Things to do in Lagos, Portugal


Lagos is a municipality at the mouth of Bensafrim River and along the Atlantic Ocean, in the Barlavento region of the west of Algarve. Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Algarve, Portugal, due to its variety of tourist-friendly beaches, rock formations, bars, restaurants and hotels, renowned for its vibrant summer nightlife and parties. 

Found within the historic centre is a proud Portuguese city, with cobbled streets, authentic restaurants, and an atmosphere which is relaxed and welcoming. Lagos perfectly combines beaches with modern tourist facilities. In comparison to Faro, Lagos is much more touristy and have more to offer in terms of places to dine, bars and nightlife. However, if you want to experience more of Portuguese towns, you should visit a few nights in Faro.

The extensive range of sights and activities means that Lagos is perfectly suited for a range of different visitors, and this includes families, couples or more mature visitors.

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

What to do and see


The “Marina de Lagos” is a modern marina located in the Bay of Lagos, next to the Historic Center of the city.

Fort of Ponta da Bandeira

The small fort of Ponta da Bandeira, also known as the Fort of Our Lady of Penha de Franca (or just Lagos fortress) stands on Lagos's waterfront, where the Bensafrim River enters the sea and overlooking Praia da Batata beach. The fort, used until the 20th century by the military, was restored in the 1960’s and today the interior is open to the public.

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Igreja de Santo Antonio

Igreja de Santo Antonio is one of the finest National Monument in Portugal, due to the baroque gilded woodwork decoration. The entire church is crowned by a wooden vaulted ceiling, imitating a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The ceiling is covered by wonderfully coloured and intricately drawn printings. Originally constructed in 1707, the church was rebuilt in 1769.  

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Igreja de Santa Maria-Praça do Infante D. Henrique

Lending dynamic perspective to Praça do Infante D. Henrique is the late 15th-century church of St. Mary. Set in the northwestern corner of the square, the church still retains a Renaissance doorway, which fortunately survived the great earthquake of 1755.

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Ponta da Piedade

A Portuguese natural wonder awaits on a headland a few minutes south of the old centre of Lagos. Ponta da Piedade offers amazing panoramic views of Atlantic coastline with deformation of rocks, arches, beaches and beautiful water ahead. 

Praia do Camilo

Not a typical day at the beach, Praia do Camilo, located just next to Ponda da Piedade is a perfect cove at the foot of cliffs. Before getting to this beach, you'll need to descend some 200 steps on a safe wooden stairway etched into the rock. However, before heading down, make sure to pause to gaze into the beautiful azure ocean.

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Praia da Dona Ana

A perfect place to spend your day on a beach, Praia da Dona Ana is the classic Algarve cove; nestled between the sandstone cliffs on the eastern side of Ponta da Piedade, it is sheltered from the breeze but catches all the day's sun. 

Porto de Mós

Praia de Porto de Mós is a beautiful golden beach, surrounded by impressive rock formations. Located near Ponta da Piedade, this place is a popular destination for surfing and other water sports.

Praia dos Estudantes

Praia dos Estudantes is a beach near the centre of Lagos. Due to its location, it is one of many other beaches that is convenient to visit for a couple of hours. Praia dos Estudantes is known for its Roman style bridge right on the beach. 

Where to go eat and drink

Lagos is filled with great restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Since Lagos is a more popular tourist destination, you'll have no issue finding a place to sit in or out. Pretty much the whole old city center will be filled in with shops and restaurants. Here are some of my favourite places in Lagos:
  • Padaria Central - bakery
  • London Tiger Coffee - coffee shop
  • Black and White Coffee Shop
  • Coffee & Waves  coffee shop
  • Abigail's cafe  coffee shop
  • Casa do Prego - tapas restaurant
  • Cachoa - restaurant with courtyard
  • Nah Nah Nah - restaurant

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal