Lagos Area Guide

Down the road from Espiche and Luz is Lagos: a town which amalgamates the old and new traditions of Portugal; brimming with bars, restaurants, and a bustling nightlife, all against the backdrop of cobbled shopping streets and pristine white sands.

Just a 10 mintue drive from both Luz and Espiche, is the vibrant town of Lagos. If you have not hired a car for your trip, there are bus services that run every 15 minutes (in Summer months) from both Luz and Espiche to Lagos, or you can hire a taxi - which is affordable and plentiful.

First on the agenda has to be the old town, full of intricate Portuguese architecture, and an abundance of historical sites, all enclosed within the ancient city walls. There is a plethora of things to do, including museums, ancient sites, and the church of Santa Maria and the 'Golden Church' of St Antony. Here there is also an open piazza with a contemporary water feature, coffee bars, and novice artists sketching around its perimeters. Side roads off the piazza will lead you to small boutique shops and towards the newly renovated fish market; it is a must-see for all visitors, and the produce can be tried and tested in the restaurant there on the top floor (which has amazing views of Lagos bay), or taken away to barbecue at one of our villas. Upstairs you can find fresh fruits and vegetable stalls alongside freshly baked breads and local preservatives. We would recommend getting to the market early for the best selections. 


Once you have soaked up some Algarve culture why not relax and have a Dia de Praia (Beach Day) on one of the many beaches in Lagos. Praia da Batata, known locally as 'Town Beach', is the closest beach to the town and sits against an impressive backdrop of the ancient fortress and weathered coves. Just across from the town centre is Meia Praia, a 4km stretch of sand and shimmering sea, with lots of bars and restaurants along its length. The sheer size makes this beach the perfect choice to recline into the Algarve beach life. Other picturesque beaches include Praia da Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo and Praia do Porto de Mos - where you will find coves, caves and magnificent rock formations/stacks which the Algarve is famous for. 


From the cosmopolitan marina, boat and kayak tours run to explore hidden grottos, watch dolphins, and visit beaches only accessible by boat. Here there are also a number of bars and restaurants to relax in after your sea voyage. After a few glasses of wine, you might fancy going ‘out out’ for the night at any of Lagos’ clubs or bars.