With picturesque piazzas and churches, nearby golden beaches and warm Mediterranean weather, what’s not to love about Lagos? This beautiful harbour resort in Portugal’s Algarve region has it all. Jam-packed with historic sights and full of fun-filled activities to keep all the family happy, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Lagos.
Just a 20-minute stroll away from the centre of Lagos is Meia Praia, one of the Algarve’s best beaches. You’ll find plenty of space to lay your towel and relax on this wide 4km stretch of golden sand, as well as water sports like wind surfing and high-speed jet skis for the more adventurous. There are cafés and small bars dotted along the promenade close to the beach where you can pick up a quick snack and have a refreshing drink.
Just south of Lagos is Ponta da Piedade, a slice of dramatic coastline that also needs to be added to your Lagos things to do list. Ponta da Piedade’s spectacular sandstone cliffs and rock formations have naturally weathered to form tunnels, pillars and hidden grottos you’ll have fun exploring. Climb to the top to see impressive views of the coast and in spring, the surrounding area blooming with wild orchids.
Visiting its beautiful coastline and beaches aren’t the only things to do in Lagos. Portugal has much more to offer, and there’s tons of historic sightseeing too. From its centuries-old churches, statues and Ponta da Bandeira fortress to walking around the 16th century town walls, there is plenty of rich history to discover when you’re walking down the narrow cobbled streets of Lagos old town.
The town even has its own castle with an ornate Manueline window in the castle’s walls.
Day trips and activities
Visiting Lagos zoo with the family is arguably the best thing to do in Lagos. Portugal’s premier zoo is set over three hectares and located 8km west of Lagos near the village of Barão de São João, Parque Zoologico de Lagos is the ultimate kid-pleaser. They’ll love seeing all the small primates and other animals in the children’s farm.
There are lots of other things to do around Lagos too, like a wine tasting day trip to Monte da Casteleja. The area’s known for producing tasty local wine, and you can learn all about the art of winemaking with a tour around one of its vineyards.