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Kayaking Lagos – Algarve

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Kayaking Lagos – Algarve

When Is the Best Time 

The trips are offered from March to October; at the peak season in summer up to 4 times and in the shoulder season twice each day.

The morning tours are slightly quieter, and it’s less hot in summer. We preferred the afternoon trip to get the best light for taking pictures. Usually, the sea is calmer in the morning and a bit rough in the afternoon.

Some providers offer sunrise and sunset trips in summer.

Avoiding Crowds

Less busy during the shoulder season. The sea is still a bit cold in May and June, September is great.

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos
Review and Tips 

The guided kayak trip takes up to 2 ½ hours in small groups. You get a brief explanation how to paddle and steer. Even for beginners, it’s quite fun and a workout. Mostly you get a waterproof bag offered if you don’t own a waterproof backpack as we had. The crystal-clear water, the cliff formations, the different caves and the views are breathtaking. You kayak along the coast into the caves always with a different perspective and at the end to a secluded beach. You can either swim, jump from the rocks or snorkel. Snorkel is nice, but it’s not a coral reef. Our nephew preferred to jump from a rock, and we swam which we enjoyed a lot.

On the way back you can either kayak by yourselves or get towed back. A motorboat tracks the group all the time in case anyone needs assistance.


Only limited parking in Lagos close to the harbor. We parked our car in the residential neighborhood and walked for 15 minutes to the meeting point.

Where to stay 

We spend a week at the ALOHA Burgau Guesthouse. An excellent breakfast is included in your stay. Rita and Nuno are taking care of their guests and provide you with lots of information.