Lagos Travel Summary

Lagos is a beautiful and historic city situated on the beautiful Western Algarve and is famous for its stunning beaches with beautiful rocky formations and steep cliffs.

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The Lagos Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Lagos:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

The city also boasts a rich seafaring heritage and its beautiful old town has cobbled lanes and picturesque squares and churches which are enclosed by 16th-century walls.

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The beaches at Lagos are some of the best in the Algarve. The most famous is Meia Praia, 4 km of golden sand stretching east of the marina. It’s a lively beach where children paddle in the shallow waters and paragliders cut up the waves. There’s also the sheltered Batata Beach, with its view of the fortress, and Dona Ana Beach, which comes with spectacular rock formations.

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For sightseers the ancient city walls are well preserved despite the devastation caused by the 1755 earthquake which destroyed much of the town and caused Lagos to lose its status as capital of the Algarve in favour of the less affected Faro and the cobbled lanes and picturesque squares are a delight to walk around.

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You can take boat trips from Lagos’s award-winning marina, built in 1994 which has 462 births.  One of my favourites is a boat trip around the stunning Ponta da Piedade.

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Lagos is blessed with some great beaches:

  • Meia Praia extends over 4km and you can reach it by walking up to the marina.   There are a number of beach bars at the western side of the beach
  • Praia da Batata is the closest beach to Lagos town centre.  As you arrive to the beach you are met with the magnificent sight of a fortress, Forte Ponta da Bandeira
  • Praia Dona Ana is embraced by cliffs, which offer shelter from any sea breezes and the magnificent rock formations offer a fabulous sight from the beach
  • Praia do Camilo is a beautiful beach which is close Ponta da Piedade, there is a wooden staircase down to a small beautiful beach with fantastic rock formations

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Lagos also serves as the ideal base for exploring the iconic cliffs of Ponta da Piedade.  These cliffs are a symbol of the Algarve and are breathtaking.

2. What to See:

Fort of Ponta da Bandeira:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The small fort of Ponta da Bandeira, also known as the Fort of Our Lady of Penha de Franca stands on Lagos’s waterfront
  • Built in 1690, it was part of the important defence guarding the strategically important harbour from raids by Corsairs, Pirates and the Spanish
  • Inside there is a small chapel dedicated to St Barbara, patron saint of armourers, artillerymen and miners, the walls of which are lined with traditional azulejo tiles
  • There is also a small museum and exhibition area which usually displays works by local artists and photographers

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Governor’s Castle:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Castelo dos Governadores or the Governor’s Castle was originally built by the Arabs and then became the residence of the Governors of the Algarve
  • Although the castle was altered several times and was partially destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, it is still impressive and is a must-visit for its Moorish history

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Ponta da Piedade:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Ponta da Piedade are a series of beautiful sandstone cliffs, that are considered as the finest natural feature of the western Algarve.
  • This headland to the south of Lagos has been eroded over the millennia by powerful winter storms to form unique cliff formations, which include sea arches, grottos and smugglers caves
  • The Ponta da Piedade can be explored from the pathways that cross and climb the cliffs, but a much more enjoyable approach is to join one of the boat tours that depart from Lagos marina

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Lagos Old Town:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The old town is lovely to walk around with its cobbled lanes and picturesque squares and churches enclosed 16th-century walls
  • There are some lovely artisan and tourist shops in the old town and this is where the lion’s share of bars and restaurants are located

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3. Photo Gallery:

 

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