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About Lagos.


The Faro airport is located about 45 minute drive from Lagos. We recommend renting a car to have maximum profit of your stay.

Visiting Lagos is something special on itself. In daytime beautiful to walk through the narrow streets with the old houses showing the Moorish influence, many shops and lots of terraces to have a refreshment. Memories to the older times ,history and cultural sightseeing. In the evening with plenty of restaurants, bars, local street artists making music, doing their act or amusing you in another way. Do you like to go home with a taxi, it's cheap and safe.

In Lagos and nearby there are a lot of activities to join if you don't want to stay at the pool or the beach. And by car you can make trips in the surroundings where you find a lot of things worth seeing.

We can advise you and help with your bookings.

The Romans gave the name of “Lacobriga” to the town but its natural river port would indicate very much earlier occupation. It was captured from the Moors in 1189 but it was not until 1249 that it was finally claimed by Dom Afonso III and integrated into the kingdom of the Algarve. This historic town has played an important part in the story of discovery and conquering the rest of the world. It was from this very harbour that Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his historic and epic discovery voyage.

t was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756 and there remain several ancient buildings to testify to its historic glory. From its port maritime expeditions were embarked upon to discover the world at the orders of Prince Henry the Navigator. Also, the armada of 800 vessels led by the ill-fated heir to the throne Dom Sebasti?o embarked upon from Lagos in 1578 to capture the town of Ceuta in Morocco. It is written that the very first time the the later to become famous explorer Columbus from Genoa set foot in the Iberian Peninsular, was when the inhabitants of Lagos saved him and other sailors from the shipwreck of a vessel in which he was travelling.

Description Essentially now an important tourist town there are still many architectural signs of its ancient past, even a building dating originally back to around 1445 and is recorded as being Europe’s first building used as a slave-market. The walls of the town in the most part remain after sections were restored. Attached to the famous 17th century "gold" church of Santo António there is a small museum of regional items, some of which are quite odd! There are several interesting statues erected to the famous figures of the past that are associated with the history of this town. None more controversial that the sculpture of Dom Sebasti?o standing in the main square in front of the Town Hall.

A more recently erected statue commemorates the Algarve’s only Saint, S?o Gonçalo de Lagos who was born in 1360 and died in 1422 in Torres Vedras. Pope Pio VI raised him to Sainthood in 1778. The town’s more recently constructed Marina presents a lovely picture and this harbour is the first sight a visitor has of Lagos. Besides the boats that find it convenient as a permanent mooring it is usually full of yachts passing through, to and from the Mediterranean. Praia Dona Ana. The municipal council has constructed a modern Cultural Centre in which various exhibitions and culturally related events are held during the year.
In the Marina different boat tours and deep sea-fishing outings can be booked.

Nearby Lacations Near to Lagos is a small beach village of Burgau. Across the river from Lagos is Meia Praia, a very long sandy beach sheltered to the north by a gentle slope dotted with comfortable villas. The once upon a time fishing village of Praia da Luz is now devoted to the quieter side of the tourist trade and residents from colder climates. Near the coastal village of Salema there are some small Roman ruins proving the existence of its past life.

Vila do Bispo to the west of Lagos is a very small administrative town for the Sagres area that is the most south-west corner of Europe! The village of Sagres is a must for every visitor to the Algarve. It presents a very impressive dramatic sight of towering sheer cliffs being beaten by the weight of the vast Atlantic Ocean. It is from here that Prince Henry planned his several epic voyages of discovery that enlarged the known world of the time. Cape Santo Vicente is the name given to this promontory as it was here that the Saint supposedly resided for a period. To the north of Lagos on the road to Lisbon is the small town of Aljezur with some fine nearby west coast beaches. Originally a hamlet the Moors constructed a castle in the 10th Century which still stands today overlooking this small town.



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