If you’re going on a trip to Lagos in Portugal, you will realize very quickly what it is exactly that people love about this region. You can find all kinds of different beaches here, like a sandy bay or beaches with ochre-colored cliffs. Since there is so much to see and so much to do in Lagos, it can sometimes be difficult to choose. That’s why we have made a list of the best things to do and see in Lagos, Portugal
What to do in Lagos ?
Ponto da Piedade
Ponto da Piedade is a truly stunning beach. This natural wonder is located south of the previous center of Lagos and the cliffs are what make this place so impressive. The cliffs have an ochre color and the piles made of red and yellow limestone only make this spot more impressive, as they can be as tall as 20 meters! There are multiple ways to visit Ponto da Piedade. You could go by boat or on a kayak for example. This gives you the opportunity to enter caves and go underneath natural arches as well. You can also go by foot, which will give you the opportunity to descend on a staircase in the cliff itself. At the top of the staircase, you will have a fantastic view of the land as well!
Another fun highlight to visit during your trip to Lagos is Old Lagos. This town is actually an UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history dating back to the 12th century! In the historic center, you can stroll through the narrow streets and discover new highlights at every corner! There are plenty of monuments and impressive building to visit for example. In Old Lagos, you will find plenty of tourist spots, like the churches of Santo António and Santa Maria or the Gil Eanes square.
Benagil cave tour
If you want to do something a bit more adventurous, we suggest you go on a Benagil cave tour in Lagos! Benagil is easily one of the most impressive caves at the sea in Portugal and perhaps even in Europe! You can start the boat tour in Lagos itself and from here it’s about a 20 to 25 minute tour to the cave. Not only will you be visiting the Benagil cave, but you get a great view of Algar de Benagil as well. You and the rest of the passengers will also be shown some other caves along the Algarve coast, which makes this tour perfect if you love looking at impressive rock formations! On the way back from Benagil, you will pass the beach of Meia Praia as well, which is also stunning. When you go on this Benagil cave tour however, don’t forget to bring a jacket as it can be quite windy on board.
Zoo de Lagos
Another really fun activity that’s perfect for families as well is a visit to the zoo of Lagos. In this amazing zoo, you can look at more than 150 different animal species that are all living in their naturalistic habitats. You can walk throughout the zoo at your own pace and look at all of the amazing animals, but there are plenty of activities as well. You and your family can look at multiple animal feedings or go to the bat enclosure for example. There’s also a penguin beach that you can visit during your trip to Zoo de Lagos.
Did you know that you could go on a cruise and spot dolphins in Lagos? There are multiple tours to choose from, which all give you the amazing opportunity to see dolphins in real life. The boat trips itself are really fun as well and gives its passengers the chance to cool down for a bit, thanks to the wind on the sea. Keep in mind that you should book this activity ahead though in order to get the right time and date for your trip.
Where to stay in Lagos ?
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Lagos, you have plenty of options. From luxurious hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the best places to stay in Lagos.
Quinta das origens
Have you ever been so captivated by a place that it feels like you’ve come home? That’s how I felt when I visited Quinta das Origens in Lagos, Portugal. From the moment I arrived, I was enchanted by the property’s rustic charm and tranquil setting. If you’re looking for an idyllic European escape, Quinta das Origens is definitely worth checking out!
It is a large quinta with several apartments, a large garden, a pool, and even deer in a small park!
Each apartment is fully equipped: kitchen, TV, WIFI, bathroom, bedroom…
The owners are always at your disposal for anything and are very friendly.
It is also possible to have a copious breakfast for 7€.
Definitely the perfect place for your stay in Lagos.
Lagos is a city with something for everyone. If you’re looking to relax on the beach, take in some history, or explore a new culture, this city has it all. And if you need help deciding where to stay or what to do while you’re there, our guide will be your best friend. So what are you waiting for?