The 6 most beautiful beaches around Lagos in the Algarve!

High cliffs, azure blue sea, and beautiful waves! Around Lagos, you will find a number of very beautiful beaches and bays! After previously writing a blog with the 6 most beautiful beaches of the Costa Vicentina in the Algarve, in this blog, you will find the 6 most beautiful beaches near Lagos. Including useful information about these beaches in the Algarve such as parking information, restaurant tips, suitability for children, and more! Roadtrip Portugal 84


All you need to know about the beaches of the Algarve!

The beaches of the Algarve can be roughly divided into three areas:

  • The Costa Vicentina: the westernmost part of the Algarve that borders the Atlantic Ocean (the sea is the coldest here). It is very quiet here, not touristic at all and the bays are alternately rugged with many cliffs or vast. Read our blog here with the 6 most beautiful beaches on the Costa Vicentina. Previously we wrote a blog specifically about the Southwest Alentejo & Vicentine Coast Nature Park.
  • The area from Lagos to Albufeira: the most central and popular part of the Algarve. Mostly small bays with many cliffs and rocks in the sea. Focus of this blog!
  • The area from Faro, Tavira to the Spanish border: the easternmost part of the Algarve. Bounty islands alternate with long beaches and no rocks or cliffs (the sea is the warmest here). Read our blog here with the 6 most beautiful beaches around Tavira and Faro! We also wrote a blog specifically about the nice village of Tavira!

But which area do you choose? Below is a map with the 18 most beautiful beaches on the Algarve that we recommend! And of course, read our accompanying blogs because we wrote extensive blogs about all three areas!Algarve beaches


The 6 most beautiful beaches around Lagos!

Below you will find the 6 most beautiful beaches in the Lagos area. Please note, we start with number 7, since this corresponds to the map above!

Tip: Portugal has recently made a lot of effort to make the coastal walking paths more accessible. In many places you will find “boardwalks”, footpaths over wooden decking that are also easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Very nice when you travel through Portugal with a baby or child!

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7. Praia de Salema: nice family beach with dinosaur footprints

Salema Beach is located near the beautiful Praia de Burgau. Salema itself is a tourist village with, among other things, a nice eco campsite (click here for more information) and a lovely beach! This fine sandy beach is perfect for when you are traveling in the area with children. There are beds and umbrellas for rent, there is a lifeguard and the beach is big enough to have plenty of space, but not so big that it is easy to lose each other. The water is very clear and not too wild. And it is also beautifully situated surrounded by rocks!

We visited this beach for a nice afternoon. There are a few restaurants on the beach where we had a bite to eat (we ate a small bite at A Bóia, highly recommended, especially their sardines), and then we spontaneously decided to stay longer and ended the day with pizza in the sand.

Click here for the location of this nice family beach not far from Lagos.

Extra tip: unfortunately we only heard about this after we had visited the beach, but apparently there are fossil footprints of a dinosaur on one of the rocks on the beach. Be sure to let us know when you find them.

  • Accessibility: good, the beach is located in the middle of the village.
  • Beach beds: available in several locations. From 14 euros.
  • Parking options: There are a few parking spots right on the beach, but they fill up quickly. We parked the car here.
  • Beach clubs/restaurant: There are a some nice restaurants on the beach.
  • Suitable for kids: Absolutely!
  • Beach type: sand
  • Public toilets or showers: both are available

8. Praia do Burgau: Portugal’s Santorini

Praia do Burgau is also called the Santorini of Portugal because of the beautiful white houses that stand out brightly against the dark cliffs. This nice sandy beach is perfect for families. Burgau is a small fishing village that is not yet known to the general public, although it is not far from Lagos. The beach and the village are highly recommended, but also the road to get there. Especially the coastal route between Salema and Praia do Burgau is breathtakingly beautiful. Click here for the location of Praia do Burgau.

Restaurant tip Praia do Burgau: We had a bite at Miam Burgau, a French restaurant with delicious fish and lemon merengue tarts. Another recommendation is A Barraca.

  • Accessibility: it is difficult to maneuver in this small village with narrow roads and the road to the parking lot is quite steep.
  • Beach beds: in the summer you can rent beds with a parasol here (not in April).
  • Parking options: there is a very small parking lot that was completely full even in April. Parking is free.
  • Beach clubs/ restaurant: there are a few restaurants on the beach. We thought Miam Burgau was by far the nicest!
  • Suitable for children: yes, with fine sand, low waves and lifeguards, this beach is very suitable for families with children.
  • Beach type: sandy beach
  • Public toilets or showers: available

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Heading to Lagos yourself? We write a travel guide for Lagos with the 6 best things to do here!


9. Porto Moss Beach: nice family beach that is easy to reach!

Just before you enter Lagos, you will find the suburb of Porto de Mos. In addition to a lot of holiday homes, you will also find a wonderful family beach: Praia de Porto Mos. Surrounded by high cliffs and with only two beach bars, it is nice and quiet here. The sea is fresh but sheltered enough to swim with children. When we were here in April, there were no beds and umbrellas for rent yet, but in the summer you can find shelter here. The sandy beach is quite spacious and is also visited by many locals. Click here for the location of this beach in the Algarve.

