Cave Boat Trip to Ponta da Piedade

A fun day for the entire family or a group of friends consists in doing a boat trip through the famous Ponta da Piedade caves . Spend a stress free and outdoor day exploring the multitude of beaches, caves and cliffs of the western Algarve.

Ponta da Piedade rocks
Beautiful Ponta da Piedade Rocks and Caves.

Windsurf

Praia da Luz, by Lagos, is blessed by the “Nortada”, an offshore wind coming from the northwest which provides excellent conditions to practice windsurf.  The team of professional instructors is used to working with complete beginners and more experienced windsurfers. Feel the excitement of “flying” across the surface of the water holding only to a board and a sail.

Spend a day at the beach

Lagos is famous for its ravishing beaches of rocky formations and steep cliffs. The super beauty of Lagos’ beaches has no equal in Europe and is the reason why thousands of people travel from all over the world to see them.

You can either spend a day sunbathing and swimming across the underground caves of the beaches, during summer, or simply strolling along the sea-line in case it is not hot enough for a swim. Sitting at a café on the beach and enjoying a cold drink while the sun sets over the ocean is also one of the best activities Lagos has to offer.

Praia da Dona Ana
Praia da Dona Ana. Photo by Algarve Tourism.

Algarve Jeep Safari

The Jeep Safari tour will give you the chance to explore an off-road Algarve, full of old villages where time seems to have stopped. Beautiful landscapes, regional architecture and gastronomical flavours await you on this awesome half-day or full-day trip. On this trip you will also have the opportunity to visit an old firewater distillery, to taste the famous Medronho drink, and to stop at natural view points for photographic moments.

Group in a jeep, on a dirt road with a beach in the back.
Jeep Safari

Algarve Landscapes, Pottery and Winery Tour

This unique tour picks up from Lagos and combines the visit to a typical winery with the visit to an old pottery and to the stunning beach of Benagil, a small fishing village. The tour also passes by Carvoeiro, where you will get the chance to see the magnificent rock formations of Algar Seco, and Ferragudo. All this, while you sit comfortably and relaxed in a Land Rover.

Jeep Safari on dirty road near Monchique
Jeep Safari on a dirty road.

Catamaran Boat Trip

Do you want to feel the wind and the trembling of the waves? Then join a catamaran trip. Surely a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon, this trip also includes swimming, snorkelling and even a fun water trampoline. Have fun exploring the western coast of the Algarve with this amazing experience.

Catamaran Discover exploring the Lagos CoastDolphin Watching

Who has never wanted to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat swimming freely across the Atlantic or jumping through the waves? The Lagos coastline is popular dolphin route, making it the perfect place to watch them. The trip is done on a High Speed RIB so the ride is as much fun as seeing the dolphins!

Two dolphins jumping.Lagos Coast and Countryside Quad Biking

All you need to take part in a radical quad biking adventure is a valid driving license. The Yamaha Grizzly 300 quad bikes, which will take you through the most recondite and amazing places of the Algarve, are fully automatic and easy to drive, meaning that no previous experience on driving quad bikes is required. Have fun travelling across dirt roads and hidden tracks with your friends.

3 Quads Off Road in Messines
Countryside Quads.

Luxurious Private Hot Air Balloon Flight

Glide over the Algarve and Alentejo in a beautiful hot air balloon for an unforgettable experience departing from the Lagos Aerodrome. Let the wind carry you through rolling hills and valleys, guided by a professional pilot who will be able to point out landmarks and points of interest. Balloon flights take place all year long, depending on the weather, and usually begin at dawn providing a unique view over the sunrise.

On this private flight you will be able to design the trip to your exact specifications and with as much privacy as you require if, for example, you are looking for a romantic getaway with your partner or a fun trip with the whole family.

Hot Air Balloon Experience Lagos
Hot Air Balloon Experience

Zoo de Lagos

A great option to entertain the younger ones. Lagos Zoo is the ideal place for the whole family to enjoy a relaxing day. Take the opportunity to get to know more about the animal species that exist in the various corners of the world and in particular in the Algarve, such as the very rare and endangered Iberian Lynx.

Linx with plants behind.
Iberian Lynx.

