Cheap flights to Lagos are available from Manchester, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports. Flights to Lagos may also depart from other regional airports around the UK. EU and UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Portugal. Most flights to Lagos arrive at Faro Airport, about 75km away from the town of Lagos. Taxis can be hired from the taxi stand outside the terminal building. Buses operate from the airport to Faro centre. Buses are available from the main bus station in Faro for journeys to Lagos. Trains to Lagos are also available from Faro city centre.
Lagos is very compact and it is possible to explore the city on foot or by cycling around. A Onda operates a number of bus routes around Lagos. Check the website for routes and schedules. Single tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. Day tickets and monthly passes are also available from the company, and can be purchased from a few shops around Lagos. Taxis can be flagged down around the city centre, or booked in advance.
Lagos’ beaches are some of the city’s top attractions. Praia de Batata has a slightly secluded feel due to its location between a set of cliffs, but is easily accessed from the city centre. Praia de Dona Ana is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos – its shores are frequently crowded with locals and visitors soaking up some sun. Discover the grottoes around Lagos with a grotto tour led by local fishermen. Spend a day exploring the Old Town, with its many historic buildings and atmospheric streets. Don’t miss the deceptively plain Igreja de Santa Antonio. Its simple façade hides an impressively decorated interior complete with painted ceilings and gilded woodwork.
Handmade pottery is a regional specialty in this part of Portugal, so why not pick some up as souvenirs for those back home? Rua 25 de Abril is filled with plenty of little shops stocked with colourful ceramic handicrafts. Adega da Marina is a popular harbourside restaurant with plenty of hearty, tasty dishes on the menu. Choose from a large choice of grilled or fried seafood, or a selection of steaks and grilled meat. No Patio has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Lagos. Its menu features an enticing mix of Portuguese and English dishes. Joe’s Garage is a bar for those who love to party hard. Bartenders are rumoured to like setting the bar on fire when they feel like it, while staff chase customers away with chainsaws. Whatever happens here, it certainly will be unforgettable.