- About Lagos
- Night Life in Lagos
- Weather in Algarve
- What to see and do
- How to get to us
Why visit Lagos in the Algarve?
Location, location, location! Our surf camp is located in Lagos, Algarve, southwest coast of Portugal, just 1h from the Faro International Airport.
Lagos is an ancient maritime town with more than 2000 years of history and an historic centre of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
Although being a small town, in Lagos you will find history, uncrowded beaches, vibrant nightlife, restaurants with exceptional seafood, bars and lots of fun!
There is something for everyone, whether you're after a relaxing day at an intimate cove, or waters ports and tourist attractions on golden beaches.
The beaches around Lagos are some of the most beautiful of the Algarve. The promontory named Ponta da Piedade is the most admired area by visitors, with its caves, rocks and wonderfully transparent waters. Lagos is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches of Algarve: Dona Ana, Porto de Mós, Batata, Salema, Camilo, Canavial, Pinhão, Meia Praia, Luz and Burgau are just a few...
The Algarve has been occupied by numerous cultures throughout the centuries. There were Phoenician and Carthaginian trading ports three thousand years ago and the Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula in the second century BC (there are important Roman remains in Lagos).
The Visigoths took the area in the 5th century, being expelled by the Moors in 716. It was the latter who named the region Al-Gharb, the country of the west. Afonso III finally took the Algarve from the Moors in 1250 and in the 15th century, Henry the Navigator used the Algarve as the jumping-off point for the voyages of discovery which laid the foundations of the Portuguese Empire.
If you have never been to Lagos in the Algarve and are looking for a laid back and colourful destination, this is the place for you! Nice uncrowded beaches paired with a cosmopolitan town!
Lagos is a unique little jewel in the Algarve. It's one of the most visited cities in the Algarve and Portugal, due to its variety of tourist-friendly beaches, bars, restaurants, and hotels, renowned for its vibrant summer nightlife and parties.
Lagos offers a balance of the charm and history of the Portuguese culture with a blend of comforts and facilities to please the desires of the most demanding tourist. The warmth of Lagos and her people make it difficult to resist falling in love with this seaside town.
Lagos is certainly full of history, but it is also a vibrant town with lots going on and is often the setting for evening entertainment throughout the year. Lagos also has much to offer the shopper, as there is a vast range of things on sale, from pottery and ceramics to fashion and leather goods.
The Algarve is also renowned for the quality of its golf and there are courses in and around Lagos that offer the famous Algarve golf experience.
Lagos has some stunning views! From the Ponta da Piedade (in front of the lighthouse) you get a fantastic view of the sweeping sands of Lagos bay with the Monchique hills as a backdrop, and you can see all the way to Sagres to the west and past Albufeira to the east.
Night Life in Lagos
You will never have a boring moment in our surf camp in Lagos, Algarve. You'll make new friends the moment you arrive and we will show you all the amazing places worth visiting in the Algarve.
Looking for something else to do when the sun goes down and before you can hit the beaches again? Explore Lagos' nightlife! After a perfect surf day, the town has plenty of nightlife to offer. You'll be taken away by the restaurants, bars and nightclubs along the sea and the river.
Algarve's amazing climate will give you the chance to to dine al fresco beneath the stars and, after that, just take a stroll on the main pedestrian street and you'll find that the best places are just within 20 meters from each other: pubs with music and cocktails, happy hour and party!
The Lagos Algarve nightlife is a great way to have fun and meet new people around town. Most of these establishments are located in the old historic town. We recommend walking around and finding the type of place that suits your taste.
Lagos is a very safe place to visit and the nightlife in the Algarve is hard to beat. From mellow evenings to all night parties there is something for everyone. The huge range of bars and clubs across the Algarve should satisfy all tastes. From elegant lounge bars and jet set beach clubs, music bars, family friendly bars, karaoke pubs and all-night clubs with awesome atmosphere it’s almost impossible not to have a good time!
