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Being active ourselves, we thoroughly enjoy the abundance of activities available in Lagos. There are plenty to appeal to the various interests and preferences of her visitors. A few of these activities have become our favourites and our pleasure to share with our frequent guests to Lagos. There is nothing better for us, than bringing along new visitors to Lagos on each of our visits to savour this experience.

We just can't get enough of our favourite activities…..so, don't miss them!

Art & Music Lovers - Cultural Event Calendar
Aqualand
Cliff Walk Dolphin Seafari Fitness Club
Beach Day Grotto Tour Tennis
Parasailing

Sailing

Internet Access

Waterskiing

Standup Paddle Boarding, Coasteering Marina de Lagos

Other
Watersports

Zoo Nightlife
Zoo Marine Sports Complex

: Get a printable map for the locations of our favourite activities.

Here: 1) Lagos Main Area Map Activities - 2) Lagos Old Town Activities

 

 

Back to the TopLagos Old Town Highlights

You really must devote a day to roaming around the old town. There is an abundance of historical sites and intricate architecture. The endless pedestrian streets with outdoor restaurants and coffee shops, and of course the boutique shops are sure to round out your day. To really absorb the best of Lagos history, we recommend purchasing a good history book devoted to Lagos, as we are not historians. Our favourite highlights of Lagos give you our perspective on "must see" attractions in the old town.

Make sure you check Lagos Cutural Centre (Centro Cultural) for "What's On" during your stay - there is nearly always an act worth seeing.

Tips
1)
Lagos is a hilly town, so bring your walking shoes to avoid unnecessary pain.
2) Arm yourself with our detailed Lagos Old Town Map to help you navigate the old town
3) Larger Old Town Maps are available at the tourist office; "Free Maps" are available at several shops, restaurants and real estate agencies; excellent town maps are available for purchase at most newspaper kiosks for a reasonable fee (our favourite is the "ForWays" Lagos map)
4) We recommend driving into town as you will get a good workout from this day of walking and may not be prepared for the walk back uphill to our apartments at the end of the day.

: Parking can be tricky in the town waterfront area. Try finding a space along the endless pay parking spots that border the waterfront boardwalk along the main road. You may need to drive up and down a few times until you find someone pulling out. Alternately you can use the pay parking lot that is directly across the road from the waterfront boardwalk, between the old town wall and the Post Office. The entrance to this lot is beside the intriguing marble plaza with the statue of Henry the Navigator. The charges are minimal, but just remember to pay the attendant before you leave and drive to the exit gate!.

Igreja de Santo António & Town Museum

Church Features: Plain on the outside and astonishingly impressive inside; church explodes with the brilliance of the glided ornate wood carvings while contrasted with the colourful painted stucco dome ceilings; a variety of cherubs peep at you from the gilded work ensuring that you take notice; azulejo (tile) panels of blue and white form a type of wainscoting around the interior church walls; it really is a mesmerizing feeling.

Museum Features: A little taste of history as you take a walk back in time; archeological findings; religious robes; international coins dating back to 300 AD; unique currencies for each municipality; fishing and farming equipment; sea shells and minerals; assorted weapons; artwork

Pricing: Approx. 2.00€ entrance fee; well worth the visit

When: 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00; Tuesday to Sunday; Closed Mondays

: From the Town Waterfront, you see the Igreja Santa Maria just behind and to the left of the statue of Henry the Navigator; Igreja de Santo Antonio is one block up the hill from Igreja Santa Maria; you cannot miss it as the steeples of both churches are visible from one another.

Slave Market

Features: A darker representation of Portugal's past, once housed Europe's first black slave market; now serves as an art gallery presenting a rotation of local artists from across the Algarve; we have seen some very impressive displays at our every visit.

Pricing: No entrance fee; bring your wallet if you would like to shop

When: 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00; Monday to Saturday; Closed Sundays

: From the Town Waterfront, look for Praça da República, across from Igreja Santa Maria

 

Back to the TopGrotto Tour, Lagos

If this is your first visit to Lagos, you simply must take a "grotto tour". Step into a small fishing boat, let your local fisherman be your guide, and witness from the water, the distinctive and magnificent cliffs that surround the Lagos area. It is truly a sight unseen! Your guide will navigate around and under the intriguing rock formations, take you into caves and point out the many secluded beaches that surround the town.

