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A historic, lively beach resort

Stunning landscapes, a thriving town with markets, music and museums, and one of the longest sandy beaches in Portugal: Lagos holidays have it all. Centred around a vibrant marina, this coastal resort is a hub for visitors to the western Algarve.

Admire the architecture of Lagos’ old town, which is now also filled with trendy bars and independent boutiques. For another perspective on Lagos life, be sure to experience the town’s hectic fish market, where locals haggle over the morning’s catch and visitors can pick up locally made preserves and handcrafted souvenirs. For some history, swing by the the Castelo dos Governadores and the Santo António church, among many other monuments to the town’s past that can be visited.

Of course, no holidays to Lagos are complete without some serious beach time, and the western Algarve offers a peerless selection of sandy stretches – all you need to do is come and find your favourite.

Your Lagos questions, answered

Avoid the temptation to confuse this town with the Nigerian city – Portuguese Lagos is actually pronounced more like ‘Lar-gosh’, with more emphasis on the ‘lar’.
Lagos is protected on both sides by protruding land, making the beaches in the heart of its bay sheltered and ideal for swimming. Find waves and water sports to the west of town.
Lagos occupies a prime position on the western Algarve, and is celebrated for its variety of beaches, buzzing nightlife and fine selection of bars and restaurants.

Best things to do in Lagos

Ride the waves

Given its often impressive waves, Lagos is a hotspot for surfers. Pick up a board at the Atlantic-facing Porto de Mos beach and have a go.

Visit the lemurs

Fancy a change from the beach? Lagos Zoo makes a great family day out, featuring more than 200 plant and 140 animal species, including lemurs, pelicans, monkeys and otters.

Get bartering

Opposite the marina, Lagos’ fish market is quite a sight: three floors bursting with fresh fish, meat, oil, cheese and homemade sauces – providing an authentic taste of Portugal in more ways than one.