Here you can find everything you need for the vacations you’ve been dreaming of. Stunning beaches, dazzling sunsets, welcoming local people, mouthwatering food and alluring nature. Especially the pleasant weather all year round.
In the South of Portugal, the Algarve enjoys of a 200-kilometers coastline framing, more than 200 days of sun and mild winters.
Average temperatures in Summer:
Maximum – 28 degrees Celcius (82 F)
Faro, the region’s capital is usually underrated and seen merely as a passing through city, due to its proximity to the Airport. But this city has its own enchants because it has managed to remained true to itself, never giving up to tourism pressure.
The old town is definitely a must-see and the city connection to some beach islands is a surplus! Due to its central position, it can be your main point to explore the entire Algarve.
Lagos, known as the western gem of the Algarve, Lagos is considered a very charming and lively town, surrounded by clear sand beaches framed by stunning rocky cliffs, and crystal clear waters.
A city of celtic origins and influenced by the presence of several people like the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans due to its proximity to the ocean and strategic position, Lagos has evolved alongside with the exploits of the sea.
The Arab occupation had also its influence in the city development, as well as the Christian regain, where it became one of the main centres in the world for trade during the Age of Discoveries.
Lagos Old Town Walls - Wandering around the streets of the historic center is a
must do in Lagos. Take notice of the typical old architecture, as you come across the forged iron balconies, the house fronts covered in portuguese tiles (azulejos) and other charming details. The traditional marble paving of the pedestrian streets adds up to this town allure.
The town’s old fort is called Forte da Ponta da Bandeira. It was built in the 17th century to defend the main sea entrance of Lagos from pirates and spanish attacks. Nowadays you can visit the museum it held in its interior, as well as a charming chappel. Don’t miss the view from its terrace.
Not every traveller is fond of visiting churches, but for the ones who appreciate it this town has a few truly worth a peek: Santo António’s Church – Igreja de Santo António, São Sebastião’s Church – Igreja de São Sebastião, Santa Maria’s Church – Igreja de Santa Maria, Nossa Senhora do Carmo’s Church – Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo.
Another important building in town is the Old slave market (now a Museum and a place to remind us of the dark side of the Age of Discovery). Located at Praça Infante Dom Henrique, it was built in 1444 and slaves brought from Africa were sold here to the entire continent.
Apart from the alluring town of Lagos, this area of the Algarve is also gifted with dazzling beaches and sea cliffs, Don’t miss a chance to visit each of them and to get overwhelmed by the beauty of this coast like: Dona Ana’s Beach (Praia da Dona Ana), Batata’s beach (Praia da Batata), Camilo’s Beach (Praia do Camilo), Meia Praia Beach (a 4 km-long strip of sand and an opened invitation to take long walks), Porto de Mós’ Beach (Praia de Porto de Mós), Ponta da Piedade (a promontory worth your visit because the view is breathtaking)
Eat and Drink
As a coastal town, Lagos will offer you fresh seafood dishes that will not disappoint. In the majority of the town restaurants, you will be able to taste a lot of the region’s typical dishes.
The following restaurants, with typical food, are very appreciated by both locals and tourists.
O ESCONDIDINHO RESTAURANT (One of the best places in town to eat delicious sardines)- Beco do Cemitério, 2 Lagos 8600-651.
DOM SEBASTIÃO RESTAURANT - Rua 25 de Abril 20 22, Lagos 8600-763.
CASINHA DO PETISCO RESTAURANT (Huge portions of tasty food) - Rua da Oliveira 51,Lagos 8600-700.
XPREITAQUI (A delicious assortment of tapas with good wine options to match with.) - Rua Silva Lopes 14, Lagos 8600-623.
For more informal places to grab a bite to eat, you have other good options in town like:
THE GARDEN - Rua Lançarote de Freitas 27, 8600-605.
CASA DO PREGO - Rua Infante de Sagres 56, 8600-743.
BARBOSA BAR AND KITCHEN - Rua Antonio Barbosa Viana 17, 8600-677 Lagos.
Not exactly in Lagos, but located in the nearby beaches, these following restaurants are also known for the good quality food they serve and the great location and view. Take a peek!
O ANTÓNIO - Praia do Porto de Mós, Porto de Mós, 8600-282 Lagos.
O CAMILO RESTAURANT - Estrada da Ponta da Piedade, Praia do Camilo, 8600-544 Lagos.
The Algarve is also known by its traditional sweets and cakes. In Lagos you can taste this regional delicacies along with a good coffee in some renowned pastelarias like: PASTELARIA ALGARVE (Rua Porta de Portugal 89, 8600-701), GOMBÁ PASTRY / CAFFÉ (I-Rua Cândido dos Reis, 56 / II- Rua Vasco da Gama, 32 C, 8600 Lagos) e TAQUELIM GONÇALVES - Rua Porta de Portugal 27-31, 8600-998).
If you want to go out for drinks, hear some music and even dance, you’re lucky because the nightlife in Lagos is quite lively and attractive. The abundance of outdoor cafes and bars makes it quite easy for you to find a place that suits your taste in terms of crowd and music. You can find the majority of them in the old historic part of the city and in a short walking distance from each other.
THE TAVERN - Rua Lançarote de Freitas 34, 8600-605 Lagos
ROSKOS - Rua Cândido dos Reis 79, 8600-681 Lagos SKY BAR - Rua Marques de Pombal, 1, 8600-740 Lagos
THREE MONKEYS - R. Lançarote de Freitas 28, 8600-605 Lagos
RED EYE BAR - Rua do Albergue,14.
STEVIE RAY’S - Rua da Sra. da Graça 9, 8600 Lagos
The majority of bars and pubs in town will definitely provide you with a good moment and lots of fun, at least till 2 AM. After that, a few will definitely keep the party going, specially if you’re in the mood for dancing (after 2 AM).
INSIDE OUT - Rua Cândido dos Reis 19, 8600-315 Lagos
GRAND CAFÉ - Rua Sra da Graça, 7, 8600-548 Lagos
BON VIVANT - Rua 25 de Abril 105, 8600-763 Lagos