Take lots of film, because if you're lucky you might see the "Titanic" and Lagos' only resident "Elephant" and even the "Easter Island" runaway. Notice the tiny secluded beach coves, only accessible by boat, along your tour.

Grotto Pic 1Grotto Pic 3Grotto Pic 2

Portuguese is the language spoken on the tour which creates an interesting atmosphere, as the fisherman points out the highlights!

You can take the grotto tour by signing-up with one of the vendors along marble sidewalk in front of town. Alternatively, catch a boat at Praia Dona Ana or at Ponte da Piedad. This tour offers a little variety to your beach day. The fisherman bring the boats right to the beach, and you can generally get a good rate here.

Tip: Take your Grotto tour early in your visit as soon as you have a day with calm waters. Waiting too long may result in a missed opportunity if the wind picks up towards the end of your trip.

Price: Approx.€12 to €25 per person, based on your starting point

 

Back to the TopCliff Walk, Lagos

The many beaches in Lagos are surrounded by a great network of paths that take you along the edges of the spectacular cliffs. You will enjoy this unique opportunity to feast your eyes over some of the most dramatic vistas overlooking the Grotto Pic 4Atlantic.

To add some variety to your beach day, take a walk earlier or later in the day when the sun is not so strong. Stop along the cliffs to absorb the beautiful scenery while listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean. Some of the secluded beach coves along the way have stairs leading you down to beach level.

Tips:

1) Walk with care!! Rain and wind are constantly eroding the edges of the cliffs, so don't get too close to the edge. Also, please respect nature and do not alter the terrain by digging or removing vegetation. The cliffs are precious and we all want to be able to enjoy them for many years to come.

2) Load up on the sunscreen and wear a hat. Take your sunscreen and a bottle of water with you. Don't underestimate the powerful Portugal sun and ruin your holiday with a sunburn.

 

 

Back to the TopBeach Day (Dia de Praia)

One of the best ways to spend a warm day in Lagos is on one of the many beaches ("praias" in Portuguese) along the town coastline. There are several beaches within walking distance from our apartments, so pack a picnic lunch, grab your map and make it a day of beach-hopping. It's a great way to slow down and to revitalize your spirit.

Tip: Take loads of sunscreen, a big beach blanket and a beach umbrella or two, as the sun is oh so strong!

Praia Porto do Mõs, Lagos

Our favourite - Praia Porto de Mõs is at the far end of the town. We love it because of its long and wide open expanse, surrounded by stunning cliff views and crashing surf to play in. It's a great spot for body surfing or tossing a Frisbee or football. This long stretch make Porto do Mõs ideal for a long beach walk. We always find a nice quiet spot to spread out our blanket, read a book or people-watch or just gaze out and the ocean in meditation. It's amazing how the view and the sound of the surf can soothe the soul! If you did not manage to stuff a beach blanket in your suitcase and your preference is to soak in the sun on lounge chairs, you can rent them on the beach. Just look out for a sun-drenched attendant who will happily set you up.

Campo do Mar is an ideal beach side restaurant bar at Porto do Mõs, for a meal or snack at any time of day. We like to enjoy a glass of port at sundown while listening to the waves crash to the shore. This is a great spot on both a sunny or rainy day, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Porto do Mõs, is a popular spot for the locals on a Sunday afternoon, so if you would like a seat in the restaurant, get there early!

Tip: The beach is at street level. If you are not up for the long staircases that provide access to some of the other beaches, then Porto do Mõs is the beach for you.

: See Walking Tour #1 Praia Porto de Mõs for directions and additional photos.

: Plenty of parking available at the beach entrance.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 20 min.

Praia Dona Ana, Lagos

Praia Dona Ana is another great beach, and probably one of the most popular in the area. If you like lots of people around, and towering cliffs surrounding you, then this may be your beach! The close proximity of the cliffs offer a little more shade than some of the other beaches.

