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Lagos has a lot to offer. The port town, which launched many naval excursions during Portugal’s extraordinary Age of Discovery lies along the bank of the Rio Bensafrim. The old town cobbled lanes and picturesque squares and churches are enclosed by 16th-century walls. With a huge range of activities spanning water sports, boat trips and horse riding, excellent restaurants and a pumping nightlife, it’s not surprising that people of all ages are drawn here. Lagos is equally suited as a family holiday destination, there are safe and sheltered beaches for your children, while thrill-seeking teenagers will adore the theme and water parks.

Destination Profile

Lagos is a historic and characterful city that is situated on the beautiful Western Algarve. It is a city that boasts a rich seafaring heritage and a coastline of dramatic natural scenery, and today is one of the Algarve’s finest holiday destinations.

For a holiday, Lagos offers picturesque beaches, buzzing nightlife and outstanding tourist facilities. Lagos retains its distinctive character and charm. Found within the historic centre is a proud Portuguese city, with cobbled streets, authentic restaurants, and an atmosphere which is relaxed and welcoming. Lagos perfectly combines traditional Portuguese culture, with beautiful beaches and modern tourist facilities.


  • Family friendly beaches
  • Historic centre
  • Nightlife

Things To See

Lagos is an important city that is steeped in history, fascinating buildings include the beautiful Santo Antonio church, the Mercado dos Escravos (Europe’s first slave market) and the charming 17th century Bandeira Fort. Half a day can be easily spent exploring the historic centre with its narrow cobbled streets, traditional houses and pretty harbour front. Very few towns in the Algarve have the variety of historic buildings, and this is why Lagos is so popular as a day trip from the surrounding region.

The Ponta da Piedade are a series of beautiful sandstone cliffs, that are considered as the finest natural feature of the western Algarve which include sea arches, grottos and smugglers caves. The  cliffs can be explored from the pathways or a boat tour from Lagos Marina. 

Lagos Zoo for families with younger children. The animals are well cared for, and the selection of animals includes birds, wild cats, and a petting farm for small children.

Departing from the Lagos Marina are an assortment of different boat trips, which include tours of the coastline, dolphin watching or deep-sea fishing trips.