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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.

Dom Pedro Lagos
Dom Pedro Lagos
3 out of 5
Meia Praia, Lagos
The price is €55 per night from 27 May to 27 May
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum, Meia Beach and Lagos Marina. Batata Beach and Dona ...
4.2/5Excellent! (156 reviews)
"Great staff, great location, great services. Well worth revisiting"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Dom Pedro Lagos
Cascade Wellness Resort
Cascade Wellness Resort
5 out of 5
Rua das Ilhas, Lagos, Algarve
The price is €105 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (558 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
Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
5 out of 5
Estrada da Meia Praia, Lagos
The price is €124 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Meia Beach, Lagos Marina and Batata Beach. Dona Ana Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Lagos ...
4.4/5Excellent! (170 reviews)
wonderful, relaxing stay!
"Excellent stay, beautiful room and balcony with view, excellent service. A few minor points: shortage of pool/beach towels each afternoon. Also, the evening buffet was not at the level I would expect of a 5* hotel - I assume this is in part due to the pandemic."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
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.
Luz Ocean Club
Luz Ocean Club
4 out of 5
Rua José Ribeiro Lopes, Lot 2, Praia da Luz, Lagos, Faro
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Luz Beach and Porto de Mos Beach. Espiche Golf Course is 3.1 mi (5 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
Great holiday.
"Absolutely loved the apartment. Very close proximity to the beach and loads of restaurants in the area. Didn't use the resort facilities (pools etc.) as prefer the beach. All in all a fantastic area to stay in. Small complaint was I was not expecting a extra cost of 99 euros for cleaning, housekeeping ..."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Luz Ocean Club
Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
5 out of 5
Quinta da Boavista, Sitio da Atalaia, Lagos, Faro
The price is €90 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Atalaia, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Luz Beach, Meia Beach and Lagos Marina. Porto de Mos Beach and Batata Beach are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (254 reviews)
"A nice place, let down by the unfriendly and accusatory receptionist. Broken glass all over one of the bedrooms, WiFi that didn’t work. Problems that could have been easily overcome, but for receptionist who didn’t want to help."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
Clube Meia Praia
Clube Meia Praia
3 out of 5
Quinta dos pinheiros lote 12 1º direita, Lagos
The price is €60 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
With direct access to the beach, this Lagos apartment building is connected to a shopping centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Meia Beach, Lagos Marina and Batata ...
4.2/5Very Good! (51 reviews)
Very good value in off-season. Close to beach.
"It was off season, so we got this huge place with a kitchen and two bathrooms for a very good price. Beautiful view from the balcony. Very close to the beach, but you'll need a car or cab to get downtown. Nothing too fancy, but we wish we could have stayed longer than just one night."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Clube Meia Praia
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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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

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1 Mar 2020

Lovely beach, nice town and great place to chill out for some winter sun

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26 Feb 2020

I only stayed for one night, but I beleive Lagos would have enough to do for a week plus.

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16 Jan 2020

Our eighth trip to the Algarve, and Lagos is by far the best place we've stayed.

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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).