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The beaches of Lagos (Portugal)

Lagos is surrounded by a stunning coastline of golden cliffs, idyllic coves and vast expanses of golden sands. Within walking distance of central Lagos are four wonderful beaches, while a short drive or bus ride provides even more outstanding beaches. This article will provide an introduction to the beaches of the Lagos region, detail the best beaches and provide useful tourist information.

The Meia Praia Beach
The Meia Praia is the largest beach within the Lagos region, and is the beach where you will probably spend the majority of your beach time. This massive beach extends for almost 5km, from the mouth of the Lagos estuary around the shallow bay to the Odiáxere river.

Meia Praia is a wonderful beach, with soft sands, clean sea waters and a pristine setting surrounded by low rising sand dunes. The Meia Praia is ideal for families, and is the best all-round beach of the region.

When there is a strong breeze, the Meia Praia is a popular location for kite surfing, while for hot summers days there are multiple cafes, snack bars and small restaurants, ideal for lunch or refreshments. The sandy bay continues all the way to the resort town of Alvor, but the Odiáxere river divides the beach into two, and gives the beach its name, Meia Praia (half beach).



The Praia de Porto de Mos beach
The Praia de Porto de Mós is the second large sandy beach of the Lagos region, and is to the south-western side of the city. The Porto de Mós is another beautiful beach, and is popular for surfing, due to the powerful Atlantic waves that roll onto the sands.

The Praia de Porto de Mós has a pristine natural setting, being situated between the cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade and the towering headland of Praia de Luz. Porto de Mós is 3.5km from central Lagos and is an affluent district of Lagos, filled with luxurious villas and boutique hotels.

The Praia da Batata
Batata beach is the closest beach to the historic centre of Lagos, and is just to the south of the Forte Ponta da Bandeira. The Praia da Batata is a delightful beach and is surrounded by the golden cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade headland.

The headland and cliffs shelter the beach from the powerful waves and sea breezes, and this tranquil setting makes Batata beach ideal for families or swimming in. The only downside to the beach, is the close proximity to the city, which means that it can be very busy in the summer.

The Praia don Ana
The Praia don Ana beach is one of the most visually stunning beaches of the Algarve coastline. The small beach is sheltered by high sandstone cliffs and turquoise waters lap the golden sands. In 2016 the beach was greatly extended by adding dredged sand from the seabed and this has covered many of the submerged rocks that were fun to snorkel and swim through.

From central Lagos, it is a 20-minute walk to the Praia don Ana but there is a local bus services or mini-train (summer). There is a selection of shops and cafes at the top of the cliffs and a small restaurant on the beach.

The Praia do Camilo
The Praia do Camilo is on the way to the Ponta da Piedade headland and is another idyllic beach set amidst the sandstone cliffs of the coastline. There are soft golden sands and calm crystal clear waters but expect the beach to be busy during the summer. At the top of the cliffs is the popular Restaurante O Camilo.

Praia do Pinhão
The Praia do Pinhão is a small scenic beach part way between the Praia don Ana and Praia da Batata. Since the expansion of the Praia don Ana, the Praia do Pinhão is considered the prettiest beach of Lagos.

Tourist advice for Lagos Beaches

Beach weather in the western Algarve last from May through to September but there may be pleasant weather both earlier or later. The summer season is the busiest time of the year and the whole Algarve region can feel very busy.

On most beaches deckchairs and parasols can be hired for approximately €15 per day. Sunscreen and sun tan lotion are very expensive in Portugal it is always advisable to bring your own from your home country.

One thing that surprises most new visitors to the region is the shockingly cold sea temperatures. This is due to the sea waters coming from the Atlantic Ocean and not the comparatively warmer Mediterranean.


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