Because Lagos' main attractions are its stunning rock formations and beaches, many of which you can only reach by sea, going on a boat tour is something most tourists end up doing. Departing from the marina or by the 17th-century fortress in the center of town, in speed boats or kayaks, these tours offer close-up views of the sculpted cliffs, islets, grottoes and caves, and the chance to experience beaches that few get to see. Other tours go all the way to other parts of Algarve, for dolphin-watching or sunset views. Below is a list of the most recommended tours in Lagos and surroundings.
The Best Lagos Tours
Catamaran Cruise of Lagos Beaches
You can explore the entire Lagos coastline on this cruise, admiring the famous and the secret beaches, and gaining insight from onboard commentary. Halfway through the tour, the catamaran stops in a secluded cove and you’re free to swim, snorkel, paddleboard or kayak. Need to share it all on social media right away? There’s onboard wifi!
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Ponta da Piedade, Caves and Grottoes Cruise
Although you can walk down the road or over the cliffs from central Lagos to the Ponta da Piedade headland, a cruise is the best way to see the spectacular rock formations, caves and grottoes, especially because many aren’t visible from above.
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Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade, Caves and Beaches
A kayak allows you to access places that not all boats go through, tucking into even the smallest corners for close-up views of caves and grottoes. On this tour, you’ll discover those around Ponta da Piedade.
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Boat trip to Benagil Caves
The Benagil cave is now probably Algarve’s most iconic sight. Although it’s not in Lagos, this 2-hour tour of the coast takes you there.
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Sagres Sunset Tour
Once known as “the end of the world,” Europe’s southwesternmost tip is also famous for its amazing sunsets. This tour shows you the dramatic coastline and stays until the sun disappears on the horizon.
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Boat Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves
Enjoy beaches only accessible by boat, and admire the beautiful cliffs and unique rock formations of Ponta da Piedade on this calm boat trip.
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Boat Trip to Ponta da Piedade
Lagos’ natural wonders can be seen on this boat trip lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It’s perfect for those with a limited time in the city, and to gain an understanding of what you’re seeing through the commentary of a guide.
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Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Grottoes
You don’t need to be an experienced kayaker to go on this tour. A guide gives you instructions and leads the way while telling you all about the beaches, caves and rock formations that you paddle past.
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Dolphin Watching Tour
Dolphins are a common sight in southern Portugal, and this tour with a marine biologist shows and explains these mammals in their natural habitat.
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