Lagos is a municipality at the mouth of Bensafrim River and along the Atlantic Ocean, in the Barlavento region of the Algarve, in southern Portugal. The population in 2011 was 31,049, in an area of 212.99 km². The main town of Lagos has a population of approximately 22,000.
Ponta da Piedade is a headland with a group of rock formations along the coastline of the town of Lagos, in the Portuguese region of the Algarve.Learn more Book this experience
Experience Lagos on this ultimate jet boating tour that's packed with thrilling slides, spin-outs and power stop splashes! This 45-minute adventure is a fantastic Jet Boat ride that combines breathtaking scenery with thrilling slides, spin-outs and p...Book this experience
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Forget the winter wetsuit and head south to a place where the sun doesn't set and the surf never rests - Portugal's Algarve coast. A hotspot for European surfers looking to enjoy year-round waves and warm weather, the southern tip of Portugal is...Book this experience
Why walk on the water if you can glide across the crystal clear surface of the ocean with the smooth, flowing elegance of a SUP surfer? The SUP tours take you on an outing along the picturesque coastline of Lagos and Algarve. Only that this excursion...Book this experience
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Praia da Rocha is a beach and built up area on the Atlantic Ocean in the southern section of the concelho of Portimão, Algarve, southern Portugal.Learn more Book this experience
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Portimão is a town and a municipality in the district of Faro, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The population in 2011 was 55,614, in an area of 182.06 km². It was formerly known as Vila Nova de Portimão. In 1924, it was incorporated as a cidade and became known merely as Portimão.Learn more
Book a lesson or a course of kitesurfing and experience a different holiday! If you're going to stay in Lagos, Portugal, try this sport and improve your skills in it, you'll not regret it! At Algarve Watersports, you will learn to kite surf in o...Book this experience
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Carvoeiro, or more commonly Praia de Carvoeiro, is a town and a former civil parish in the municipality of Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Lagoa e Carvoeiro. The population in 2011 was 2,721, in an area of 11.66 km². It is located about 5 kilometres south of Lagoa.Learn more
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Praia da Marinha is one of the most emblematic beaches of Portugal with Mediterranean climate, located on the Atlantic coast in Caramujeira, in Lagoa Municipality, Algarve, and considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe and as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.Learn more Book this experience
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The Silves Cathedral is a former cathedral in the city of Silves, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. A mosque, built during the Moorish rule of the Iberian Peninsula, was originally located in its current place, and was later mostly restructured and converted into a Catholic cathedral after the Reconquista.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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With an elevation of 902 metres and a topographic prominence of 739 metres, Fóia is the highest mountain of Algarve, Portugal. It is part of the Serra de Monchique range and is located at 37.314795°N 8.596244°W within Monchique parish.Learn more Book this experience
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Praia de Nossa Senhora da Rocha is a small fishing community and beach on the Atlantic coast of the civil parish/freguesia of Porches in the municipality/concelho of Lagoa in Portugal.Learn more Book this experience
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To get to Lagos, you can fly into Faro Airport (FAO), which is about 90 km away. From there, you can take a train or bus to Lagos, or rent a car for more flexibility. The train journey takes around 1 hour 50 minutes, while the bus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly into Lisbon Airport (LIS) and take a 3-hour train ride to Lagos.
It's essential to book certain activities in advance, especially during the peak season (June to September). Consider reserving boat tours to explore the coastline and grottos, or surf lessons at nearby beaches. Additionally, book accommodations well in advance, as rooms fill up quickly during the high season.
Lagos is an affordable destination, with costs varying depending on the season. Meals at restaurants range from €10-€30 per person, while accommodations range from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious hotels. Activities such as boat tours and surf lessons can cost anywhere from €20-€60 per person.
Some of the best things to do in Lagos include:
1. Exploring the historic city center: Wander through narrow streets, admire the colorful architecture, and visit the iconic Church of Saint Anthony.
2. Beach-hopping: Lagos is home to some of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, such as Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, and Meia Praia.
3. Kayak or boat tours: Discover the fascinating sea caves, hidden grottos, and dramatic cliffs along the coastline.
4. Ponta da Piedade: Marvel at the stunning rock formations at this scenic viewpoint, accessible by boat or a coastal hike.
5. Surfing: Take advantage of the excellent surfing conditions at nearby beaches like Praia do Amado or Praia da Arrifana.
For dining, try out Casinha do Petisco for delicious Portuguese tapas or Nah Nah Bah for mouthwatering burgers and international cuisine. For fresh seafood, head to O Camilo or Adega da Marina.
When it comes to accommodations, Lagos offers various options. Budget travelers can stay at Rising Cock Hostel, known for its lively atmosphere and excellent location. For mid-range options, consider Casa Mãe, which offers stylish rooms and a tranquil garden. If you're looking for luxury, stay at the Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve, a stunning beachfront hotel with incredible amenities.
Off the beaten path:
For a unique travel experience, visit the lesser-known Algar de Benagil, a breathtaking sea cave only accessible by water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Benagil Beach, or join a boat tour to explore this hidden gem. Additionally, venture inland to the picturesque town of Silves, where you can explore a well-preserved Moorish castle and soak in the town's rich history.
At the restaurant O Camilo
Just before the steps leading to Praia do Camilo is the restaurant of the same name.
It is a popular address for both tourists and locals. The specialties are the fish that you can choose in the window. Freshly caught, they are also well cooked.
All this for a good quality-price ratio and a magnificent view of the ocean.
The Amorizade restaurant was ranked N°1 on Tripadvisor
it is a little bit out of the heart of the city.
Two French people run the restaurant. It will be the occasion to eat foie gras or a lemon meringue pie.
Lagos is worth a visit for its spectacular ocean landscape explore.
If you still have a thirst for adventure, there are many other caves and even some hidden beaches to discover all around Lagos.
For fans of water sports and kayaking, Lagos is a paradise
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