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  • Address: Portugal
  • Admission: Free
Originally named Lacobriga by the Romans and then Zawaia by the Moors, Lagos has long attracted settlers and visitors to its rugged shores. Today the breezy fishing port pairs rich historical appeal—16th-century walls, cobbled lanes, and historic churches—with sprawling beaches, vibrant restaurants, and a rich coastal landscape. 

The Basics
Lagos showcases Portugal’s natural beauty at its finest. From kayaking to wine tasting, the oceanfront town offers activities for every kind of traveler. Visitors can stroll through the picturesque streets, sip coffee in outdoor cafés, and visit historic sites such as the waterfront Church of St. Anthony. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend a day exploring the Ponta da Piedade caves on a sightseeing cruise or guided kayak tour, drive a top-down convertible along the Algarve Coast, walk the Path of Dona Ana to Porto de Mós beach, or set sail to dive and snorkel in crystal blue waters. Visit Lagos on a day trip from nearby Portimão, or use the city as a base for exploring other Algarve Coast destinations such as Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Alvor, and Marinha Beach.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lagos is a must-see destination for nature and culture enthusiasts. 
  • Many top attractions are outdoors; don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.
  • Lagos tours can last anywhere from three hours to a full day.

How to Get There
Lagos is well-connected with the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, which is roughly four hours away by road. Several trains and buses travel between the city and town every day. 

When to Get There
Blessed with one of the best climates in Portugal, Lagos (and the whole Algarve Coast) is truly a year-round destination. Winters are short, mild, and a good bet for discounted accommodations, while the summer high season is an ideal time to enjoy the area’s lovely beaches.

Best Lagos Beaches
The beaches of Lagos rank among the best in Portugal, if not all of Europe. The main beach, Praia da Batata, sits directly across the town’s main road and is sheltered enough for swimming and watersports. Meia Praia, the most popular beach, is known for its long and wide expanse of sand. Travelers who venture down the steep steps of Praia da Dona Ana beach are rewarded with views of a secluded sandy expanse surrounded by towering rock formations.

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2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches, Lagos, null
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2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Take this exciting kayak guided tour to see such famous beaches of Meia Praia, Batata, D.Ana, and Camilo and through the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.42
Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos, Lagos, Kayaking & Canoeing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Take part in a one hour and fifteen minute sightseeing cruise to the grottoes of Ponta De Piedade in any number of the regular trips departing daily from ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.61
Boat Trip to Ponta da Piedade from Lagos, Lagos, Day Cruises
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Boat Trip to Ponta da Piedade from Lagos

During one hour and fifteen minutes, visit the caves and rock formations of the famous ‘Ponta da Piedade’ at Lagos coast. Departuring from Marina de Lagos our ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.61
2-hour Beaches, Caves, and Wine Tasting Cruise from Lagos, Lagos, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

2-hour Beaches, Caves, and Wine Tasting Cruise from Lagos

Enjoy the rich, amazing Portuguese gastronomy among the unique colors, cliffs, and beaches of one of Europe's best kept secrets, the Algarve. A setting which ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.03
Half-Day Algarve Convertible or Scooter Tour from Portimão, Portimao, Catamaran Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Half-Day Algarve Convertible or Scooter Tour from Portimão

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Drive a provided convertible car or a scooter and follow your guide to discover the Algarve. See Alvor, Lagos, Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Marinha Beach and ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $64.94
Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão, Portimao, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Drive yourself a convertible car through various strategic points in the Algarve, as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.97
The Path of Dona Ana Walking Tour, Lagos, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

The Path of Dona Ana Walking Tour

This walking tour enables you to see the beauty of the Algarve coastline. Bring your camera and prepare yourself for the most stunning views and fantastic ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.05
Lagos and Sagres Half-Day Tour from the Algarve, The Algarve, Walking Tours
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Lagos and Sagres Half-Day Tour from the Algarve

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

Discover the allure of Lagos and Sagres on a half-day trip to the West Algarve with an expert local guide! After a hotel pickup, travel to the lively seaside ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.61

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