One of the most popular tourist destinations on the Algarve and certainly one of my favourites, Lagos is a bustling town full of activity, nightlife and modern attractions. However, it is also a town full of history and the monuments and architecture which take us back to the many different peoples who have settled here and the many maritime adventure which have started in Lagos' impressive natural harbour. The nearby beaches are among the best in the region and the rocky headland of Ponta da Piedade is outstandingly beautiful.
Lagos, with its relaxed atmosphere and quiet charm, make it one of the most appealing locations in the Algarve to visitors from abroad. The best places to sit and watch people go by are at the open-air cafés in Praça da República, next to the tourist information office.
Lagos , city (1991 pop. 12,956), Faro dist., S Portugal, in Algarve, on the Atlantic Ocean The excellent harbor shelters much coastwise trade and an important sardine and tuna fishing fleet. Sancho I with the help of bands of Crusaders captured (1189) the city from the Moors; in 1191 it was recaptured by the Moors but was soon (c.1250) restored to the Portuguese. Lagos was a starting port for Portuguese navigators in the time of Prince Henry the Navigator, who was first buried at Lagos.LAGOS is the most historically interesting coastal town in the Algarve.
At night, myriad bars and restaurants open their doors. Local specialities include the steamed seafood served in its metal cooking dish, the cataplana, and freshly caught fish in various guises including caldeirada, fish stew. For the visitor it is generally the beautiful beaches that constitute the major attraction and there are many to choose from. There is always space at the golden sands of Meia Praias to the east of the town, however the beaches which lie to the south are generally considered more picturesque. Over the years the cliffs here have eroded into gnarled stone arches and tunnels which separate many tiny coves, all blessed with clean blue waters and some with steps built into the cliffs. The most popular of these is the Praia Dona Ana. For those with personal transport, the whole coast around Lagos is worth a visit for less well-known beaches and small fishing villages.
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