The Perfect 2 Day Itinerary in Lagos Portugal!
Portugal is a beautiful country filled with many remarkable sights. However, tucked in the southern part of Portugal is the Algarve coast. One of the most stunning places in this world is Lagos, Portugal. This quaint place is known for its beautiful turquoise waters and golden rock formation beaches, Lagos is the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy the Portuguese sun. We highly recommend adding this beautiful place to your bucket list! During May 2017 we were able to spend a few days exploring the beaches of Lagos.
With only a few short days in the Algarve, we were able to create the perfect itinerary that was jam-packed with everything Lagos has to offer! Including kayaking along the coast, eating fresh seafood, and saving time to relax on some of the most picturesque beaches.
If you want to see the best spots in the Algarve keep reading our Perfect 2 Day Itinerary for Lagos Portugal!
Day 1: Kayak through the Grottos, Explore Ponta da Bandeira Fort, Shop around Old Lagos stores, and Watch the Sunset at the Marina
If you are visiting Lagos for the first time. Then the best way to spend your first morning is to explore the coast by the water. Lagos is best appreciated from its turquoise waters. We recommend taking a kayak tour in a morning and have a tour guide highlight the various golden beaches and magnificent grottos. This experience is extremely breathtaking… Literally paddling through the waves is quite the morning workout. This kayak tour also includes a pit stop on your own private beach. It’s the perfect reward for all that hard work. If you are looking to take part in this 3 hours adventure check out Kayak Tours! It was the highlight of our time in Portugal for sure!
After you have finished your Kayak tour on the beach, you will notice a large Fort on the right-hand side. There you will see your next destination. Forte da Ponta da Bandeira was built in the late 17th century to protect the beaches that lie far from the cities wall. This fort was to help prevent Moorish and European pirates from invading the unprotected beaches. This Fort is rather small so we suggest taking about 30 min to explore it, and enjoy the view of the coast!
Once you have finished exploring the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, make your way to Old Lagos, where you can find many restaurants to have a nice lunch, and shop at the local stores. While you are exploring the cobblestone streets make sure you stop for some sweet ice cream. Trust me, it’s the best way to cool down! Expect to take a few hours in town so you can appreciate the history that Old Lagos has to offer!
After you have finished with Old Lagos, it now time to make your way towards the Marina and watch the beautiful sunset. While you are on your way to the Marina you will notice the local pop up stores along the pier that is open every day. The owners of these stores set up their shops every day and sell their local merchandise. This is the perfect opportunity to buy some souvenirs made from cork. Portugal is famous for their cork creations and therefore they make tons of adorable purses and wallets.
Finish your first day off in Lagos by spending the rest of your evening by the Marina. This is the perfect place to watch the sailboats in the sunset while eating some fresh seafood!
Day 2: Ponta da Piedade, Picnic on Praia Do Camilo, and View the Sunset on Praia Dona Ana
After a long first day of exploring Lagos, it’s now time to spend a day relaxing. My favorite part about Lagos is that it’s the perfect destination for the adventurer or the beachgoer. After having some fresh Portuguese pastries for breakfast, head to the most impressive viewpoints in all of the Algarve. Make sure you head here first thing in the morning to avoid the tourist crowds.The best way to get to Ponta da Piedade is by taking a taxi from the city center since its only a few euros! Once you arrive at Ponta da Piedade you will have your breath taken away from the beautiful golden rock formation. The contrast of the teal water against the sun-baked caves, it’s quite the sight. You could easily spend a few hours taking the perfect picture. If this viewpoint is not enough there is also plenty of local grotto tours from this point that will take you through the scenic sea caves.
Once you have seen all the views that Ponta da Piedade has to offer, it is now time to hit the beach. One of the beaches we recommend soaking up the sun on is Praia Do Camilo. This beach is roughly a 10 – 15-minute walk from Ponta da Piedade and has a unique element to this that is rare to most beaches. Once you arrive at the top of Praia do Camila you will be amazed by the gorgeous views of the cliffs. However, you will also notice the 200 steps down to the beach…
Make sure you have packed a lunch to eat on the beach because you will not want to climb up these steps twice! Nonetheless, this trek down to the beach is worth it! This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. This beach is filled with soft golden sand and magnificent views of the waves crashing against the cliffs. We spent the whole afternoon just sunbathing and taking the occasional dip in the ocean. After you’re all sunned out, pack up your stuff and head back to Old Lagos for dinner.
If it’s your final night in Lagos then you have to make your way to Praia Dona Ana to watch the sunset. There is something truly magical about the sunsets in the Algarve. One thing that we missed out on while we were in Lagos was lying on the sun-kissed sand to watch the pink sky melt away. So if you have time make sure you watch the sunset on the beach. Praia Dona Ana is also another spectacular beach that you could easily spend a whole day on! If you have any extra time in the Algarve we suggest spending a whole afternoon just relaxing on Praia Dona Ana. If not, just an evening will do!
If you are planning on spending more time in the Algarve we also recommend taking a day trip to Portimao to take a boat tour along the coast. Portimao is a quaint coastal town that offers many boat tours to witness one of the most famous sea caves in the Algarve, Benagil Cave. These boat tour will give you endless opportunities to take pictures of the adorable beach towns along the coast and the many golden sea caves.
Lagos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, so it a place that should be on the top of your bucket list! With the perfect water for kayaking, adorable cobblestone streets and delicious Portuguese cuisine what is not to love about Lagos?