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Full of historical interest, yet still appealing to laid-back visitors, Lagos is a place where you can revel in the town’s culture as much as you can revel in its good surf and beach bars. 16th century walls surround the old town and the modern marina contrasts against the churches lining the streets. Enjoy real Portuguese culture and soak up the sun while you’re at it!


Lagos is a town steeped in history and there is no better place to see this history other than the old town. Explore the cobbled streets surrounding the square of Praca do Infante where you’ll see the Church of St Anthony, a fine example of Portuguese architecture with an elaborately decorated interior. Further into the old town is the square of Praca de Gil Eanes which comes alive at night with evening entertainment.


Step out of Lagos town centre and go soak up the sun on Meia Praia beach. This 4km stretch of golden sand, lined by grassy dunes, has calm and shallow water which is great for young families. Across Bensafrim River lies Batata beach which has a great view of Lagos’ fortress or alternatively there is the sheltered Dona Ana beach, which is surrounded by the dramatic, yellow coloured cliffs the Algarve is famous for.

Food and Drink

Contrasting with the old town, the modern marina is a great place to grab some freshly caught seafood with a view over the stunning boats on the water. There are more restaurants around the square of the old town where you’ll find food to suit all tastes and on Meia Praia, you’ll find beach bars where you can enjoy delicious Portuguese food as the sun goes down.

Location of Lagos

Key Facts

  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time: 2-3 hours
  • When to go: June - September

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