Lagos, Portugal is a beautiful coastal town known for its world famous beaches & grottos, charming old town, and vibrant atmosphere. Here are some of the top things to do in Lagos:
Discover the beaches
Discover Lagos’ iconic beaches. With golden cliffs, clear waters, and beautiful rock formations, these truly instagrammable beaches will have all your friends in awe. Great boardwalks have recently been installed, allowing you to walk along the cliffs between the beaches and admire the breathtaking views over the grottos. You can start at the town beach, Praia da Batata. From there walk up the hill, catching a view to Praia Estudantes on your left. Then at the top of the Avenida, turn down the small street to Praia do Pinhão. From there you can walk over the cliff to the famous Praia Dona Ana beach. Then follow the boardwalks to the amazing Praia Camilo and all the way to Ponta da Piedade. Ponta da Piedade is a great place to catch the sunset. Then on another day, take the boardwalk from the lighthouse at Ponta da Piedade to Porto de Mos for another walk with impressive views.
Explore Ponta da Piedade
Explore Ponta da Piedade: Take a boat tour, Kayaking tour, SUP tour, or hike along the cliffs to Ponta da Piedade, a natural rock formation that offers breathtaking views of the coastline. The boat/SUP/kayaking trips also take you into explore the sea caves, grottos and secret beaches along the way.
Enjoy the old-town
Wander through the historic center: Lagos has a charming historic center with narrow streets, colorful buildings, and plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Don’t miss the Church of Santo António, the Governor’s Castle, the Slave Market Museum and the town central plaza (Praça Gil Eanes) where there are usually street performers drawing crowds with their entertaining shows.
Try water sports on crystal waters
Try water sports: Lagos is a fantastic destination for water sports enthusiasts. You can take a surf lesson, go kayaking or paddleboarding through the grottos, take a boat trip, go dolphin watching or scuba-diving. Or head to the lagoons for wake-boarding or windsurfing. Lagos really does have a it all.
Visit the farmers market
Experience the Nightlife
Enjoy the nightlife: Lagos has a vibrant nightlife scene, especially during the summer months. There are numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues where you can dance, listen to music, and have a memorable night out. Many of the bars host events such as The Collab (Quiz nights, live music, exhibitions etc) or for something wilder, The Tavern has Neon nights and other crazy parties. Three Monkeys, next door offers a pool table, darts, happy hours and usually someone will be dancing on the bar. In Val’s and neighbouring blackcat bar you’ll find more of a local crowd, which spills out onto the street like a street party…. Or if you are looking for something a bit more chilled, the loungy boho rooftop at Indigo bar will be your best pick.
Eat, drink and be merry
Lagos has an amazing selection of restaurants, for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. You probably want to start off with some traditional Portuguese food, and Ala do Castelo and Casa do Prego are great tips for that. Then when you are craving other cuisines, you can find world famous burgers, amazing Mexican food, Sushi, Steaks, Empanadas, Poké bowls, Bao buns, hipster-worthy brunches, loaded smoothies, Vegan and Vegetarian meals, Italian street food or homemade gelato. There really arent enough meals in the day!
Discover the Algarve countryside
Discover the Algarve countryside on a mountain-bike adventure or take a drive towards the West, discovering the beautiful towns and beaches along the way including Praia da Luz, Burgau (known as Santorini of Portugal), Salema and Sagres. Watch the sunset from Europe´s most south-westerly point at Cabo de São Vincente Lighthouse.