• Lagos Portugal Weekend Escape | Winter Adventures

    Lagos is a coastal city located in the western coastline of the Algarve region in Portugal. As part of the Winter Adventures to Faro, I managed to include a Lagos Portugal Weekend Escape. The city of Lagos is filled with bustling nightlife, impressive cliffs and the best sandy beaches in Algarve.

    The city of Lagos in Portugal is not to be confused with the Nigerian capital in Western Africa. Lagos is not only home to the best beaches in Western Algarve but a charming historical centre too. The city is located ~2.5 hours away from Faro and an extra 40 minutes from Tavira.

    I was happy to include a Lagos Portugal Weekend Escape even though it wasn’t part of the itinerary. To be honest, I had no proper itinerary for Algarve apart from making the most of the visit. Our Lagos Portugal Weekend Escape guide covers all the things we did during this day trip.


    Lagos Portugal Weekend Escape

    Lagos is one of the most popular touristy destinations in the western region of Algarve. The popularity is due to the incredible cliffs and beaches lining the coastline of the city. We were fortunate that even though our visit was in winter, the weather was summery. Our hope is that the Lagos Portugal Weekend Escape guide will be a useful resource as you embark on visiting Lagos.


    Ponta da Piedade

    Ponta da Piedade is a group of rock formations that are said to give the Western Algarve region its beauty. Though the cliffs love quite high, there is a stair case which we took to reach the water. I highly recommend visiting this area even if your visit to Lagos is a short one.null

    Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse

    Thought to have been erected in 1913, the lighthouse is located near the Ponta de Piedade beach. The lighthouse can be seen from most areas on the coastal line of Lagos.

    Praia Dona Ana

    Praia Dona Ana is the most beautiful beach in Lagos, it offers access to crystal-clear water and gorgeous sandy beaches. The beach is popular with the locals and tourists alike for its proximity to the city.

    Praia do Camilo

    To reach Praia do Camilo you need to hike down the 200 wooden steps and though very exhausting, its so worth it. What we found out only when we reached the beach is that beach is separated by two separate. They are connected by a tunnel and gives such an incredible experience. 


    Porto de Mós

    This beach is located 4 kilometres away from Lagos and offers 3 kilometres of sandy beaches. Instead of taking a bus to reach this beach, we walked for over 30 minutes. We highly recommend doing this as from up to the view is incomparable.

    Meia Praia

    Meia Praia is a spacious, golden-sand beach set amid rocky cliffs and the most popular beach in Lagos. The horse-shaped beach is a mere 4 minutes walk from the city center making it ideal location.

    Praia da Batata

    Praia da Batata is another beach close to the town centre of Lagos, it is popular and gorgeous. The beach is filled with various infrastructure and is famous for kayaking.


    Pinhao Beach

    Pinhao beach is a hidden gem tucked under steep ochre cliffs on the Lagos coastline. What we loved was that it was secluded, towering yellow cliffs and such clear water.

    Lagos lots more to offer than beaches but they are the most visited places in the city. Other places that we visited during our day trip included

    • Castle of Lagos – medieval castle located close to the coast
    • Igreja de Santo António – a church and Portuguese National Monument.
    • Museu Municipal Dr José Formosinho – museum covering the entire city’s history 

    We also managed to walk in the narrow streets of the city and grab something to eat near the marina. I can not recommend the city enough and not just the beaches but the historical town centre too. One thing that we highly recommend is booking a boat ride, we book Fleet who was just incredible.



    1. February 7, 2019 / 11:54 pm

      Those rock formations on the beach are incredible. Looks so beautiful, great photos xx

    2. February 7, 2019 / 1:51 pm

      I’ve never been to Portugal but it seems like such an ideal weekend break what with it being such a short flight from the UK! Your post has made me want to go even more now.

    3. February 7, 2019 / 8:35 am

      I exploring beaches and those look stunning

    4. Chelle Dizon
      February 6, 2019 / 11:20 pm

      Wow I love hearing about your adventure and it sounds super fun. That Pinhao beach looks really amazing!

    5. February 6, 2019 / 10:21 pm

      Oh I’d love to visit Portugal, it looks like there are so many gorgeous locations to visit there!

    6. February 6, 2019 / 10:49 am

      How wonderful, I’ve only visited Portugal once, but I’d love to go back as we didn’t explore too much. Mich x

    7. February 6, 2019 / 9:56 am

      Oh the sunshine and blue skies!! I would really like to visit Portugal at some point, as it looks so beautiful there 🙂

    8. January 23, 2019 / 6:09 pm

      Looks like you had a fab break away. Loving all your piccys too by the way. This has got me in the holiday mood xx

    9. January 23, 2019 / 2:19 pm

      We visited Lisbon last year and fell in love, I would love to explore more of Portugal

    10. January 22, 2019 / 10:36 am

      We were just in Lisbon before christmas and fell in love with the city, vowing to return and explore more of Portugal. Lagos is now added to the list for our return.

    11. January 22, 2019 / 10:07 am

      I’ve never been to Portugal. I’ve always wanted to go, but have never been sure which part to look for. So this is really useful. Amazing beaches!

    12. January 21, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      Oh wow this has me longing to go! Those beaches are SO inviting!

    13. January 21, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      I am going to Faro soon and I have an open plan, I might give Lagos a wee visit before I go to Lisbon. Hopefully the weather is as good as you had it.

    14. January 21, 2019 / 7:30 pm

      I desperately need a get away – just look at those beaches I wish I could be on one now!!

    15. January 21, 2019 / 12:55 pm

      Wow! What an adventure, looks like a great time was had. I REALLY need to book more Winter breaks so I don’t get stuck with this god awful cold weather every year!

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