The beaches in Lagos are among the most beautiful beaches in the Portuguese Algarve. Where to go to? These are the best beaches in Lagos.
7 beautiful beaches in Lagos
In the past year, I’ve lived in the gorgeous town Lagos for almost three months. I explored one of the beautiful beaches almost every day. These are the seven most beautiful beaches in Lagos.
Meia Praia is the largest beach in Lagos, it is over five kilometers long and goes all the way to Alvor (a small town next to Portimão). The beach is located on the east side of the city, not far from the train station. It is very wide and very suitable for a long walk on the beach.
Praia da Batata
The beach closest to the city center is Praia da Batata. The high cliffs that surround the beach make it feel like a very isolated place. You can watch boats from here because they sail along this beach to the port of Lagos.
For the best view of this beach, climb to Miradouro Praia da Batata. Close to the viewpoint, you’ll find Restaurant Mar. This is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace with a great view.
Praia dos Estudantes
Via a tunnel in the rocks you can walk from Praia da Batata to Praia dos Estudantes. Although it is near the center, it feels even more remote as it is really completely enclosed between the high cliffs. As a result, it is also in the shade for a large part of the day (which may be nice on some warm days).
Very striking on this beach is the stone bridge that you can also see in the photo. You cannot walk over this as it is on private land. If you still want to do it, the villa that the bridge belongs to is currently for sale for about five million euros.
Baía dos Segredos
The beach at Baía dos Segredos feels like my own secret beach. When I lived in Lagos, I visited this beach very often, because it was the closest beach to my house. You can only get here on foot by following the signs to Praia do Pinhão and then turn right.
The beach has sunshine most of the day and is enclosed between the cliffs. Therefore, it can get really hot during the summer months, but it’s perfect in the winter. A perfect place to have a picnic or read a book.
Praia de Dona Ana
Not far from Baía dos Segredos is one of the most beautiful and most popular beaches in Lagos: Praia de Dona Ana. And it is so pretty! This beach is also located between several high cliffs, and it is quite large. Do bring your own food and drinks when you visit this beach because there are not many nice restaurants in the area (the pavilion on the beach itself is not that good).
Praia do Camilo
The most beautiful beach in Lagos (and the most beautiful beach in the Algarve) is Praia do Camilo. You get here via a long wooden staircase and the more you descend, the more beautiful it gets. The beach is not large, but if you walk to the left, you will see a tunnel in the rocks that leads to a different (quieter) part of the beach. Besides chilling on the beach, this is also a good place for snorkeling or paddle boarding.
Praia de Porto de Mós
Praia de Porto de Mós is a large beach in the southwest and very popular with locals. Especially on weekends, it can get very busy. It is a wonderfully wide sandy beach, surrounded by high, steep cliffs. The area around Praia de Porto de Mós is also very nice to explore because it is full of luxurious villas.
At low tide you can walk all the way to Praia do Canavial, this is also a beautiful beach (and very quiet because you can only get there on foot or by boat).
Discover more beautiful beaches in Lagos by boat
In my opinion, these are the seven most beautiful beaches in Lagos. All these beaches can be reached on foot. There are more beautiful beaches in Lagos, but some are only accessible by boat. Would you like to visit them as well? You can book various fun tours through Get Your Guide. These are a few recommendations:
- Discover the caves and beaches by kayak
- Cruise around the caves and beaches on a catamaran (meal and snorkeling included)
What do you need to bring to the beach?
Do you fancy a fun day at the beach during your visit to Lagos? Don’t forget to bring these items.
- A beach towel or a hammam towel to lie on (or to dry off after a refreshing dip in the sea) AANP
- Sunscreen (preferably with a high factor, the sun can be very bright in the Algarve, even in winter!)
- A cap or hat
- Flip flops
- A bottle of water (this bottle will keep your water cool for up to 24 hours)
What else can you do in Lagos?
Lagos is one of the most beautiful places to visit during a vacation in the Algarve. There are many historic buildings to see, it has some interesting museums, and you can taste some delicious food in one of the many restaurants. Lagos is an ideal base to discover other beautiful places in the Algarve, such as Sagres, Cape Saint Vincent, and Portimão.
Need more? Check out this post: 10 fun things to do in Lagos.
Trip to Lagos
Would you love to discover one of these gorgeous beaches in Lagos or other beautiful places in the Algarve? Book a trip to Lagos asap! You can choose to book a package holiday or arrange a trip yourself.
You can book a great trip to Portugal on this website. The advantage of a package holiday is that you have arranged everything (flights, transfers, and accommodation) at once.
Arrange your own trip to Lagos
Would you rather book your trip to Lagos yourself? That’s a great idea! This way you have more choices than with most package holidays.
Get to Lagos by plane
To get to Lagos, it’s best to fly to Faro. Check Skyscanner for all possibilities and the cheapest options.
From the airport, you can take a taxi or Uber to the train station in Faro. I myself regularly used Uber in the Algarve and it’s cheap and safe. Would you like to try Uber? Sign up via this link and get your first ride for free.
There is a train to Lagos almost every hour from Faro station. Check the Comboios de Portugal website for times and prices. You can buy tickets at the station, via the website, or the app. The train journey from Faro to Lagos takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Lagos is a tourist spot, so there are many places to stay. From a bed in a hostel to a private villa with a swimming pool. Check Booking.com for a comprehensive overview.
These are a few recommendations:
- The Salty Lodge: beautifully furnished apartments with a balcony in the city center of Lagos.
- Guesthouse Our House: cozy guesthouse near Meia Praia.
- Lagos Avenida Hotel: luxury hotel with rooftop pool, in the city center.
Would you like to read more about the Algarve?
These travel guides are great to take with you on a vacation in the Algarve:
Or check out one of these articles:
Hi, and how nice of you to read this disclaimer! As you may understand, maintaining a website like this is not free. That is why some of the links in this article are affiliate links. If you use these links to book or buy anything, I’ll get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!