Lagos is a colorful village that deserves a visit. In its surroundings there are some of the best beaches of the Algarve.
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Lagos, a small town in the Algarve, is one of the most appreciated tourist destinations of the region. It can be visited on foot and it is famous because of its golden beaches, it lovely old town, and for its fun atmosphere. It is a destination that attracts families and couples.

Lagos Beaches

The beautiful waters of Ponta da Piedade

Lagos is the perfect beach destination for those who love long white beaches as well as small coves. Praia da Batata is the main beach and it is located right across the main avenue of Lagos, while Meia Praia, near the port, is a big beach featuring several bars, which gets very lively at night time with music and dances.


Water temperature is not very warm; it goes around 20 degrees due to the influence of the Atlantic flows. Despite that, Lagos is a very popular tourist destination.

Do not miss Ponta da Piedade, where there is also a lighthouse. It is a great place to walk along the cliffs. Wild weather conditions during the passing of the centuries have shaped the profile of this coast which now appears jagged, wild, full of coves and caves.

In Lagos it is possible to purchase tickets to attend boat tours to discover the best hidden caves, which can be visited only by boat.

Old town

Unlike many other cities in the Algarve, Lagos has a rich history as well as several monuments and historical buildings. The old town is famous because of its traditional architecture and for its picturesque houses.

Do not miss a visit to the church of Saint Anthony, the old headquarters of the Mercado dos Escavos and the charming Forte Bandeira, which dates back to the 17th century; it is a fortress perched on the cliffs to control the access to the river.

The famous Capela dos Ossos, which is part of the Church of St. Sebastian, deserves a visit. With one single ticket it is possible to visit the chapel, the bell tower, and the church. The view from the bell tower is stunning.

The port area is very active in the morning; wake up early and do not miss a visit to the typical fish market.

Activities and things to do in Lagos

Lagos became famous for the several dolphin watching tours organised by many companies. Whether you are lucky enough to see these mammals, the tours will give you the feeling of a ride on a high-speed boat.

Lagos offers many sea activities like diving, kayaking, surfing, and sailing. Praia de Mos is by far the favorite location among surfers; here there are several surfing schools.

Families traveling with kids will have plenty of fun at Lagos zoo, which is open all year long and its main attraction are six different species of monkeys.

Getting there

In order to reach Lagos you need to fly to Faro. From here you can decide to rent a car or to take a public bus operated by EVA or Rete Expresso.

When to visit Lagos

Lagos, just like the rest of the Algarve region, has incredible weather conditions; long, warm summers and very pleasant autumns. And an average of more than 3.000 hours of sun every year.

Summer months in the south of Portugal are characterised by a dry and hot weather, with temperatures reaching up to 35 ° C. The tourist season goes from June to the end of August, therefore if you want to visit the city on summer time we recommend to book in advance. For those who wish to experience a sea-oriented holiday, the best period to come to Lagos goes between the beginning of May until mid October.

Lagos Weather

What's the weather at Lagos? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Lagos for the next few days.

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Where to stay in Lagos

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Recommended hotels in Lagos

We offer a selection of hotels at Lagos to suit all categories of travellers. The most booked by tourists are the sea-facing hotels, often right on the beach. If you want to play it safe, choose one of the following: they are among the most booked hotels in Lagos, sorted by number of reviews.

Tivoli Lagos
Lagos - Rua António Crisógono SantosExtra sanitary measures
8.0Very good 5.869 reviews
Tivoli Lagos is a 4-star hotel featuring spa facilities and a courtyard with swimming pool. It features an Algarve-themed décor and ambiance.
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Carvi Beach Hotel
Lagos - Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro Praia D. AnaExtra sanitary measures
8.2Very good 3.131 reviews
Carvi Beach Hotel is located directly on Dona Ana beach in Lagos. It features a rooftop swimming pool.
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Lagos Atlantic Hotel
Lagos - Estrada do Monte Carapeto, nº 9Extra sanitary measures
9.1Superb 2.163 reviews
Located in Lagos, 500 metres from Porto de Mos Beach and 1. 9 km from Dona Ana Beach, Lagos Atlantic Hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a bar.
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Apartments and vacation homes in Lagos

If you prefer space, privacy and the ability to prepare your own meals to a hotel holiday, book a holiday home at Lagos. We recommend a few below, but in this case we advise you to book early because houses and apartments for rent at Lagos are in high demand.

Porto Mos Residence
Lagos - Rua dos Pinheiros, n.º 27, Urbanização do CanavialExtra sanitary measures
7.5Good 1.182 reviews
The peaceful Porto Mós Residence is located by Canavial Beach, just 600 metres from Porto Mós Beach. It offers modern, self-catering studios with free private parking.
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Baluarte da Vila Apartments
Lagos - Largo de Santa Maria da Graça, 9Extra sanitary measures
8.9Fabulous 1.128 reviews
Situated in the historical centre of Lagos, Baluarte da Vila Apartments is only 500 metres from a sandy beach. It features a pool with views of Lagos Bay and offers self catering accommodation.
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VitaSol Park
Lagos - Urbanizacao Marina Park, Rua Quinta do Landeiro
8.0Very good 1.128 reviews
VitaSol Park offers self-catering apartments with large, furnished balconies featuring panoramic views of the landscaped gardens, just 800 metres from the Lagos Marina. Facilities include an outdoor pool and tennis courts.
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