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Lagos is a city in the Algarve, in the south of Portugal.

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Points of Interest in Lagos

There is a great variety of things to see; The city center is sculped with traditional architecture and colors from the region. Beaches vary in shape and style from long sandy beaches to almost private ones hidden by cliffs. Ponta da Piedade is a beautiful spot with a nice lighthouse from where you can make boat tours to the natural caves. The harbour in the morning is full of activity, if you like to wake up early don't miss it. Also the fish market is an interesting spot.

  • Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), Igreja do Sao Sebastiano. There is a small bone chapel on the side of this church, and one of several in the Algarve region (others at Faro and Alcantarilha). You may have to pay 2 Euros to enter the chapel, the bell tower and the church, but the view from the bell tower is worth the price.


Santo Antonio Church

Ponte da Bandeira Fort

Batata Beach

Dona Ana Beach

Arch of Sao Goncalo

Camilo Beach

Henry the Navigator Statue

Lagos Lighthouse

First European Slave Market

Pinhao Beach

Lagos Municipal Market

Luz Beach

Lagos Marina

Porto de Mos Beach

Palmares Golf

Meia Praia Beach

Lagos Zoo

Boavista Golf

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About Lagos

Activities

Lagos has things to do for just about anyone, from the relaxing beaches to the exciting dolphin tours.


  • The Mountain Bike Adventure, Rua Porta Da Vila. The Mountain Bike Adventure provides all types of guided mountain bike rides in the Algarve. All the guides are qualified mountain bike instructors and they have rides to suit every level and fitness. One of the most popular being a ride starting at the highest point of the Algarve (902m) and descending nearly to sea level. They also provide a shuttle service on the mountain for the brave. from 30 euros.

Beaches

There is the Praia da Batata in Lagos (right across the main road) which is an absolutely beautiful location. Walking along Estr. da Ponta da Piedade a few hundred meters before the lighthouse, (after passing a café and Camila beach on your left), find a concrete fencepost on your right decorated with a spray painted eye, mouth, and two teeth. Enter the path it marks, which will take you to the edge of the cliff. A bit north (to your right) there is a cove accessible only by boat or by a rather narrow hidden mud slope with a rope pegged to the top. There are a number of beautiful, although perhaps dangerous, walks along the top of the cliffs. Another fantastic beach is Meia Praia, just the other side of the Marina, it's a huge beach with a variety of beach bars to cool off in, and widely renowned as on of the best beaches in the Algarve

Water Activities

One of the more popular events in Lagos are the Dolphin Tours, with 3 different companies offering tours to see dolphins. Whilst you might be unlucky and not see a dolphin, it's still worth it if you've ever wanted a ride on a high powered boat. All 3 of the companies are based in the Lagos Marina.

  • Sea kayaks can be rented during the summer from quite a few different locations.
  • Boat tours of the grottos leave from the harbour, and cost €10 per person.

Vehicles

You can go on a motorbike and sidecar tour with Sidecar Experience; a breathtaking way to take in the wonderful scenery of South West Portugal. Tours leave from just outside the Lagos Marina office, just in front of the footbridge.

There's also a company within Lagos which offers rentals of buggies, for a more exciting drive around town.

Food

There are some wonderful family run operations in Lagos. Many of the restaurants are starving for business in the off peak time and will go way out of their way to make your visit to their restaurant a pleasurable experience. A regional speciality is chicken piri piri, barbecued chicken with the now famous piri piri sauce, truly delicious! Another local dish is the salted cod, which allegedly had 365 ways of being served, one for each day of the year.. The sardines in the Algarve are of the best in the world and local people cook them on small barbecues on their doorsteps, creating a delicious smell which wafts through the streets!

Some restaurants get really busy that reservations are required several days in advance to get in when you want to. However, this generally applies to THE best restaurants in Lagos and is a good sign of the restaurant's popularity, plus it ensures that you avoid disappointment.

  • Don Toro Angus Steak House, Rua Lancarote de Freitas, 12 8600-605,  282 764 234. Steak house that serves excellent cuts of meat, available in various sizes to suit all appetites. Perhaps the best place in Lagos for a steak.

The restaurant is by no means big, so as a result it does get full, therefore it is recommended that you either book a table in advance or eat early on.

  • No Patio, Rua Lancarote de Freitas 46 8600-605 Lagos,  282 763 777. Thu-Sat: From 6pm, Sun: From 1pm. Perhaps one of the best restaurants, if not the best, in Lagos. Diners sit in a romantic courtyard to the rear of the building and served fine food freshly cooked on the premises, with the menus changing on a regular basis. The owner is also on hand and talks to the customers to ensure everybody is having a good meal. A reservation in advance is recommended, and is pretty much essential in the high season, which highlights just how popular this place is - you will not be disappointed!
  • Nah Nah Bah, Travessa do Forno 11,  +351966207702. 6pm - Late. Fresh produce, bold flavors, comfy couches and an island atmosphere has made Nah Nah Bah a local & international favorite. Voted Top 50 Burger Joints in the world. Kitchen open from 6pm til 11pm


Drinks

Lagos bars are quite fun, catering to the young back-packing crowds. Often one can find a Brit or American helping to serve drinks (for a little under the table wage). For a drink what packs a punch, try the traditional Algarve drink, Medronho, better known as fire water, another Algarve drink is the almond liqueur, delicious after a big meal!

Shopping

Southern Portugal is famous for its ceramics, and Lagos won't let you down. Ceramic dishes and tiles of all price ranges, styles, and colors are available. Some stores don't provide boxes for your goods, only newspaper wrapping, so ask before you buy, if it matters to you.

Portugal is also famous for its cork, in fact it's one of the largest cork producing countries on Earth. A short walk through almost any section of the town will reveal shops selling all kinds of cork products, from the usual coasters and placemats, right up to shoes, hats and handbags. Just as a note though, cork can be very expensive.

There is sometimes a small fair in front of the church near the harbor where unique clothing can be bought.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Lagos (Portugal) on Wikivoyage.

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