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Property for sale in Lagos, West Algarve, Algarve, Portugal

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The Lagos area guide

Things to do

One of the prettiest towns in Portugal’s southern Algarve region, Lagos offers cobblestoned streets, picturesque plazas and historic churches to explore. Sunny beaches and a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife draw in the international crowd, particularly during the summer’s high season.

The permanent population hovers at just over 22,000, but this can swell during the summer months when the town heats up with live music events and parties. It’s one of the most visited locales in Portugal, with clean beaches, notable rock formations and a solid infrastructure for tourists and expats alike.

Lagos is also notable for its position as the centre of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, home to a historic shipyard and a long tradition of navigation and exploration. A wander around the town’s well-preserved city centre reveals colourful architecture, plazas and churches.

One of the most intriguing is the Church of San Sebastian, which includes a bone chapel or Capela dos Ossos. Don’t miss the chance to climb up to the bell tower for a stunning view of Lagos and the harbour. Visit the harbour in the morning to see the town’s active trade still in action, with boats pulling in and out. The fish market is also a good spot to tour in the morning, especially if you want to see the town’s chefs vying to get the catch of the day.

The beaches in Lagos are a top draw for permanent residents as well as visitors, and they serve as a centre not only of relaxation but of a variety of watersports and boat tours. Praia da Batata is one of the most popular, offering sandy expanses to relax on as well as rugged cliff walks. If you prefer to soak in the social scene, head to Meia Praia with its bevy of beach bars and beautiful people. Go sailing with companies like Bom Dia Boat Trips or hop aboard an afternoon dolphin cruise.

Places to eat

Regional specialties and international standards can be found in the town’s varied dining scene. No Patio is a local favourite, featuring a romantic courtyard and seasonal cuisine. Dine on casual burgers at Nah Nah Bah or head to A Forja and Adega da Marina for traditional Portuguese dishes. However, you’ll need to make reservations at the most popular restaurants during the high season.

The Marina and the Meia Praia beach are both bustling destinations to people-watch, as well as to enjoy fresh seafood from a sunny terrace, with the bars and restaurants staying open late into the night.


Whether you prefer modern shopping centres or traditional artisanal markets, Lagos has it all. Southern Portugal is famous for certain products, including hand-painted ceramic tiles and dishes. Portugal’s also famous for cork, which is available in many of the town’s souvenir shops and boutiques. It’s used here in innovative ways, incorporated into coasters, hats and shoes alike.

The Lagos Marina Gift Shop is a good central option for local products and sportswear. Visit the weekly market on the harbour front to pick up one-of-a-kind clothing and fresh produce, or Mundo do Sapato for high-quality footwear. Stroll down Cândido dos Reis to find rows of clothing shops or venture to the Forum Algarve in Faro if you’re after brand name shops and supermarkets.

Getting there & around

The closest international airport is Faro, which is the gateway to the Algarve region. From there it’s approximately a one-hour drive into Lagos along the A22 motorway, or you can take the scenic route along the 125 west.

Bus and rail services are available within the town, connecting Lagos with further destinations including Faro and Lisbon. EVA and Rede Expresso are the two local bus companies, providing connections throughout Lagos, as well as nearby destinations like Meia Praia and Luz. Taxis are also plentiful and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.

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