Lagos is one of the largest city on the western side of the Algarve as well as one of the South Coast Portugal most popular destination. It is small enough to walk everywhere, but offers plenty of attractions to visitors, from the traditional and colourful centre to the beautiful sandy golden beaches.   The old town enclosed within its Roman walls  have a variety of charming small streets to be discovered.  As for the breathtaking Ponta da Piedade and its beautiful lighthouse it is an excellent starting point for the various boat tours to explore the area natural caves or dolphin populations.

As for the beaches within and around Lagos, they are said to be one of the most beautiful in the region, offering amazing sand, transparent waters, various rocks formations and caves.  For those interested in water sports, the city beaches offers a variety of facilities including kayaking, canoeing, surfing and even waterskiing.

Lagos is also famous for its vibrant nightlife, from beach bars and cocktail lounges to night clubs playing the latest hits.  Lagos has indeed something for every taste.

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Top 10 Lagos

The following are the top 10 key attractions in Lagos:

  1. Walls of the old city
  2. Praia da Batata
  3. Ponta da Piedade
  4. Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira
  5. Santa Maria Church
  6. Sao Sebastiao Church
  7. Santo António Church
  8. Museu Regional
  9. Lagos Slave Market
  10. Meia Praia

Walls of the old city

The Walls of the old city are perhaps one of the most fascinating feature of Lagos.  They were originally built by the Romans, later reinforced by the both the Arabs and Christians, and finally restored in the 16th century.

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Praia da Batata

The Praia da Batata is one of the smaller but most charming beach of Lagos.   Located south of the city, across the old town Walls and surrounded by large cliffs it is the perfect place to enjoy a quick beach escapade.

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Ponta da Piedade

The Ponta da Piedade or Mercy Point is a magnificent promontory couple of kilometres northwest of Lagos.  It is a unique and breathtaking mix of sandstone cliffs, large rocks and hidden grottoes. It is also home to the beautiful Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse.

Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira

The Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira is an amazing fortress built in the 17th-century to protect the harbour and only accessible by a small drawbridge.  It was restored and acquired by the city of Lagos during the second part of the 20th century, and today host a little museum about the Age of Discoveries showing the city’s maritime history.

Santa Maria Church

The Igreja de Santa Maria is a lovely Church in Lagos old town, originally built in the 16th century and later restored in the 19th century.  It’s key features includes remarkable statues of São Pedro and São Paulo and a splendid Renaissance doorway.

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Sao Sebastiao Church

The Igreja de Sao Sebastiao is a Baroque-style Church located in the heart of Lagos.

Santo António Church

The Igreja de Santo António is a lovely18th-century church, one of the few buildings that survived the Great Earthquake of 1755.  It has a quite modest facade but offers a splendid interior with Azulejo tiles, various painted woodworks and numerous Baroque paintings.  As for the wooden vault it was remarkably painted with a trompe-l’oeil effect.

Museu Regional

The Regional Museum of Lagos situated next to the church of Santo António offers a wide collection of artefacts going back to the Neolithic times.  It follows the region history from prehistoric time up until the 16th century, passing by the romans, Moors and Christians eras.

Lagos Slave Market

The Lagos Slave Market or Mercado de Escravos situated in the lovely Praça do Infante Dom Henrique is where began one of Europe darkest moment in history.  Indeed it is where during the 15th century, the first African slaves were sold across the continent, bringing fortune to Portugal merchants and monarchy.

Meia Praia

The Meia Praia which literally mean “Half Beach” is ironically the largest in Lagos with a 4km length.  It is the perfect spot for water sport enthusiasts, especially windsurfers and paragliders.

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Top Lagos hotels

The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Lagos.

Villas D. Dinis Charming Residence

Urb. Costa Doiro, Lote 26, City Centre, Lagos, Portugal – 3 Stars

Included in all rooms are in room safe, satellite/cable TV, balcony/terrace, non smoking rooms. Also to be found at the hotel are safety deposit boxes, business centre, bicycle rental. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find outdoor pool at the hotel. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel.

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Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village Hotel

Rua Costa D’Oiro Lote 38 ,8600-544 Lagos – Algarve, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars

With 67 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Each room includes non smoking rooms, in room safe, desk. In addition, this property in Lagos has restaurant, meeting facilities, 24hr room service. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as massage, indoor pool, garden at this hotel. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village Hotel.

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Marina Club Lagos Resort

Marina de Lagos, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars

All rooms have bathtub, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, in room safe as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts restaurant, bar/pub, 24hr room service as part of its superior facilities and services. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include indoor pool, outdoor pool, gym, jacuzzi. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.

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Tivoli Lagos Hotel

Lagos Algarve, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars

Each of the 324 rooms at this fine 4-star hotel feature superior amenities. Every room in the hotel offers guests bathtub, hair dryer, shower. This excellent hotel in Lagos also has safety deposit boxes, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops, meeting facilities. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as indoor pool, pool (kids), outdoor pool, gym at this hotel. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers.

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Quinta Do Mar Da Luz Hotel

Cama da Vaca – Praia da Luz, Lagos, Portugal

Included in all rooms are bathtub, hair dryer, air conditioning. The hotel boasts shops, bar/pub, business centre as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as golf course (on site), tennis courts, outdoor pool at this hotel. This charming property has long been a favourite in Lagos for both business and leisure travellers.

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Vila Gale Lagos Hotel

Estrada da Meia Praia s/n 8600-315, City Centre, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars

Each room includes hair dryer, non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including 24hr room service, elevator, disabled facilities, meeting facilities. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including indoor pool, outdoor pool, garden, massage. This charming property has long been a favourite in Lagos for both business and leisure travellers.

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Aqualuz Suite Apartamentos

Rua Sacadura Cabral 8 ,8600 Lagos, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars

Whether on business or holiday, each of the 163 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. All rooms have bathtub, television, shower as well as other amenities. In addition, this property in Lagos has meeting facilities, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including massage, jacuzzi, golf course (on site), garden. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Aqualuz Suite Apartamentos.

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Albergaria Marina Rio

Avenida Dos Descobrimentos S/N, Lagos, Portugal   – 4 Stars

Bathtub, hair dryer, satellite/cable TV, television are among the amenities guests will find in every room. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find shops, elevator, disabled facilities on-site. After a day of work or exploring, outdoor pool are some of the ways to unwind. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel.

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Club House Casa Velha Da Luz

Rua Do Jardim – Praia Da Luz, Lagos, Portugal 8600  – 4 Stars

Some of the features you’ll enjoy are kitchenette, non smoking rooms, in room safe, air conditioning. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Lagos hotel offers business centre, 24hr room service, bar/pub. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as spa, jacuzzi, golf course (on site), outdoor pool at this hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.

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Vilabranca Apartamentos

Torraltinha, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars

There are air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, bathtub, television in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Lagos hotel offers 24hr room service, babysitting, bar/pub, restaurant. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as massage, outdoor pool, tennis courts at this hotel. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Vilabranca Apartamentos.

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