  • Accessibility: good, you can drive to the parking lot in the dunes by car.
  • Beach beds: in the summer you can rent beach beds with umbrellas here. Two beds plus umbrella costs 13 euros.
  • Parking options: there is a small (free) parking lot, but it fills up quickly.
  • Beach clubs/ restaurant: no real beach clubs but there are two restaurants on the beach.
  • Suitable for children: definitely, this is really a family beach!
  • Beach type: sand
  • Public toilets or showers: both available.

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10. Dona Ana Beach: most beautiful beach in Lagos!

This beautiful little bay is located near Lagos. You reach it by descending the high cliffs with a steep staircase. The beach is not very big, but it is larger than most of the bays here, so you will probably find a spot. Click here for the location of this beach in the Algarve.

  • Accessibility: not great, we didn’t dare to do it with a stroller. You have to climb some stairs.
  • Beach beds: in the summer you can rent beach beds and umbrellas, not yet in April.
  • Parking options: there is a small (free) parking lot on top of the cliff.
  • Beach clubs/restaurant: there are a few restaurants on top of the cliffs, but not on the beach.
  • Suitable for children: reasonable … due to the stairs it is less suitable for a visit with children, but the sea is calm.
  • Beach type: sand
  • Public toilets or showers: at the top of the cliff there is a public toilet.

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Walking along the beaches of Lagos

Also very nice is the Ponta da Piedade, a rough area over which a footpath runs along the most beautiful beaches and bays of Lagos. Ponta da Piedade starts on top of the cliff at Praia de Dona Ana, passes Praia do Camilo and Praia da Balanca, among others, and runs all the way to Praia de Canavial. This footpath runs over the cliffs, passing several viewpoints of the cliffs and coves. It is the most famous stretch of coastline and when you see what beautiful cliffs you see rising out of the clear blue sea here, it is not surprising!

Also good to know, almost the entire route is accessible with a stroller or wheelchair, only the first part at Praia de Dona Ana has stairs. But there is another starting point, along the road that avoids the stairs. There are parking spaces at both the start and end points, along the way you will find several restaurants, but there is little shade. You can walk there and back in about an hour (without stops).

Tip: you can also visit the cliffs and bays along Ponta da Piedade by boat. Click here for different options!


11. Meia Praia: long sandy beach near the center of Lagos.

This is the largest (and longest) beach in Lagos. This fine sandy beach is four kilometers long! In the dunes there is another boardwalk over which you can easily walk from the parking spaces to the beach, or to one of the beach bars. In the summer you can rent beds with umbrellas at various places. You are close to the center of Lagos, but still in a quiet place and because the beach is so large, you have more than enough space. You will not find rugged cliffs here, but a nice, accessible sea. Click here for the location of this beach in the Algarve.

  • Accessibility: good, this beach is located near the center of Lagos.
  • Beach beds: yes, you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas in various places during the summer season (not in April, unfortunately).
  • Parking options: you will find large parking spaces in many places in the dunes. Parking is free.
  • Beach clubs/ restaurant: in the dunes you will find several restaurants. Most were still closed in April, but we had a drink at Bar Quim, which is relaxed and accessible.
  • Suitable for children: absolutely, it is a large fine sandy beach where many families come.
  • Beach type: sandy beach
  • Public toilets or showers: almost all restaurants have public toilets and a shower.

12. Praia do Carvoeiro: nice village with beautiful bay not far from Lagos

The pretty village of Carvoeiro is half an hour’s drive from Lagos. The village itself is built around a lovely bay, with clear blue water and a beautiful sandy beach. There are boats in the sea that moor here to have lunch, children play in the shallow water. High rocks loom up on either side with cute white houses with painted window sills. Also very nice here are the facilities. You have showers, toilets and changing cubicles. Due to the cliffs there is some shade, in the summer beds with umbrellas are also rented here. Click here for the location of this beach in the Algarve.

Beautiful viewpoints at Praia do Carvoeiro

Walk to the viewpoint Alto da Praia do Carvoeiro to get a good view of the bay. You can also see the bay from the other side, from Miradouro da Snehore da Encarnacao. If you walk a little further here on the footpath along the cliffs, you will again arrive at a boardwalk (the Carvoeiro boardwalk) along which there are also a few nice viewpoints, such as the famous Algar Seco rock formation.

Restaurant tip Praia do Carvoeiro: Restaurant Levels is really nice (and tasty). No, you will not find the typical Portuguese cuisine here, but tasty things such as fresh tuna sashimi, pancakes and toast with avocado. Downstairs is the relaxed area where you can slide into your bikini, on the first floor is a more chic area. A reservation is recommended for both.

  • Accessibility: good! As soon as you enter Carvoeiro, the beach is already signposted and it is located in the middle of the village.
  • Beach beds: in the summer, but these are not cheap, it seems. They are not yet available for rent in April.
  • Parking options: In Carvoeiro itself you can park along the road, but it remains a search and a short walk.
  • Beach clubs/ restaurant: there are a lot of nice restaurants right on the beach.
  • Suitable for children: yes this is really a family beach.
  • Beach type: sandy beach
  • Public toilets or showers: yes there are public toilets and showers

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