Things to do in Lagos, Algarve

Updated: Mar 17

About an hour drive from Faro Airport you'll find the town of Lagos. It's one of the bigger towns in the Algarve. It's famous for the stunning viewing point Ponta de Piedade and its steep wooden steps to the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo. You'll find a beautiful old town with many restaurants, bars, shops, surf schools and boat tours that take you for dolphin tours and cliff and cave exploring. There is so much to do here do I've written down my favorites for you. 👇


Exploring beaches

The beaches in and around Lagos are absolutely beautiful! This is THE place to drive around or go on hikes to explore stunning secluded beaches. From sea caves, natural bridges, white sand and turquoise waters to gigantic cliffs, it's all to be found here in the Algarve. So hop in your car and go see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Don't forget to check out Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. It's beautiful!


Wondering which beaches to visit? I've written all about my favorite beaches in the Algarve for you already. Check it out!



Things to do in Lagos, Algarve
Ponta da Piedade, Lagos


 

Coasteering

This is the best adventure ever! It's a combination of climbing, swimming, hiking and cliff jumping along the Algarve coast. Swimming trough caves in the beautiful ocean in combination with climbing and jumping just makes this the ultimate activity to do in the Algarve. There are many options around Lagos!



 

Surfing

From beginner to advanced and everything in between, the Algarve is the perfect place to go surfing. You'll find many surf schools in Lagos where you can book a lesson or just rent a board. Waves around Lagos are usually perfect for learning and when it get's too small or too big, the surf schools take you to the west coast for bigger waves or to several sheltered bays that are protected from larger swells. If you're traveling to Lagos for surfing I would recommend to go between October - May as waves can be small on south coast in summer.



 

Road tripping

The Algarve is great for driving. Roads are wide and generally pretty empty trough beautiful landscapes. Perfect for a road trip and exploring beaches and beautiful nature.

Read all about my personal favorite road!



 


Hiking

Absolutely one of my favorite things to do in the Algarve is to go on a cliff hike. It just never get's old. There are some beautiful trails taking you along the enormous golden cliffs and the clear blue Atlantic. Go on a hike all the way to Praia da Luz and watch the surfers at sunset or enjoy a drink on the boulevard. Taxi's are not expensive and Praia da Luz is just a 10-15 min drive back. I've highlighted some of my favorite hikes in the Algarve for you already!



Things to do in Lagos, Algarve
Praia da Luz at sunset


 

Supping or kayaking

Lagos is absolutely perfect for supping and kayaking as there is so much to explore. Natural bridges, sea caves and clear turquoise water make this the ideal good weather activity. Just google any surf/sup school around you and they can take you on an amazing trip!


 

Cave and dolphin tours

Very touristy but for a good reason, it's fun! A great thing to do in the Algarve is to go on a cave or dolphin tour. There are many companies in Lagos that take you on their boat on the Atlantic and explore the beautiful coastline. You can also book a dolphin tour to head out and search for dolphins but I've personally seen them many times at any boating experience or whilst just hiking along the cliffs.


There are so many things to do in Lagos and it's the perfect place you're a beach lover, enjoy outdoor activities and water sports but also like to have good restaurants and cafes around!


 

Summarizing

Lagos is great if you

  • Love sun and beautiful beaches;

  • Enjoy being outdoor and active;

  • Love waters ports;

  • Want near facilities and amenities;

  • Enjoy restaurants, bars, cafes and more liveliness.