Top 17 Breathtaking Beaches In Lagos | #1 Beach Guide

Curious about the best beaches in Lagos, Portugal?

Are you looking for the best and most stunning beaches in and around Lagos during your trip through the Algarve in Portugal? Then you’re here at the right place!

I spend many months in Lagos each year, so I have explored many of these stunning beaches that grace the shores of the beautiful coastal town of Lagos, a must-see place in the Algarve. And I want to tell you all about it.

In this article, I’ve listed the 17 best and most beautiful beaches in Lagos, Portugal, to help you out. And, there is even a hidden secret beach! So let’s get started right away!

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1) Praia do Camilo

Praia do Camilo – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

The beach is approximately 100 meters long, varying in width depending on the tides. The beach is nestled between towering cliffs, creating a sense of privacy and seclusion, and is protected from harsh winds and big waves. This can be very hot in summer, but a dip in the water will keep you cool.

The only way to access the beach (besides from the water) is by descending the 200-step staircase. When you reach ocean level, you’ll see a tunnel that leads to the second secluded beach of Praia do Camilo. You can walk over the rocks to the other beach at low tide but use the tunnel at high tide.

Why This Is One Of The Best Beaches In Lagos Portugal

Known for its stunning rock formations, crystal-clear waters, and golden sands, Praia do Camilo is one of the most iconic beaches in Lagos. And perhaps even the most iconic beach in Portugal. It is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers as this beach is very photogenic.

Due to its secluded nature, Praia do Camilo does not have extensive facilities. You can find a restaurant at the top of the stairs next to the small parking lot. There are no facilities at ocean level, so bringing your own beach essentials, such as towels, sunscreen, water, and snacks, is best. Also, when you want to snorkel (which is a great thing to do at this beach), you have to bring your own gear, as there are no rental facilities available on the beach. However, you can book kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or a boat tour to visit this beach from the water, which is one of the best things to do in Lagos.

Kayaking Tour Praia do Camilo

Taking a refreshing dive in the water, sunbathing, taking photos, and exploring the grottos are among the most favorite things to do on this beach. And a visit to this beach can be easily combined with visiting neighboring beaches such as Praia do Ana beach and watching the sunset from Ponta da Piedade.

Where Is Praia do Camilo?

It is located on the east side of the headland of Lagos and nestled between Praia do Ana beach and Ponta da Piedade. It is a 10-minute drive from the city center of Lagos or a 30-40 minute scenic walk along the coastline.

Praia do Camilo Location On Map

There is a designated parking area at the top of the stairs of Praia do Camilo, although spaces can be limited during peak season. It is advisable to arrive early or consider alternative transportation options such as walking or taxiing from Lagos when you’re visiting during peak season.

Best Time To Visit Praia do Camilo

The best time to visit Praia do Camilo is in the morning, early afternoon, and when it’s low tide, so plenty of beach sand is available. At high tide, the ocean eats away a lot of the beach, so there isn’t much room left to lay down your beach towel. You can check the tide times here.

Also, the sun comes up on this side of the headland, so Praia do Camilo is a perfect spot to watch the sunrise. This also means that the sun will disappear behind the cliffs somewhere in the afternoon (depending on the time of the year), and you can’t see the sunset from this beach.

It’s also advisable to visit early in the morning to secure a good spot on the beach and enjoy the tranquility before the crowds arrive when traveling through the Algarve during the peak months in summer.

Read more: Praia do Camilo – Lagos | Ultimate Beach Guide

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2) Praia da Dona Ana

Praia da Dona Ana – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

The story behind the name of the beach is interesting. Dona Ana is the name of a nun who escaped an attack during World War I by fleeing through the tunnel between the convent and the beach. The beach was named after her years later.

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This small but incredibly beautiful beach features dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters, and golden sand, making it a popular choice for travelers. Due to the postcard-worthy setting, it is often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches and photographed beaches in Lagos. You can explore caves at low tide, which adds an element of adventure to your beach day. Also, if you like to collect sea shells, this is the beach to go to.

Also, In 2015 the beach went into major construction to double the size of the sand so there was more room for people to sunbathe and protect visitors from the crumbling cliffs, which is a real thing on many beaches in Lagos. Some locals are fans of the newly developed beach, and some prefer the beach like it was before.

Where is Praia da Dona?

