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Lagos
Travel Guide

Lagos showing a coastal town, a beach and swimming

Lagos is a municipality that lies along the banks of Rio Serafim, Algarve, in southern Portugal. With around 22,000 residents, Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Portugal, thanks to its beaches and the famous rock formations at Ponta da Piedade. Visitors come to enjoy good food, cool nightlife spots and beautiful sun kissed beaches.

HistoryThe Romans colonized Lagos near the muddy Rio Serafim, which they named Lacobriga, but its natural river port would indicate that it was occupied much earlier. In the 8th Century the Moors arrived and fortified the town with the building of Lagos Castle. They renamed it ‘Zawaia’ (meaning lake), from which the current name Lagos (Portuguese word for lakes).

Ponta da PiedadeThe Ponta da Piedade is probably the most spectacular natural highlight of the region and is made up of different shaped rock formations, carved out of the cliffs by the elements. They can be accessed by sea with via boat or can be seen from the land from the lighthouse.

Governors’ CastleLagos castle was the Algarve´s military government establishment in the 14th Century. Above the two main doorways you can see the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Algarve. Top spot for history nuts.

City WallsThese ancient walls once completely surrounded the city in order to defend it from pirates. They extend for around 1.5 km in the city centre. Although not in quite so good nick today, they are still a cool reminder of the city’s past and tell a good story. Another one for the history nuts.

Ponta da Bandeira FortPonta da Bandeira, Fortress provides beautiful panoramic views over the sea. Inside you’ll find a chapel dating from the late 18th Century, which was once believed to protect fishermen at sea. Nowadays it hosts the popular August 29th swim, where people go for a midnight swim in the sea.

Beaches and Entertainment

Meia Praia Beach is about five kilometres long and ends at the Ria do Alvorand can be reached by ferry. Batata, Pinhão, Dona Ana and Camilo are smaller beaches with clear waters and sandy coves, some of which are accessible from the city centre, while others only by boat.

The beaches in Lagos provide ample opportunities to practice water sports, such as diving and jet skiing. A visit to Lagos Zoo is an enjoyable trip, particularly with children.

MarinaThe Marina is the first thing you see when you enter the city, and houses lovely boats and yachts. This marina is equipped with high quality sailing facilities and won the ‘Euromarina Anchor Award’ and the ‘European Blue Flag’ award.

FoodTry the local delicacies in Lagos, such as ‘à bulhão pato’, little plates of barnacles, dried eggs, octopus, moray eel, squid or anchovy. When it comes to desserts, go for the local cookies, made from almond paste, egg yolks and syrup. Dom Rodrigos or Morgado are the names of some of these notable desserts and ‘Pastelaria ou Padaria’ shops or bakeries are the best places to find them.

Lagos is an incredible place to spend a holiday, not only for its beaches, restaurants and entertainment but for its relaxed lifestyle too.

Where to stay in Lagos

Dom Pedro Lagos
Dom Pedro Lagos
3 out of 5
Meia Praia, Lagos
The price is £52 per night from 18 May to 18 May
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum, Meia Beach and Lagos Marina. Batata Beach and Dona ...
4.2/5Excellent! (156 reviews)
"Great staff, great location, great services. Well worth revisiting"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Dom Pedro Lagos
Vila Gale Lagos
Vila Gale Lagos
4 out of 5
Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £78 per night from 24 Apr to 24 Apr
This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum, Meia Beach and Lagos Marina. Batata Beach and Dona ...
4.3/5Excellent! (554 reviews)
"Lovely staff. Although we went to this property in Feb (out of season) it could have done with some kind of entertainment in the evenings"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Vila Gale Lagos
Carvi Beach Hotel
Carvi Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos
The price is £40 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Nestled on the beach, this Ameijeira hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dona Ana Beach and Camilo Beach. Meia Beach and Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Great location. Very nice staff. Quiet area and walking distance from the town."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Carvi Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Dom Pedro Lagos
Dom Pedro Lagos
3 out of 5
Meia Praia, Lagos
The price is £52 per night from 18 May to 18 May
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum, Meia Beach and Lagos Marina. Batata Beach and Dona ...
4.2/5Excellent! (156 reviews)
"Great staff, great location, great services. Well worth revisiting"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Dom Pedro Lagos
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
The price is £104 per night from 4 May to 4 May
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia do Canavial, Porto de Mos Beach and Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (679 reviews)
"I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and such a lovely spot close to the beach. The staff are warm and friendly"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Luz Ocean Club
Luz Ocean Club
4 out of 5
Rua José Ribeiro Lopes, Lot 2, Praia da Luz, Lagos, Faro
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Luz Beach and Porto de Mos Beach. Espiche Golf Course is 3.1 mi (5 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
Great holiday.
"Absolutely loved the apartment. Very close proximity to the beach and loads of restaurants in the area. Didn't use the resort facilities (pools etc.) as prefer the beach. All in all a fantastic area to stay in. Small complaint was I was not expecting a extra cost of 99 euros for cleaning, housekeeping ..."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Luz Ocean Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lagos

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

In late Feb / early March, it’s out of season so much of the restaurant offer isn’t open yet. This also means very few tourists (excellent). Weather was mostly dry, intermittent sunshine, around 18 degrees.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

Lovely beach, nice town and great place to chill out for some winter sun

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

I only stayed for one night, but I beleive Lagos would have enough to do for a week plus.

5/5 - Excellent

philip

16 Jan 2020

Our eighth trip to the Algarve, and Lagos is by far the best place we've stayed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

So much to see and do. Beaches, boat trips, walks, shopping,bars,restaurants, history and culture. Lagos to me has everything for all ages

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Lagos is a nice town with a lot of restaurants to enjoy, beautiful beaches, and easy access to numerous places in vicinity. Lux, leading to Praia da Luz, is a much smaller place and is by and large deserted at this time of the year (end of October).

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