Advertisement

Image of Lagos beach, Portugal

Holidays in Lagos deliver all the best of the Algarve: stunning wide and clean beaches, tantalising local dishes, cobbled streets full of history and intrigue, glittering marinas, and a warm welcome on offer to holidaymakers.

It's no wonder that Lagos holidays are popular. This ancient port city is a jewel studded on the western end of the sunny Algarve in Portugal, and visiting Brits have long held a special place in their hearts for charming Lagos.

Take strolls along the cobbled streets of the walled old town and rest in sun-dappled squares, tour the 17th-century fortress, or take in the atmosphere at the old slave market. The past of this old maritime town will come alive during your holidays.

If all you want to do during your break away from home is lie back and feel the Portuguese sun on your skin, then holidays in Lagos cater for this too. The wide expanse of sand at Meia Praia is complemented by a selection of secluded coves and secret beaches, such as the cliff-backed Praia do Pinhao.

Image of church in Lagos, Portugal

You can get to Lagos with flights arriving into Faro Airport (FAO). Lagos attracts all kind of holidaymakers, from families, to couples and groups, though the resort maintains an upmarket air and the hotels and resorts are generally high end.

The restaurants and bars are also wonderful, and there are many excellent options, especially around the marina. A candlelit dinner here perfectly rounds off a sun-kissed day in Lagos. There are many shops here too, to satisfy the itch to whip out the plastic.

Lagos is also an excellent base from which to explore this stunning corner of Portugal. Hire a car to get off the beaten track and visit the tree-clad Monchique Mountains, where cycling and hiking trails await active types.

The charming town of Silves, with its fine Moorish fortress, is also worth a visit, and if you want to feel like you're sitting on the edge of the world, you can drive to Cape St Vincent, the most south-western point of Portugal. Savour the Atlantic Ocean air as you dream of the adventurers who set out from here during the Age of Discovery.

Discover the charms of Lagos for yourself this year and book your holidays to this lovely part of the Algarve. TravelSupermarket can take the strain and help you to find your Lagos holiday.

Weather

Lagos is a popular destination all year round thanks to mild winters and warm summers. Expect to sizzle in temperatures that reach 30C in summer, while winters, though wet and windy, can see daily averages of around 12C.

Events

Liberation Day; April 25: If you want to help the locals celebrate the end of a dictatorship in Portugal, join in the festivities of this annual spring event. Cannons kick off the day and fireworks end it.

Festa do Banho 29; August 29: This old tradition used to see villagers coming down from their hill homes to celebrate summer and taking a dip in the warm waters, though before that it was seen as a purifying ritual. The locals still love this excuse for swimming, eating and enjoying themselves - join in the fun with them. It ends with fireworks.

New Year's Eve; December: Prepare for (another) fireworks spectacular as visitors and locals see in the New Year in fine style on the waterfront. Parties galore continue after the display in the bars as the city revels in the celebrations