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Ponta da Piedade: Budget day trip from Lagos

September 10, 2019

One of the most beautiful places in Algarve, Ponta da Piedade is a top tourist attraction. Though there is a general opinion that these gorgeous rock formations are only reachable by boat, Ponta da Piedade can be reached from the shore as well, and it’s equally as spectacular! Here are a few tips for a budget day trip from Lagos to one of Algarve’s gems!

View of Ponta da Piedade from the Top of the Hills

How to get there cheaper!

You may believe the cliffs at Ponta da Piedade can only be reached by boat, but that’s not the case.

The boat tours are an exciting adventure: blue waters, incredible views of the shore, stop for swimming and enjoying the pristine beaches of Algarve. There are plenty of tours to choose from, and you’ll get many offers in Lagos.

Boat tour to Ponta da Piedade

However, if your budget doesn’t stretch enough for a boat tour, you should know that it is possible to visit this place from the shore. Ponta da Piedade is about 3 km away from Lagos. There is a mini-train that follows this route during the high season, and the ticket is only 3.50 euros. For more information and timetables, check out their website here. The train has multiple stops, so you may get the chance to explore some other exciting areas of Lagos as well.

The taxi fare from Lagos to Ponta de Piedade is about 7 euros. If you have a bike, you can cycle from the city. Just keep in mind that, like most cities in Portugal, Lagos has many hills. Finally, if you’re renting a car, there is a lot of free parking space, no worries there.

A perfect photography spot

Ponta da Piedade is well-known for its scenic rock formations and blue waters. Passionate about photography and beautiful travel shots? You should know that either by doing a boat tour, or choosing to go there onshore, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities for capturing the amazing views.

Photography spot at Ponta da Piedade

There’s a great spot at the peak of one of the rocks where you can stand by yourself, on top of the world, with a perfect ocean blue background. Keep an eye out for this one!

Photography enthusiast? Check out our Porto photography guide!

End your day by relaxing at the beach

Close to Ponta de Piedade, at the foot of the cliffs, lies Praia do Camilo, one of Algarve‘s most beautiful, and tiny beaches. It is accessible by steep steps, so make sure you stay hydrated when you do the climb back up.

Rock formations

Kayak to the caves at Ponta da Piedade!

The one thing we haven’t done yet and we’re eager to try is the kayak tour that takes you to the most amazing caves on the coast of Lagos. We’ve found a guide that is quite useful for this type of adventure, so we’ll link it here.

Kayak Tour of the Caves

Kayak Tours are easy to book either in Ponta da Piedade, either in Lagos.

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Don’t miss Ponta da Piedade, even on a tight budget!

Cliffs at Ponta da Piedade

If you’re ever in Lagos, it would be a shame not to visit this scenic spot, considered by many one of the most beautiful in Portugal. Grab your swimsuit and your hiking shoes and go on a little adventure!

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