Lagos Beach Walk, Lagos

As Lagos is one of the coastline cities of Algarve, the location boasts the greatest beaches, rich in cliffs and rock formations. Along the beaches of Lagos you can dive, get tanned or go on a boat trip. Here you can also enjoy the Lagos famous Ponta da Piedade, Castelo dos Governadores and Forte da Ponta da Bandeira which are worth seeing. Take this great self-guided tour on the Lagos coastline.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Lagos Beach Walk Map

Guide Name: Lagos Beach Walk
Guide Location: Portugal » Lagos (See other walking tours in Lagos)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: AudreyB
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Infante D. Henrique Statue

1) Infante D. Henrique Statue

Located in the square with the same name, the statue of Infante D. Henrique was inaugurated in 1960, under the design of sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida. The statue is dedicated to Infante D. Henrique, the navigator who had his residence in Lagos. Infante D. Henrique was a prince and spent the most significant period of his life in Lagos. The sculptor of the statue, Leopoldo de Almeida, is known as a national artist, this being one of his most important works.
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Castelo dos Governadores

2) Castelo dos Governadores (must see)

Castelo dos Governadores is located in the district of Faro. The castle was built during the reign of Dom Manuel. Castelo dos Governadores was the seat of Algarve's governors in the 13th century, and has since undergone many restorations. The castle's facade features an arched entrance and three panels designed by John Cutileiro, opposite the facade's window. Also known as Castelo de Lagos, Castelo dos Governadores was originally built as part of the city's Medieval fortifications. Today the structure is considered a national landmark.
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Forte da Ponta da Bandeira

3) Forte da Ponta da Bandeira (must see)

The Forte da Ponta da Bandeira is also a defense structure in Lagos, as it protects the entrance to the city's harbor. The defensive complex was built at the end of the 17th century, a perfect example of a military installation in Algarve's history. The fortress has a rectangular shape and can be accessed via a drawbridge. Today the fort houses exhibitions and other cultural activities. Inside the fortress there is also a small chapel, decorated with traditional Portuguese tiles. The Forte da Ponta da Bandeira offers a splendid view of the bay of Lagos.
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Praia da Batata

4) Praia da Batata (must see)

The Praia da Batata is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos, as it is the closest beach to the historic center of the city. The beach features cliffs covered with stone and sheltered corners. There are also a lot of attractions on the beach, from restaurants to small tasty offerings from the locals. Praia da Batata is considered the most vivacious and busiest beach of Lagos.
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Praia do Pinhão

5) Praia do Pinhão (must see)

The Praia do Pinhão is a beach, situated on the beach road to the Ponta da Piedade. In comparison to Praia da Batata, Praia do Pinhão is a calm and cozy beach where divers can often be met, as it is arranged especially for diving. The beach is renowned for its natural formations of cliffs. The Praia do Pinhão is considered the perfect and most peaceful place to dive or get a tan.
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Praia Dona Ana

6) Praia Dona Ana (must see)

Dona Ana follows Praia do Pinhão beach, and it is also a popular beach amongst the tourists due to its massive formations of cliffs and rocks and the sand, which is much thicker than that of the other beaches of Lagos. Dona Ana is preferred by those who like to be sheltered among giant cliffs, but it is also a much visited place, as it is considered one of the greatest beaches of Algarve.
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Praia do Camilo

7) Praia do Camilo (must see)

The Praia do Camilo is the last beach of Lagos, followed by Ponta da Piedade and its lighthouse. There's a path of rocks leading from the main road to the beach where immense formations of rocks and cliffs expose ancient sea shells and stones. Divided into two parts by the formations, the beach is easy to walk on, through a hand-made tunnel between the rocks. Praia do Camilo represents one of Lagos' real landmarks, as you can observe its wonderful coastline from the cliffs.
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Farol da Ponta da Piedade

8) Farol da Ponta da Piedade (must see)

Translated as Ponta da Piedade's Lighthouse, Farol da Ponta da Piedade is a mason building located at the top of Ponta da Piedade. The lighthouse was built in 1912-1913 on the ruins of Our Lady of Mercy church. The building itself represents a small, sand yellow square house with a red roof with a lightning device. The Farol da Ponta da Piedade features a splendid view over Algarve's coastline.
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Ponta da Piedade

9) Ponta da Piedade (must see)

The Ponta da Piedade is a natural monument at the tip of Lagos' coastline. The monument itself is a formation of rock cliffs, naturally assembled at a height of 20 meters. The Ponta da Piedade is actually one of the most popular landmarks of Algarve, and has such become the symbol of Lagos. The formation can be approached by stairs that were carved into the cliffs or by a variety of boats available for hire at the Marina of Lagos or other beaches that have boat facilities.

Walking Tours in Lagos, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lagos

Create Your Own Walk in Lagos

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lagos is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Tour in Lagos

Nightlife Tour in Lagos

As a city crowded with tourists, Lagos features a variety of bars, lounges and clubs for any taste. Jazz, rock, rap and lounge music, combined with cocktails and a great variety of alcohol, provide evenings of fun. Dance to your heart's content or relax in the most popular and fun bars and clubs of Lagos.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Lagos has a rich history. As a result, the city is crowded with historic places pertaining to famous discoveries. There are also churches that represent the city's architectural treasure. Engage in the Lagos historical tour, and learn interesting facts about this fine city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lagos for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lagos has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lagos, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.