If you are planning a trip to Portugal, you must add Algarve to your list! It is such an incredible place filled with so many beautiful beaches, incredible views, and adorable towns. It’s literally paradise that is filled with both adventure and relaxation. You get the best of both worlds! There is so much to see and do for everyone.
I spent three days in Algarve and got to visit the towns of Lagos, Sagres, and Carvoeiro. I loved each and every one of them. I’m going to break this post out into three sections and talk about what I did in each town.
Lagos is one of the most popular cities in the Algarve. There are so many things to do from relaxing on the beautiful beaches to eating at restaurants in the city center.
Things to do in Lagos
Praia Dona Ana
Praia Dona Ana is one of the most picturesque beach in Lagos. It’s surrounded by cool rock formations. The water is super clear and it’s a perfect beach to hang out and relax in.
Praia da Camilo
Praia da Camilo is another beautiful beach. Don’t get discouraged by the 200 steps you have to climb down – once you get to the beach, it’s totally worth it! The beach is like a little hidden cove. The water is calm and the beach even has a tunnel that leads to another part of the beach.
Ponta da Piedade
Ponta da Piedade has a special place in my heart. This is where I got engaged. You can read all about my engagement story here. Ponta da Piedade has the most amazing cliffside views. It’s so pretty! You can even walk down a set of stairs to see the cool rock arches and hidden coves or even take a small boat tour through them!
Sagres is the most western point of Portugal. It is the most popular for surfing, but there are also hiking trails, beautiful beaches, and amazing cliffside views.
Things to Do in Sagres
Cabo de São Vicente
If you are traveling to Sagres, you must visit Cabo de São Vicente. It’s also known as The End of the World. Supposedly, back when Europeans thought the world was flat, they thought this place was where the world ended. The view is absolutely incredible. I do recommend bringing a sweater or jacket because it is super windy. They also have a lighthouse you can visit too.
As we were driving on our way to Cabo de São Vicente, we passed by cool ceramic shops. They easily stood out since their store front was covered in cool plates! I wanted to buy all the plates – they had such cool patterns and designs.
Carvoeiro is a beautiful resort town. And it’s no surprise that this is another Algarve town filled with picturesque beaches and great hiking trails.
Things to Do in Carvoeiro
One of the things that I regret not doing is visiting the Benagil Cave. It is a cool sea cave that you can only get to by water. You can swim, paddle (kayak or paddle board), or take a small boat tour to the cave. We were in Portugal in August, which is the busiest time of year to visit so the boat tours weren’t letting people out of the boat to explore the cave. It looks like such a cool experience and I wish I rented a kayak or paddle board. Maybe next time!
If you are adventurous, you should definitely add Algar Secor to your list for some cliff jumping. This was on my list to do, but the water in the Algarve is soooooooo cold! I’m such a baby when it comes to cold water so I couldn’t get myself to jump in the water LOL.
Praia da Marinha
This is a popular beach in Carvoeiro. It’s a huge family friendly breach. It also has cool rock formations and coves to explore.
I hope you guys enjoyed my Algarve Travel Guide! Feel free to ask me any questions if you are planning a trip! Stay tuned for more Portugal travel posts and you can also check out my Porto travel guide here!