Praia da Dona Ana is situated approximately 1.5 kilometers (about 0.93 miles) south of the center of Lagos, Portugal. It’s a relatively short distance, and you can reach the beach easily by walking or driving from the town center. The beach is located next to the Praia do Camilo beach mentioned earlier in this article.

The beach is about 160 meters long and nestled between towering cliffs, creating privacy and stunning panoramic views. It is located on the east side of the headland of Lagos and is approximately 2 kilometers from the city center, which is a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute hike along the coastline.

Praia da Dona Ana Location On Map

Compared to the next-door neighbor beach, Praia do Camilo. This beach offers a range of facilities. These include public toilets, sunbed, and umbrella rentals, and beachside restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a meal or refreshments. Also, the parking lot is bigger than at Praia do Camilo but will fill up quickly, especially during peak season (so arriving early is a tip). You access the beach through a set of stairs carved into the cliffs, which makes it less accessible for people with mobility problems.

There are almost no currents or big waves, which makes it a perfect and calm place for snorkeling and swimming in the clear waters. And when you want to stay a bit longer and really enjoy this beach, there are great hotels with rooftop terraces offering amazing views surrounding the area of Praia da Dona Ana.

Best Time To Visit Praia Dona Ana

The best time to visit Praia Dona Ana is in the early morning if you want to enjoy the sun and arrive at the beach when it is less crowded. As this beach faces east, you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise (no sunset). And depending on the time of year, a big part of the beach will be in the shadow as the sun will disappear behind the cliffs. In summer, this will happen from around 17.30. In winter, this will be a lot earlier in the afternoon.

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3) Meia Praia

Meia Praia – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Stretching for about 4 kilometers, Meia Praia is the largest beach in Lagos and also one of the longest beaches in the entire Algarve. It offers ample space, soft sands, and calm waters, perfect for long walks and beach activities. And its expansiveness never makes it overcrowded, even during peak season.

The name “Meia Praia” in Portuguese translates to “Half Beach” in English. The name is derived from the beach’s unique shape and geographical features. Meia Praia is a long and wide beach that stretches for about 4 kilometers, but its width is significantly narrower than its length. This characteristic led to the name “Half Beach” or “Meia Praia.”

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It’s a beach that offers something for everyone, whether you prefer leisurely sunbathing, engaging in water sports, sipping a cocktail at one of the beach bars, or taking long walks along the shore. You’ll find beach bars and restaurants dotted along the shoreline, offering refreshments and delicious cuisine. Sunbed and umbrella rentals are also available for those looking for extra comfort. Because there are no surrounding cliffs, this beach can sometimes be windy.

The calm waters make it an excellent location for swimming because there are no rocks. Due to its favorable wind conditions, wind and kitesurfing enthusiasts will also find Meia Praia ideal. If you want to rent water sports equipment, there is no need to worry. You can rent them on the beach. Additionally, the beach is perfect for long walks or jogging along the shoreline. And there are many beach bars to choose from. Also, people with mobility problems have better access to this beach than most other beaches in Lagos. You can walk on a boardwalk up to the beach and different bars from many parking areas.

Where Is Meia Praia?

Meia Praia is located just a short distance from the center of Lagos, approximately 2 kilometers to the east. Its proximity to the city makes it easily accessible and convenient for visitors. It is also located near the train station of Lagos. Or it is easily reachable within a few minutes by car or a pleasant walk along the shoreline.

Meia Praia Location On Map

Another great thing about this beach is that Meia Praia provides enough parking facilities, including both free and paid options. There are designated parking areas near the beach, allowing for convenient access for almost everyone.

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4) Praia do Pinhão

Nestled between towering cliffs, Praia do Pinhão is a small, beautiful beach with a secluded and intimate setting. It’s a great spot for relaxation and enjoying the breathtaking natural surroundings when you want a break from exploring the old town of Lagos because it is a walkable distance from the city center.

Why This Is One Of The Best Beaches In Lagos Portugal

Praia do Pinhão is relatively small in size, with a stretch of sand that spans approximately 100 meters in length. Its intimate size adds to its charm and creates a cozy atmosphere. And it tends to be less crowded than larger and more popular beaches in Lagos. Also, the rock formations protect the beach from strong winds. This can make it a bit hot in the summer, but you always take a refreshing dive because this beach is great for swimming. And activities like diving, snorkeling, and even cliff jumping (at high tide!)

