In summer, locals run a boat to and fro across the estuary to the Meia Praia side from a landing near the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira.


Local Onda bus 2 ( links the city centre with all the surrounding beaches – the main town-centre stop is near the market on the riverfront. Bus 1 circles the city in a anticlockwise direction. The tourist office can provide information.

Tickets start from €1.20; travel to the beaches is €1.60. A day ticket costs €3.60. Buses run from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 8pm, with reduced services on Sunday.

Car & Motorcycle

Drivers are advised to leave their cars in one of the free car parks on the outskirts of Lagos (look for the large parking signs). An alternative is the underground car park on Avenida dos Descobrimentos, but this road can get congested in summer. Street parking spaces close to the centre are metered – watch out or you’ll be wheel-clamped.

Local agencies offering competitive car- and scooter-hire rates include the following.

Auto Jardim




You can call for a taxi (282 460 610) or find one on Rua das Portas de Portugal where buses stop.