To say that the beaches in Lagos are breathtaking, is truly an understatement. To date, I’ve traveled to over 15 countries and none have beaches like the ones we saw in Lagos. Surrounded by impressive cliffs and lined with beautiful teal blue waters, the beaches of the Algarve are a must-see if you find yourself in Portugal.
Here, I’m rounding up a few of our favorite beaches from our Lagos trip. I want to note that there are lots more in the Algarve that you can see by car, but these are the ones closest to the town of Lagos that we were able to see on foot.
Praia Dona Ana – Located about a 15 minute walk from the town of Lagos, this was the beach where we spent the majority of our time. We liked it because it was one of the larger beaches in the area and had lots of room to sit without feeling like you were on top of someone else, unlike some of the other beaches in the area. On top of that, on the far right side of the beach, there were lots of hidden passageways and impressive caves to explore, if you were willing to get down and dirty in the sand.
If you’re looking to spend the day here, I highly recommend stopping by the deli located up the (numerous) stairs on the far right side of the beach, and picking up a €2 Sagres to enjoy throughout the day. Or, you can also grab a bottle of wine in town and bring that along with some cups, for an afternoon pick-me-up. We had a great time sitting here, sipping our beers and taking in the water, the people and the atmosphere of the place.
On the way back to town, if you’re looking to take the scenic route, there’s a pathway on the far left side of the beach that lets you walk half of the way back to town on top of the rocks lining the beaches. One thing to note is the pathway can be very steep and narrow in spots so be mindful of your footwear and just how many Sagres’ you drank throughout the day.
Praia do Camilo – The walk to this beach is a bit farther than Dona Ana, but is truly worth the extra distance. I highly recommend getting there a bit earlier in the morning, as it can get pretty crowded later in the day what with boat tours making stops there and tourists stopping by for a quick dip.
We had a great time spending our morning here, exploring the different archways that lead to other hidden beaches. The lookout point at the top offers beautiful views of the ocean and is a great spot to take photos, so be sure to check that out.
We also found that there was a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the ocean, but I recommend making reservations as wait times for walk-ins can be pretty lengthy, as we quickly found out.
Praia de Batata -This is the beach located closest to town and is a great option if you’re looking for convenience. We’d often spend the last half of our beach days here before we headed back to our Airbnb in town.
Though it’s not the prettiest beach around, it is located closest to a few restaurants and bars, so it’s a great spot for families. It’s also conveniently located right next to the harbor so there are lots of options for boat tours, kayaking, etc.
Praia dos Estudantes – Also known as Student Beach, this one is surrounded by impressive rock formations. This one is a bit hidden and only accessible through a tunnel in the rocks. While this one is more of a local spot, it’s definitely worth visiting if you’re looking for a change of pace from your typical touristy spots.