Mini guide to Lagos
Located on the Algarve in the southern part of Portugal, Lagos features a picturesque
port and a handsome restored sea fort, with a series of magnificent beaches just
outside the town.
Praia de Dona Ana beach, to the south of the city, is the most appealing. If
you go all the way to the southernmost point, Ponta da Piedade, you'll pass
some pretty cove beaches set against a backdrop of rock formations. Although
it's crowded in summer, another good, white-sand beach is the 2.5kms long Meia
Praia (Half Beach), across the river from the centre of town.
A wander around the town will reveal many architectural signs of its ancient
past. Attached to the famous 17th century Igreja de Santo António, or
'gold church', is a small museum of regional items, some of which are quite
odd. The recently constructed Marina presents a lovely picture and features
a modern cultural centre in which various exhibitions and culturally related
events are held during the year.
Lagos has an established scuba diving centre with regular excursions to underwater
caves and shipwrecks. There are also boat tours and deep sea-fishing outings
that leave from the marina. For a slice of nightlife, explore the restaurants,
bars and shops on and just off the charming cobbled Rua 25 de Abril.
If you hire a car, the village of Sagres, offering dramatic towering sheer
cliffs so common to the Algarve, is a must-see. To the north of Lagos is the
small town of Aljezur with some fine nearby west coast beaches. The 10th century
Moorish castle still stands today, overlooking this small town.
By road from Lisbon, take the N2 highway, or, take the ferry from the capital's
Praça do Comércio across the Tagus to Barreiro. From there, the
Southern Line Railway runs to Lagos. Faro Airport lies to the east and there
is a train station nearby which offers a service to Lagos.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Hotel Marina Sao Roque
Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort
Magnolia Mar Apartments
Click below for a
full list of hotels and online booking