Experience life under sail. Hire this traditional Portuguese sailing vessel for a around Lagos bay or along the coast. Built in 1947 for plying cargoes on the Tagus estuary, this traditional Portuguese sailing vessel was refurbished in 1997 and is registered to carry up to 12 passengers - ideal for a family day out. Anchor offshore spectacular cliff formations and swim and snorkel in safe, refreshing seas. Trips include a round trip of Lagos Bay, visits to the grottoes at Ponto de Piedade and runs along the coast to the beaches at Burgau. Morning half day trips include a cold lunch and wine, while full day trips can include full catering.


Fun for all the family in the best and largest Water Park in Portugal! The Aqualand Big One is owned by Aspro-Ocio, an international Leisure Group with 16 Water and Theme Parks covering Europe. Located in the centre of the Algarve and within easy reach of all tourists – open from 29th of April to 28th of September. The Water Park provides 6 hectares of family fun to occupy you for the whole day. Within the landscaped gardens is a choice of thrills that offer speed, excitement, or just gentle pleasure. For the daredevil, try the Banzai Boggan gliding down 22 metres of sheer excitement. Also, have a go on the Kamikaze, a 92.50 metre bi-slide! For the less adventurous there is a choice of the Wave Pool, the Kamikaze the FlyingCarpets and the Raging Rapids. One of the main attractions is the Corkscrew that has five lanes so a visitor can choose between a very slow ride and a very fast one! New areas will be ready for the summer of 2002 with 3 new atractions. The New Congo River, Super Size Pool and an improved children area. The green areas have been increased to 60.000 m2.

Zoo Marine

A fascinating entretaining and educational oceanographic facility taking its theme from the links the Algarve has with the sea. Bring your family and enjoy a wonderful day watching dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles, exotic birds, seabirds, crocodiles and tropical fish. Zoomarine is characteristics, exhibitions and shows of an exceptionally high standard make it unique in Portugal. In a tranquil setting offset by lakes and gardens Zoomarine has created the right environment to reveal the "secrets of the sea". The park has all the requisite amenities you need for a happy family outing: restaurants, shops, amusements and swimming pools.


The Algarve offers a lot of watersport possibilities: wind surfing, water ski, jet ski... The west coast is ideal for bodysurfing.


As a tourist you can find lots of interesting items in good prices in either the municipal or the regional markets. Regional Markets are roving markets which set up for the day in fair grounds. You can buy anything from light bulbs to remarkably low priced footwear and clothes.

Horse Riding

There are different possibiebities for riding in Lagos and Carvoeiro Recommendable: Trips from Cruz da Pedra to the west coast.


The Algarve is one of the most popular Golf regions in Europe and offers a variety of amazing golf courses. Golf courses: Lagos: Palmares Golf, 18 holes, length: 5961m Park da Floresta, 18 holes, length 5787m Penina, (Portugal Open in 1973, 1995, 1997, 1992 and 1998) . Alvor: Alto Golf (the 16. hole, longest hole in Europe. Carvoeiro Quinta do Gramacho: 18 holes , Vale de Milho, 9 holes. New! Golf course Boa Vista in Lagos!


A painter offers painting lessons/ holiday courses close to Lagos (Bodeira). The painter teaches chromatologie, composition, draw, aquarell, acryl/oil-technic, and experimental painting.


The passengers sit in open jeeps on flatbeds across the direction of travel. The jeeps chase through the untouched nature at considerable speed - often several in a row. Young people in particular have fun with it. For adventurous people who also want to get to know the hinterland of the Algarve, this is exactly the right thing.


Older children are sure to find the cork museum in Silves interesting. In the old cork factory it is shown very clearly how the bark of the cork oak has to be worked on in order to finally become a well-shaped bottle cork. Children interested in ships will feel at home in the Naval Museum in Faro. Many ship models, depictions of fishing methods and images of fish can be admired in the relatively small museum. The Ethnographic Museum is also located in Faro. The replica Algarve houses, the donkey cart, the agricultural implements - to name just a few exhibits - appear colorful and lively. You almost forget you're in a museum.

Markets in Lagos

Markets: every Saturday farmers market and every 1st Saturday of the month gypsy market