Discover the Beauty and History of The Algarve - Portugal's Paradise

Rock formation
Walkway in the Algarve
Algarvian Beach
Sunset beach

The Algarve, a region in the south of Portugal, has long been a popular destination for travellers from all over the world. With over two hundred kilometres of rugged coastline, the Algarve is a paradise for those seeking natural beauty, tranquillity and adventure. From multicoloured cliffs to impressive limestone formations, the Algarve has something to offer everyone.

Over the years, the Algarve has received international acclaim and travel awards in recognition of its efforts to protect the environment and for the high number of Blue Flag beaches awarded by the FEE, boasting an abundance of biodiversity, with a range of breathtaking landscapes and scenic rock formations that are a must for any nature lover. The sailing route from Lagos to Sagres takes you to the west of the Algarve, where you'll be amazed by the reddish-brown sandstone cliffs that sometimes appear purple. Along the way, you'll find small coves and secluded beaches, perfect for secluded anchorages.

Heading east from Lagos towards Faro, you'll find impressive limestone formations overlooking the sea, with small hidden inlets and caves carved out by the Atlantic waves. This panorama is occasionally interrupted by large coves with sandy beaches protected by dunes, making them ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The surrounding Serra de Monchique mountains provide the perfect backdrop to this stunning landscape.

The castle wall
The old town
Dona Ana Bridge
The Old Fort

Lagos is the western half of the Algarve, also known as "Barlavento". With a rich history dating back 2500 years, Lagos has been home to Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Lagos played an important role in Portugal's Age of Discovery, as a staging point for Henry the Navigator and the famous explorer Vasco da Gama.

Today, the city of Lagos is a modern hub with a sophisticated infrastructure of fine restaurants, bars and cultural exhibitions. Lagos is a short 45-minute drive from Faro Airport. It also has its own railway station, the last in the Western Algarve, and is accessible by all European rail services. For those planning to travel to Europe by train, is your one-stop train itinerary planner. Lagos is renowned as the perfect place for those seeking an active holiday, with a range of water sports, hiking, cycling and golf activities available. Here are some of our suggestions, with something for everyone. Lagos is also home to three of the Algarve's most spectacular beaches, including Meia Praia, Porto Do Mos and Ponta da Piedade.


8600-315 LAGOS


37º06'27"N 8º40'26"W

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Turismo de Portugal  RNAAT Registo nº : 344/2022


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