Also, the beach is divided into two sections. The first section is small and at the bottom of the staircase and completely disappears when it’s high tide. The second part is larger and on the other side of the rock formation. You can walk to this part of the beach through a tunnel at low tide. How cool is that?!

Where Is Praia do Pinhão?

Praia do Pinhão is located between the other beautiful beaches, Praia da Dona Ana and Praia dos Estudantes, on the east side of the headland of Lagos (see map). It is also connected to other beaches because you can make a nice scenic walk via beach Praia dos Estudantes all the way to Praia da Batata – which are beaches also on this list. But please be aware, you can only do this walk at low tide.

Praia do Pinhão Location On Map

To access the beach, you need to use the staircase. At high tide, this means you need to jump in the sea (which is not deep) at the bottom of the staircase to be able to visit the second part of the beach. There is no parking space directly at the beach, but you can use the one across the fire station and walk from there. The staircase of this beach is also accessible via the pedestrian trail on the cliffs that reach all the way to Praia da Dona Ana, which does have a parking lot.

Ensure you bring your own food and drinks since no beach restaurant, bar, or other beach services are present.

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5) Praia da Batata

Praia da Batata – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Near Lagos’ old town, Praia da Batata is a popular beach with locals and tourists because it is the closest beach to the city center. It is easily accessible, making it a popular choice, but also overcrowded at times.

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This beach is also known as “Potato Beach” because of a shipwreck a long time ago filled with potatoes. It’s a real urban beach that everyone likes to go to. Many families like to visit this beach, and people come here after work to relax and have a drink and parties like to use this beach for an afterparty. There are also many festivals and sports tournaments organized at this beach, so something is always happening.

Like many other beaches of Lagos, this beach is also a sheltered cove with many inlets that protect you from the wind. Also, this beach faces east and is protected from big waves from the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it a perfect beach for swimming because of the calm water.

Where Is Praia da Batata?

It is located at the end of the river Ribeira de Bensafrim, so you can watch many boats coming in and out of the harbor. And it is located next to the fortress of Ponta da Bandeira. And you can walk to Praia dos Estudantes through a tunnel. This beach is less crowded than Praia da Batata.

Praia da Batata Location On Map

There is public parking nearby and a beach bar right at the beach for some refreshing drinks. Or you can have dinner at Mar restaurant and bar, which is located on the cliff overlooking the beach. And there are kayak rentals available on the beach during peak season.

When you’re looking for a refreshing dive or want to relax at the beach that is not too far walk after exploring the old town of Lagos, this beach is perfect.

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6) Praia dos Estudantes

Praia dos Estudantes – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Praia dos Estudantes, also known as “Students’ Beach,” is a typical everyone’s beach, but mostly you can expect families with children here relaxing on the beach—and photograph enthusiasts who want to get a glimpse of the Roman-style bridge.

Why This Is One Of The Best Beaches In Lagos Portugal

Praia dos Estudantes is a hidden gem tucked away in a small cove and known for its Roman-style bridge, which is very photogenic. It’s a small and unique beach located right next to Praia da Batata, therefore also close to Lagos city center, making it a convenient beach for a couple of hours escaping the heat from the city. Even though it is less crowded than Praia da Batata, due to its small size, it can feel crowded very quickly.

The beach is separated into two beaches. It has a northern part, where you arrive on the beach, and a southern part accessible via the tunnel. This is the part where you can see the Roman-style bridge, which makes this beach stand out from many other Lagos beaches. This bridge used to be part of the fortress of Pinhão, but that fortress isn’t there anymore. At high tide, you can kayak (which you can rent at Praia Batata) underneath the bridge.

I’m sorry to disappoint you if you expect a soft sandy beach, but the sand is quite hard. But since this beach is also located on the east side of the headland, it is mostly protected from harsh winds and big waves. Therefore, this beach is excellent for swimming, snorkeling, or stand-up paddle boarding.

Where Is Praia dos Estudantes?

Praia dos Estudantes is located near the old town of Lagos and next to Praia da Batata. You can easily walk it from the center as it is only a 10-minute walk. The best thing is to park your car at one of the public parking lots in the center and walk your way from there. Either you walk to Mar restaurant & bar, where you will see the stairways that go down to the beach. Or you walk from Praia da Batata through the tunnel to the beach. You can even walk even further (at low tide) to Praia do Pinhão when you use the small cave close to the Roman bridge.