Coastal Kayak Cave

The guided kayak tours are one of the most famous attractions in Lagos. Have fun exploring the clear waters of Lagos on a 3-hour guided kayak tour. Paddle off from Praia da Batata in two-person kayak (there is also pace for two adults and a child) and gently stroll along the secluded beaches and spectacular caves of the area. At some point you will stop kayaking and will be able to explore the shore while snorkelling.

2 people in a kayak near Lagos

Climbing trees on high ropes

Climbing trees gets a whole new meaning with the high ropes experience. Keep your fears of heights in check while you go through this obstacle course and pass from tree to tree. This demanding physical activity is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed individually or in groups of friends. There are different difficulty levels to make it suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Women in High Ropes Bridge in Albufeira
High Ropes

Hovercraft Experience

These amphibious vehicles allow you travel on surfaces like grassland, desert, snow, ice or even water, making for a completely different experience from anything you have ever tried. The hovertrack, within easy reach of Lagos, offers three different circuits with added difficulties such as lakes, causing a unique sensation when crossing them. Riding a hovercraft is pure fun and a lot of adrenaline, and is surely one of the best activities to do in the area.

Hover 2
Hovercraft Experience.

Paintball

Who has never wanted to challenge their friends to a paintball game to determine at last who is the best military strategist? Lagos paintballing is located in a beautiful natural woodland area which offers a safe and fun space to practice paintball. Test the nerve of your comrades by choosing the war scenario that most thrills you and have a blast!

2 boys doing Paintball in Albufeira
Paintball Battle.

Sailing Tour

Travel back in time to an age of excitement and Discoveries, when the dangers of the sea were unknown and yet a few brave men set out to conquer the seven seas. Embark aboard the majestic Isaura do Mar, a classical wooden schooner, ready to sail you through the western coast of the Algarve, on a beautiful trip that is guaranteed to make you fall in love with the southern region of Portugal. Along the ride there will be stops for you to swim and snorkel in the clear waters of the Atlantic. There will be food and a drink on the deck of the stunning 22m ocean vessel.

Lagos
Lagos Sailing Boat

Yacht and Boat Charter

Experience the luxury and freedom of chartering your own boat on a creative trip that matches exactly what you have in mind and with your own family and friends. Set sail from Lagos for an unforgettable experience at sea.

Sailing Lagos Private Charter
Lagos Private Charter

Discoveries Wax Museum

The Discoveries Wax Museum tells the spectacular tale of the Portuguese Discoveries in sixteen different scenes, from the Battle of Aljubarrota, passing by the marriage of Dom João I and Filipa de Lencastre and the Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England which established the oldest diplomatic alliance, and focusing on crucial moments like the Conquest of Ceuta, the Discovery of Brazil or the arrival of Vasco da Gama to India. This is a great opportunity to learn more about one of the most important periods in world history.

Portuguese Discover in Wax Museum in Lagos
Portuguese Discovery Wax Museum

Sunset Jeep Tour

The sunsets of the Algarve are regarded as some of the very best in the world and that is what this trip aims at providing you: with a unique opportunity to experience the dramatic sunsets of the Algarve near to Lagos. The three hour tour heads to secret local beauty spots only accessible by travelling off road in a well-equipped 4×4 jeep. At the end of the trip you will be offered wine or champagne to toast another fantastic sunset jeep tour.

Jeep at Sunset
Sunset Jeep Tour

Surfari – Jeep Safari & Surfing Tour

What if you could combine a tour through the land and enjoy the waves of the Algarve, all in the same package? Well, that is exactly what the Surfari is: a jeep safari tour combined with surfing. In this amazing trip you will enjoy the dirt roads of the Algarve’s countryside, and then head to the coast to catch soothing waves on a surf board.

Surfing
Surfari. Photo by Algarve Tourism.

Visiting the Slave Market Museum

Lagos slave market was built in 1444. Slaves were brought from Africa by the Portuguese and then dispersed through Europe. Prince Dom Henrique would get one fifth of the selling price of the slaves since he was the main force behind the Portuguese conquests and expansions in Africa. This museum has various panels detailing the lives of the slaves as they were baptized and brought into European societies. The Slave Market Museum preserves the memory of a dark period of the Portuguese and European history.

Slave market in Lagos
Slave Market in Lagos. Photo by Região Sul.

Forte Ponta da Bandeira

Built in the end of the 17th century, this fortress defended the access to the harbour and the southeast and east side of the city’s walls. At the time it was built it was the most advanced defensive structure in the Algarve with its squared blueprint, small height and strong thick walls. The moat surrounding the building can be crossed through a drawbridge. In the interior there is a small chapel lined with traditional tiles.

