with the possibility to sunbathe or swim in the crystal-clear waters nearby.

From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

9. From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Meet your experienced crew at the Marina de Lagos and get a safety briefing before you set sail off the coast of the Algarve. Look for dolphins aboard a rigid inflatable boat in a small group of no more than 12 people for a more personalized experience. Hear detailed information about the sea and weather conditions, and the last known coordinates and patterns of the dolphins’ behavior from the previous days to help you locate the animals. Travel at a speed of around 25 knots, depending on the sea conditions, as you look for magnificent sea mammals for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Benefit from a 90% chance to encounter the beautiful creatures in their natural environment – although as an act or nature sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

10. Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

Visit an interactive zoo with activities for the entire family. Interact with and feed dwarf goats, llamas, and deer at the petting farm. Explore the new dinosaur exhibit at the Terra Exotika See the biggest snake in Europe in the Reptile Pavillion. View and interact with several species of exotic animals such as the birds in the aviary, wallabies, and lemurs. After the visit to the animals enjoy lunch at our restaurant, viewing one of our many presentations with animals. Take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool or jump down the water slide. Enjoy various activities such as tree climbing, pedal karts, inflatables, pony rides, or the 18-hole mini-golf circuit. For colder or rainy days there is a large indoor area with a restaurant, inflatable bouncy castle, and stage for animal presentations.

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What people are saying about Lagos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,672 reviews

We were able to see around 10 common dolphins. The crew was super nice and professional, and even though the sea was quite wavy, were the biologists capable of finding dolphins.

Amazing experience with a speed boat and an inside view of the caves :) Unfortunetly could not get out of the boat and go to the beach

We got to see dolphins from up close! Amazing experience and very informative too. Would definitely recommend!

The tour was so much fun! We enjoyed the interesting information provided during the boat tour.

Easy to locate and very informative experience. My teenagers enjoyed!