A convenient and seemingly endless staircase takes you to and from the beach, offering a great workout. There are a couple of cliff side restaurants for a light lunch. Be prepared to pay for this ideal location.

: See Walking Tour #2 Praia Dona Ana for directions and additional photos.

: Plenty of parking in designated parking spots at street level just above the beach. Parking can easily fill up in peak season and it may be advantageous to walk to the beach instead.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 5 min.

Praia do Camilo, Lagos

Praia do Camilo is a secluded little beach cove on the road to Ponte de Piedad. Look for it on the left. If you arrive really early at 8 am, you may have the beach to your self for an hour, until the other sunseekers arrive.

The beauty of this beach lies in its crystal clear waters and picturesque cliff formations that create this little jewel. From one beach you can walk through a tunnel in the rock to reach another like beach. You will notice the fisherman passing by as they take visitors on the Grotto boat tours.

The shallow rocky ocean floor attracts interesting marine life and is a great spot for snorkeling. This beach tends to be nicely sheltered from the winds on most days, which also provides for calmer waters.

The views from the cliffs here are simply astonishing. This is another good spot to embark on a cliff walk. At parking level, notice the farmer with his property fenced off with a health pig population.

Tips:
1) The beach has an extremely long but staggered stair case to navigate from the parking lot to beach level. Before you venture down, ensure that you have the capacity to make it back up at the end of a sundrenched day

2) Try Restaurant do Camilo, conveniently situated on top of the beach for a light lunch snack or for some great seafood, cooked to perfection.

: See Walking Tour #2 Praia Dona Ana for directions and additional photos.

: You can park on the street all along the rectangular building or in the dirt parking lot across the street.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

Praia do Pinhão, Lagos

The intimacy and charm of this tiny jewel of a beach cove, makes it a really nice alternative to the larger busier beaches. The cliffs tower around the beach and create shaded areas as the sun makes its way through the day.

The long staircase from the road to the beach provide you with a good days workout.

: See Walking Tour #4 Town Waterfront for directions.

: Just a few roadside opportunities for parking, so take a walk instead. It's worth it!

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

Meia Praia, Lagos

Meia Praia's, crescent shape frames an endless wide-opened 7 km stretch of beach making it a favourite with many regular visitors to Lagos. If you like a lot of space and water sports, then this beach is for you! There is more beach here than the average person can walk or jog.

The beach has a perimeter of long flowing green beach grass with narrow paths connecting you from the many parking lots to the beach. Meia Praia begins just behind the old fishing docks at the edge of town and continues on as far as the eye can see.

You must stop in at Bar Linda, the bustling beach-side bistro with a wide selection of goodies on its colourful menu, my favourite being the large exotic salads. You will find plenty of seating both inside and out. This is yet another great spot to people watch! See Eateries "Bar Linda" for more details.

From Meia Praia you can absorb the great view of Lagos. Bring your camera to enjoy the multitude of photo opportunities. If you can zoom in with your camera or binoculars to the coastline towards the Lagos centre, you will notice the road that you take to the Town Waterfront on Walking Tour #4.

: From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road towards the Town Waterfront. Drive on through town and past the Marina to the Ironworks roundabout #3. Turn right. At the next intersection and then turn right again. You will now be driving behind the Marina and will come upon Ancient Ruins roundabout #F. Take your first right and follow the road as it curves until you reach the Train Station parking lot on your left. Drive into the parking lot and follow the road which takes you parallel to the train tracks to the beach. This paved road turns into a dirt road as you near the beach. From here a number of dirt roads take you to several beachside restaurants.

: Loads of parking lots all along the beach.

Tips

1) Don't be intimidated by the tricky route to Meia Praia. Be brave and enjoy the adventurous drive and you will truly be rewarded!

2)Construction is now complete on the newly paved road which simplifies your route to from behind the Marina to the beach.

3) Our favourite beachside bistro was closed for renovation on our last trip in June. All beachside restaurants must now be constructed with wood, so many are under renovation and new ones are popping up. We did eat at one new beachside grill, but it did not make our favourites list.

