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The Lagos area guide

Sights and attractions

During Portugal’s Age of Discovery Lagos was the port that launched important naval expeditions to the New World. Yet today visitors arrive rather than depart from its picturesque harbour, as it’s one of Portugal’s most visited locales and a highlight of the Algarve region.

Traditional architecture, charming cobblestoned streets and a laid-back way of life characterise this popular destination. The usual population of 22,000 grows exponentially during the summer months, when visitors from the region and abroad flock to the town’s sunny beaches and trendy cafés.

Located in the Barlavento region of the Algarve, Lagos draws outdoor types for its surfing and mountain biking, while also offering cultural attractions and a well-preserved old town. The marina is a social hub for the town, with its throngs of bars, restaurants and shops.

The town walls date back to the 16th century and within the old town you’ll find colourful architecture to admire. There’s certainly no shortage of churches, but one of the most interesting is the Capela dos Ossos (the Chapel of Bones), at the Church of San Sebastian. Climb to the top of the bell tower to admire sweeping views of Lagos. The historic shipyard, harbour and fish market is also a hub of activity particularly during the morning hours, where you can see the boats coming and going.

However, it’s the town’s beaches that draw so many sunbathers to Lagos. The most famous of these is Meia Praia, widely regarded as one of the best in the Algarve region, with its 4 kilometres of golden sand. It’s calm enough for swimming, while out to sea you’ll see paragliders and surfers. Batata Beach is another popular option, providing views of the old fortress along with walking trails over the rugged cliffs. Tour companies like Bom Dia Boat Tours offer sailing excursions outside of Lagos, where you can spot orcas, dolphins and whales frolicking in the waves.

Restaurants and cafes

You can dine on a wide range of international and local favourites in one of the numerous fine dining establishments scattered around Lagos. The town comes to life when the sun goes down and you’ll find some of the best hotspots located along the Rua 25 de Abril in the old town, just minutes from the beach.

Restaurants and cafes can also be found along Meia Praia Beach and the Marina, offering sunny terraces and cool cocktails. Those who wish to sample traditional cuisine should visit A Forja or Adega da Marina. Another local hotspot is No Patio, with its romantic floral courtyard and seasonally-influenced menu.

For a more casual and hip dining experience, visit Nah Nah Bah for burgers and a young, lively crowd. The more fashionable restaurants fill up fast during the high season, so reservations are recommended.


If you’re after a modern shopping experience, you can make the journey into nearby Faro to visit the High Street brand names at the Algarve Shopping Centre or Forum Algarve.

Within Lagos, the shops tend to be more independent, quirky and niche-oriented in nature. Shop for local products including cork shoes and hand-painted ceramic tiles near Lagos Marina, and don’t miss the chance to stroll down Cândido dos Reis for a wide selection of fashion-forward clothing boutiques. A weekly market also takes place in front of the harbour, offering fresh produce and one-off, handmade artisanal goods.


Visitors to Lagos usually fly into Faro, which is located a one-hour drive away via the A22 motorway. A more scenic route through the Algarve is the 125 west road.

Once in Lagos, bus and rail services allow you to travel to other cities such as Lisbon or Faro. The town itself is quite compact and can mainly be explored on foot, but taxis are thick on the ground and local bus companies, EVA and Rede Expresso, will take you to regional destinations.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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