Lagos beaches

The long Meia Praia beach, 4 km long, is great for those who like to walk on the beach, collecting shells or just choose a more deserted area for a beach day, especially when there is no wind. At its eastern end, near the isthmus with the Alvor beach, also with access by Vale da Lama, you can enjoy the lagoon area of the estuary.

The eastern coast of Lagos, not far from marginal, however offers stunning landscapes with water of a wonderful transparency. (Thanks to our friend Veronika Kristofcsak beautiful photographs!)

Small beaches such as Pinhão, have small charming corners.

The beaches of Batata and Estudantes communicate with each other by tunnel and are an excellent appetizer for the beautiful beaches of Pinhão, Dona Ana, Camilo, Boneca e Balança.

Entre a Praia do Pinhãoda e a Praia de Dona Ana
Between Pinhão and D. Ana beaches


After D. Ana beach follows Camilo beach,

and a little bit further a pathway until Boneca beach, currently frequented by nudists.

Just a little bit before Ponta da Piedade lighthouse it is possible to go down to Balança beach.


After Ponta da Piedade lighthouse, Porto de Mós beach with its therapeutic clay, it is an excellent alternative when the north wind makes Meia-Praia impractical.

Access to the sheltered Canavial beach is done just before reaching Porto de Mós beach, turning the third exit at the roundabout before Porto de Mós and then the second street on the right until you reach the Canavial street. The beach is accessible by a trail from a small car park on the left end of the Canavial street.

The lovely Praia da Luz is limited at east by a volcanic chimney and at west by the layers of sedimentary rocks with fossils of gastropods. The basaltic volcanic chimney has 8 m diameter and 40 m high and was formed about 70 million years ago in the Upper Cretaceous. The beautiful pedestrian promenade that passes in front of the low houses that contrasts with some architectural aberrations unfortunately so common in other areas of the Algarve, also gives access to Roman baths and salt industry. Who prefer a cozier beach can opt for Prainha, near the church of Senhora da Luz, at the foot of the Luz fortress.

We recommend the walking trail along the cliffs between Praia da Luz and Burgau beaches and from ther to Cabanas Velhas, Boca do Rio and Salema beaches always by the cliffs!

Another pedestrian route that we recommend is between Praia da Luz and Porto de Mós beaches.

Take however great care because some of the cliffs are unstable and are at risk of falling! Do not approach the edge!