Ponta de Piedade is located just just a couple of miles from Lagos Portugal. Trust me when l say you definitely owe it to yourself to visit this absolutely stunning place if you are ever in the Algarve region of Portugal. The rock formations along the coastline seriously has to be one of the most beautiful natural coastlines we have ever been fortunate enough to see. Getting there is easy, you can take one of the many tour boats from Lagos for a different view point, drive or take one of the mini trains that is super popular with tourists. Our kind hosts, Anita and Richard drove us there. There is free parking too, and we were lucky enough to find one pretty quickly as it was packed. Another great highlight of our wonderful trip, kind of like the icing on the cake. Much like the rocky beaches reminded me of Malta, Ponta de Piedade reminded me of Malta’s sister island of Gozo and its Azure window. This is just on a grander scale as there are many more cliffs.
I will be the first to admit that l was very nervous walking close to the edge of the cliffs. There are no guard rails. Zip! Nada. Just a puny little sign showing the way to the boat rides. No “Danger” warning signs. Nothing to keep you from falling to a gruesome death if you get too close to the edge. I kept yelling at Federico, much to Anita’s amusement ;-) , and totally stopped him from getting as close as he would have desired. ;-). He had on mere flip flops, and can be clumsy sometimes.
Ponta de Piedade means “Pity Tip” according to Google translate. I picture that’s what someone would say when you trip and die.. “He was right at the tip and fell. What a pity!”. I didn’t even climb down the steps to the bottom and l certainly didn’t want to ride in any of those little boats. I still have nightmares of a water taxi we took in Malta. I almost drowned all of us four riders as well as the paddler ;-).
Richard and l grabbed the last couple of seats available at the restaurant at the top and waited while Federico and Anita bravely climbed down to get a closer look at the grottos. They counted 198 steps down, but the official count is 182. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it was down there.
Some of the cliffs are over 65 feet tall!. We saw a few birds, but the landscape was pretty bare. Very nice though. There were a few hikers on the trail that leads back into Lagos. In the Springtime, Herons come to nest and there are tons of flowers and figs from January till late Spring. The sunset is supposed to be an awesome sight too. I hope we get to visit again. I would very much like to see all of that, perhaps even hike the trail in cooler weather.
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How to get to Ponta da Piedade from Lagos:
The most popular option is a boat ride from Lagos judging from the crowds when we went. There is also a little train that leaves from Lagos every 10 minutes and costs €1.50. Lagos boat trip prices: The rides will cost you €12-15 per person. You can also take a private tour for €25. I think l would do it on a cruise from Lagos to Ponta da Piedade where they give you life jackets and the boat is a lot bigger. This little itty bitty canoe is not going to cut it! Another option is by car. If you’re interested in car rental in Portugal, check for the best prices.
Would you climb the stairs and go for a ride through the grottos and caves? or would you be like me and stay safe and cool up at the top? What do you think of Ponta de Piedade? Beautiful or Meh?