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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
A luxurious spot, situated amidst two acres of secluded garden with a large outdoor swimming pool. Rounded window frames and white washed walls give the hotel a unique feel. A fantastic kitchen that offers superb four course dinners. Exclusive hire also available. A wonderful spot.
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.