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Lagos is a destination that ticks a lot of boxes. A walled old town that boasts more than 2,000 years of history, world class surfing, some of Europe’s best beaches and a unique climate - it’s all here. Plus, there’s an excellent choice of hostels offering affordable accommodation. Meaning you can enjoy everything Lagos has to offer, without putting a major dent in your bank balance.
Lagos offers an exceptional blend of traditional Portuguese culture with all the modern benefits of a beach break. Sitting in its location in the western Algarve, Portugal’s sunniest and most popular holiday destination, it’s blessed with a unique climate. Temperatures regularly reach the mid 30s during high summer with little chance of rain and the tourist season runs from June right through to the end of September.
The cooling waters of the Atlantic Ocean funnel into the Med, and with golden sandy beaches to relax on, this is a great place to recharge the batteries in some summer sun. The two and a half mile Meia Praia beach is the longest stretch of sand in the Western Algarve.
The walled old town is full of traditional Portuguese restaurants where you can enjoy some of the freshest seafood imaginable, and delicious wine, all for incredible prices. Walk along the riverside, explore the 16th century walls and cobbled lanes or sit in the charming squares.
There’s a distinct young vibe in Lagos, with great surfing conditions bringing people from all over the world. Pumping bars and clubs line several of the cobbled lanes and there are plenty of parties to enjoy throughout the summer.
During the day, take on challenging hiking trails or hit a choice of waterparks in the region. You can also learn to surf, with a number or surf schools both in the town and along the coast. You can also paddle your way around on a sea kayak or take a boat trip along the coast.
Base yourself in the old town, within the old Moorish walls, and you’ll be in the heart of the action with great access to the nightlife, beaches and activities. The city has grown well outside the walls, with plenty of hostel accommodation to suit most budgets.
It’s also possible to stay slightly further out and in neighbouring towns along the coast, including Sagres, Silves and Luz.
Explore the weathered cliffs at the Ponta da Piedade where the Atlantic has worn away the stone to create stunning arches. Learn to surf along the coast and enjoy delicious Portuguese cuisine in the traditional ‘tascas’ that line the narrow alleys. It’s this combination of old and new, relaxation and activity, that make Lagos so popular. And with plenty of hostels in the town, at great prices, you can stay in the middle of the action.