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Holidays in Lagos

If you like to mix your beach time with sightseeing and sports, Lagos will be perfect for you. This bustling town has some of the best beaches in the Algarve, alongside museums and a 15th century fort. If you’re feeling active, head to the beach for windsurfing and sailing, or tee off at the nearby golf course.

26 °C

August is the hottest month.

2 hours 45 minutes

Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 90km east of Lagos.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Lagos for golf at the famous Quinta do Lago club and relaxing days on some of the best beaches in Portugal.

Recommended offers in Lagos

Vitasol Park

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Self Catering
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Vitasol Park is a modern complex crossed by an artificial watercourse, on the top of the historical and bustling city of Lagos and the marina, prov...

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Belver Porto Dona Maria Resort & Golf

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Room Only
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With a stay at Belver Porto Dona Maria Resort & Golf in Lagos (Praia da Luz), you'll be convenient to Luz Beach and Burgau Beach. This aparthotel i...

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Hotel Marina São Roque

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
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When you stay at Hotel Marina São Roque in Lagos, you'll be next to a golf course and minutes from Discoveries Wax Museum and Lagos Marina. This ho...

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Hotel Luz Bay

Praia da Luz, Praia da Luz

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
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With a stay at Hotel Luz Bay in Lagos (Praia da Luz), you'll be minutes from Luz Beach and close to Dona Ana Beach. This 4-star hotel is within clo...

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Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos Lagos

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Self Catering
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The Aqualuz Apartments offers everything you need for a well-deserved rest with comfortable Studio, one-bedroom apartments and Superior apartments ...

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Baia da Luz

Praia da Luz, Praia da Luz

7 Nights, Room Only
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With a stay at Baia da Luz in Lagos (Praia da Luz), you'll be minutes from Luz Beach and close to Dona Ana Beach. This 4-star apartment is within c...

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Montinho de Ouro

Praia da Luz, Praia da Luz

7 Nights, Room Only
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Located in Lagos (Praia da Luz), Montinho de Ouro is close to Luz Beach and Espiche Golf Course. This family-friendly apartment is within the vicin...

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Marina Club Suite Hotel

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Room Only
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When you stay at Marina Club Suite Hotel in Lagos, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Lagos Marina and Discoveries Wax Museum. This 4-star a...

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Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Room Only
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With a stay at Belmar Spa & Beach Resort in Lagos, you'll be in the entertainment district and minutes from Porto de Mos Beach and close to Meia Pr...

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Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort

Lagos, Lagos

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
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When you stay at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort in Lagos, you'll be on the waterfront and close to Porto de Mos Beach and Meia Praia Beach. Th...

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Stretch out with a good book on the soft golden sands of Meia Praia beach. When it’s time for lunch, head to one of the restaurants near the stylish marina and watch the yachts come in. For some great Atlantic views, take a boat trip to the caves at Ponta da Piedade. Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, you’ll see dramatic rock formations and vivid turquoise waters. If you’ve got kids with you, take them to see the monkeys at Lagos Zoo.  In the evening, dine at a restaurant above the market for great views over the town.

Sit back and relax on one of the Algarve’s most famous beaches, Meia Praia, which has five kilometres of sweeping sands. Find a sandy cove at Praia de Dona Ana and sunbathe in the shade of incredible rock formations. Closest to the town centre is Batata Beach, often used for sailing regattas and volleyball competitions. Around the other side of Ponta da Piedade, Porto de Mós is one of the most exciting places to go in Lagos for windsurfing. Have a wander up to the cliffs for some fantastic views across the sea.

With over 120 different species, Lagos Zoo is a great place to take the kids. See exotic birds swoop through the 60m Flight Tunnel and baboons chattering on Monkey Island. You’ll find plenty of things for kids to do in Lagos, particularly near the beach. Hop on a boat and go dolphin-spotting, learn to surf, or paddle kayaks together. If you fancy venturing out of town, explore the National Forest of Barão de São João (9km away) or look for flamingos in the wetlands of the Alvor Estuary.

First settled around 2000BC, there’s a lot of history amongst the attractions in Lagos. Most of what you’ll see today dates from the 15th century onwards, when Lagos was a prosperous trading port and departure point for explorers during Portugal’s golden Age of the Discoveries. Follow the well-preserved town walls, visit the moated Ponta da Bandeira Fort, and browse Lagos Museum. You’ll find all sorts of artefacts on display, from ancient archaeological finds to 18th-century sacred art. Make sure you also pay a visit to the statue of King Sebastian, the 16th-century monarch who, as legend predicts, will return on a foggy morning.

LAGOS IS BEST FOR...

Golfers: Lagos is home to Quinta do Lago golf club, with three championship golf courses.

Families: Play on the beach and go dolphin-spotting in the Atlantic.

History buffs: From 16thcentury town walls to ornate churches, there’s a lot to see in this ancient town.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Lagos is Portuguese

Currency: The currency used in Lagos is the Euro (€)

Local time: Lagos is in the same time zone as GMT/UK time

Fly to: Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 90km east of Lagos.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Tourist information: Further Lagos tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Lagos.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 20-26°C between May and October.

Best time to visit: August is the hottest month.

Like other places on the Algarve’s windward Barlavento coast, Lagos can be quite breezy. That doesn’t stop the weather in Lagos from being lovely, though, with temperatures in the 20s (°C) all summer long and an average of 11 hours of sunshine a day from June to August.


GETTING AROUND

By mini-train: The tourist train travels the full length of the seafront from the marina to Ponta de Piedade, passing beaches on the way.

By bus: You can also get to the beach by bus, as there’s a good network of bus routes in Lagos. Rede Expressos and EVA both run services to other beach resorts and inland towns.

By train: If you fancy checking out the places along the Algarve line, you’ll find the station near the marina.

By car: Lagos is a brilliant base for exploring the western Algarve, so rent a car to see as much as you can.


EVENTS

Sail away: Some of the most prestigious events on the sailing calendar often visit Lagos, and there are smaller regattas here too.

Golf tournaments: Quinta do Lago golf club frequently hosts big contests, such as the Portuguese Open Championship.

All that jazz: August brings the annual Lagos Jazz Festival, with concerts, workshops and jam sessions.

Bath time: If you’re in Lagos at the end of August, don’t miss Banho 29, a time-honoured mass dip in the sea. Many locals even wear old-fashioned bathing suits.

Traditional fair: The Age of Discovery is celebrated every October/November with a 16th-century fair.


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REGIONS IN PORTUGAL

Algarve, Madeira


CITIES IN ALGARVE

Praia da Rocha, Vilamoura

Holiday Types

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