If you are looking for vacation spots nearby Portimao Portugal, Lagos Portugal is only 10 miles from the city, making Lagos Portugal such a great holiday destination to base yourself.
Apart from the many things to do in Lagos Portugal, the city is also within a short drive of the town of Albufeira.
Things to do in Lagos Portugal: Outdoor Activities
Apart from all the attractions and outdoor activities, Lagos Portugal boasts some of the best beaches in the Algarve. Some of the most popular beaches include:
Meia Beach (Meia Praia) is not the nearest beach to Lagos’ downtown area (around 30 minutes walk) but if you're planning on doing surfing, this is one of the best spots.
Bridge of Mercy
Visiting the Bridge of Mercy (Ponta da Piedade) is one of the must things to do in Lagos Portugal, to admire the beautiful caves, beaches and rock formations of the area.
The best way to explore the Bridge of Mercy is with an organized tour which will allow you to take a closer look at this amazing natural attraction.
Dona Ana Beach
Dona Ana Beach is located half way between Meia Beach and Bridge of Mercy, and it is the closest beach to downtown Lagos.
Apart from lovely sandy beaches, Dona Ana also boasts amazing rock formations that give this beach such a distinctive feel.
Adding a day trip or half day trip to your vacation in Lagos Portugal is another activity you can add o your itinerary.
For instance, you could take a trip to the coast of the Alentejano, which is an area protected by the Parque Natural du Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.
Apart from taking a stroll along the town, near the Alentejano you can enjoy many outdoor activities such as bird watching, horseback riding and hiking.
Things to do in Lagos Portugal: Places of Interest
Church of St. Anthony of Lisbon
If you are interested in 18th century architecture, one of the must-see landmarks in Lagos Portugal is the Church of St. Anthony of Lisbon (Igreja de Santo António).
This church is perhaps one of the most beautifully constructed churches in Portugal, boasting lovely baroque paintings, a beautiful wooden carved vault and the polychrome statue of St. Anthony.
The Regional Museum (Museu Regional) is located next door to St. Anthony's church and it is worth checking out. The Museum features interesting archeological findings, art and weaponry exhibits such as old spades and machetes from Mozambique.
Ponta Da Bandeira Fort
Ponta Da Bandeira Fort (Forte da Ponta da Bandeira) is another attraction located a short walk from the Regional Museum and St. Anthony’s church.
At this 16th century fort you can check out interesting displays on Lagos Portugal maritime history. You’re also allowed to walk to the top of the fort to glance lovely views of the area around.
Things to do in Lagos Portugal: Shopping
Shops in Lagos Portugal range primarily from small shops that sell things like pottery and ceramics to medium size stores where you can do some retail shopping.
Places such as Africa Craft Shop and Antiga Casa do Papagaio are great places where you can get charming ceramics, crystals and antiques.
For clothing shopping, you can visit Happy Days or Leather Shop Pelagos. The latter actually sells good quality Portuguese leather goods such as bags, jackets, etc.
Things to do in Lagos Portugal: Nightlife & Entertainment
Lagos Portugal has a very relaxed and pleasant nightlife with bars and restaurants offering live entertainment like karaoke nights. A few bars worth mentioning include Rosko's bar and SouthBar located in Lagos Marina.
For a more varied and exciting nightlife you can check out Portimao Portugal where you can find many more live music venues, hotel resorts, bars and nightclubs such as Katedral Disco and Bar 1,2,3.
It is good to note that Portimao Portugal is only half hour drive from Lagos Portugal, which really makes it an ideal stop for checking the nightlife.
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