You literally cannot come to Lagos and not get in the water. When staying in Lagos you have access to so many beaches nearby including the main Lagos beaches and so many more on the south and west coast. There are waves suitable for all abilities so check the waves and hire yourself a board.
Filled with the colourful patterned tiles, buildings, cafes, doorways and houses that Portugal does so beautifully, the Old Town of Lagos is nothing short of charming. You can spend an entire day here wandering through the cobbled streets and browsing the little surf shops, cafes and squares. Lagos Old Town has an old romantic feel to it, almost like you’re in a movie. If you’re lucky enough to witness the sound of live music welcoming you as you step around the street corners, I have no doubt you’ll fall in love a little harder than before. Should you wish to dive into the energy of the historic roots Lagos is grounded in, be sure to head to the Slave Market Museum, the Forte Ponta da Bandeira or Igreja de Santo António (to name a few).
Enjoy sunset or sunrise at Ponte da Piedade. It’s likely that you’ll have come across a picture of Ponte da Piedade if you’ve done any research on Lagos prior to reading this blog post. Gorgeous isn’t it? Just a couple minute drive from Lagos centre, this famous headland shows off a group of rock formations consisting of yellow-golden clifflike rocks standing up to 20 metres high. There’s a free car park right by the headland so it’s super easy to jump out if you’re pushed for time. I would also highly recommend exploring more of the coastline here, don’t just limit yourself to getting ‘that shot’ and leaving. It’s a gorgeous area to walk around and even more so at sunrise with a coffee or sunset with a bottle of wine!
Make sure you tuck into some traditional Portuguese dishes whilst you’re visiting Portugal. I actually never got around to eating at this restaurant but my Portuguese friends recommended this restaurant straight off the cuff when I asked him. If it’s given the seal of approval by a local, you can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Meia Praia beach is the largest beach in the Lagos region and is the perfect place to pitch up and relax for the day. The 4km continuous stretch of golden sand that makes up Meia Praia is so big, it never really feels crowded even on those summer days. The sand is super fine here and there are a few dreamy beach bars dotted along for a lunchtime refreshment/evening cocktail.
Possibly the most visited spot on the Algarve… but hey, there’s a very good reason for it. See image below. Located along the southern coast of the central Algarve (east of Lagos) between the popular tourist destinations of Praia do Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra, Benagil is a small fishing village made famous in recent years because of the caves it hosts on its coastline. You can access the caves by boat, SUP or kayak, depending on your preferences.
Another incredible way to see the Algarve and its gorgeous coastline is by boat. You can jump on a boat tour / rent a boat to gain this stunning perspective of the rock formations. If you choose to take this option you can tick off two activities at once and get up close and personal with Ponte da Piedade. Head to Marina de Lagos to chat with the tour / boat companies and to book your boat adventure!