Portugal’s famed Algarve coast is defined by the majestic golden cliffs of the Ponta de Piedade rock formations in Lagos. Situated 3km south of the city, Ponta de PIedade is a glorious natural wonder, with dozens of cavernous grottos hidden within the rock.
There are a number of different ways to explore the Algarve coastline, and Ponta de Piedade in particular, depending on your athletic ability and interests. Keen walkers can hike along the rocks via the cliff trail system and then descend the long, narrow staircase (182 steps) to the base of the cliff below.
To get the most out of it, we recommend booking a boat tour from Lagos Marina to see them up close from the water. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, you could also kayak or Stand Up Paddle (SUP) your way around the caves!
Ponta de Piedade is stunning at any time of day, but if you want to see it at its best we recommend going there at sunset. This is when the rocks turn a golden-reddish colour as the sun drops behind the Sagres cliffs and the ocean. Simply divine!
If you walk to Ponde de Piedade from Lagos city centre, you'll pass by a number of beaches that are worth visiting. Praia de Batata is the main city beach and tends to be quite crowded, while Praia do Camilo is a sheltered cove with crystal clear waters that are popular among scuba divers.
Praia Dona Ana beach is widely considered the most beautiful beach within Ponta de Piedade - you might even recognise it from Algarve postcards! It's just 2.5km from the centre of Lagos and has toilets, sunbeds and a restaurant onsite.
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Entry to Ponta de Piedade
Ponta da Piedade