Walking time: Don't bother..... it's best to drive to Meia Praia

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

Praia de Beliche, Beliche

Praia de Beliche is a more remote covy beach, offering an extended sandy base for a good stretch of water. It is popular with the surfers and can offer a range from large swells to super calm waters. We enjoy stopping here on the way back from a visit to Sagres, if the ocean looks calm. It may be windy at the top of the cliff, but the winds are cut off at beach level by the cliffs that embrace this tiny cove. This also make for a good day trip away from Lagos.

Yet another convenient and seemingly endless staircase takes you to and from the beach, offering a great workout.

: On the way to Sagres on your left, just after the Forteleza de Beliche, the old fortress.

: Sufficient parking in the dirt parking lot along side the road.

Driving time from Lagos: 30 min.

 

Back to the TopParasailing, Lagos

Parasailing offers a breathtaking aerial view of the coast with spectacular scenery. This of course is if you are comfortable with and invigorated by heights.

Our recent client shared her experience: "It was a great experience and terrific scenery. It is very peaceful and not at all scary once you see someone else do it. I would recommend it to anyone - I am a big chicken with a fear of heights and it was one of the nicest experiences of my life.....well worth the money ".

Features: Parasailing along the Meia Praia coast

Pricing: Approx 35€ per person for 15 min. in the air

When: Daily, during summer months

Where: Boats leave from Meia Praia beach; go to the water sports shack on the beach; the guys who run the water sports shack, radio the company that does the actual parasailing

Phone: No phone access

Tip: The boat driver confirmed to our client that there is one price, regardless of how high you go up in the air (your choice); don't let anyone tell you otherwise (e.g. when you book at the water sports shack)

: At Meia Praia; refer to our Handy Map Walking Tour 4, whether you choose to walk or drive. Get a printable map for this walking tour here.

: Plenty of parking in the dirt parking lot at the beach.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 40 min.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

 

Back to the TopWaterskiing, Lagos

Features: Waterskiing along the Meia Praia coast

Pricing: 20€ per person for a 15-20 min. ride

When: Daily, during summer months

Where: Boats pick you up from Meia Praia beach; go to the water sports shack on the beach; the guys who run the watersports shack, radio the company at the Marina, providing the actual waterskiing service

Phone: No phone access

Tip: The beach in Luz "Praia da Luz" offers less expensive water skiing than at Meia Praia in Lagos; in Luz you have a minimal wait as the boat is right there on the beach; at Meia Praia it can take up to an hour in July/August, as the watersports shack has to radio for a boat from the marina; Luz is a neighbouring town west of Lagos with yet another beautiful beach; Luz is very popular with the British holiday crowd

: For Meia Praia: Refer to our Handy Map Walking Tour 4, whether you choose to walk or drive. Get a printable map for this walking tour here.

: Plenty of parking in the dirt parking lot at the beach.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 40 min.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

: For Luz: Drive west on the EN125 motorway; look for signs for Praia da Luz; this is a left turn of the EN125; the exit is on the right, to traffic lights which then takes you left across the EN125. Get a printable map of the Lagos Main Area, highlighting the entrance onto the EN125 here.

: Parking is always a challenge anywhere is Luz.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.
Driving time from Apartment at Vilabranca (VB): 10 min.

 

Back to the TopOther Watersports, Lagos

Features: Windsurfing; Kayaking

Pricing: Windsurfing €25/60 min (includes wetsuit); Kayaking €4/30 min., €6/60 min.

When: Daily, during summer months

Where: Rentals from the water sports shack on Meia Praia beach

Phone: No phone access

Tip: For windsurfing, equipment rental is provided based on your level e.g. let them know if you are a beginner

: For Meia Praia: Refer to our Handy Map Walking Tour 4, whether you choose to walk or drive. Get a printable map for this walking tour here.

: Plenty of parking in the dirt parking lot at the beach.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 40 min.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

 

Back to the TopAqualand, Alcantarilha

An all inclusive waterpark inviting you to indulge in everything fun. It's a happy place where parents happily become kids. Be patience with the crowds as Aqualand draws locals and visitors from accross Portugal.

Features: Large swimming pool; wave pool; gentle water slides for for little kids; massive thrilling water slides for the older and more daring.

