Praia do Camilo is Lagos’ most beautiful beach. It’s accessed via a long wooden staircase at the top of a cliff, from where there’s a picture-perfect view. It has picturesque rock formations, golden sand and calm crystal-clear waters on most spring and summer days.
It’s not a long beach, but it’s bigger than it looks when you arrive, as it continues to the other side of the cliff (a tunnel connects both sides). At high tide, much of the sandy area disappears and the limited space to spread your towel becomes even more so. As a result, it’s always packed in the summer, but it’s a must-go, even if just to take photos. Try to go early or when the tide is low (just keep in mind that tides change in less than a couple of hours).
It’s visited throughout the year, even outside the bathing season. While it may not be warm enough for sunbathing in winter, the rocks and cliffs protect it from the winds, and many pass by just for the views. Watching the sunset from the top of the cliff is another year-round activity.
The Atlantic waters are cold, but here they’re shallow, clean, and usually without waves, so this is a popular beach for snorkeling. You’ll also see boats and kayaks exploring the coast.
By the stairs that lead down to the beach is a popular restaurant specializing in fish and seafood. It’s the only place where you can eat and drink by this beach. It’s recommended that you bring water and snacks -- just make sure you take all the trash with you! There are no rentals, so if you prefer shade, bring your own umbrella.
Praia do Camilo is mostly frequented by young people, who spend much of their time taking selfies in the water and on the staircase. Because of the calm waters, some families bring the kids, but as there isn’t much space for them to run around, they tend to prefer other beaches on the coast. Older folks and those with mobility issues may find it difficult to go up and down the stairs. There is no access for the disabled.
Beach for: Couples, Social Media
Bathrooms: Yes (at the restaurant)
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
How to Get to Praia do Camilo
Praia do Camilo is found between Lagos’ most popular sights -- Dona Ana Beach and the Ponta da Piedade headland. It’s about a 20-minute walk from the center of town. If you’re driving, you’ll find limited parking in the area. The tourist train stops nearby, and bus number 2 stops by Dona Ana Beach, from where you can walk here. To know how to get around Lagos, see our transportation guide.
Beaches by Praia do Camilo
Praia do Camilo is located within walking distance of the famous Dona Ana Beach, but the closest beach is Praia dos Pinheiros. It’s hidden down the steep cliffs to the south, but a trail leads down to the sand. Because it isn’t easy to find, it remains a “secret,” although it has become a popular unofficial nude beach. For the exact locations, see the Lagos beaches map.
Hotels by Praia do Camilo
Cascade Wellness Resort
Perfectly located for Praia do Camilo and Ponta da Piedade, this resort has standard rooms, apartments and villas, many of them with sea views. Facilities include a spa, gym, swimming pools, tennis courts, a golf course, and three restaurants. The different types of accommodation cater to everyone, from couples to families.
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Villas D. Dinis
Located on the road that leads to Ponta da Piedade and Praia do Camilo, this highly-rated property offers rooms and suites in a group of traditional villas. They’re all uniquely decorated, and many quite tastefully so, with a rather colorful and romantic style. It’s for adults only and perfect for couples. There are private patios and an outdoor pool.
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Costa d’Oiro Ambiance Village
Mediterranean villas located a short walk from Praia do Camilo have different rooms and suites, plus outdoor areas with gardens and swimming pools. There’s also a spa, a fitness center and a restaurant serving Portuguese cuisine.
SEE PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND MORE DETAILS HERE: Costa d’Oiro Ambiance Village