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Things to Do in Lagos

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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Lagos Zoo (Parque Zoologico de Lagos)
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Home to more than 140 different species from across the world, Lagos Zoo offers a family-friendly alternative to the crowded Algarve coast. Opened in 2000, the zoo has become a world-class conservation facility, and its close proximity to central Lagos makes it a top choice for a day away from the city.
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