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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.

Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
4 out of 5
Rua Sacadura Cabral 8, Lagos
The price is €112 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dona Ana Beach, Meia Beach and Camilo Beach. Porto de Mos Beach and Ponta ...
4.3/5Excellent! (494 reviews)
"Very good accommodations. Very good services and people it so kind. Hope I can come back soon."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2021

Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
Villas D. Dinis Charming Residence - Adults Only
Villas D. Dinis Charming Residence - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Est. Ponta da Piedade, Lote 26, Praia da Donana, Lagos
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dona Ana Beach and Camilo Beach. Meia Beach and Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)
"This hotel was wonderful!! I highly recommend this hotel. It’s located next to the beautiful beaches."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Villas D. Dinis Charming Residence - Adults Only
Cascade Wellness Resort
Cascade Wellness Resort
5 out of 5
Rua das Ilhas, Lagos, Algarve
The price is €232 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto de Mos Beach and Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse. Camilo Beach and Dona Ana ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (562 reviews)
Expected more from a five-star resort
"I expected more from a five-star resort. Couple of things in the apartment did not work well (several lights, shower door, ect). Reception service was not very friendly. Early check-in and check-out was a problem although the resort was very quiet. They did not regonize the late check-out that came ..."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2020

Cascade Wellness Resort
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Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
4 out of 5
Praia da Oura Apartado 827, Rua Oliveira Martins, Albufeira
The price is €95 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Albufeira, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach and Praia dos Alemães. Albufeira Old Town Square ...
3.6/5Good! (957 reviews)
ideal location
"Lovely location Right on the beach, near restaurants, bars and accommodation adequate"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Muthu Clube Praia da Oura
As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Rua Do Brasil, Lote 4.11.1b, Vilamoura
The price is €400 per night from 7 Aug to 7 Aug
This family-friendly Vilamoura aparthotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dom Pedro Golf: Pinhal Golf Course and Cerro da Vila Ruins. Vilamoura ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (341 reviews)
"We had a two bedroom apartment. So much space. Kitchen had everything you needed. Comfy beds. We stay here at least once a year."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
Santa Eulalia Hotel Apartamento & Spa
Santa Eulalia Hotel Apartamento & Spa
4 out of 5
Estrada de Santa Eulália, Albufeira
The price is €114 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located on the Strip, within a 15-minute walk of Santa Eulalia Beach and Oura Beach. Praia dos Alemães and Albufeira ...
4/5Very Good! (68 reviews)
"Stayed in ground floor apartment. Not what we requested. Asked to change was told not possible no availability even though people were checking out. Very noisy in the morning with cleaners and maintenance. Ask for late checkout(just an extra hour) was told again not possible. Not very helpful in ..."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

Santa Eulalia Hotel Apartamento & Spa
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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