The jaw-dropping beaches in Lagos Portugal can give any well-known beach destination a run for its money. What makes a trip to Lagos so unique is that instead of only long sprawling beaches the majority of the coastline is tucked away in small coves, and surrounded by towering cliffs! To add to the experience, some beaches are only accessible at low tide, while others you have to climb through small passages carved into the rock walls. From the well-known beaches like Praia do Camilo and Praia da Batata to the few hidden Lagos beaches you have to hike to, there is sure to be the perfect one to fit your style!
Praia da Batata
This is the “town beach” but don’t let that deter you on your trip to Lagos. Praia da Batata is probably one of the coolest and most beautiful town beaches in the world. Just a short walk from the castle wall you’ll be relaxing in the crystal clear water in no time!
Praia da Batata is one of the most accessible beaches in Lagos which means it can become quite crowded in the summer months. Try walking down the whole stretch of beach, and past the large rocks to the second cove! Not as many people venture all the way down so there’s typically more room to put down your towel and relax the further you go.
Praia dos Estudantes
Logistically, this is only the second beach from town so make sure not to miss it! To get to Estudantes beach go past Praia da Batata and the Mar Restaurant. Next there will be a wooden set of stairs to your right. This is only a minute walk from the town beach, but usually it’s much more secluded! Once you’re on the beach you can stay and relax, or you have two other amazing options.
Left Beach: Journey to the left onto the small path formed by rocks for a glorious view and secret swimming spot. Even if you’re not going to jump down and swim in the deep blue water, definitely take the time to check it out. It really is amazing!
Right Beach: Head to the right of the beach and you’ll find your way into an open cave! At low tide, you can hop right over the rocks and be at yet another hidden beach of Lagos Portugal! At high tide it’s a little more difficult.
You’ll have to wade though waste high water and battle the oncoming waves. Either way, it’s still totally worth it! You even get this surreal view of a roman style bridge to gaze upon as you relax in the gorgeous water. This was by far our favorite out of all the beaches we hit on our trip to Lagos.
Beaches accessible from the cliff walk
For the more adventurous travelers, there is an amazing walking path along the cliffs overlooking some of the smaller beaches in Lagos. So if you’re up for the challenge you’ll soon be basking in the sun on these stunning overlooks. Not to mention some crazy photo opportunities along the way!
Praia do Pinhao
Like several of the other beaches in Lagos Portugal, Praia do Pinhao is made up of two smaller beaches connected with a crazy rock formation. Literally the only way to get to these beaches is by hiking along the cliff walk, which makes them even more interesting to see.
Walk down the wooden staircase and spend the afternoon surrounded by beautiful water and towering cliffs. To add to the WOW factor, the second hidden beach has a medieval staircase to climb up behind you!
Small cave beach
There is a stretch of beach between Praia do Pinhao and Praia Dona Ana that only appears at low tide. What makes this beach so awesome is that it’s made up of several small caves that are typically filled with water. So if you’re looking for a spot to admire the ocean, stay out of the hot afternoon sun, or even just a cool place to explore, this Lagos beach is for you!
Praia Dona Ana
Now here’s your first beautiful long sprawling beach! If you like room to move around or enjoy taking a long afternoon stroll on the beach, then this is the one. It’s typically the most crowded beach, but hey… That just means that a lot of people know how AMAZING it is!
This beach is a beautiful ending to the cliff walk, and the only beach on the walk accessible by car. Many high-end hotels and resorts scatter the cliffs overlooking this beach, making it a very exclusive part of Lagos.
Just outside of town
Now don’t let the distance deter you with these beaches in Lagos. Just because these places are situated on the outskirts of town they are still well worth the effort!
This GIANT beach is the go-to spot for surfers. It may take some extra effort to get to, but it’s worth it if you’re hunting for waves. In high season there will be a small boat ferrying people across the waterway from Lagos center, and for a small price you can be relaxing on the beach in minutes.
However, if the boats not around (very common in low season) you’ll have to walk the pedestrian bridge and around the harbor. Plan for about an hour journey each way. If you’re looking for one of the best beaches in Lagos to surf this is the place to be!
Praia do Camilo
When you’ve seen any photos of the beaches in Lagos, the extremely scenic Praia do Camilo is probably what you’ve been admiring. The set of two small coves that make up Praia do Camilo has gained much popularity over the last few years, and the installation of steps down to the beautiful beach has only increased visitors.
This beach can be found right before the popular lookout point Farol da Ponta da Piedade, making it the perfect spot to cool down after hiking around the cliff tops! This is the furthest beach from the center of Lagos, but this little gem is a must see! Try to hit it during non-peak hours in the early morning or late afternoon. Due to its small size, even just a couple dozen people can even make it feel overcrowded.
Once you’re relaxing on Praia do Camilo, don’t make the mistake of not traveling through the small tunnel in the base of the cliff. You’ll stumble upon a second hidden beach that is just as beautiful as Praia do Camilo. If you haven’t learned this yet… Basically anytime you see a cave opening, just go for it on your trip to Lagos!
After exploring the beaches in Lagos you’ll be sure to have a new appreciation for the Algarve Coast. From hidden coves to long sprawling surf beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Our only recommendation is that you give yourself enough time to hit them all.
What’s your favorite beach in Lagos Portugal? Comment below and let us know!