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Easy Day Trips from Praia Da Luz Portugal

Praia Da Luz is a small seaside town situated on the western side of the Algarve. It’s known for its sandy beaches, warm climate and great food. It’s perfect setting for a low key sunshine holiday. Here are some of the best easy day trips from Praia Da Luz Portugal.


Lagos is an ancient maritime town and one of the most visited cities in the Algarve, due to its beaches, bars and restaurants and its nightlife.

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How to get from Praia Da Luz to Lagos:

Time: 8 minutes
Price: €9 – €11
Contact: Algarve Luz Bay

Time: 17 minutes
Price: €1 – €4
Timetable: Algarve Bus

Uber (easiest option)
Time: 11 minutes
Price: €7 – €10
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easy day trips from praia da luz portugal

Things to do in Lagos:

There are many activities and lots of sightseeing to do in in Lagos

Mini Golf

A family friendly outdoor mini golf adventure for all ages and just stone’s throw away from the centre of Lagos. There is an 8 hole course for children and 18 holes for adults. Open all year round, including winter months.

There isn’t just mini golf available, serious golfers also attend to practice.

9 hole child (12 and below): €3
9 hole adult: €5
9 hole senior (65+): €4
18 hole child (12 and below): €6
18 hole adult: €9
18 hole senior (65+): €7.50

Website: Pro Putting Garden


There are many beaches around the Lagos area including;

Praia do Camilo, Meia Praia, and Pinhao Beach

Forte Ponta da Bandeira

Fortress remains built in the 17th century and in still pretty good condition is easily accessible and overlooks a shallow bay.


There are any excursions available from the marina at Lagos, if you did decide you wanted to something last minute. Many of the excursions including boat tours, sightseeing and wine tasting.

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Zoo De Lagos

Lagos Zoo has over 150 different species of animals for you to visit. The zoo has public feeding times for the animals such as, penguins and lemurs.

Address: Medronhal-Quinta Figueiras, 8600-013 Barão de São João, Lagos, Portugal
Price: Adult – €18, Child – €14, Senior – €16
If you book online in advance you can save €2.

How to get from Praia Da Luz to Zoo De Lagos:

Car: Google maps is your friend when you are renting a car.

Taxi / Uber: Time: 14 minutes
Price: €15
Contact: Algarve Luz Bay

easy day trips from praia da luz portugal


Burgau is a little fishing village situated between Lagos and Sagres. The village is very popular with tourists, the beach will never been really busy.

How to get from Praia Da Luz to Burgau:

Walk: 35 minutes
Car: 6 minutes
Taxi / Uber: 6 minutes (€4 – €6)

Things to do in Burgau:

Like Praia Da Luz, there isn’t much to do in Burgau other than the beach and some lovely restaurants. It’s great for a day trip, to sit on the beach and then to head to the Beach Bar (it is directly on the beach) and watch the sun set whilst eating fantastic food.

TIP: Burgau is all on a hill and the sea is at the bottom. Please be aware if you are a little unsteady on your feet.


Salema is another quaint and quiet seaside village in the Algarve with an amazing beach, lots of lovely restaurants and to top it all off it has actual real life footprints.

How to get from Praia Da Lux to Salema:

Time: 5 mins, bus runs 6 times a day (€2 – €4)
Timetable is available here.
Car:12 minutes
Taxi / Uber: 12 minutes (€9 – €15)

Things to do in Salema:


This beach is perfect for swimming and wind surfing because of its high standard of water quality.

Watch the fisherman

There is no longer a marketplace at the entrance of the beach where the fisherman use to sell their fish but you will find the fishers gathering their catches such as Seabass, Octopus, sardines and loads more!

Dinosaur footsteps

At the western end of beach there are rocks that dates back to over 150 million years old but amongst these there are red Quatemary Strata and this is where you will the footprints.

Slide & Splash is exactly what is says on the tin. A big waterpark for all ages, with lots of attractions, slides and live shows of birds and reptiles throughout the door. There are lockers available for you to leave your belongings when in the park, sun loungers if the slides aren’t for you and also lots of restaurants and cafes to feed everyone, even the fussy eaters!

How to get to from Praia Da Luz to Slide & Splash:

Time: over an hour
Price: €9
Check out the timetable here.

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  • Reply Ashley

    Great details! I’d love to go on one of these day trips and you made it easy 🙂

    February 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Great post! I am dying to go back to Portugal.

    February 26, 2020 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Karen

    Your photography definitely makes me want to do here. Very useful post.

    February 26, 2020 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Claire

    how fun! I think the dinosaur footprints would be really neat to see – thanks for sharing 🙂

    February 26, 2020 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Patti

    What a great place. How fun! Thanks for a great guide!

    February 28, 2020 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Marisa

    Great pics and words. Love Portugal. Would love some sunshine now! Best wishes from a cold, and rainy Ireland.

    February 29, 2020 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Patti

    I never knew Portugal could be so pretty. Great post guide. Thx!

    February 29, 2020 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Tiana Bantis

    Great guide! Love all the tips for transportation, it’s super helpful for my trip in May!

    February 29, 2020 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Jenn - The Solivagant Soul

    Very nice ideas! I specially loved the town of Burgau! And you have amazing pictures, thank you for sharing!

    March 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Jasmine

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to go to Portugal and adding those costs in really helped! Thank you!

    March 12, 2020 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Kay

    This is awesome! I’ll actually be staying in Lagos, so it’s nice to see there are lots of nice places to see while I’m there!

    March 12, 2020 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Olga Maria

    As someone who was living in Portugal, I found this post very helpful.

    March 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply DoiBedouin

    You just made visiting Portugal easy. I mean, I know now what not to miss anymore.

    March 20, 2020 at 3:47 pm
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