Pricing: Approx 16€ - 20€ per person.

When: Early Jun -early Sep; 10am - 6pm

Phone: (282) 320 230

Tip: Bring plenty of sun protection (sunscreen, hats, beach umbreallas, etc).

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips:
http://www.aqualand.pt

: Located in Alcantarilha, between Lagoa and Albufeira, next to the E.N. 125 motorway; easily accessible from the A22 highway or by bus service. Print their directions before leaving home.

Bus Access: Tickets for Tour Bus pickup/dropoff is available at vendors throughout Lagos. Just look for the displays.

: Plenty of parking at Aqualand.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.

 

 

Back to the TopDolphin Seafari, Lagos

This is a must if you enjoy the thrill of being out on the water, with the sensation and rush of an amusement park ride. It is an incredible rewarding experience to see these adorable little creatures at play.

Features: Dolphin watching off the coast of Lagos on the Atlantic ocean; zodiac style boat ride; 90 minutes; approx. 6-20 persons on the boat; 85% chance of seeing dolphins (we're told); possible to see orcas and turtles

Pricing: Approx 30€ per person; well worth the thrill.

When: Daily; year round but schedule may vary.

Where: Excursions leave from the Marina, register in advance at the marina beside the Bom Dia ticket booth

Phone: (282) 799 209; Mobile 919 359 359

Tip: Return boat speed is extremely fast; be ready for a bumpy ride; plan to secure your camera in a knapsack (not on your neck); bare this in mind when considering the suitability of bringing children on this ride

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips:
http://www.seafaris.net/

: At the Lagos Marina; refer to our Handy Map Walking Tour 4, whether you choose to walk or drive. Get a printable map for this walking tour here.

: You can park on the street all along the rectangular building or in the dirt parking lot across the street.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 40 min.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

 

Back to the TopSailing (Bom Dia), Lagos

Sailing can be a relaxing and magical experience if the ocean is calm. Bom Dia offers a variety of sailing excursions from Lagos to Sagres including BBQ cruises and sunset cruises. These boat tours offer an opportunity to take in the breathtaking Lagos coastline, from the sea.

Sailing Features: Grotto trips, BBQ cruises, Fishing Trips; approx half day excursions with lunch or supper a good size traditional Portuguese sailboat; bar and toilet on board.

Pricing: Approx 12.50€ - 49€ per person, depending on the boat tour selected.

When: Daily year-round but schedule may vary.

Where: Excursions leave from the Lagos Marina; reserve in advance at the Bom Dia ticket booth right at the marina

Phone: (282) 087 587

Tip: Credit cards not accepted.

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips: http://www.bomdia-boattrips.com

: At the Lagos Marina; refer to our Handy Map Walking Tour 4, whether you choose to walk or drive. Get a printable map for this walking tour here.

: You can park on the street all along the rectangular building or in the dirt parking lot across the street.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 40 min.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

Back to the TopStandup Paddle Boarding, Coasteering - Tours, SW Algarve

For those who are active holiday makers, you have likely tried many of the usual vacation sports and are craving something different. Coastline Algarve offers some unique and exciting activities with safety in mind. Choose from a variety of tours to suit beginner to a more advanced skill level.

Features: StandUp Paddleboarding Guided Tours & Lessons: Coastal & Caves from Sagres to Lagos OR River Nature Trip with birdwatching in the heart of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Algarve + Coasteering Guided Tours: An adventure route involving swimming in the ocean, cliff jumping and climbing along the Coastline between Sagres and Lagos. PLUS Multi-Activity Tours.

Reviews on Trip Advisor - Coastline Algarve

Interview: Get to know Nelson Louzeiro, the man behind Coastline Algarve - SimplyLagos Interview's Nelson

Pricing: Varies based on tour - see website below..

When: Daily year-round but schedule may vary. Weather dependant for safety.

Where: Western Algarve Lagos to Sagres, Bus pickup and drop-off provided.

