Lagos is a charming city located in the western Algarve that has retained its traditional Portuguese character whilst developing into a cosmopolitan holiday destination that welcomes a huge number of visitors every year.
It is full of historical interest with its origins dating as far back as 2000 years BC when it was known as Lacobriga.
Historically, Lagos’ greatest attraction has been its geographical position. Lying opposite the North African coast, it became a focal point for discovery voyages at the time of Portugal’s Golden Age of Discoveries (15th Century).
Infante D. Afonso Henrique (Prince Henry) known as the Navigator, brought fame to the region by founding his navigation school in nearby Sagres, by residing in Lagos and building his famous caravels in the town. Lagos soon became a mark of maritime activity as explorers such as Gil Eanes, the first to round Africa’s Cape Bojador in 1434, departed from the town in search of new land and fortune.
Nowadays, Lagos remains with a lovely historical centre, that must be visited, circled by the antique Moorish walls and overlooks pretty harbour estuar
The town itself is best explored on foot. Despite the destruction caused by the 1755 earthquake, many of the houses in the city centre still preserve the traditional architecture, the picturesque shaped iron balconies and the covered internal patios. Lagos is certainly full of history, but it is also a vibrant town with an extensive selection of restaurants and bars, perfect to have a taste of the local gastronomy.
The Lagos Marina it is more contemporary. With shops, cafés and restaurants it is a great place to relax and have a drink.
Nevertheless, it is important to mention that some of the most wonderful beaches in Europe are in and, nearby Lagos: Meia Praia, Porto de Mós, Praia da Batata, etc.