There are more than 100 sandy beaches hugging the coast of the Algarve, 70 of which have been credited with the distinguished blue flag award. The beaches have clean water and most are easily accessed. Some of the more remote beaches on the west coast require 4x4 and have few or no facilities. The beaches in the east are longer and more open. In the west the beaches tend to be more enclosed by high cliffs.
Lagos is surround by a spectacular coastline of plenty sandy beaches ideal for surfing or much smaller cove beaches that are in idyllic settings.
Within walking distance of central Lagos there are 4 outstanding beaches, while a short drive provides even more beautiful choices.
Luz or Praia da Luz is a long sheltered bay of finest sand with a backdrop of tall cliffs at the eastern end, and low-rise white houses behind.
Praia da Luz is extremely popular, especially with its loyal English expatriate community and in summer time tourists and residents fill the beach.