Praia dos Estudantes Location On Map

There aren’t any beach services and facilities at sea level, but on top of the cliff, you’ll find Mar Restaurant & Bar, where you can get nice meals and drinks. I advise you to bring your own drinks and food, if you don’t want to risk the restaurant being closed or fully booked.

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8) Praia da Balança

This video shows that Praia da Balança is not your normal typical beach with easy accessibility. It is a small cove on the east side of the headland, close to Ponta da Piedade, and difficult to reach. At high tide, it can be completely covered. It is dangerous and hard to reach by foot, so many paddleboard and kayak tours love stopping at this beach for a little visit.

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While it may not be as easily accessible as some other beaches, it’s unspoiled beauty and serene atmosphere make it a top choice for those seeking a more secluded and visually stunning beach experience in Lagos.

Where Is Praia da Balança?

Praia da Balança is located south of the headland of Lagos, between the nudist beach Praia dos Pinheiros and Ponte Piedade.

Praia da Balança Location On Map
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9) Praia dos Pinheiros (Hidden Secret Beach)

Praia dos Pinheiros is another sheltered beach on the east side of the headland, between the popular Praia do Camilo and Ponta Piedade and locally known as the secret beach of Lagos.

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It is a small, shell-shaped beach that is approximately 30 to 40 meters wide during high tide. Access to the beach is more difficult than other popular beaches but can be done by foot when you descend through carved steps in the rocks. Also, these rocks provide protection from the wind and offer delightful shaded spots on the beach. It is a peaceful beach that naturists frequently visit. Not the old naturist, but a younger crowd due to the adventurous location of the beach.

Among the rugged rock formations, one cave leads to a beautiful “algar” (a cave with a vertical opening), which is definitely worth a visit. There are also many other grottos to be explored, which are only accessible during low tide.

Where Is Praia dos Pinheiros?

Praia dos Pinheiros is located on the east side of the headland of Lagos. It is the next beach after Praia do Camilo when you’re heading to Ponte Piedade.

The best way to get to Praia dos Pinheiros is to follow the road signs to Ponta Piedade and park your car or camper on the road leading to Ponta Piedade, close to the beach location, as you can see on the map above. Watch the video below on the best way to reach the beach:

Praia dos Pinheiros Location On Map

Keep in mind that there are no facilities at the beach, but on the road to Ponta Piedade, there are many restaurants, and at Ponta Piedade, you’ll find a restaurant where you can buy refreshments or have lunch.

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10) Praia do Barranco do Martinho

Another unique and less easily accessible beach is Praia do Barranco do Martinho. It is a small, remote beach in a rocky cove that can only be accessed by boat.

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Even though this isn’t your typical sunbathing beach, I wanted to include it on this list because it is a true photographer’s paradise. Also, when you can’t visit the beach at sea level. At cliff level, the view is breathtaking, especially at sunset.

View from above

Where is Praia do Barranco do Martinho?

Praia do Barranco is located on the west side of the headland of Lagos.

Praia do Barranco do Martinho Location On Map

You have to book a tour or a private boat or paddle your way to visit this beach. When you want to explore the area at cliff level, you can park your car at Ponta Piedade and walk the boardwalk along the cliffs, which is always a great thing to do during sunset or early in the morning for a nice hike before the heat is overwhelming.

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11) Praia do Porto de Mós

Praia do Porto de Mós – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Situated just a few kilometers south of the city center, it offers a beautiful coastal escape with its golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and scenic cliffs. It is the second-largest beach in the Lagos region.

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Known for its expansive sandy beach, impressive cliffs, stunning rock formations, and great restaurants, Porto de Mós Beach is a favorite among both locals and tourists.

The beach stretches for approximately 550 meters, providing enough space for visitors to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. It is known for its clean and well-maintained environment, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists.

Praia do Porto de Mós offers various amenities and facilities to enhance your beach experience. These include two restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal or refreshing drink with a view of the ocean. Sunbed and umbrella rentals are also available for rent.

Where is Praia do Porto de Mós?

This beach is situated to the west of Ponta Piedade.

