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: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

1. 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.

From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to Benagil Caves

2. 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.

Lagos: Guided Kayak Tour

3. Lagos: Guided Kayak Tour

See Lagos from a different angle on this guided kayaking tour. Take off from Praia de Batata, paddle into dark caves, and relax on a sunny beach. Begin your tour at Batata Beach. Meet your guide and get into your safety gear before hopping into one of the double kayaks. Start paddling through the clear waters with your kayak partner and head towards Ponta de Piedade. As you paddle, enjoy the peace of mind brought to you by the support boat, which cruises alongside. Follow your guide's kayak into several caves, discovering fascinating rock formations. Take a rest halfway through your 2.5-hour tour on a sunny beach to sunbathe or enjoy a refreshing swim.

From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

4. 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: Dolphin Watching with Professional Marine Biologists

5. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Professional Marine Biologists

Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. This tour lasts approximately 90-minutes and runs throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão.

Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour with a Local Guide

6. 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: 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.

From Lagos: Kayaking and Boat Cave Explorer Tour

8. From Lagos: Kayaking and Boat Cave Explorer Tour

Hop aboard and explore the sea caves and beaches of Ponta da Piedade on a tour by kayak and boat from Lagos. Admire the beautiful golden sand beaches created over millions of years, and listen to your guide as they explain the rules of navigation and how to use your kayak gear for your safety. Once at Ponta da Piedade, board your kayak and follow the guide through the beautiful caves and small beaches the area is famous for. After your kayak adventure, get the chance to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Then, jump back on board and relax on the way back to the city.

Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

9. 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.

Algarve: 1-Hour Carrapateira Horseback Riding Tour

10. Algarve: 1-Hour Carrapateira Horseback Riding Tour

Trot through Carrapateira and see the region's landscape and flora and fauna. Follow your guide as they take you through the area by horseback and enjoy incredible views. Meet your guide and have the chance to assist in combing and feeding the horses. Get to know the horses as you prepare them for your ride. Once you're ready, set off to see the nature surrounding Carrapateira. Cross the beach and go up the hilltop to stop at different viewpoints. On the first part of the ride, you'll be following a path that goes along the coast for seaside views. On the way back, pass through inland vegetation and see part of the coastal village. During your ride, your guide and coach will tell you stories about the area and details about the local nature.

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What people are saying about Lagos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,318 reviews

We were staying in Lagos and met up with our guide Nelson in Raposeira. From the meeting point we drove 5 minutes up to the cost. We got suited up with our gear and started our fun. Jumping, climbing, jumping, climbing and this continued until we made it to 10 meters. Nelson, was a fantastic guide, he cared about our comfort and our safety. What a fantastic day!!!

We had an amazing day trip, Carlos our guide was so knowledgable and so entertaining throughout the day! Fabulous lunch and fire water tasting! Would highly recommend this trip. Wonderful views at Cape St Vincente , lovely to see the countryside Silves and Monchique were highlights too. Thank you Carlos and Portitours! From Jane and Nick

We had an amazing time on our sea kayak trip. The crew made the amazing experience even more enjoyable! We even saw dolphins!! Would highly recommend this trip for others!!

Narrator was funny and informative. Water conditions were ok, a bit windy on the way back which kicked up some waves but you have to expect that!

Was an amazing day , we met a lady very kind called Ana who explained very well and clear . Top