Whether you want a bite to eat, a social drink or looking to dance the night away, you are guaranteed to have a memorable time while in Lagos Algarve, Portugal.
Join the party and have a great time in Lagos, Algarve!
Seasons and Weather in Algarve
The Algarve has the best all-year round climate in the whole of Europe and can offer more sunshine hours than California!
In the summer months the high temperatures attract the beach-goers and sun-lovers from around the world, as do it's renowned golden sand beaches across the coast-line in front of the calm, clear seas, the Algarve is a European paradise for sun-seekers.
Temperature in winter vary from 14 to 24°C (57 to 75°F) and can reach 28-30°C (82-86° F) in the summer.
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Algarve's Regional Gastronomy
Being a place of fishermen, Algarve is one of the many Portuguese gastronomic paradises dedicated to the lovers of fresh fish and the best seafood quality.
Every morning boats full of fresh fish arrive to the markets. This fish is then carefully prepared at the many restaurants. The most popular dishes are the fish soups, octopus rice, fish-stew and shellfish açorda. One of Algarve’s unique experiences are the rich and varied astronomies that combine recipes from both the coastal and the interior regions.
You don't want to miss the desserts and sweets, you will want to try them all! The speciality in the Algarve are “Dom Rodrigos” (almonds and eggs), "Morgadinhos" (small almond cakes) and figs filled with almonds are just a few examples.
Plenty to see and do in Lagos!
After a great day surfing, afternoons can be spent by at the beach or enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.
Lagos and the Algarve in general offer many nature related activities but that's not all - culture, entertainment and fun are also on the list of things to do!
Lagos and the west coast of Algarve offer the best conditions for all waters sports including surfing, wake boarding, kite surfing, sea Kayaking and windsurfing, amongst others. Most of these outdoor sports are also available on local demand in our surf camp in Lagos. Find more info about our Surf Camp Holidays in Lagos!
Golf in Algarve
Lagos golf courses attract people from around the world with the promise beautiful settings and the relaxed and welcoming '19th hole' atmosphere! There are 4 golf courses within easy reach from Lagos. If you are a golf enthusiast, you will absolutely love the Algarve and Lagos because of its proximity to great golf courses. The Algarve is renowned for its world class golf courses, most of which are open all year round.
Water parks in Algarve
Slide and Splash water park is near Lagoa in central Algarve (approximately 20 minutes from Lagos) and operates from the beginning of April to the end of October. It opens daily at 10am and closes between 5pm and 6pm depending on the time of year. They operate a transfer service with pick-up points in Lagos to get you to the park when it opens with return trips later in the day.
Wine tasting in Portugal
The Algarve has always produced wines but in latter years the wineries have concentrated on quality rather than quantity and now produce some excellent wines. There are several vineyards in Algarve that are open to visitors for tours of the vineyards and wine tasting although a reservation is usually required.
A visit to Zoo in Lagos is a must! It is a great day out for all ages with lots of animals and birds to see and a farm where you can feed some of the animals. The zoo provides an entertaining and educational experience for adults and children. The zoo is very popular with the locals and tourists as because ir features more than 120 animal species; 200 botanical species f in a natural environment; snack bar and restaurant on site.
If you are a nature and animal lover, take a trip on the dolphin safaris rigid inflatable boat, which leaves from the Lagos Harbour, and enjoy the learning experience, great fun and views of the coastline as well. Some of the dolphin watching trips offer a guarantee so that if you aren't lucky enough to see dolphins they will offer another boat trip on another day. Book early on in your holiday. Dolphins swimming freely in the ocean will make your day!
Along the Avenida dos Descobrimentos which runs along the water front you will find the very modern Lagos Marina. There is a footbridge over the Bensafrim river to the marina which gives you a great view of the town and the 'boats' in the marina! Lagos Marina has both the Euromarina Anchor Award and the Blue Flag Award, a variety of shops, open-air places to eat, drink and enjoy the beautiful riverside.
