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LagosPortugal

Soak up the sun on pristine beaches or explore compelling historic attractions in this picturesque town.

Lagos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve, where you can lay your towel in soft sands or hit the crystal-clear waters to enjoy snorkeling and other watersports. The town draws tourists with its vibrant nightlife scene, outstanding restaurants and burgeoning vineyards. Although hedonistic pleasures are Lagos’ main attraction, the town also has a long and rich history, visible in its cobbled streets and pretty plazas.

An ancient port city for thousands of years, Lagos was the capital of Algarve from 1576. An earthquake devastated the town in 1755, after which the capital was moved and Lagos entered a period of economic decline. Although the town is still a fishing port and market center, it was tourism that fueled its revival in the 1960s.

Check out paintings by Faro artist Carlos Filipe Porfírio in the Museu Municipal. Set in a 16th-century former convent, the museum also houses a piece of the Berlin Wall, a gorgeous 3rd-century mosaic and other eclectic artifacts.

Take a look at the stunning gilt carvings that decorate the Igreja de Santo António. The church’s construction began in the 17th century and its extravagant interior is covered with traditional azulejo tiles, imported Brazilian gold and intricately carved cherubs.

Go for a dip in the sparkling waters of Praia de Dona Ana. Snorkel in the warm waters or arrange a boat trip to see intriguing caves dotted throughout the surrounding cliffs.

Don’t miss Ponta da Piedade cliffs, where craggy sandstone rock formations rise dramatically from the sea. The cliff top is best visited in the spring, when it blooms with wild orchids and egrets gather to nest.

Take a look at Castelo dos Governadores, part of a 13th-century palace complex constructed by the Arabs. As you look at the wall’s Manueline window, imagine King Dom Sebastião addressing his troops at this very spot in 1578 before setting off on his ill-fated crusade.

Lagos is located in southwestern Portugal. There are regular daily train and bus connections with Lisbon.

Where to stay in Lagos

Lagos showing a coastal town, a beach and a gorge or canyon

Lagos City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Lagos City Center is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Henry the Navigator Statue and Lagos Cultural Center.

Lagos City Center
Dona Ana Beach featuring rocky coastline, a beach and general coastal views

Ameijeira

4.5/5Wonderful!(36 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Ameijeira, Meia Praia Beach and Dona Ana Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Ameijeira
Porto de Mos Beach which includes a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Porto de Mós

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Porto de Mós, Porto de Mos Beach and Praia do Canavial are top sights worth seeing.

Porto de Mós
Impressive

Atalaia

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Atalaia, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Porto de Mos Beach and Luz Beach.

Atalaia
Enjoying the Sunset

Alfarrobeira

Alfarrobeira might not have many top sights, but Palmares Golf and Meia Praia Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Alfarrobeira

Top Hotels in Lagos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Carvi Beach Hotel
Carvi Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos

Nestled on the beach, this Ameijeira hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pinhao Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Porto de Mos Beach and Lagos Marina are also within 2 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,128 reviews)

"The hotel is really a few metres from Dona Ana Beach. The staff was excellent and kind, from the front desk to the maids. Junior suite was perfect and very clean. We were lucky to have the second floor suite with the double balcony. We will definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Carvi Beach Hotel
Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
5 out of 5
Estrada da Meia Praia, Lagos
$141
per night
May 4 - May 5

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Meia Praia Beach, Lagos Marina, and Dona Ana Beach. Batata Beach and Student Beach are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (158 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"Amazing staff, comfortable beds and relaxing pools with the beach a short stroll away. Fabulous"…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Lagos Avenida Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida dos Descobrimentos, 53, Lagos

Located in the heart of Lagos, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lagos Municipal Market and Lagos Marina. Meia Praia Beach and Dona Ana Beach are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (254 reviews)

"We stayed here for a week as Lagos went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus. It was so quiet it was like having the entire hotel to ourselves. The staff here are brilliant. Looked after us very well and were meticulous on the hygiene front. Would love to revisit during more normal times."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Lagos Avenida Hotel

Popular things to do in Lagos

Meia Praia Beach
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Meia Praia Beach

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Go Jet Skiing and wind surfing on the calm and clear water and enjoy the spacious setting of this enormous beach.

Lagos Marina
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Lagos Marina

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Admire the exclusive yachts in the harbor, enjoy sangria at a bar in view of the water and visit the wax museum.

Dona Ana Beach
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Dona Ana Beach

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Marvel at the stunning red and yellow cliffs of the Golden Coast and swim to the stacks in the calm ocean.

Porto de Mos Beach
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Porto de Mos Beach

5/5(9 reviews)

Swim in the clear ocean water, stroll along the cliff-top paths and enjoy the views of the scenic Lagos coastline.

Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse
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Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse

5/5(20 reviews)

Check out this historic lighthouse, descend the steps to the beach and take a boat tour of the sea stacks and arches.

Camilo Beach
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Camilo Beach

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Climb down the elegant staircase to this hidden bay at the base of colorful cliffs and enjoy the spectacular natural views. 

Top activities in Lagos

Private Tour - South Coast to Sagres & Lagos & Silves
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Private Tour - South Coast to Sagres & Lagos & Silves

100% of travellers recommend
$167
Per adult
ALGARVE TOUR FROM LISBON TO LAGOS AND SAGRES
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ALGARVE TOUR FROM LISBON TO LAGOS AND SAGRES

$98
Per adult
Sealife Dolphin Watching Lagos, with Marine Biologists
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Sealife Dolphin Watching Lagos, with Marine Biologists

$45
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Lagos
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Vacation Photographer in Lagos

$31
Per adult
Lagos and Sagres from Lisbon
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Lagos and Sagres from Lisbon

$98
Per adult
Lagos Jet Boat Adventure
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Lagos Jet Boat Adventure

$36
Per adult

Reviews of Lagos

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 7, 2020

It's a beautiful beach town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Amazing cliffs, natural beauty and beaches

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

The old town area is great. We mainly were golfing. Courses were hilly but nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 26, 2019

It was a wonderful city. The weather was perfect and the restaurants were plentiful. We will try to come again and visit Lagos when we take another vacation from America.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 16, 2019

Nice dining with awesome ocean views.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Was beautiful, but off season is depressing/there is nothing to do.... most restaurants etc are closed and everywhere is dead.