Where to Stay in Lagos, Portugal - The Best Areas
Lagos, Portugal pronounced (lah-goosh) is a touristy town, and one of the liveliest towns located close to the Rio Bensafrim, along the southern shores of the Algarve. The town is enclosed with 16th-century walls, cobbled streets amongst many historical churches.
Some of the most picturesque beaches in the Country are home to Lagos. This town is known for their delicious gastronomy, followed by astounding nightly entertainment. When in Lagos, people of all ages can enjoy this vacation destination.
When it comes to accommodation and where to stay in Lagos, Portugal, you will have many different options to consider. From budget-friendly hotels to luxury villas, there are places to accommodate all travellers. I know planning daily activities is much more fun than planning out where to stay, so we have prepared a simple guide with some recommendations on areas and places to stay in Lagos.
The Old Town of Lagos
The old town of Lagos, Portugal is a town you must visit and the most popular of the areas when considering where to stay in Lagos, Portugal. The striking architecture surrounding the city, mixed with endless pedestrian streets, outdoor cafes and restaurants are what makes Lagos the lovely place it is.
There is an abundance of historical sites to see while staying in Lagos, and Lagos being the hilly town that it is- make sure you wear comfortable and proper footwear to avoid any problems. A few recommendations to check out while you are touring around Lagos would be the town museum and ‘slave market.’ Slave market is no longer a market and was turned into a beautiful art gallery featuring art from local artists.
When touring around the old town it is best to do so on foot. There are buses that can take you to different parts but in order to experience it all, walking is the best.
BUDGET | Lagos Center Studios
Situated in the centre of Lagos and only ten minutes walking distance to the beach. Each room has air condition and a flat-screen TV. They offer free cancellation and free Wifi. This hotel is great because they offer bike rental service to those who are interested in exploring the town by bike.
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MID-RANGE | Lagos Old City
Lagos Old City is situated right in the center of Lagos. It is a seven minute walk to the beach. There is free wifi throughout the hotel. The location is very key to this accommodation and they offer split-level apartments including a balcony with a view.
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LUXURY | Giramar Apartamentos Turisticos
Giramar Apartamentos Turisticos is a beautifully designed building with comfortable rooms. You are a nine-minute walk to the beach. Each apartment is spacious with two balconies each. There is a games room on site where you can play board games and billiards. You are less than a 10-minute walk to the center of Lagos. You can also enjoy the onsite bar, outdoor pools, room service and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
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Marina de Lagos
When searching for the best areas to stay in Lagos, Portugal, staying close to the Marina de Lagos is a good choice. Whether you are interested in going boating, water skiing, fishing or just grabbing a drink and watching the different boats, this place will not disappoint.
There is an abundance of small restaurants and cafes lined up around the marina, which is something you should see and experience. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing atmosphere then I would recommend the Marina de Lagos as one of the best places to stay in Lagos, Portugal. If being close to the beach is imperative, you are less than 500m away from Meia Praia Beach.
BUDGET | Boutique Taghostel
The Boutique Taghostel is located in a charismatic old building with incredible sea views, on the main avenue of Lagos which is directly in front of the marina. With a two minute walk to the beach, you can’t get much closer than that. The accommodation offers free WiFi as well as private rooms and shareable dorms. Breakfast is included in the rate. The bus station is 500m away from the hostel and less than a 10 minute walk you will find the Lagos Train Station.
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MID-RANGE | Apartmentous Turisticos Sullagos
The Apartmentous Turisticos Sullagos is a great hotel to stay at with only a 7 minute walk to the beach. It is simple but beautifully decorated overlooking the palm trees. There is a few different accommodation options with a private balcony for your pleasure. Lagos town center is a 10-minute walk away and there is a bus stop 100m away. They offer free Wifi and spacious kitchenettes for those of you who enjoy cooking on your own!
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LUXURY | Marina Club Lagos Resort
Marina Club Lagos Resort is 950m from the center of town and a 10 minute walk to the beach. The resort features modern apartments with private balconies. There is a spa and wellness center, restaurant, bar and room service available for all guests. You can add breakfast to each reservation for an additional price.
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The Beach Meia Praia
The Meia Praia beach is indeed the largest beach in the Lagos territory and another good choice when deciding where to stay in Lagos, Portugal. With 4km of golden sand stretching all the way from the western side of Lagos to Odiáxere River mouth on the eastern side, you will open-endedly enjoy your stay here.
This beach is not as developed as other beaches in Portugal, but it has a charming feel and picturesque vibes because of that. You will notice small beach cafes, restaurants, and bars along the outer edge of the beach. The benefit to staying close to Meia Praia beach is there is always space for everyone. Thanks to the length of the beach, you do not have to search for space like some alternative beaches.
BUDGET | Suntrap Hostel
Suntrap Hostel is located in the center of Lagos with only a nine-minute walk to the beach. There are standard twin rooms with a shared bathroom and different dormitories to choose from. There is free cancellation when you book and free Wifi during your stay. If you are looking for a budget-friendly accommodation, this hostel is a travellers favourite.
