Lagos - the most beautiful town of the Algarve

Europe / Portugal / Algarve / Lagos

Old slave market in Lagos The city of Lagos is a very popular holiday destination with a 5km long beautiful beach, Meia Praia. Lagos look back on a very manifold history and was also a long time the capital of the Algarve. Holiday in Lagos, Apartment Lagos, Lagos Villas, villa with pool in Lagos, Culture travel to Lagos, or beach vacation with family on the Atlantic in Lagos. The new marina, the old city, the market hall and the zoo of Lagos are just a few sights of the city Lagos.

Ponta da PiedadeVery popular are the sea caves, deep sea fishing and dolphin watching from the port of Lagos. From Lagos you can start nice trips such as high on the Monchique mountains, the Formula1 track Autodromo do Algarve, the new kart track Cartodromo do Algarve or the Cape S. Vicente. The west coast with its rugged rock formations can be reached from your holiday in Lagos in a few minutes.

  The old city wall lightsThe city of Lagos has experienced a remarkably positive development in recent years. Despite growth with constant Lagos has never lost its charm, or even jeopardized. In the Algarve town of Lagos you will find no high concrete block, or high-rise buildings, as it is here anxious to maintain the character of an original, historic city. Lagos is a port city on the Atlantic coast and is located about 30 km east from Cape Vicente (Cabo de S. Vicente). The city of Lagos is also the namesake of the same circle (Municipio da Lagos) with about 25,000 residents. From here the visitor can start excursions and walks that lead through the rocky beaches or cliffs and are currently running in the pre- or post-season in no form.
Excursions with a hire car should definitely be on the calendar a visitor in Lagos, as the West Coast, or the Monchique mountains are just as worthwhile trip as the Autodromo, where are to be found in the winter many Formula 1 teams.

Center of Lagos In Lagos you will find a wide range of hotels in all classes and ratings up to 5 stars. Likewise Vacation rentals are on the outskirts, ausßerhalb and offered in the center of Lagos. In the old buildings of the city administration, see a "Posto de Turismo", an information desk with all sorts of material to take home.

The town of Lagos has a very long history except to offer a beautiful old town. The city fathers have the traffic-free old town largely rehabilitated, rather than tear down. Many white old streets, squares and pedestrian streets lead visitors to souvenir shops, restaurants, and attractions Botiqen. There are in the historic part of Lagos, where the Phoenicians, Celts and Romans already settled, a lot to discover some churches, cozy terraces and the city wall from the 8th century.

Large parts of the old city walls remain, renovated and night fantastically illuminated. On the Praça da República (Republic Square or Praça do Infante Henrique called) there was the historic slave market (Mercado de Escravos). Under the arcades of Delegação da Alfândega (former building of the customs administration, now exhibition spaces), the black Africans were tied, and offered for sale. On the square stands since 1960 a monument to Henry the Navigator (Infante D. Henrique), which was erected on the occasion of his 500th death anniversary.

Through the Porta de São Gonçalo when former Castelo dos Governor's (Governor's Palace) to the Fort Ponta da Bandeira reached via a wooden bridge, which defended the port since the 17th century. From there, the Avenida dos Descobrimentos (Avenue of Discoveries) accompanies the river Bensafrim that serves fishing boats and yachts as access to the port. Many, sometimes steep streets of the historic center lead down to the palm-decked promenade. The beautifully preserved historic town of Lagos with its many small alleys and the old city walls invite you to stroll and stroll, the charm of the historic town of Lagos acting on its visitors ...

Lagos at its best Near the pedestrian bridge leading over the Bensafrim here to the docks, the worth seeing restored Fischhalle is from 1924. On the opposite side of the river the replica of a historic caravel can be visited and used for excursion trips.