Lagos is a picturesque, coastal town in Portugal with some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. There are so many amazing photo spots in Lagos (and not all of them are beaches). I’ve put together a list of the best 15 photo spots with tips on how to get there and when is best to visit!
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This is a rooftop bar and restaurant located above a fish market! It’s pretty close to the old town of Lagos and overlooks the river. You get amazing views up here – why not grab a cocktail and enjoy the sight! We headed up in the early afternoon and it was fairly busy but there were still a couple seats left by the edge. Sunset would be a great time to visit too!
This is the longest beach in Lagos and has plenty of room for everyone! This makes it perfect for photos as there is so much open space making it super easy to take beautiful photos without lots of people in the background. This can be a problem on other beaches in the Algarve, such as Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo, as these beaches are much smaller and get very packed. These photos were taken on the beach at Duna Beach Club.
Check out my complete Lagos beach guide for more beaches. It also tells you about some hidden beaches that you won’t know about!
Beach Arch – Praia dos Estudantes
This beach arch is an amazing, relatively unknown photo spot in Lagos – it sits between 2 cliff tops on Praia dos Estudantes. It is also known as Lagos Roman Bridge (it is down as this on Google Maps). The best time to visit this is during low tide as if you go during high tide, this whole area will be covered by water! You can get a Instagram perfect photo by walking up to this arch – like I did below. To get here, you’ll need to walk along Praia Da Batata and just keep walking along the beaches, through the tunnels until you get here.
For more information on this beach, I discuss it more in my Lagos beach guide.
Tivoli Lagos is a hotel located within close walking distance to the main town. We actually stayed here but anyone can come and take photos outside. The photos below were all taken on the walkway leading up to the entrance. It is decorated in a beautiful Algarve style and features lots of greenery and flowers – it’s perfect for photos and very easily accessible.
Check out my where to stay in Lagos post for tips and recommendations on the best places to stay!
Park – By the Pro Putting Garden
We came across this scenic park whilst walking around, exploring the old city walls. It’s located right by the Pro Putting Garden – a mini golf course that is also super fun to visit (we had a great time). The park has lots of open space and places to sit, we particularly liked the beautiful blooming trees all around! As you can see in the photos below, this park was full of colour and we couldn’t resist taking a few photos amongst the flowers!
Lagos Old Town
One of the best photo spots in Lagos is the old town itself! Just take some time to walk around the streets and you’ll come across beautiful Portuguese buildings – many of which are brightly coloured! We came across so many amazing photo spots with buildings and houses painted blue, pink, yellow, green etc. Make sure you explore the backstreets too as you often come across hidden buildings that others don’t know about!
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The Marina de Lagos is another great place to take photos. It’s filled with chic yachts and boats and is lined by the promenade, which contains restaurants and bars that overlook the marina. The promenade has 2 levels – a great photo spot is along the balcony on the second floor as you get a fantastic view over the marina. It’s a perfect spot for sunset (and the sunsets are magical here). We ate dinner up here as the sun was setting and it was a magical evening.
Praia do Camilo
Praia do Camilo is one of the Algarve’s most famous and beautiful beaches. It does live up to it’s hype as it is a dazzling beach with perfect white sand and crystal clear waters however one downside is that, as it is actually very small, it does get very busy and crowded. If you’re wanting to take photos, it can be better to take them from above (as I did below) from the cliff tops or on the staircase that leads down to the beach.
Ponta da Piedade
One the best things to do in Lagos is explore the exquisite rock formations, sea arches and caves of Ponta da Piedade. You can get some pretty epic photos from up on these cliff tops, overlooking the ocean. Be careful not to get too close to the edge as it can be unstable – there are some impressive and incredible photo spots up here, some safer than others but all equally as beautiful.
For more information on this, check out my complete guide to visiting Ponta da Piedade.
Castle of Lagos
This is a medieval castle in Lagos – it makes a great photo spot due to it’s enormous size! At one time, the castle and its walls surrounded the whole town of Lagos and was the main defence! It’s pretty impressive so stop by for an Instagram photo.
Statue of Sao Goncalo
This statue is located just before you get to Praia Da Batata. It offers mesmerising views overlooking the nearby beach, the ocean and fort. One of the best times to visit here is at sunset – the sunsets in Lagos are unimaginably beautiful so you won’t be disappointed. This spot is very windy though, especially in the evenings so it was a little difficult to take photos as my hair was constantly flying all over the place!
Praia da Batata, Praia do Pinhão, Praia Dona Ana
Lagos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Surrounded by cliffs and rock formations, the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters are a perfect, relaxing location. These beaches do get quite busy during the day so it can be difficult to take good photos. A top tip is to visit in the evening just before sunset. Most people in Lagos at this time are heading out to dinner and almost nobody is on the beaches so you have them all to yourself! You’ll also get to view the most beautiful sunset from the charming beaches, making it an experience you’ll never forget.
Jardim da Constituição
This garden is located just by the Castle of Lagos. It is a charming little garden lined with palm trees. It doesn’t get too busy here so you can go at any time of day and there won’t be too many people. A good time to go in sunset as you get a pretty good view from here as the sun sets behind the palm trees.
Cliff Top Trail Above the Beaches
Another great photo spot is up on the cliff top trails that run above the beaches. These trails run all the way from near to Lagos old town all the way to Ponta Da Piedade. Along the way, there are many staircases that run down to the beaches so you can venture down to the shores or you can stay up on the clifftops for some epic views of the Algarve – this is honestly one of the most beautiful walks I’ve ever been on in my life. It is especially beautiful at sunset – check it out below.
Avenida Dos Descobrimentos
Take a walk down this street alongside the river for lots of great photo opportunities. The walkway beside the river is also lined with market stalls so is easy to spot. It’s pretty long as well and makes for a nice stroll. You’ll see lots of boats sailing up and down so you can sit down by the edge and watch them cruising past. This walkway is very charming and is lined with palm trees too. You can visit at anytime although it can be quite busy at midday.
That concludes this guide to the top photo spots in Lagos, Portugal! All of these photos are my own – taken on a Canon EOS 200D/Rebel SL2. Lagos has some incredible spots for that perfect Instagram photo and I’ve posted lots – check them out @meganlouisejones !
If you’re planning a trip to Lagos soon, be sure to check out my ultimate Lagos guide which tells you everything you need to know about visiting Lagos.