Things to do in Praia da Luz

Our most recommended things to do in Praia da Luz

Algarve: 1-Hour Carrapateira Horseback Riding Tour

1. 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.

Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

2. Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

Visit to the historic city of Seville, capital of the Andalusian Region, dazzled by the greatness of its monuments. The arrival is an unforgettable moment overlooking the oldest Triana bridge in Seville. There will be free time to visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Royal Alcazar Palace, and the magnificent Maria Luisa Park, next to which another must-see, the great Plaza de España. You can also shop in the city or in the legendary district of Judiaria de Santa Cruz. When leaving Seville you will also have the chance to drive by and admire the pavilions of the 1st Ibero-American exhibition of 1929.

From Lagos: Algarve Cruise by Catamaran

3. From Lagos: Algarve Cruise by Catamaran

Climb aboard a catamaran cruise from Lagos to Praia da Luz and back. Depart Lagos and see the mesmerizing beaches and rock formations of the western Algarve's golden coast. 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. While the boat is anchored in a secluded bay, dive into the inviting waters and make use of available paddle boards, snorkeling goggles, and inflatable balance track, and more. After your swim stop, it's time to relax and soak up the sun on the sunbathing net as the boat calmly cruises through the peaceful waters back to Lagos.

From Lagos: Algarve Golden Coast Cruise

4. From Lagos: Algarve Golden Coast Cruise

Explore southwestern Algarve on a round-trip cruise from Lagos to Cabanas Velhas with an onboard meal. See pristine beaches, towering cliffs, the caves of Ponta da Piedade and the black rock of Praia da Luz. Observe marine life with the snorkeling gear provided, and ride the waves with a SUP board. 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 inflatable balance track. Laze in the sun on the way back to Lagos but keep an eye open to spot dolphins in their natural environment.

Lagos: Algarve Wine Tour in a Volkswagen T2 Van

5. Lagos: Algarve Wine Tour in a Volkswagen T2 Van

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will board a charismatic Volkswagen T2 for a 3-hour wine experience. See the Algarve in a unique way on a trip unlike most other tours. Your trip will be punctuated with plenty of history and local knowledge, as you explore the beauty of the region.   On a private tour with just your group or as part of a public tour open to others, you will visit a local winery. The winery visited will be chosen from either Monte do Além, Monte da Casteleja, or the Quinta do Francês Winery. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a guided visit to the winery and the cellar as you learn about its unique wines and the way they are produced in the demarcated region of the Algarve. Following that, you will have the opportunity to take part in a wine tasting of 4 wines, consisting of red, white, and rosé. This will introduce you to the strong character and aromas of very ripe fruits, as well as the wines' velvety and warm flavors. Once your wine-tasting experience has concluded, you'll be returned to your accommodation in Lagos.

Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

6. Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Lagos, Praia da Luz, or Meia Praia and heads to Carvoeiro Beach. Hop onboard a traditional style boat and set sail along the coastline towards Benagil Cave. Soak up the wonders of this fascinating location and snap photos for your holiday album. Next, visit the picturesque Marinha Beach as well as other scenic cliffs and caves. Back on dry land, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Algarseco boardwalk, which boasts stunning views across the coastline. Along the way, admire the natural pools that form in the holes of the cliffs and fill with water during high tide. At the end of the boardwalk, visit a grotto famous for its two arches which act as a window to the sea.

Lagos: Private Powerboat Tour to Ponta da Piedade and more

7. Lagos: Private Powerboat Tour to Ponta da Piedade and more

Meet your local experienced skipper at the Marina, before setting off for an adrenaline-filled sightseeing adventure. You will take a cruise through the estuary of Lagos out to sea, passing the world-famous Praia da Batata and Praia Dona Ana Beaches. Admire the beautiful scenery of Ponta da Piedade and Porto de Mos, before heading along the coast to the volcanic rock formation of Rocha Nigra (Black Rock) and down to Praia da Luz. Your skipper will share facts and information about the area as you enjoy the views. After exploring the Algarve coastline at a comfortable pace, your tour guide will pick up the speed and head a little further out to sea. Admire a spectacular panoramic view of the coastline from this unique point of view before heading back to the Marina.

Lagos: Algarve Coast Tour in a Classic Volkswagen T2 Van

8. Lagos: Algarve Coast Tour in a Classic Volkswagen T2 Van

After pick up from your accommodation in a classic Volkswagen T2 van, set out on a 4-hour nature tour to explore Algarve. Your trip will be punctuated with history and local knowledge, and since there's no rush, there will be plenty of time to explore the places you'll visit. Your first stop will be at Salema Beach, a treasure in the Algarve with dinossaur footprints. Next, proceed to Octopus Bay, near Praia da Luz, to walk around its curious rock formations. Head to the Black Rock, a volcanic vein of the Serra de Monchique that stretches to the sea, and before heading back to your accommodation, be inspired by the Viewpoint of praia da Luz, that offers one of the most astonishing views in the Algarve.

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What people are saying about Praia da Luz

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,191 reviews

A beautiful city - we were overwhelmed. There are so many sights that the short time of 4 hours to visit was simply not enough. In addition, if you plan to visit the Cathedral and Alcazar on the same day, it's just too much. Unfortunately, you spend more time overall on the bus ride. Our tour guide was in English and German - a big plus. To get a first impression of this city, this short excursion may suffice. You should plan three days to get to know the city better with its small streets, great bars and so many unique buildings. We will do that for sure!

The views were incredible, length of time was just right, the crew was great. The people that joined the trip were all lovely and friendly, all ages from families to couples. Was really a wonderful little trip on a really nice catamaran, great way to see the coastline. Maybe an additional snack with the lunch would be good as it was tasty but quite simple (chicken pasta salad). Would have loved if they actually sailed vs motoring as I love to sail and would like them to try to not use gasoline when possible to be more sustainable.

Antonio took us on an amazing tour/hike of the Algarve! He was extremely knowledgeable of the entire area and everything we saw. We ended up having a private tour with him, which was great. We also then went on a boat tour to all of the caves and saw the Benagil cave which was amazing. I highly recommend this tour, and any of Antonio's tours!

It was a breathtaking experience. This tour far exceeded our expectations. Our guide picked us up on time. The drive was very entertaining, because he told a lot about the country and its people. Then came the impressive shipping. One highlight followed the next. We can recommend this excursion to 100%

Very relaxing experience. The hour we got for water activities was so much fun too. The crew members were very nice.