Lagos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Algarve and Portugal, boasting a large variety of beaches, geological formations such as Ponta da Piedade, and more for visitors to explore. Lagos is also at the center of the Portuguese Age of Discovery’s history. It was once the home of Henry the Navigator, and it served as a historical shipyard. TripAdvisor classified Lagos as the number 1 travel destination on a list of “15 destinations on the rise” worldwide in 2012.
Praia da Batata
Praia da Batata, known locally as the “town beach,” is the closest beach to Lagos’ town centre. The beach offers a magnificent view of the fortress Forte Ponta da Bandeira, which was built in the late 17th century to guard Lagos by protecting the river mouth from attack. Although Praia da Batata is a small beach, it is sheltered and has calm waters, featuring smaller coves that can be accessed through holes in the rocks.
Ponta da Piedade
When visiting Lagos, you can’t miss Ponta da Piedade. This unique natural feature on the west of Lagos is a beautiful section of limestone coastline made up of sea pillars, arches, and grottoes formed through thousands of years of winter storms. The headland of Ponta da Piedade is a stunning landscape for tourists and adventurers to discover. Visit and explore this breathtaking spot by boat or kayak.