The city of Lagos is a jewel in the beautiful region of the Algarve, in the south of Portugal. It is nestled in a wide bay and its historic center is embraced by the walls. The cliff scenery and the fantastic beaches on the outskirts of the village are justly famous for the scenery they provide.
The bay of Lagos is one of the most welcoming shelters on the Portuguese coast bordered by a long sandy beach, Meia Praia. The whiteness of the houses does not go unnoticed. The houses have colored bars framing doors and windows. The chimneys, of varying shapes, have shapes that sometimes reveal Arab influences, such as minarets, sometimes religious, resembling bell towers of Baroque churches.
Lagos is a cosmopolitan city, a tradition with centuries and today it is a meeting point for people from all over the world, to enjoy the climate, the sea and the beaches, but also for its historical importance. Today Lagos is one of the most sought after cities in the Algarve for its golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the scenic beauty of its bay and its historic legacy.
Lagos is the City of Discoveries, it was from its bay that Infante D. Henrique left ‘Caravelas’ in search of new worlds. There the first riches of Africa, India, and Brazil arrived. Gold, silver, ivory, spices, fruits with opulent flavors.
Until today, many of the houses keep the traditional carved stone, the picturesque wrought-iron balconies and the inner courtyards and the city map reveals a past made of mystery and discoveries, with picturesque streets that lead to pleasant squares and gardens, some with terraces that allow you to enjoy the mythical atmosphere that surrounds the city.
The historic center is practically all pedestrian, offering a wide range of shops or places to visit. The Church of Santo António, from the 18th century, is literally lined with gilded ornaments. Castelo dos Governadores features the famous Manueline window, from where one could watch the departure of the ships and caravels.
The walls built in the reigns of D. Manuel I, D. João II and D. Filipe I, completely enveloped the city to defend it against piracy and hostile fleets, are today a framework for a beautiful garden, facing the Lagos Marina.
The cliffs of Ponta da Piedade, at the edge of the waterfront, offer stunning views of the promontory where a lighthouse pontificate.
The municipality of Lagos is currently one of the most attractive tourist centers in the Algarve, with exceptional beaches and cultural heritage, as well as a highly dynamic nightlife. It is divided by the parishes of Bensafrim and Barão de São João, São Gonçalo de Lagos, Luz and Odiáxere and in all of them there are reasons of interest that justify a walk. The municipality is limited to the north by Monchique, to the east by Portimão, to the west by Vila do Bispo, to the northwest by Aljezur and to the south by a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest attractions of Lagos is the abundance and beauty of its beaches. There are the long stretches of sand dunes of Meia Praia and smaller, sheltered beaches, such as Praia Dona Ana.
You must try the local cuisine, where seafood is present, with the most varied dishes of fish, shellfish and seafood. Almond and fig are the main characters in the confectionery in Lagos. The dumplings made of almond paste with filling of soft eggs or egg threads are the basis for the most varied fantasies. The happy ending of meals full of flavor.