Lagos is a city in the Algarve , a very popular area to visit thanks to the beaches and beautiful landscape. Lagos is a destination which caters for the budget travelers, with a lot of affordable places to stay and cheap dining and drinking options.
Lagos is located in southern Portugal , about 90 km from Faro, the administrative capital of Algarve. Lisbon is about 300 km to the north.
How to get to Lagos
The nearest airport to Lagos is Faro, which is served by plenty of carriers, including European low-cost carriers. From the airport, you can rent a car and drive the 75 km to the city (about 30 minutes). Buses and trains are also available from Faro.
The entire Algarve region has a Mediterranean climate. The winters are wet and mild, while the summers are hot and dry. Temperatures average 15.6C/60F during the day in winter and 28.3C/83F in the summer.
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Where to stay
Although the city is small, there is plenty of accommodation available. You can book a bed in the hostel , stay in one of the hotels or choose the camping. Also, plenty of locals offer rooms for rent for excellent rates (and you don’t need to do much because they stay right in the train and bus stations waiting for tourists).
Things to do
While most travelers come here for the beaches and the activities related to them, there are also plenty of other things to do. Put on your walking shoes, grab your camera and enjoy the city’s architecture.
Or, go to Ponta da Piedade, a lovely place with a lighthouse. From here you can take one of the tours to the caves.
Capela dos Ossos is a small bone chapel on the side of Igreja do Sao Sebastiano. The views from the bell tower are stunning.
You can spend time soaking up the sun on Praia da Batata or Meia Praia, but you can also take a long walk along the shore or explore other places in the Algarve. Dolphin tours are also popular and they depart from the harbor.
Ceramic dishes and cork products are the main things you can pick up from the stores and markets in the area. If the budget allows, you can get lovely souvenirs for the friends and family back home.