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MID-RANGE | Tivoli Lagos
Tivoli Lagos is a stunning property located less than 10 minutes walking distance to the beach and a 15 minute walk to the center of Lagos. There is a wellness center, swimming pool and delicious restaurant on site. This hotel offers standard rooms, premium rooms and suites. Breakfast is included and free cancellation. This hotel is a top pick in Lagos.
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LUXURY | Super Central Duplex Apartment
Located in the heart of Lagos, the Super Central Duplex Apartments are a good choice if you like being within the action. The property is close to two beaches and is within a 10 minute walk to both. There is a car and bike rental service located at the apartment. This accommodation offers a split level apartment. Air conditioning, washing machine, and free Wi-Fi is included in the apartment. Make your stay a luxury one at Super Central Duplex Apartment.
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Praia do Porto de Mos
The Praia do Porto de Mos is the second largest beach in the region on Lagos. Porto de Mos is located only 4km away from the tourist center, which is a great alternative to the hustle and bustle and makes for a quieter and more peaceful experience.
The beach is located around steep cliffs and soft golden sand, a place for implausible views and pictures. Since this beach can get breezy at times, it is a great beach to go surfing and body boarding at. This beach is a family friendly beach that is patrolled by a lifeguard in the summer months and is clean and perfect for swimming.
If tanning all day is not your thing, you can jump on a kayak and partake in a kayaking tour or go hiking on one of the many hiking trails in the area. There are two delicious restaurants located at the main entrance of the beach for when you get hungry. Another reason to consider this area when choosing where to stay in Lagos, Portugal.
BUDGET | Sol a Sol Hostel
Sol a Sol Hostel is located in the trendy city center district of Lagos. They offer free Wifi and different private rooms and shared dorms to choose from- all at a great price. You are a ten minute walk to Praia do Porto de Mos and 100m from Santa Maria Church. Breakfast is also included.
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MID-RANGE | Vivenda Solmar
Vivenda Solmar is a five minute walk to the beach and is hovering above Porto de Mos. With an outdoor pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a beautifully landscaped garden, this is the perfect place for the days you want to relax and not move so much. There are different apartments to choose from and each one offers free Wifi. This accommodation is an eight minute drive from the center of Lagos.
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LUXURY | Vila Branca by Aguahotels
Vila Branca by Aguahotels is situated 10 minutes by walk away from the beach. The hotel offers self-catering apartments with a terrace. Each apartment has air condition, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included in most accommodation options. Vila Branca by Aguahotels is located 1.5km away from Lagos Castle. There are many bars and restaurants located 100m away.
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Praia da Dona Ana Beach
Where to stay in Lagos aside, for any photographers out there or people who enjoy a pleasant view, head on over to Praia da Dona Ana Beach. This beach is regarded as the most scenic and picturesque beach of the Algarve zone. The water at Dona Ana is blue and crystal clear, making it a good place for swimming. You are surrounded by colourful cliffs and soft golden sand, making this the ideal beach destination.
With walking proximity to the centre of Lagos, you will be in a perfect location and one of the best areas to stay in Lagos, Portugal. You can walk from the center in 30 minutes and because of the tall cliffs, this is the best means of transportation. There is a bus route with hourly departures, but it stops at the top of the cliffs.
In terms of water temperature, it is a tad cooler than average, but it is a great place to snorkel and appreciate the sea life. You will not go wrong by spending a few days at Dona Ana Beach.
BUDGET | Safari Beach Guest House
Safari Beach Guest House is walking distance from Dona Ana Beach (550m) or a ten minute walk and a 13 minute walk to Lagos Science Center. There is free wifi and different options for rooms. You can sleep in a mix dorm, female dorm, or have your own room with a shared bathroom. It is a very clean place with a nice view.
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MID-RANGE | Carvi Beach Hotel
Carvi Beach Hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is situated directly on Dona Ana Beach. The hotel is decorated with a contemporary vibe and many of their rooms provide mind-blowing ocean views. This hotel has a rooftop bar and restaurant to enjoy at your convenience. When staying here you are 1.7km away from the center of Lagos and a 10 minute drive to Lagos Train Station. Free Wifi is included with your stay.
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LUXURY | Costa d’Oiro Ambiance Village
Costa d’Oiro Ambiance Village is less than a five minute walk to the beach. It is beautifully decorated in a Mediterranean style and offers different villas, gardens, and swimming pools throughout the village for their guests to enjoy. Breakfast is included and there are two themed nights held at the hotel each week. There is a restaurant to enjoy on-site and different types of hotel rooms and apartments to choose from. This accommodation will not disappoint, and their reviews prove that.
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We hope we’ve helped you decide where to stay in Lagos, Portugal! It’s not a large town, but it’s still important to pick the best area to stay in Lagos for you.