Lagos, Portugal: A Picture Perfect Paradise

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Advisor - Cassie Solaguren
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Cassie Solaguren

  • Lagos

  • Portugal

  • Beaches

  • Food & Wine

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Food

Rock formation near body of water.
Curator’s statement

Lagos looks like a dream, feels like a dream and might as well be a dream! The one-of-a-kind caves in the Algarve are something you'll never forget. With equal parts relaxation, adventure and fun, Lagos is a must-see! You'll find unrivaled beaches and views, top-notch restaurant choices and if you're looking for nightlife, you don't have to look hard to find it.

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Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Lagos City


With many beaches to choose form, Meia Praia is the largest beach you'll find. Secondly, Praia Dona Ana is a cove of golden sand between beautiful cliffs. There are even some more private beaches that you can only get to by boat or kayak!

Explore Old Town

With cozy streets and traditional buildings, most streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and restaurants.

Kayak & Boat Trips

You can book your own boat or kayak to hop in on a tour. You'll be able to soak in the incredible rock formations and take a swim!


Portugal is known for beautiful ceramics, cork, and more. Find yourself memorable souvenirs and enjoy the culture throughout the city.

Igreja de Santo Antonio

The Church of Santo Antonio was originally built in 1707, with some reconstruction in 1769. The woodwork and interior are remarkable!

Horseback Riding

If taking in the views by the water isn't your thing, you can book a horseback tour on the beach!


For the museum-goers, you won't be disappointed here! Firstly, there is the Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho. This museum dates to 1932 & you'll find local history, military hardware, art and more. You'll also be able to visit the Slave Market Museum to learn about the city's darker past.

Restaurants & Bars

There are ample options to choose from for the foodies out there! I'll dive into that more next time.

Places to eat & drink in Lagos, Portugal

Lagos Food


O Camilo: Both the view and the food are unmatched.

Avenida: An elegant food experience right next to the marina.

Pomo: Unbelievable Italian food with a lively atmosphere.

Páteo Velho: Great food with a beautiful ambiance, both indoors and out.


InsideOut: Looking to dance the night away? Look no further.

Stevie Ray's: you'll find live music and fun vibes.

The Green Room: Mexican food and drinks with a fun atmosphere.

Lionheart: If you're a karaoke fan, they have it here daily!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Clara Raposo's guide, A Day in Cascais, Portugal.

Advisor - Cassie Solaguren

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Cassie Solaguren

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