Additional Location Information
Vista Baia is set in front of Meia Praia, a large expanse of golden sand stretching for miles. There are water sports to enjoy and some restaurants and bars too. To the other side of Lagos you will find small “town” beaches Praia da Batata, Praia da Dona Ana, Praia de Camilo and others. All these beaches are surrounded by high limestone cliffs.
The many beaches in Lagos are surrounded by a great network of paths that take you along the edges of the spectacular cliffs. Enjoy this unique opportunity to feast your eyes over some of the most dramatic vistas overlooking the Atlantic.
The historic seafaring town of Lagos lies at the heart of the Western Algarve, sheltered by the Ponta da Piedade and guarded by an ancient fort. From here, in the great age of discoveries, Portugal's famous explorers set sail. Although now a lively and bustling town with an award winning marina and many shops, bars and restaurants Lagos retains the gentle atmosphere that is characteristic of Portugal and its people, providing a delightful insight into Portuguese life.
Praia da Luz
A fishing community since the earliest human settlement of this area, Luz has gone on to become a highly popular summer destination. There is a great variety of family friendly restaurants and bars, supermarkets and all the amenities for a complete holiday. The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for sun bathing and water sports, and Luz beach sports the European blue flag indicating clean sand and clean water. To the east of town you find some spectacular cliffs and among them the prominent black rock Rocha Negra. Luz is just 8 minutes west of Lagos.
6 km further west of Lagos Burgau has absorbed the advance of tourism yet still retains a strong character which remains relatively un-spoilt due to its location in a small cove bound by steep cliffs. The locals still set out to sea in brightly painted boats in pursuit of squid, lobster and sardines as they did a hundred years ago.Nestled on the edge of a national park, the steep streets lead to a horseshoe shaped bay where there is a beach bar, several cafés, bars and restaurants.
There are several golf courses in the area including the Championship course Penina, the challenging and the picturesque Parque da Floresta and Boavista Golf and Leisure Resort. Right next door to Vista Baia is one of the most prestigious in the Algarve, Palmares with its amazing sea views over Meia Praia. Opened in December 1975 with 18 holes, has been just recently renovated and rebuilt into 27 brand new holes.
Slide and Splash water park and Zoomarine are about half an hour's drive away and the local Lagos Zoo is great for the little ones. Horse riding, dolphin watching and grotto trips, jeep safaris and water-based sports can also be arranged.