Phone: (+351) 964 633 950

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips: http://www.coastlinealgarve.com/

: Lagos pickup/dropoff available; they are based in Sagres, so if you wish to drop by their office, call ahead in case they are out on tour. Refer to our Excursions Sagres for directions. Excursions-Sagres.

: You can park on the street in designated parking areas.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment to Sagres: 40 min, but not necessary since Bus pickup and drop-off provided.

 

Back to the TopZoo, Lagos

This zoo nestled in the country village of Barão São João, provides both an entertaining and educational experience for adults and children alike. The zoo is very popular with the locals and tourists alike as it provides an enjoyable day in the country.

Features: More than 120 animal species; 200 botanical species from the 5 continents in a natural environment; snackbar, restaurant and toilettes on site.

Pricing: Approx 10€ - 14€ per person.

When: daily; opened year round; summer hours 10:00-19:00; winter hours 10:00-17:00

Where: In the village of Barão São João
Parque Zoológico de Lagos
Quinta das Figueiras - Sítio do Medronhal
Barão de São João
8600-013 Lagos

Phone: (282) 680 100

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips:
http://www.zoolagos.com

: It is at best a tricky route to the zoo; surprise, surprise; the zoo is located between the villages of Barão São João and Bensafrim. From Lagos, take the A22 motorway to Bensafrim (the motorway ends at Bensafrim); turn right into the village of Bensafrim; after a few metres, turn right again; drive 3 minutes to the zoo. Print their directions before leaving home.

: Plenty of parking at zoo entrance

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.

 

Back to the TopZoo Marine, Guia

Zoo Marine is repeatedly one of the favourite activites of our holiday clients with children. The Dolphin experience continues to be their holiday highlight.

Features: An opportunity to discover the mysteries of marine life with: dolphins, seals, sea lions, tropical birds, birds of prey. Also an aquarium with sharks and other exotic fish, Cinema4D, and swimming pools, etc.

Pricing: Approx 16€ - 25€ per person

When: March-October; hours vary.

Phone: (289) 560 300.

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips:
http://www.zoomarine.pt/en

Tip - Read their useful advice section to ensure you make the most of your day.

: Located in Guia, 10 Km from Albufeira, next to the E.N. 125 motorway; easily accessible from the A22 highway or by bus service. Print their directions before leaving home.

Bus Access: Tickets for Tour Bus pickup/dropoff is available at vendors throughout Lagos. Just look for the displays.

: Plenty of parking at Zoo Marine.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.

 

 

Back to the TopGolf, Algarve (20+ courses)

Golf Pic 1If you are a golf enthusiast, you will absolutely love the Algarve, and the town of Lagos because of its proximity to a multitude of great golf courses. The Algarve is renowned for its world-class golf courses, most of which are open all year round. While many courses require proof-of-handicap, there are also several courses available to those only half as good as Tiger and Mike Weir!

Golf Pic 2Lagos is a good home base for a golf holiday. A great selection of golf courses lie within less than a 15 minute drive from Lagos.


Our Golf Course Experiences

Penina: Penina has become our favourite golf course, as it offers a selection of three courses, based on your skill level. The staff at the pro-shop are very friendly and courteous.

Boavista: We have golfed this challenging course; incredible scenic views of Lagos (hence the name); very hilly so take an electric cart; tee-off marshall was incredibly friendly; proshop staff seemed preoccupied with their conversation and any conversation with us was brief. We took advantage of a great low season special for €79 which included two 18 hole green fees and an electric cart.

High Season: February; March; April; May; September; October; November

Low Season: January; June; July; August; December

Tips:

1) June is our favourite time to golf in Portugal and many courses offer specials. For Canadians, the low season rates suit us perfectly. Given our long winters, we long for spring and the hot summers and this is when we golf. We are accustomed to golfing in a hot and humid climate.

2) Most courses close at 3:30, so plan accordingly. We witnessed a very disappointed golfer who drove a considerable distance, only to be surprised with the news that the course was closed for maintenance. You will not see this closure time mentioned on most golf literature. It's best to check ahead with the golf course.

3): Check out our favourite Algarve golf site, here, and go crazy with the fabulous selection.

