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Lagos

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Beaches · Geologic Formations · Kayaking & Canoeing
Jewel of the Algarve
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve. The town's name literally means "lakes," and it is known historically as the launching point of several naval expeditions during Portugal's Age of Discoveries. Lagos has its fair share of cobbled streets, squares, and churches, but today this crowded vacation town is most popular for its vibrant nightlife and its selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops. When using our Portugal itinerary builder tool, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Geologic Formation
Ponta da Piedade
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Praia Dona Ana ©
Beach
Praia Dona Ana
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Duration: 2 hours
Praia do Camilo ©
Beach
Praia do Camilo
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Lagos

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Zoomarine Algarve Guia
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
Praia Da Rocha ©
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Praia Da Rocha Praia da Rocha
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Falesia Beach Olhos de Agua
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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours Albufeira
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Lagos

Praia do Porto de Mos ©
Marina
Praia do Porto de Mos
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lighthouse
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Lagos

Meia Praia ©
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Meia Praia
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Parque Zoologico de Lagos
Zoo
Parque Zoologico de Lagos
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Praia do Canavial ©
Beach
Praia do Canavial
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre ©
Specialty Museum
Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Lagos

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Nauti Girl
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Nauti Girl
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
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Duration: 4 hours

Beaches in Lagos

Praia da Boneca
Beach
Praia da Boneca
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Algarve Balloons ©
Balloon Ride
Algarve Balloons
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
The West Coast Adventure Co. ©
Hiking / Camping Tour
The West Coast Adventure Co.
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Duration: 6 hours
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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours
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Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Lagos

The historical city core of Lagos is packed full of colorful buildings and bustling streets, some of which date as far back as the medieval period. Though the hotels in the central district are on the expensive side, you can put yourself right in the middle of the city's best restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions by reserving a room there. The center and outlying residential neighborhoods also boast plenty of more affordable options, including smaller hotels, guesthouses, and family-run inns that offer fewer amenities but put you in good position to get out and about on foot. As Lagos is a relatively small town, you'll be within walking distance of both of its premier stretches of beach from nearly any lodging. Those with a car or transportation can get even further afield to experience other nearby coastal areas.
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