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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.

Top hotels in Lagos

Carvi Beach Hotel
Carvi Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos
The price is €60 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Ameijeira hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dona Ana Beach and Camilo Beach. Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse and Batata Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"Great location. Very nice staff. Quiet area and walking distance from the town."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Carvi Beach Hotel
Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
5 out of 5
Estrada da Meia Praia, Lagos
The price is €118 per night from 17 Oct to 18 Oct

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Meia Praia Beach, Lagos Marina and Batata Beach. Dona Ana Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (160 reviews)

"Great location on 3km beach. Very clean and modern."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
Vila Gale Lagos
Vila Gale Lagos
4 out of 5
Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
The price is €100 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum, Meia Praia Beach and Lagos Marina. Batata Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (551 reviews)

"Lovely staff. Although we went to this property in Feb (out of season) it could have done with some kind of entertainment in the evenings"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Vila Gale Lagos
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.

Holiday Rentals in Lagos

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
The price is €115 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia do Canavial, Porto de Mos Beach and Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (672 reviews)

"A beautiful, modern, and very enjoyable resort. The food and cocktails are superb and I would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation. Beach is easily accessible and also well situated to reach the town of Lagos."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Aqualuz Lagos Hotel & Apartments – S.Hotels Collection
Aqualuz Lagos Hotel & Apartments – S.Hotels Collection
4 out of 5
Rua Sacadura Cabral 8, Lagos
The price is €59 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dona Ana Beach, Camilo Beach and Meia Praia Beach. Porto de Mos Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)

"Lovely hotel. Staff super friendly, room spacious and had everything we needed. Sun beds at the pool so comfortable. Cleaning felt exceptional during Covid. Staff cleaning and re arranging sun beds and tables as people left. Loved our time. Wish we could have stayed longer."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Aqualuz Lagos Hotel & Apartments – S.Hotels Collection
Via Dona Ana Conkrit Rentals
Via Dona Ana Conkrit Rentals
3 out of 5
The price is €40 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Ameijeira, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pinhao Beach, Dona Ana Beach and Camilo Beach. Porto de Mos Beach and Batata Beach are ...

3.8/5Good! (11 reviews)

"Just a horrible experience. Address given was incorrect, phone nr provided out of service. After 1 hr they’ve reached out to us. The place ❗️with dirty, stained furniture with cigarette burnt marks. Wind blowing trough the balcony door in bedroom so even curtains were moving. Entrance door hitting ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2020

Via Dona Ana Conkrit Rentals
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.

Popular places to visit in Lagos

Meia Praia Beach
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Meia Praia Beach

4.5/5(209 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(182 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(67 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

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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

Camilo Beach
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Camilo Beach

4.5/5(5 reviews)

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

Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse
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Ponta da Piedade Lagos Lighthouse

4.5/5(23 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Lagos

Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

€32
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Amazing West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour
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Amazing West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour

€41
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Private Tour - South Coast to Sagres & Lagos & Silves
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Private Tour - South Coast to Sagres & Lagos & Silves

€195
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch
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Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

€53
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Quarteira Market and Vilamoura Half-Day Tour
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Quarteira Market and Vilamoura Half-Day Tour

€19
Per adult
Stand Up Paddle Sunrise tour grottos in Lagos - pick up Lagos area
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Stand Up Paddle Sunrise tour grottos in Lagos - pick up Lagos area

€48
Per adult

Reviews of Lagos

4.6

Top Destination

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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).

Tres Irmaos Beach which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and rocky coastline

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Vila do Bispo

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Meia Praia Beach showing general coastal views and a beach

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