Lagos

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Lagos featuring a sandy beach and a gorge or canyon as well as a large group of people
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

Tivoli Lagos
Tivoli Lagos
4 out of 5
Rua Antonio Crisogono dos Santos, Lagos
The price is €160 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
€160
per night
6 Jun - 7 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Lagos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
7.8/10 Good! (991 reviews)
"Great housekeeping staff!! Needed was more plugins, coffee machine In room. Breakfast was good and staff awesome!"

Reviewed on 22 May 2023

Tivoli Lagos
Carvi Beach Hotel
Carvi Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (994 reviews)
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Reviewed on 29 May 2023

Carvi Beach Hotel
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 2 beach bars. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
9/10 Wonderful! (860 reviews)
"This is our go to place when we come to Portugal. The staff was so friendly, Sergio was very helpful advising me on parking options. The crew at the front desk were wonderful. You had a bottle of champagne in our room, since I mentioned that was what we were celelabrating. That was a touch of class ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2023

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
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.
Marina Club Suite Hotel
Marina Club Suite Hotel
4 out of 5
Marina de Lagos, Lote 20, Lagos
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the property condition ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (358 reviews)
"Great location and lovely welcoming staff."

Reviewed on 31 May 2023

Marina Club Suite Hotel
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 2 beach bars. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
9/10 Wonderful! (860 reviews)
"This is our go to place when we come to Portugal. The staff was so friendly, Sergio was very helpful advising me on parking options. The crew at the front desk were wonderful. You had a bottle of champagne in our room, since I mentioned that was what we were celelabrating. That was a touch of class ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2023

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
5 out of 5
Quinta da Boavista, Sitio da Atalaia, Lagos, Faro
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (326 reviews)
"We loved our stay here. The two bed town house was lovely. The gardens are kept immaculate. If you are looking for a quiet family holiday then this place is perfect. You definitely need a car to get around and get food supplies as there is no grocery store on site but Intermache is a five minute ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2023

Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
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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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).