Temperature: Visit between May and October and enjoy average highs of 20-26 (°C).
Best time to visit: It’s the warmest in August.
Like other resorts in the Algarve, it does tend to get quite windy. But with temperatures in the 20 (°C) during the summer and an average of 11 hours of sunshine a day from June to August, the weather here is beautiful. December is the wettest month and the coldest is January, when the temperature drops to 11 (°C).
Golfers: Tee off on the three championship golf courses at Quinta do Lago golf club.
Families: Build sand castles on the beach or go dolphin spotting in the Atlantic.
History buffs: There’s lots to explore in this historical town, from 18th century walls and ornate churches to a castle and a fortress.
More about Lagos
Language: Portuguese is the language spoken here.
Currency: Your spending money needs to be in Euros (€).
Local time: Lagos is the same time as GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Faro Airport. The transfer time to Lagos is around 1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Lagos is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Tourist information: Further 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.
Holiday destinations related to Lagos:
By mini-train: Hop on the mini-train which runs along the seafront to easily see the marina, Ponta de Piedade and all the beaches in between. It usually costs around €2.50 for a single ticket to and from Lagos.
By bus: There’s a great network of bus routes that are cheap and reliable, such as the Rede Expressos and EVA. These both run services to other beach resorts and inland towns.
By train: To visit all the important sights along the Algarve line, simply board a train at the station near the marina.
By car: Rent a car and see all the sights of the western Algarve at your own pace. Pick up your hire car from Faro Airport, or from somewhere closer to your hotel.
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.