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

Lagos Avenida Hotel
Lagos Avenida Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida dos Descobrimentos, 53, Lagos, 8600-544
The price is £176 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Lagos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (330 reviews)
"Overall stay was excellent"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Lagos Avenida Hotel
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is £203 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"Very clean and bright property with friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Carvi Beach Hotel
Carvi Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos, 8600-500
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (981 reviews)
"Our room was clean and modern with a partial sea view. The location was a 20 minute into the old city. The breakfast was fabulous with all kinds of selections of food. We loved it and will stay here again."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Carvi Beach Hotel
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Dom Pedro Lagos
Dom Pedro Lagos
3 out of 5
Meia Praia, Lagos, 8600-315
The price is £76 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (189 reviews)
"Great location about 1-2 minutes walking from the beach and about 5 minutes from the city center driving, but could also walk there in about 20 minutes if needed. The rooms are clean and spacious with a fully equipped kitchen. One drawback: no coffee maker, but for the price, it's more than I would ..."

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2022

Dom Pedro Lagos
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is £203 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"Very clean and bright property with friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Villa Doris Suites
Villa Doris Suites
4 out of 5
Praia De D. Ana, Lagos, 8600
The price is £95 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (203 reviews)
"We arrived at night, checked in fine at a different hotel because the suites did not have their own reception. But were pretty confused about which building were the suites. It didn't look like the picture with the balconies and such - that was the next door building. Moreover, there was an abandoned ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2022

Villa Doris Suites
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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