Praia do Porto de Mós Location On Map

The beach is easily accessible, with parking facilities nearby, although it can get busy during peak seasons. It is also conveniently connected to the city center via public transportation or a short drive, making it a convenient option if you stay in Lagos.

Tip! A beautiful hike is walking from Ponta Piedade, following the boardwalk west, where you’ll descend down to Praia do Porto de Mós and walk along this beach all the way to Praia da Luz. You walk on different levels, from cliffs onto the beach, along the next cliff again with the beautiful viewpoint called Rocha Negra, and down to the beach again in Luz. Especially beautiful around sunset as you walk towards the sun.

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12) Praia do Canavial

Praia do Canavial – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Praia do Canavial is the beach situated on the left side of Praia do Porto de Mós and is known to be a hidden gem. This beautiful beach is known for its natural charm and captivating scenery, making it a favorite among both locals and visitors. It offers a secluded and intimate atmosphere, ideal for relaxation and sunbathing away from the crowds.

Why This Is One Of The Best Beaches In Lagos Portugal

It boasts golden sands, clear turquoise waters, and stunning rock formations that add to its unique appeal. The beach is surrounded by impressive cliffs, creating a sense of privacy and tranquility.

It is a quiet beach with a lot of privacy and, therefore, also used as a nude beach because this beach is a bit harder to get to. You can only reach it on foot by walking to the beach at low tide from Praia do Porto de Mós.

With a length of approximately 200 meters, Praia do Canavial provides enough space for beachgoers to find a peaceful spot to relax and soak up the sun. Its smaller size contributes to a more serene and uncrowded atmosphere.

Where Is Praia do Canavial?

Praia do Canavial is located between the headland of Lagos and the next-door beach Praia do Porto de Mós on the right side.

Praia do Canavial Location On Map

You get to this beach by parking your car at the parking spot at Praia do Porto de Mós and walk from there. You can also easily catch the bus to reach Praia do Porto de Mós.

While there are no specific facilities directly on the beach, visitors can find amenities nearby (at the next-door beach Praia do Porto de Mós). We recommended to bring your own supplies, such as towels, snacks, and water.

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13) Praia da Luz (our favorite)

Praia da Luz – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Located in the charming village of Luz (just a 5-minute drive from Lagos), this family-friendly beach boasts calm and clear waters and a lovely promenade with restaurants and cafes. And an amazing view of Rocha Negra.

We lived for many months in Luz, so we loved going to this beach. Even though we visited many other beaches on this list, Praia da Luz has a special place in our hearts. It is perfect for surfers, families, and all sorts of travelers and has everything you need for a nice beach day.

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It is a picturesque sandy beach characterized by its calm and inviting atmosphere. The beach stretches for approximately 800 meters and is framed by stunning cliffs, creating a scenic backdrop. Its golden sands and crystal-clear waters make it ideal for relaxation, leisurely beach activities, a nice refreshing dive and swim, and occasionally catching a nice wave.

This beach offers a range of services and facilities. These include lifeguards on duty, and sunbed and umbrella rentals are available. There are also beachside cafes and restaurants where you can grab a snack, enjoy a refreshing drink, or indulge in a delicious meal while overlooking the sea. Don’t forget the delicious tapas at Boaty’s Tapas restaurant overlooking the beach, and if you like pizza, then Pizza Real is the best pizza place in town.

View from Boaty’s restaurant.

Where Is Praia da Luz?

Praia da Luz is a coastal town located between Lagos and Burgau which is on the way to Sagres the most south western point of Portugal.

Praia da Luz Location On Map

Praia da Luz is easily accessible by car or public transportation. If traveling by car, take the N125 road or the A22 highway and follow the signs to Luz. Public buses also serve the area, with regular connections from Lagos to Praia da Luz. Once in Luz, the beach is just a short walk away from the village center.

Also, this beach provides convenient parking facilities near the beach. You can find different parking areas, both free and paid.

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14) Praia do Burgau (authentic beach town)

Praia de Burgau – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Burgau (just a 15-minute drive west of Lagos) is Praia de Burgau.

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It is a small, picturesque beach in a sheltered cove. A very nice laidback beach with an authentic Portuguese charm. It is another one of our favorite beach spots in Lagos and is also popular amongst locals and surfers because of its authentic atmosphere. It is also a very family-friendly beach.

