Lagos

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Lagos which includes views, swimming and a coastal town

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

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is €200 per night from 2 Jun to 3 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! (722 reviews)
"Will be returning."

Reviewed on 17 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
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Lagos Avenida Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida dos Descobrimentos, 53, Lagos, 8600-544
The price is €220 per night from 25 May to 26 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! (329 reviews)
"Overall stay was excellent"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Lagos Avenida 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.
Villa Doris Suites
Villa Doris Suites
4 out of 5
Praia De D. Ana, Lagos, 8600
The price is €103 per night from 23 May to 24 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
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is €200 per night from 2 Jun to 3 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! (722 reviews)
"Will be returning."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Marina Club Suite Hotel
Marina Club Suite Hotel
4 out of 5
Marina de Lagos, Lote 20, Lagos, 8600-780
The price is €115 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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 in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (349 reviews)
"Wonderful stay! Very walkable to the main streets of Lagos. The suite was very spacious. It could’ve used more decoration and toilet paper in the room. I couldn’t ever find the playground either."

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2022

Marina Club Suite 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.

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