Consider a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday in Lagos, an ancient maritime town steeped in history and now transformed into a lively beach resort.
Discover a great selection of golden-sand beaches, fine dining restaurants and countless bars.
Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town (most of which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake) and admire the remains of the old Roman fortifications and 17th century Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira. Then the pop into the 18th century Igreja de Santo Anthonio, home to a display of fine baroque gilt carvings.
At the northeast corner of Praça Infante Dom Henrique, ponder the former site of Europe’s first slave market, dating back to the 15th century.
Sunbathe and swim on the golden sands of Praia de Dona Ana or on Meia Praia, a 4km-long stretch of golden sand that continues into Praia da Alvor.
Follow the 2km-long marked path past a string of sandy coves separated by dramatic cliffs to the magnificent Ponta da Piedade (or Point of Piety); this is arguably the most beautiful spot on the Algarve, with towering cliffs overlooking a collection of ragged, umber-hued sandstone outcrops that hide countless caves and grottos.
Alternatively, hire a boat from the marine at Lagos and admire the soaring rocks from sea level.
The coastline from Lagos to Sagres boasts numerous underwater caves and many shipwrecks – best appreciated on an organised diving trip.
Golfers can tee-off from the challenging Parque da Floresta, a par-72 course with sweeping coastal views, located just west of Lagos.
The best golden-sand beaches around Lagos, include…
Relax on the pale golden sand of this 300m-long beach that nestles beneath towering sandstone cliffs framing a sheltered cove dotted with rocky outcrops.
The sea is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. There are no facilities on this beach, so take your own food and drinks.
Praia de Dona Ana is easily reached on the coastal path leading to the Ponta da Piedade headland.
Praia de Dona Ana is less than 2km from Lagos town centre and 60km west of Albufeira.
Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of this kilometre-long beach that gently curves eastwards from the whitewashed town of Luz to beneath a ridge of barren hills and dramatic cliffs known locally as Rocha Negra (or Black Rock).
Swim in the warm and calm waters of the Atlantic, sunbathe on the soft sand or pick a secluded spot to unwind at the western end of the beach where you can also follow hiking trails up into the hills for panoramic coastal views. Once the wind picks up, the eastern end of the beach offers good conditions for surfing and body boarding.
Beach facilities in front of the town include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Water sports include banana boats, jet skis and pedalos. A pedestrian promenade edges the beach and offers access to a good mix of bars, restaurants and hotels, just a short walk away in the town.
Come for a day or enjoy all the comforts of the Hotel Palm Bay or the Luna Luz Bay Club Hotel.
Away from the beach, explore the 18th century church of Nossa Senhora da Luz and various Roman remains including stonewalls, an aqueduct and mosaic-tiled floors.
Praia da Luz is located around 7km west of Lagos and around 63km west of Albufeira.
Honeymoon couples have a choice of hotels including the luxurious Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda, a Moorish-style hotel surrounded by exotic gardens and set on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, try the upmarket Tivoli Lagos, a modern castle of ancient Moorish design spread across a hilltop above Lagos town.
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Lagos is located on the Algarve on the southern coast of Portugal, 13km west of Portimao, 69km west of Faro and 34km east of Sagres.
Unless you are arriving from London, the most convenient route to Lagos is to fly into Lisbon Airport and connect with one of the many daily flights to Faro (the nearest international airport). Faro is just a 40-minute flight from Lisbon.
Trains and buses run frequently between Faro and Lagos. From the train station, buses and taxis are available for the short trip to your resort.
Latest update: Where to Honeymoon in Lagos: 22 January, 2019
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