Lagos is an exciting town with fantastic beaches, fun nightlife, and a popular marina, perfect for your villa holiday. It also has a fascinating historical past which you can see in its architecture with elaborate churches, elegant Art Noveau styling and the remains of Roman walls. Fishing is still central to life in in Lagos and you can experience it through the local cuisine which has several specialties celebrating its heritage. The Western Algarve is becoming known for watersports and fashionable beach bars which are attracting younger visitors. The main beach is Meia Praia, a sandy strip that runs for 4 kilometres to the east of Lagos. Close to Lagos, there are a number of small coves to explore. If you want a break from sunbathing, try taking a hike in the mountains for some stunning scenery.
In the centre of Lagos is the weekly fresh fruit and fish market, as well as plenty of souvenir shops. There are narrow cobbled streets and an array of whitewashed boutiques selling traditional Algarve handcrafted gifts. On the outskirts, you’ll find large supermarkets for villa grocery shopping.
The town is very lively in the evenings with a carnival atmosphere attracting a young international crowd. Explore the beautiful stylish marina with its trendy bistros and charming waterside bars. The restaurants that overlook the water offer a stunning setting for an evening meal and are the perfect place to try local fish dishes. Lagos old town is filled with traditional restaurants where you can enjoy a tasty chicken Piri Piri and special cakes of the region. Both white and red wines are produced locally, and you’ll find them on offer in the bars around town.
To the east of Lagos is one of the largest bays in Europe and the 4 kilometre long Meia Praia beach. This vast Blue Flag beach never feels crowded even in mid-August. There are a few beach bars scattered along it and you can hire sunbeds and parasols. If you want a small beach with marvelous caves, coves and grottos to explore, try Praia da Batata, Praia do Pinhao, or Praia Dona Ana. The water is wonderfully clear, perfect for snorkelling. Porto Mos is a long wide beach of clean white sand and stunning cliffs - the place to see a glorious sunset!
When you want a break from the beach, take to the water and make some family holiday memories. Try a leisurely dolphin watching cruise or sea kayaking. The Wake Salinas wake board park is full of slides, shoots and wave pools to practice your surfing tricks. If you want to get competitive, Lagos Aventura is a park where you can play paintball and try the aerial rope courses through the trees. Up in the hills behind Lagos you can try horse riding too.
In the old part of Lagos there are still sections of the early Roman walls for you to admire as well as the fortress guarding the harbour should you wish to uncover its history. Lagos has remained close to its roots and the fishermen still auctioning their catch of the day early in the morning by the harbour. There are lovely footpaths along the cliff tops which are a wonderful way to enjoy the ocean views. If you want to see the countryside, the hills behind Lagos can be reached within 20 minutes and you can walk through the Barao de sao Joa National Forest. Or why not take a trip to Sagres to see the impressive fort and amazing sunset from Cape St Vincent.
For golfers, you are in a prime spot, with the Quinta da Boavista Resort complete situated in Lagos. There are also other nearby courses such as Palmares only a short drive away.