Praia de Burgau spans approximately 250 meters in length, providing a cozy and intimate space for beachgoers to relax and soak up the sun. The smaller size contributes to a more secluded and uncrowded environment. When the waves are good, you will see many surfers who seem like they are coming from nowhere, catching some waves.

Remember that with high tide, there isn’t a lot of beach to the right side left, but plenty of room to the left side of the beach. Also, you can book a dolphin tour from this beach, which is less commercial than the ones in Lagos.

While Praia de Burgau is a smaller beach, it offers basic facilities to ensure visitors’ comfort. There is a beach restaurant at the beach, and just next to the parking lot, there is a nice cafe overlooking the beach where you can get cold drinks and authentic Portuguese snacks. And more uphill in the charming streets, you can find different restaurants and cafes to enjoy local cuisine and refreshments. There isn’t a rental place for surfboards or beach chairs, so if you would like, you have to bring your own.

Where Is Praia do Burgau?

You can find Burgau along the coast when you drive from Lagos west to Sagres.

Praia do Burgau Location On Map

Take the N125 road from Lagos towards the west and follow the signs to Burgau. The drive takes approximately 20 minutes. It’s the town next to Luz. Once you reach the village, follow the signs directing you to the beach. Remember that parking near the beach might be limited, especially during busy periods, so arriving early is advisable.

If you prefer public transportation, bus services are available from Lagos to Burgau. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, and buses run at regular intervals. From the bus stop in Burgau, it’s a short walk to Praia de Burgau. Consult the local bus schedules and consider checking for any updates or changes in the timetable.

Access to Praia de Burgau is relatively easy. There are walkways and steps leading down to the beach from the village, providing a pleasant journey through the narrow streets of Burgau. The walk itself offers glimpses of traditional Portuguese architecture and the village’s cozy atmosphere. Alternatively, consider using public transportation or walking your way down to the beach from a parking spot uphill.

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15) Praia da Salema

Praia da Salema – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

The charming village of Salema (a 25-minute drive from Lagos) is located just a little bit further west of Lagos. It is a picturesque beach, surrounded by colorful fishing boats and cliffs, giving you a serene and authentic beach experience.

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Praia de Salema is a wide and sandy beach that stretches along the coastline, offering a sense of spaciousness and tranquility. Framed by colorful fishing boats and traditional whitewashed houses, the beach exudes a quaint and authentic charm. With its soft golden sands and crystal-clear waters, Praia de Salema provides a peaceful setting for beachgoers to relax and enjoy the coastal ambiance.

Its location away from larger tourist hubs in Lagos adds to its unspoiled and peaceful atmosphere. The village itself maintains its traditional character, making it a charming place to visit.

Praia de Salema is a spacious beach with a length of approximately 300 meters. This allows plenty of room for sunbathing, beach games, and leisurely walks along the shore. Even during busier periods, there is usually enough space to find a peaceful spot to enjoy the beach.

Praia de Salema offers a range of facilities. These include beachside cafes and restaurants where you can savor delicious seafood dishes and other local specialties. Sunbed and umbrella rentals are available as well if you like the shade.

Praia de Salema is perfect for relaxation, swimming, and sunbathing. The calm and clear waters invite a refreshing dip on warm days. The beach also provides a lovely setting for beachcombing and leisurely walks along the coast. If you want to explore the surrounding area, you can easily go hiking, nature walks, and scenic adventures.

Where Is Praia da Salema?

The beach is situated in the village of Salema, which is part of the municipality of Vila do Bispo. Salema is a small fishing village approximately 18 kilometers (about 11 miles) west of the town of Lagos.

Praia da Salema Location On Map

If you have access to a car, you can easily reach Praia de Salema by driving along the N125 road or the A22 highway. From Lagos, head west towards Salema, and follow the signs leading to the village. Once you arrive in Salema, you’ll find parking facilities near the beach or within a short walking distance.

By Public Transportation: Salema is also accessible by public transportation. You can take a bus from Lagos to Salema, which operates at regular intervals. The bus journey takes approximately 30 minutes. Once you arrive in Salema, it’s a short walk from the bus stop to Praia de Salema.

Access to Praia de Salema is relatively easy, as it is located near the village center. Simply follow the signs leading to the beach. And you’ll find pedestrian walkways and steps that guide you down to the shoreline. The walk down offers picturesque views of the village and the beach.