Forte Sta Catarina in Portimão
Lagos Fort. Photo by Kistiga.

Castelo de Lagos

Also known as Castelo dos Governadores, the city’s castle initial construction date is unknown. In the medieval ages it suffered renovations and enlargements as it did in 17th century, contributing to turn Lagos into the most military fortified city in the Algarve. Unfortunately the castle was severely affected by the tsunami of 1755 which devastated many coastal cities in Portugal.

Lagos Castle
Lagos Castle. Photo by Lagosmar.

Igreja Paroquial de Santa Maria de Lagos

The church was built in 1498 and went under renovations and enlargements in the 16th and 17th centuries. This small church stands right in the centre of Lagos and still has masses nowadays.

Igreja de Santo António

This is definitely one of the most beautiful churches in Portugal. The interior is all in gold except for the ceiling where it lies the emblem of Portugal. It was initially built during the realm of Dom João V and it was intended to serve as a place of faith for the militaries in the city. It certainly deserves a visit.

Igreja de São Francisco in Lagos
Igreja de São Francisco. Photo by CM Lagos.

Igreja de São Sebastião

The building features an altar, a body of three naves, separated by arches with gold columns and side chapels also decorated with gold carving. Attached to the church there is the Chapel of Bones, of small dimensions, in the Johannine style.

Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

And why not try Stand Up Paddle? This increasingly popular sport has suddenly gathered a lot of fans. Bring your kids and have fun cruising the sea on top of what looks like a giant surfboard. It will certainly be a fun and relaxing day.

2 pessoas a fazer Stand Up Paddles chegam à costa
Stand Up Paddle experience.

Kitesurf

Lagos is ideal for the practice of kitesurfing due to being quite windy and due to the large shallow lagoon with perfectly clean and smooth water that exists between the villages of Lagos and Alvor. Try kitesurfing in Lagos and have a blast riding through the lagoon or the waves of the open sea.

Surfing

The Algarve is world renowned for its good weather and stunning coastline. It comes as no surprise that among so many beaches there are amazing waves for surfing. From small and safe waves, for beginners, to the swells of more than 2 meters of Sagres, Lagos presents the ideal conditions for everyone to try the most popular of water sports.

Man surfing a big wave, from left to right.
Lagos Surfing.

 

Golf

The Algarve has no shortage of marvellous golf courses, but the ones in Lagos are simply breath-taking. Dare yourself to play golf at sunrise or at the end of the day in Lagos and you will definitely fall in love with the Algarve. The world-level quality of the courses along with the ravishing views over lagoons and the ocean make for a delightful day.

Gramacho Golf Course, small river and palm trees
Golf Course

Crazy Golf

The unique climate of the Algarve, which makes this a paradisiacal destination for golfing, also allows for crazy miniature golf circuits. Built for the younger ones, the different obstacle courses at Pro Putting Garden are a welcoming challenge for the whole family.

Relax at Lagos Marina

The marina is the first thing you see if you arrive in Lagos by train and it prepares you to the beauty of Lagos. With its blue shinny water, Lagos Marina is definitely one of the most beautiful marinas in Portugal. The abundance of ice-cream parlours, cafes and restaurants make for a very pleasant morning or evening.

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Lagos view from the Marina.

Ride the mini train in Lagos

Like other resorts and towns in the Algarve, Lagos has a Comboio Turístico (a tourist train) which during an hourly loop drives through the town centre and the outlying beaches of Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo. The charming little train departs and finishes its ride at Lagos Marina.

Centro de Ciência Viva de Lagos

This is a place for the whole family to spend a fun day in the midst of chemical and physical experiments, explore the mysteries of our Solar System and the galaxy, to deepen their understanding of the oceans and learn more about biodiversity on Planet Earth. This is undoubtedly a hilarious and instructive way to spend an afternoon.

children playing on lighthouse
Centro de Ciência Viva. Photo by UALG.

Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho

The Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho is located in the historic centre of Lagos. With a vast collection of archaeological, ethnographical and artistic objects this is a very interesting museum that allows you to get a broad perspective of the history and tradition of Portugal and, more concretely, the Algarve. The church Igreja de Santo António is also part of the museum tour.

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