The city of Lagos is located in the Algarve region and is one of Portugal’s most popular tourist destinations.
Its excellent geographic position with regard to the Atlantic Ocean has given it extraordinary beaches that, together with the city’s historic centre, are the most attractive factors for an unforgettable holiday.
This area is the perfect combination of relaxing coastal scenery and pleasant walks through the cobbled streets where every visitor can experience traditional Portuguese culture.
However, Lagos’ most noteworthy feature is its great diversity and incomparable beauty. Without further ado, below I will tell you about seven of the most beautiful beaches that you should visit if you go to this marvellous city.
Praia do Camilo:
This magnificent beach is situated at one end of Lagos and is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the area. Its crystal-clear waters and fine sand, surrounded by impressive cliffs, offer one of nature’s most beautiful sights.
It is the perfect place to snorkel and can be accessed by wooden stairs leading down to the sand. Although there are a lot of stairs, the walk up and down them is not unpleasant. From the top of the stairs, there are amazing views of the Lagos coastline.
Praia de Dona Ana:
Due to its incomparable beauty, this beach is worthy of a postcard and is a must-see when you visit Lagos.
Its waters are an intense turquoise blue and, like Praia do Camilo, it is surrounded by cliffs that highlight its uniqueness.
If you enjoy diving or just want to sit back and relax while enjoying the scenery, this is the perfect place for you. There are many facilities around the beach including restaurants, shops and showers.
Moreover, it has very easy access from the city of Lagos, since it is only 20 minutes away and a tourist train and local bus cover the route.
Praia do Pinhão:
Praia do Pinhão is a peaceful place near the city that can be reached through Praia de Dona Ana.
Although its swathe of sand is not very wide, this beach has a beautiful landscape dominated by a natural arch on the east side and the captivating contrast of the colours of the sea and the surrounding cliffs.
This is the perfect beach for diving and snorkelling since it has lots of rock formations that are perfect for these activities.
Praia da Batata:
Situated a few metres from the historic centre of Lagos, Praia da Batata is one of the most popular among both tourists and local residents. Since it has so many visitors, it has all the facilities characteristic of any urban beach, such as restaurants, showers, shops and bars.
Like the other beaches in Lagos, it is also surrounded by cliffs and its waters are calm, crystalline, and ideal for water sports.
Although this beach is one of the most visited, it is very well preserved.
Praia dos Estudiantes:
Surrounded by huge cliffs jutting out into the sea and guaranteeing calm waters, Praia dos Estudiantes is an excellent destination for families visiting the city with small children.
Since it is very popular, there are many tourist facilities, making it very convenient for those who visit.
It is not far from the centre and is easily accessible, as well as being connected by tunnels to Praia do Pinhão and Paria do Batata.
Praia de Porto de Mos:
This beach has quite a wide swathe of fine, golden sand. Like the other beaches I have mentioned, Porto de Mós is sheltered by tall cliffs with a viewing point offering magnificent views of the coast as far as Sagres.
Praia de Porto de Mos is also close to Lagos, is easily accessible, and has excellent conditions for people with reduced mobility. All the facilities you need for a pleasant visit are available, including bathrooms, showers restaurants.
Praia do Canavial:
Praia do Canavial is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve region if you visit, its white sand and intense blue waters will remind you of a Caribbean beach.
Bear in mind that you will not find the normal facilities of an urban beach here, but since it is far from civilisation, during your visit you can be sure to disconnect from the rest of the world.