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16) Praia de Alvor

Praia de Alvor – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Praia de Alvor is a long stretch of beach of soft golden sand and clear turquoise waters. Located in the charming fishing village of Alvor, east of Lagos. It is approximately 4.5 kilometers long, giving beachgoers enough space to relax and soak up the sun.

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A perfect beach for leisurely walks, sunbathing, and swimming, and is easily accessible. It is similar to Meia Praia as this beach is also long stretched, and right next door. Only the river Ribeira de Odiáxere is in between.

The beach is surrounded by the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, which is home to diverse ecosystems, including wetlands and marshes. It is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, offering opportunities to spot various bird species and other wildlife.

You’ll find beach bars and restaurants scattered along the shoreline, providing a variety of culinary delights and refreshing drinks. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rent, allowing you to relax comfortably. The beach also provides public toilets and showers, making freshening up after a swim convenient.

The calm waters are perfect for swimming and paddling, especially for families with children. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, and kayaking. The wide stretch of sand invites beach games and long walks along the shore, perfect during sunset.

Where Is Praia de Alvor?

Praia de Alvor is located in the town of Alvor, which is situated to the west of Portimão and the east of Lagos.

Praia de Alvor Location On Map

If you have access to a car, you can easily reach Praia de Alvor by driving along the A22 highway. From Portimão, head west towards Alvor, following the signs to the beach. There are parking facilities available near the beach.

Public transportation is also available to reach Praia de Alvor. From Portimão, you can take a local bus to Alvor. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. Once you arrive in Alvor, you can walk to Praia de Alvor, which is about a 20-minute stroll from the village center.

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17) Praia dos Três Irmãos

Praia dos Três Irmãos – Beaches in Lagos, Portugal

Right next to or actually connected to Praia de Alvor is the iconic beach named Praia dos Três Irmãos because of the rock formations known as the Three Brothers, which punctuate the golden sands and create a picturesque setting. These majestic rock formations create small coves and archways, adding a sense of intrigue and charm to the beach.

Why This Is One Of The Best Beaches In Lagos Portugal

The beach offers clear waters, natural caves, and stunning cliffs. It is easy to combine a nice day at Praia de Alvor beach and a walk towards Praia dos Três Irmãos for some breathtaking sunset pictures at the end of your day. Also, make sure to walk up on the cliffs around Prainha. This will give you many photo opportunities as well as stunning views.

Exploring the fascinating rock formations and caves adds an adventurous element to your beach visit. You can venture into the caves and grottoes along the coastline during low tide, revealing hidden treasures. And it’s also a great place to go snorkeling.

Praia dos Tres Irmãos offers a more tranquil beach experience than the bustling urban beaches of Portimão. While it tends to be less crowded, it can still attract many visitors, especially during the summer. It’s worth noting that the beach area becomes smaller during high tide, which can make it feel busier. Praia dos Tres Irmãos is popular among tourists who want to witness the beautiful rock formations.

Where Is Praia dos Três Irmãos?

Praia dos Três Irmãos is part of the municipality of Portimão. It is situated to the east of the town of Alvor and on the left side of the next-door beach Praia de Alvor.

Praia dos Três Irmãos Location On Map

From Portimão, head west towards Alvor. Follow the signs directing you to Praia dos Tres Irmãos. A large parking lot is available near the beach to park your car. However, arriving early to secure a parking spot during peak season or busy periods is recommended, as it can fill up quickly.

If you prefer to use public transportation, you can take a bus from Portimão to Alvor. From Alvor, it’s a short walk to Praia dos Tres Irmãos. Consult the local bus schedules and consider checking for any updates or changes in the timetable.

You can access the beach by descending wooden stairs that lead down from the cliffs.

Best Beaches In Lagos | Frequently Asked Questions

Does Lagos have good beaches?

Yes, Lagos is known for its beautiful and diverse beaches with beautiful rock formations. The area offers a variety of stunning beaches with clear waters, golden sands, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque surroundings that are postcard-worthy.

Which is the finest beach in Lagos?

Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, and Praia da Luz are considered some of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Lagos.

The beaches Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo are the most popular beaches in Lagos, Portugal.

Does Lagos have sandy beaches?

Lagos is known for its sandy beaches. Many of the beaches in the region, including Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, and Meia Praia, feature soft golden sands.

Can you swim in Lagos beaches?

