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Enjoy Lagos

City of discoveries, closely linked to the Portuguese discoveries because of its geographical location.
Today it’s famous especially for the abundance and beauty of its beaches, from long extensions of dunes to smaller beaches with cliffs and caves.
Find out about the landmarks of Lagos and our suggestions of activities to enjoy in the city, dishes and other places of interest nearby!

Typical July:
26º C
79º F
Typical January:
14º C
57º F

What to see

Although well known for its beaches, the city of Lagos has several points of interest that you should visit. Get to know them.

Golden Chapel of St. António

National Monument. Baroque style building, with a simple façade that contrasts with the rich gilt interior decoration.


Meia Praia, Dona Ana, Camilo... there are several beaches that you can find on the Lagos' coast, famous for its idyllic setting.

Fort 'Ponta da Bandeira'

Built in the context of the War of Restoration, in the 17th Century, with the purpose of defending Lagos.

Old Slave Market

Constructed in 1444, it was the first slave market in Europe.

Castle of the Rulers

Military architecture of the 14th to 17th Century. Situated in a place where some historians suggest an Islamic citadel existed.

Replica of the Caravel of 'Boa Esperança'

Built in wood, by experts who respected the rules of naval construction of the 15th Century.

What to do

Take advantage of the excellent location of Lagos, just by the the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoy various activities!


By the Lagos' Marina, along the sidewalk. Besides enjoying the scenery you'll find a small market with many regional products.

Boat trip

Along the interior of the famous caves of 'Ponta da Piedade', a magic site, classified in 2014 by the Huffington Post as the most beautiful beach in the world.

Visit the Historical Centre

Many of the houses of the historic centre maintain the traditional stone carvings, the picturesque wrought-iron balconies and courtyards.


You'll find beaches with an amazing atmosphere. Its caves and rocks are within the most famous landscapes of the Algarve.

What to taste

The sea is the main source of inspiration of Lagos’ cuisine. There is a large range of fish dishes, shellfish and seafood. Moreover you’ll also find a delicious supply of meat dishes and typical sweets, mostly made of almond!

Fish, Seafood and Shellfish

You've numerous options for this kind of dishes, like mackerel with lemon, fried moray eel, roasted octopus grilled, 'feijoada' of shells... It will be hard to choose!

Corn porridge

Made with sausages and pork meat. In past times it was the basis of a humble diet, today is a very popular dish.

Beans Algarve's style

A favorite dish of Algarve's people. There are several ways of cooking it and different ingredients that can be added.

Almond Cakes

The almond tree is the protagonist in the Algarve bakery. You have 'Dom Rodrigo', the 'Moragado' and dried figs stuffed with almonds!

Places to visit near Lagos

Let yourself be dazzled by the amazing sites on the surrounding areas of Lagos… Get to know our suggestions:

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