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Things to do in Lagos

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“One of the most gorgeous beaches in the Algarve! Turquoise colour of its water that stands out from among natural slopes. It earned an award from a Spanish magazine Condé Nast in 2013 as the most beautifull beach in the world!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Campground
“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. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Out by the lighthouse you will see the classical Algarve with the cliffs. Why not take a boat trip into the "grottos", the caves, and hear the funny story of them by the locals.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Popular, cheap and friendly! A bit loud, traditional, big tables. Fried prawns are to die for! Try to get some capturado peixe, fish captured in the sea.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Beach
“Small, beautiful beach and crystal clear water. In between cliffs. 200 stairs to get to the sand... and back up”
  • 44 locals recommend
Nature
“Lagos's award-winning marina, built in 1994, lies in the Bay of Lagos close to the historic heart of the town. It makes a pleasant destination for a stroll along the palm-fringed waterfront with a good choice of bars, eateries and shops. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Market
“This is a must. Come and enjoy the selection of fish. If you come early in the morning, you can get a fish and all you have to do is put some salt olive oil and bake it in the oven. You might not find the typical finger food, but there is a restaurant on top that is good to visit.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Hotel
“Largest beach in Lagos. Can be very windy at times. Great for surfing and other water sports.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in Lagos with a privileged view, a young and familiar atmosphere, restaurant Camilo is mostly known for its regional fish and seafood dishes.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
“Bon Vivant is located in the heart of the Lagos nightlife. Is set over five levels, with the top level being a rooftop terrace with great views over Lagos”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great for fish, meat and regional dishes. Right on the beach! Access by car is a little tricky. Check your maps app and towards the end of the directions follow the road closest to the coast.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“It's worth having a look, more often than not they have something interesting going on. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Ponta da Piedade is a group of rock formations that is widely regarded as the most beautiful part of the Algarve coastline. It is located 3 kilometers south of Lagos city centre and gives an amazing view all the way to Sagres on the west and Albufeira on the east. Amazing track to walk.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“A Museum related with the Portuguese discoveries of the World. Can´t miss. Located at Lagos Marina.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Racetrack
“Sports fans can test their own driving skills on the go-karts circuit. The facility has more than 50 karts for hire and there is a track for children up to the age of six. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're after an authentic Portuguese BBQ experience, go here. Only open for lunchtime 12-5. Choose your fish or meat from the display on the way in, join the queue and then have it served to you at your bench seat. Not cordon bleu, by any means, and service is rough and ready, but if you like charcoal grilled to perfection food, served with salads, beautiful potatoes with garlic oil, all for a surprisingly low price, then you’ll love this. Be prepared - it's very popular so there's often quite a long wait to be seated.”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mediterranean Restaurant
“Popular, cheap and friendly! A bit loud, traditional, big tables. Fried prawns are to die for! Try to get some capturado peixe, fish captured in the sea.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in Lagos with a privileged view, a young and familiar atmosphere, restaurant Camilo is mostly known for its regional fish and seafood dishes.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great for fish, meat and regional dishes. Right on the beach! Access by car is a little tricky. Check your maps app and towards the end of the directions follow the road closest to the coast.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're after an authentic Portuguese BBQ experience, go here. Only open for lunchtime 12-5. Choose your fish or meat from the display on the way in, join the queue and then have it served to you at your bench seat. Not cordon bleu, by any means, and service is rough and ready, but if you like charcoal grilled to perfection food, served with salads, beautiful potatoes with garlic oil, all for a surprisingly low price, then you’ll love this. Be prepared - it's very popular so there's often quite a long wait to be seated.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing local seafood restaurant! Serves fantastic Portuguese style seafood. It is very popular and you will definitely need a booking.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“EN: In high season you will always have to book in advance, but it is a great place for groups. Fresh fish is always baking in the yard, next to the outdoor tables and the relaxed and informal atmosphere of the place is part of his personality. PT: Na Época Alta terão sempre que reservar com antecedência, mas é um óptimo sítio para grupos. O peixe fresco está sempre a assar no quintal, junto às mesas exteriores e o ambiente descontraído e informal do local faz parte da sua personalidade. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Authentic local restaurant with a picturesque decor and featuring the best Algarvian dishes for meat and fish lovers alike. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Great typical food, at reasonable prices. If possible, try the seafood rice (arroz de marisco), only available on Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday. It is a very popular place and is usually full, so if you plan to go there make a reservation a few days before!”
  • 19 locals recommend

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