 

Back to the TopFitness Club, Lagos

For those of us who are motivated by a regular fitness routine, which allow us to enjoy the treats of holiday dining, take advantage of either of these fitness centres.

XS Ginásio, Lagos

Features: Owners Mário and Débora Faria offer a fully renovated clean and modern fully equipped gym; assistance from a professional personal trainer; fitness classes from Radical Fitness include

Fight Do - Combat fitness
Power - Barbell training
X55 - Legs, Bums and Thums
Kimax - Punching Bag Workout
Factor F - Funcional Training
Top Ride - The best spinning
Mega Danz - Dancing and fitness
And much more

Pricing: Daily and monthly pricing. Contact them for current pricing.

When: 8:30 to 14:30 + 15:30-22:00 Monday to Friday; 9:00 to 14:00 Saturdays; Closed Sundays and holidays.

Phone: ( 282) 184 099; 966 422 605 - Email (info@xsginasio.com)

For a visual on what to expect + hours, prices/discounts, directions, tips - Visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/xs.oginasio + Reference News Article

: On the same road as our Apartment at Vilabranca; on the opposite side of the street; between the Vilabranca complex and the Stone Tulip Roundabout. Refer to our Activities Map

: Parking is on the street

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 5 min.

OR if you prefer something closer to our Dona Ana Apts try:

Aqualuz Hotel - Fitness Center, Lagos

Features: Gym, indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna and turkish baths all available to visitors.

Pricing: You can purchase a package of visits.e.g. Approx 48E for 5 visits.

When: Year round; hours vary so just drop by for current hours, pricing and to view their facility..

Phone: 282 770 620

Tip: In the unlikely instance that the weather is not all you hoped for during your stay, this is a well equipped health and fitness club including indoor heated pool in the Aqualuz Hotel, really close to our apartment.
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: Between our Dona Ana Apartment and the Stone Tulip Roundabound. Just Google Map the address.

: Parking on the street is limited so just walk!

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 2 min.

Back to the TopTennis Break Point, Lagos

Conveniently located, Break Point Tennis Club is a comfortable walk from both of our apartments.

Features: 2 tennis courts; hourly court rental; racquets and balls rental; tennis classes available; reservations required and are made at the adjacent Break Point Coffee Shop beside the Via Dona Ana Apartment complex; look for the red awning, red sun umbrellas and red patio tables/chairs (can't miss the red!).

Pricing: Approx. 4.99€/hour court rental; 1.5€ racket; 1.25€ balls

Phone: (282) 081-915; (96) 646-8387

When: 8:00 to 21:00 7 days a week

: On the same road as our Apartment at Vilabranca; on the opposite side of the street; between the Vilabranca complex and the Stone Tulip Roundabout.

: Parking is on the street

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 2 min.

 

Back to the TopInternet Access, Lagos

With more and more travelers finding the need to keep in touch with family, friends and unfortunately the reality is "connecting with the office" , Internet Access is becoming a must for many. In response, Lagos has several options available.

If you DO have a wireless device: Many cafes & restaurnts have free WiFi; so bring your laptop, Tablet, Blackberry, Android Phone, etc with you! We always do and have no issues finding a spot!! The Lagos McDonalds at the Sailboat/Fountain Roundabout also offers free WIFI.

If you DO NOT have a wireless device: Internet cafés around town offer high-speed access. In general we have found the speed a little slower than what we come to expect of high-speed in Canada. The Internet cafes in Portugal continue to strive to improve their service.

Internet at Gélibar, Lagos

Features: High-speed access; multiple computers, printer (black-white); workstations are along one wall in tight quarters; casual café style setting in a friendly family run coffee shop; you can enjoy a coffee, a drink or a light snack while surfing; ceiling mounted TV to take in the football games. They have moved the smoking area outside on the patio, which makes spending time on the internet more comfortable for the non-smokers. Bathrooms inside are small but have always been clean.

Pricing: Approx. 3.00€ per hour and up; additional reasonable charge for printing (per page); printing always seemed to be a challenge

When: 9:30 to 24:00, 7 days a week (in the summer months); 9:30 to 21:00 (in the other months)

: At the back entrance into the old town, as you enter the old wall archway, it's directly in front of you, on the corner where the two roads branch off into a V shape; refer to the Lagos Old Town Map.

