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Lagos

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

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Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour

1. Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour

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.

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From Lagos: 3-Hour Algarve Cruise by Fun Catamaran

2. From Lagos: 3-Hour Algarve Cruise by Fun Catamaran

Climb aboard a catamaran for a fun 3-hour cruise from Lagos to Praia da Luz and back. Depart Lagos and see the mesmerizing beaches and rock formations of the golden coast of the western Algarve. Sail towards the stunning cliffs and grottoes of Ponta da Piedade and continue to Praia da Luz, known for its volcanic landscape and palm tree-lined promenade. Then, journey back towards Lagos and anchor near the caves of Ponta da Piedade for a cocktail and some time to swim. Dive into the inviting waters and make use of available paddle boards, snorkeling gear and a water trampoline. Soak up the sun on the sunbathing net as the boat calmly cruises through the peaceful waters back to Lagos.  

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From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

3. From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Cruise along the coast of Lagos and Ponta da Piedade in the Barlavento region of the Algarve and see the rock formations and hidden grottos from the inside. Get an amazing perspective of famous beaches such as D. Ana Beach and Camilo Beach from the sea. Relax in comfort on cushioned seats and listen to explanations from your skipper as you depart Marina de Lagos and sail towards the Ponta da Bandeira Fort. Pass the beaches of Batata and Pinhão, as well as a nudist beach as you continue to the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the yellow-golden cliff-like rocks, given names such as the "Kitchen" and "Living Room" for their unusual shapes. Make you way 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. Continue back to Marina de Lagos, where you will disembark at the end of the tour services.

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Lagos: Cave and Grotto Trip

4. Lagos: Cave and Grotto Trip

Meet directly in the Marina of Lagos where the boat is moored and then begin your journey up the river and past one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Praia Dona Ana. After, continue on to the beautiful caves and grottos of Lagos, including the "Love Cave" and the "Elephant" to name a few. Your trip will take place in a small group so that you and the other guests receive personal attention and a safety briefing. Be introduced to the caves and grottos by your guide. Get a brief overview of their history, as well as why they're named as they are. Then, journey back to the Marina in Lagos where you can relax and have a drink or food in one of the many cafe bars and restaurants on offer there. Select the 1.5-hour option to head a little further down the coast to take beautiful photos of the coastline, before returning to shore.

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Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

5. Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

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.

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Algarve: 1.5-Hour Carrapateira Horseback Riding Tour

6. Algarve: 1.5-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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From Lagos: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

7. From Lagos: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Travel around the coastal waters and experience dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. An experienced crew will point you in the right direction, as you scan the waters for dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife.  An onboard marine biologist can answer any questions you may have about oceanic wildlife, different kinds of dolphin species or their behavior.

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Lagos: 1-Hour 15-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

8. Lagos: 1-Hour 15-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

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, visiting amazing caves and hidden grottos from the inside. Located around the rock formation of Ponta da Piedade, you can 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.

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Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket

9. Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket

Located in the heart of Albufeira, MiniGolf Adventure Park promises fun and entertainment to all who visit. With unique facilities, the conditions are perfect for you to perfect your game. Work your way around the 20-hole course, with magnificent waterfalls in the background. If you have never played mini-golf before, now is your chance to learn. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while relaxing and having fun with family and friends.

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From Lagos: Algarve Golden Coast 4-Hour Cruise

10. From Lagos: Algarve Golden Coast 4-Hour Cruise

Climb aboard to explore the southwestern Algarve on a round-trip, 4-hour cruise from Lagos to Cabanas Velhas. Pass magnificent beaches of golden sand, cliffs of staggering rock formations, the sea caves of Ponta da Piedade and the iconic black rock of Praia da Luz. Drop anchor in a secluded bay near the fishing village of Burgau. Enjoy a complimentary meal. Jump into the water for a swim and snorkel among the marine life, sip a cocktail on the deck or grab a paddleboard for a little adventure. Work off some energy on the trampoline or inflatable water park. Laze in the sun on the way back to Lagos but keep an eye open to spot dolphins in their natural environment.

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What people are saying about Lagos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,724 reviews

Our guide expertly maneuvered the boat in and out of amazing rock formations, caves (that had openings in the ceilings! like Benagil) and grottoes despite big waves - we felt totally safe! He stopped to give us time for photos and we saw every point of interest. He pointed out buildings on the coastline on the way to Ponta da Piedade. This excursion was one of the highlights of our 10 day trip to southern Portugal.

It was fantastic! It's off-season and I was alone with the guide, you can tell immediately that he loves what he does, he raves about his horses and the great nature. I felt very well looked after. I highly recommend it, it was great fun, my horse was amazing and the view priceless! Very clear recommendation, I would like to give even more stars;)

Great way to see Ponta da Piedade! Our tour guide, Antonio, was very knowledgeable, kind and a skilled driver!

Luv is our captain …. Very responsible and good skill on steering very safe We enjoyed tour very much

Wonderful guide Thomas and super nice tour! Can recommend!