Europe's first slave market is located in the Praca da Republica, Lagos, and it now occasionally used for exhibitions of local art. The market opened in 1444 and it is said that within a hundred years up to 10,000 slaves were being shipped from Africa every year just to meet Portuguese demand alone.
Castles, churches and museums
The Algarve is full of history and heritage. Still standing today are buildings and walls dating back to the Roman times. You are never far from a museum or guided tour to allow you gain a more in depth insight into the evolution of this beautiful region, Lagos has plenty of culture and history to discover. Visit the small castle sitting by the river, the Municipal Museum, Church of Santo António and many more!
Located facing the fishing port, this building was built in 1924 to originally house the towns fruit and vegetable market but was also devoted to selling fish in the last 1950's. On the ground floor you will find a great selection of freshly caught seafood while fruit, vegetables, freshly baked bread and an open-air terrace with restaurant can be found upstairs.
DESTINATION AIRPORT: FARO (FAO)
The closest airport to Lagos is (FAO) Faro International Airport (90km away), but you can also fly to (LIS) Lisbon (300km away)
check our Lisbon car rental page
There are plenty of daily international flights available to Faro (including many low cost): Monarch, Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Air Berlin, Transavia, Iberia and TAP (Air Portugal) are just some of the companies flying to Faro from other international airports.
How To Get to Lagos from Faro
You can get to our surf camp in Lagos from Faro by train, bus, taxi, car or transfer companies:
- Bus: Catch a bus from the airport to Faro city center + bus from Faro to Lagos + taxi from the bus station in Lagos to the surf house. Please find schedule and more info @ www.eva-bus.com If you don’t want to spend too much time on public transports, probably best and more comfortable to rent a car, travel by taxi or shuttle service.
- Shuttle Service: Shuttle companies will collect you at the airport and bring you directly to Lagos and you can book and pay online in advance. If you chose to travel this way, best if you also book the return journey to the airport in advance and they can do the check in for the return pick-up 24 hours before departing. Prices start around 55 Euros (shuttle bus) and can go as high as 140 Euros (private shuttle). There are many options online such as: a2btransfers; flybus and holidaytransfers
- Taxi: There are plenty of regular taxis at Faro airport and you can contact Pedro, who is the local taxi driver. A direct taxi ride with Pedro will cost you around 90 Euros.
- Rent-a-car in Faro: If you want extra freedom of movement, you can rent a car beforehand online or upon arrival at one of the many counters located in the airport’s arrivals area (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, etc.). The car drive to Lagos takes from 1 hour (on a highway with tolls) to 1h30 (on the national road without tolls).
- Train: Faro airport has no train station so, to access the railway you'll have to travel into town center by bus or taxi. Check the official website for an up-to-date www.cp.pt. The train trip between Faro and Lagos takes around 1h45 and tickets costs 7,15 Euros/person.
How To Get to Lagos from Lisbon
You can get to our surfcamp in Lagos from Faro by bus or car:
- Bus: Upon arrival to the airport, catch a taxi (+/- 10 Euros) or take the subway to SETE RIOS bus terminal in Lisbon and then catch the EXPRESSO Bus to LAGOS (20 Euros/person/one way).
The trip can take from 4h30 to 5h30 door to door (Airport – Lagos), depending on the bus you catch.
Please find schedule and more info @ http://www.rede-expressos.pt
From the bus station in Lagos to our surf camp, just catch a taxi, it should take you no more than 10 minutes (walking will take you at least 30 minutes).
- Rent-a-car in Lisbon: There is no need for a car while staying in Lagos as everything is within walking distance, even more so if you book one of our Surf Camp Holidays. But Lagos is very well located in the Algarve so it’s the perfect location to visit many places on an afternoon drive or a day off. Renting a car will allow you to a bit more freedom to explore the beautiful coast and villages in Algarve (or Alentejo if you feel like going up north).
If you are flying to Lisbon airport (LIS) we can organize car rental for you if you wish to have full freedom on your surfing holidays in Portugal. You can pick it up upon arrival at Lisbon airport and return it there also.
Read our Lisbon car rental page for detailed information.