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Lagos has it all. The sunshine the Algarve is known for, and some of the best beaches along this stretch of coast. An atmospheric old town with lovely churches, charming plazas, cobbled streets perfect for strolling, and pleasantly worn 16th Century walls. Good restaurants and a lively nightlife, even the newer sections of town have charm. And it's small enough so that you can pretty much walk anywhere. The downside of having everything is that a lot of people fancy visiting. So in season it can be pretty crowded and many of the best places to stay in Lagos get booked up well in advance.
Lagos for Families
If you're travelling with little ones the best beach for you might be Meia Praia. This stretch of sand is a whopping 4kms long, and quite flat. When the tide goes out it leaves little pools in the sand like mini swimming pools for your toddlers. It's also a great choice for family beach games. We'd suggest you make your reservations early though as the best hotels in Lagos for families will inevitably be booked up first.
For a Mini Break
The architecture of the old town is a traditional, colourful blend, and any stroll will take you to photo-worthy spots. One highlight worth seeking out is the Bone Chapel on the side of the Church of St. Sebastian. Skulls and other human bones are set into the walls and ceilings.
The main church also has a bell tower, and if you can manage the four flights of stairs to the top you're rewarded with a wonderful view of lovely Lagos. You'll also want to see the marina and the Governor's Castle, and visit the fish markets.
Some of the Algarve's charms are most easily appreciated from the ocean, and there are plenty of companies offering day boating trips exploring the natural caves and coves around Lagos.
Just around the cliff tops from town is Ponta da Piedade, a scenic spot with a pretty lighthouse, and a good place to start your boat trip.
For a Beach Break
Quiet and secluded, one of Lagos's nicest beaches must be Camilo Beach. Many people are put off by the 240-odd stairs you have to climb down before you hit the sand. But it's well worth it. There are some natural caves in the cliff, so you can have a little adventure.
If you're looking for a beach to sup by, Praia do Porto is worth a look. There are restaurants and bars right up against the sand. And there's plenty of sand to sunbathe on too.
If you need some time away from the beach Lagos has a zoo, there are horse riding day trips, a golf course and a little museum.
Whether you're here for lazing on the beach, or doing something more active, our pick of the best places to stay in Lagos will hit the spot. For those looking for a holiday villa or apartment we recommend the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.
Room with a view
- Quinta Bonita is one of the best places to stay in Lagos if you're looking for a romantic spot. Just out of town, this hotel has a rural quiet, and panoramic views which make it easy to imagine you're the only ones on this stretch of coast. Each of the eight suites has an old fashioned glamour, some have four poster beds.
On the beach
- If you want to be right on the beach, one of the best places to stay in Lagos is Vivenda Miranda. Stroll through the sub tropical gardens and you'll find yourself on Porto de Mos beach. Built in the 17th Century, this villa has had a characterful conversion, and rooms are colourful and unpretentious.
- For serious luxury on the outskirts of town, book Vila Valverde. This stunning property offers contemporary interiors, beautiful grounds, stunning views and fabulous food.....what more do you need?
For a holiday villa or apartment
- Sometimes, you decide you need your own space.....how about a holiday villa or apartment? We recommend the wide range with our online partner, Booking.com.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Lagos for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Lagos, expand your search to include all our Algarve recommendations, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Lagos
Dom Manuel I Charming Residence 33 rooms from $62Lagos (Algarve)
A charming adult-only hotel with outdoor pool in a tropical palm covered garden. Traditional Portuguese tiles adorn cosy bedrooms and colourful communal areas. Enjoy drinks and bar snacks by the pool or explore the many bars and restaurants nearby. Just 500m from one of Lagos' best beaches.Romantic Break - No children means total relaxation and a romantic stayBeach Life - A short walk from one of Lagos' best beachesSailing - Sail at the nearby beachesGreat walks - Good walking routes
Quinta Bonita 8 rooms from $110Lagos, Algarve
A rural romantic hotel with beautiful gardens and a lovely pool. Suites are glamorous in an old world sort of way - elegant four poster beds, pale mother of pearl coloured throws, and stone floors, all with private balconies. Very picturesque, and grown up.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Plenty to do and see in nearby LagosViews - Panoramic ocean viewsLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays
Vila Valverde 15 rooms from $143Valverde, Algarve
Lavish accommodation surrounded by orange groves and olive trees. Contemporary white building with lots of natural light, huge terraces, and beautiful views over the grounds. Portugese specialities in the restaurant and lovely swimming pool. A real hideout in supreme comfort.Total relaxation - Crafted for relaxtion, with comfortable suites, massage treatments, sauna and laid back atmosphere.Great walks - Explore the Monchique hills on foot, the hotel will provide a light packed lunch.Fishing - The hotel will organise big game fishing trips on request.Restrictions on children - This is an adults only property
Vivenda Miranda 25 rooms from $224Lagos (Algarve)
Intimate 17th Century villa resting in luscious tropical gardens, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Organic Mediterranean food, made with fresh local produce. Comfortable rooms surround the pool and bask in the undisturbed ocean view. A charming resort with Provencal style rooms.Spa breaks - Pampering spa with extensive choice of organic, ethical and sustainable treatments, sauna, steam room, foot spa and jacuzzi.Romantic Break - A secluded paradise on the Atlantic- plenty of opportunities for romance with sunset walks and candlelight dinners for two.Local markets - The summer months see the streets filled with trinkets, however the Fish Market in the early morning is worth a visit.Sights nearby - Lagos town is a beautiful example of an old Portuguese fishing town, fort and all.