Lagos, a charming coastal town in the Algarve region of Portugal, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With its stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and diverse landscapes, Lagos offers a wide range of exciting activities for those seeking adventure and natural beauty.

As you plan your 2024 Lagos holiday, be sure to add these top 5 outdoor activities to your itinerary.

1. Coastal Hiking

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Lagos’ coastline by embarking on a coastal hike. The region boasts a network of trails that offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, golden beaches, and dramatic cliffs. Two particularly picturesque routes are the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail and the Fisherman’s Trail.

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, located near Carvoeiro, is a 6.5-kilometer one-way hike that takes you through seven stunning valleys carved by streams. Along the way, you’ll encounter highlights such as the Alfanzina Lighthouse, Benagil Beach with its famous sea cave, and the iconic sea stacks of Praia da Marinha.

The Fisherman’s Trail

The Fisherman’s Trail, part of the Rota Vicentina, showcases the unspoiled beauty of the Portuguese coastline. While the entire trail is 120 kilometres long, you can choose a shorter section to explore, depending on your available time.

2. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

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With its calm waters and picturesque lagoons, Lagos is perfect for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore the region’s natural wonders.

Head to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected wetland area known for its beautiful lagoons, marshes, and barrier islands. This serene setting is ideal for observing various bird species and marine life. 

Alternatively, visit the charming fishing village of Alvor, where you can explore the stunning coastline, including the Ria de Alvor, a rich ecosystem home to herons, flamingos, and kingfishers.

3. Mountain Biking

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For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, Lagos and the surrounding Algarve region offer thrilling mountain biking opportunities: 

  • The Serra de Monchique mountain range features trails that wind through scenic landscapes and charming villages, while Loulé boasts a network of trails suitable for riders of all levels.
  • The Rocha da Pena Nature Reserve is a popular spot among mountain biking enthusiasts, offering challenging terrain and stunning views. 
  • For a more extensive adventure, consider the Algarve Cross Country Route, a 300-kilometre trail that takes you through the region’s coastal and inland areas, immersing you in the natural beauty and local culture of the Algarve.

4. Surfing

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Lagos is a surfing paradise, with waves suitable for surfers of all skill levels. Beginners can head to Praia do Amado or Praia da Arrifana, where they’ll find consistent waves and a vibrant surf community. More experienced surfers can test their skills at Praia do Castelejo or Praia da Cordoama, known for their powerful and challenging waves.

Praia do Amado

Praia do Amado, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, is renowned for its excellent surfing conditions and laid-back atmosphere. The beach is surrounded by stunning cliffs and coastal landscapes, making it a beautiful spot to catch some waves and soak up the sun.

Praia do Castelejo

For a more secluded surfing experience, head to Praia do Castelejo near Vila do Bispo. This hidden gem offers a serene and immersive surfing experience, with other nearby spots like Praia da Cordoama and Praia do Zavial providing additional opportunities to ride the waves.

5. Coasteering

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For the ultimate adrenaline rush, try coasteering along Lagos’ rugged coastline. This thrilling activity combines climbing, swimming, and cliff jumping, allowing you to explore the region’s stunning natural formations up close.

The coastline around Ponta da Piedade, with its towering cliffs, sea caves, and grottoes, is particularly popular for coasteering. You’ll have the chance to enter captivating natural formations, adding an extra level of excitement to your adventure.

Algarve Villa Selection: Your Perfect Base for Outdoor Adventures

As you plan your 2024 holiday to Lagos, be sure to include these top 5 outdoor activities in your itinerary. And with Algarve Villa Selection’s exceptional range of villa rentals, you’ll have the perfect base to relax and unwind after a day of excitement and exploration.

Our carefully curated collection of villa rentals Lagos provides the ideal base for exploring the region’s natural wonders and engaging in exciting activities. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated to ensuring that your stay in Lagos is unforgettable, offering personalised recommendations and assistance throughout your holiday.

With our local knowledge and commitment to exceptional service, we’ll help you make the most of your time in this beautiful corner of the Algarve. Visit our properties page today to see our portfolio of Algarve Villas and apartments suited for everyone.