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.

Lagos Avenida Hotel
Lagos Avenida Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida dos Descobrimentos, 53, Lagos
The price is €117 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in the heart of Lagos, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lagos Municipal Market and Lagos Marina. Dona Ana Beach and Porto de Mos Beach are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (296 reviews)
"Lagos Avenida Hotel is perfectly located across from the train station and the marina. It is just a few steps from the old town where there are many shops and restaurants. The hotel is clean and the bed very comfy. We had a balcony and wished we would have chosen the Marina view. There is a coffee ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Lagos Avenida Hotel
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia do Canavial and Porto de Mos Beach. Dona Ana Beach and Lagos Marina ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (699 reviews)
"Excellent place near the beach"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2021

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Cascade Wellness Resort
Cascade Wellness Resort
5 out of 5
Rua das Ilhas, Lagos, Algarve
The price is €133 per night from 29 Dec to 29 Dec
This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Praia do Canavial and Porto de Mos Beach. Dona Ana Beach and Lagos ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (577 reviews)
"Nice relaxing stay."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2021

Cascade Wellness 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
The price is €76 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Situated in Lagos, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum and Lagos Marina. Dona Ana Beach and Porto de Mos Beach are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (334 reviews)
Good place
"Nice complex, not too big. 2-bed apartment was very spacious and clean. Great location."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2021

Marina Club Suite Hotel
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia do Canavial and Porto de Mos Beach. Dona Ana Beach and Lagos Marina ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (699 reviews)
"Excellent place near the beach"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2021

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
4 out of 5
Rua Sacadura Cabral 8, Lagos
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (520 reviews)
"Good price for what we got"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
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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