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Things to do in Lagos

The thriving harbour town of Lagos in the western Algarve has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years with visitors drawn to the beautiful and varied beaches along with the largely unspoilt charm of the town itself. It would be fair to say that Lagos does have something for everyone, and more so than any other town in the Algarve.

Beyond the natural wonders that make up the Lagos coastline, the old town is particularly attractive. Most visitors can happily spend half a day or more exploring the narrow cobbled streets and squares replete with historic buildings before wondering down to the old harbour and marina. 

But Lagos' attractions go beyond its rich maritime history; this is a lively town with a buzzing nightlife, great restaurants and lots going on. It is also a great for families who will find plenty of things to do in Lagos for all ages.

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  • Igreja de Santo António de Lagos - altar

    The church of Santo António in Lagos is one of the finest in the whole Algarve. Dating back to 1707, and then re-built after the Great Earthquake of 1755, it stands as a fine example...

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  • Lagos Museum entrance

    Founded in 1932 and named after its founder, the Museu Dr. Jose Formosinho, to give it its full name, is Lagos's main museum. This is without doubt the best museum in the Algarve and whatever it is you're interested in, you'll probably...

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  • Ponta da Piedade - Lagos

    The sea cliffs on the western edge of Lagos create the fantastical rock formation of Ponta da Piedade. Access to this ensemble of grottoes and sea arches is via hundreds of steps cut into the cliffs. However, the best way to appreciate it is by boat.

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  • Lagos Slave Market - Mercado de Escravos

    This unassuming building in Praca do Infante Dom Henrique has a tragic history.  This building, (Mercado de Escravos) is widely believed to have been the first slave market in Europe.

    In 1444 Prince...

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  • Lagos Zoo - Pygmy hippo

    Located a few kilometres outside of the popular resort town itself is Lagos Zoo. Whilst this is not quite on the scale of the big city zoos it manages to pack in plenty of animals among the beautiful landscaped subtropical gardens. 

    All in...

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  • Centro Cultural Lagos

    The Centro Cultural de Lagos (CCL) is a venue for a diverse range of cultural activities, particularly performing arts and visual arts. Events range from jazz and classical music through to stand up comedy and photography exhibitions.

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  • Igreja de Santa Maria - Lagos

    The Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria (Saint Mary's Church) in Lagos has been a place of worship since 1498, and continues to be a vibrant local parish church. The original building is thought to have once had a hospital attached but almost...

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  • Lagos Fortress - Forte da Ponta da Bandeira

    The small fort of Ponta da Bandeira, also known as the Fort of Our Lady of Penha de Franca (or just Lagos fortress) stands on Lagos's waterfront, where the Bensafrim River enters the sea and overlooking...

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  • Porta de Sao Goncalo Lagos Fort and City Walls

    Today most visitors to Lagos come for the stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife.  But this place has seen a small amount of bloodshed over the centuries.  The Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors all made their...

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One of the most popular tourist destinations on the Algarve and certainly one of my favourites, Lagos is a bustling town full of activity, nightlife and modern attractions. However, it is also a town full of history and the monuments...

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