: Lots of parking available at the parking lot just outside the town wall.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.

Internet in Library, Lagos

Features: High-speed access via 4 new computesr; comfortable chairs in a bright airy setting; printer. Bathrooms inside are modern and well maintained.

This has become a favourite for our winter long stay clients who enjoy keeping in touch with family and friends during they stay. You do need to register first.

Pricing: The best news is that it's free for one hour per person per day!!

When: Thu–Sat 10-13 and 14-18; Closed Sun, Mon (please note hours do change so it's best to stop by and check).

: At the Town Waterfront, across from the church; walk there from the back entrance into town to avoid the hill; refer to the Lagos Old Town Map

: Parking available at the Town Waterfront.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 20 min.

Other Internet Options, Lagos

As you roam around the streets of Lagos, you will come across several other options for internet access. We have tried many of these: Some with older equipment; with varying pricing; with high-speed access; with very low-speed access. In most cases, these internet outlets are an add-on to a coffee shop or some other business.

Based on your location at the time you choose to surf the net, you will find an internet café that is most convenient for your needs.

Note: Snack Bar Girassol near the Vilabranca Complex alsonhas has internet access. Refer to our Activities Map.

 

 

Back to the TopMarina de Lagos

If you are a visiting yachtsman, a local yachtsman or a wanna be yachtsman: You really want to know "Lagos Navigators".

They are an informal group of like-minded yachtsmen, helping each other to make the most of their stay in Lagos. They organize sporting, sailing, social, craft and technical activities over the 9-month winter season. I frequently receive emails from yachtsmen, looking for sailing related contacts. Well Lagos Navigators are your answer.

Based in the Marina de Lagos - Visit them in person or Click

 

 

Back to the TopNightlife, Lagos

Please if you plan to drink......cabs are readily available.....TAKE ONE .....please DO NOT Drive!!!!

In Lagos Old Town: Lagos has an abundance of pubs, bars and cafes with awesome atmosphere. Many restaurants with lovely terraces welcome you to stop by for a drink after the evening dinner crowds are gone. Most of these establishments are located in the old historic town. We recommend walking around and finding the type of place that suits your taste. It is a great way to see what's current at the time of your visit, as it is not uncommon for places to close down and new news spots to pop up from one year to another.

At the Marina: There are a great little cafes to sit and have drinks; it is
more of a relaxing quiet place with great atmosphere.

Out of Town West: Atabai Bar in the tiny village of Barão de São João is just 20 min. from Lagos, A very warm and welcoming local Bar-Restaurant, serving great burgers and pizzas and offers live music on Saturday nights, so a bustling place to be.

This multi-generational family owned bar, formerly Bar Zé Manel, was passed down to Sonia and João, after her father passed away. They have renovated creating a fresh look but still keeping the old world charm. The high ceilings provide perfect wall space for their impresssively massive and impactful paintings by local artists. On our last visit we arrived early and enjoyed some snacks and a drink with Sonia and João. Always great to catch up with good friends and to remember enjoying New Years Eve 2003 there with Ken's parents.

This is a "must" for us on each return to Lagos and very much worth the visit!!!

Visit Atabai Bar on Facebook for the Live-Music lineup

 

Back to the TopSports Complex - Lagos Complexo Desportivo

Whether on a summer holiday or winter long stay: If you like to keep fit and enjoy a variety of fitness activities, you will be delighted with the Lagos Complexo Desportivo.

Features: Full service world class modern fitness complex with a multitude of fitness options all under one roof. Services include: Heated swimming pool, fitness center with modern equipment, indoor football. They also have an auditorium which hosts concerts and various exhibitions year round. The complex has a banking machine on-site with makes payment easy. Also the local Lagos buses stop in front of the complex making getting here a breeze.

Phone: (282) 780 210.

For a visual on what to expect + current hours, prices, directions, tips:
http://www.lagosemforma.pt

: At the Sailboat/Fountain roundabout. #2; refer to our Activities Map.

: Underground parking on-site.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.



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