Swimming is a popular activity on Lagos’ beaches. The beaches generally offer safe swimming conditions, with calm and clear waters. However, checking for any safety flags or lifeguard instructions before entering the water is advisable.

Can you walk to the beach from Lagos?

You can walk to many of the beaches from Lagos Old Town. The nearest beaches to Lagos Old Town include:

  1. Praia da Batata: Located just a short walk from the town center, Praia da Batata is a small and picturesque beach known for its calm waters and beautiful rock formations. It’s a convenient option for those staying in Lagos Old Town.
  2. Praia dos Estudantes: Situated next to Praia da Batata, Praia dos Estudantes is another nearby beach. It offers a relaxed atmosphere, golden sands, and stunning views of the cliffs and rock formations.
  3. Praia da Dona Ana: A little further from Lagos Old Town is also within walking distance. Praia da Dona Ana is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. It features turquoise waters, golden sands, and impressive rock formations.

These beaches are within close proximity to Lagos Old Town, making them easily accessible by foot. They provide an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the coastline without venturing far from the historic center of Lagos.

Are the beaches in Lagos suitable for families with children?

The beaches in Lagos are generally family-friendly. They offer calm and clear waters, making them suitable for children to swim and play. Some beaches have facilities like lifeguards and public toilets, and some even provide play areas for kids.

Are there any water sports activities available on Lagos’ beaches?

Lagos’ beaches offer a range of water sports activities. You can enjoy options such as paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing, and even surfing in some areas. You can book all sorts of water sports activities and tours via Get Your Guide.

Are the beaches in Lagos accessible for people with mobility challenges?

While some beaches may have more challenging terrain, many have tried to improve accessibility. Some beaches, such as Meia Praia, offer ramps, walkways, and designated parking spaces for people with disabilities.

Portugal Travel Planning Guide

🚑 Should I buy travel insurance for Portugal?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $2 USD daily, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Safety Wing, one of the biggest names in travel insurance.

💧Can you drink tap water in Portugal?

Yes — However, drinking bottled water in Portugal is generally recommended. Most locals drink bottled water, which is readily available and affordable throughout the country. Tap water is safe for drinking, showering, and brushing teeth, but tap water in Portugal contains a lot of chlorine. So the taste is not good, and if you decide to drink tap water, make sure you use a water filter that can filter out the chlorine and other contaminants. When we’re on the road, we always use the Zero Water Filter, which we can easily take with us.

🚗 Is it safe to rent a car in Portugal?

Yes — Renting a car in Portugal is one of the best ways to see the country. I always rent with Rentalcars, which checks international and local Portuguese companies, so you get the best rates.

🏩 What’s the best way to book places to stay in Portugal?

For Portugal hotels, is the best site.

🛫 What’s the best site to buy Portugal flights?

Lisbon International Airport and Faro International Airport offer many connections throughout the day. To find the best flights to Portugal, I recommend using Skyscanner.

⛵️ Where to book the best tours in Portugal?

For the best tours in Portugal, I highly recommend booking your trips at Get Your Guide.

🛂 Do I need a visa for Portugal?

Maybe — When you don’t hold a Schengen Passport you need to apply for a Portugal Schengen Visa. Most travelers receive a 90-day (single entry) or 180-day (multiple entry) visa that allows you to visit both Portugal and all the countries within the Schengen Area for as long as your Visa is valid. When you hold a Schengen Passport you are allowed to travel free within the Schengen Area. Find more information on the government site of Portugal.

😃 Is Portugal safe to visit?

Portugal is considered a safe country to travel to, just like in every country, you must be aware when you visit larger cities.

🗣 Do they speak English in Portugal?

Yes – but not in all parts of the country. The Algarve region, the most southern part of Portugal, almost everyone speaks English. Lisbon and Porto region you’ll also find many people that can speak English. However, when you visit the Portuguese countryside you’ll find that most people only speak Portuguese. Read more in our article Is English Widely Spoken in Portugal?

⭐️ What is the best time to visit Portugal?

Portugal is a great destination all year round. The southern region Algarve has the most sunshine days of Europe. During the winter months, it gets 18-20°C on average. When we’re in Portugal during winter we celebrate NYE always on the beach!
If you want to visit the countryside and northern part of Portugal best time to visit is between April and September, since the winter months can be very rainy and cold in that area of the country.

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