Lagos

The city of Lagos, once known for Full, played an important role at the time of discovery, having been the starting point of the caravels in numerous expeditions. Trade contributed naturally to the development of the municipality. However, from the late sixties, the bet on tourism has become increasingly important, especially on the coast of the County, where you will find beautiful beaches, such as Dona Ana or the Meia Praia beach. Visit the fortress Ponta da Bandeira – that guarantee the defence of the old port-will have the possibility of seeing Lakes from a lookout. Suggests a visit to the castle of Governors, where Dom Sebastião have attended the mass that preceded his departure to Alcácer Quibir. But it is during the month of may, the Festival of discovery, which is the biggest cultural event of Lagos. Watch the re-creation of the 1500s the striking episodes in the history of Portugal, revealed in musical shows, theatrical and in animation over the historic centre. Most popular in the party of "29 bath" of August is a local tradition that is fulfilled with the traditional nightly bath, complete with a great show of fireworks. Spring is celebrated with the local tradition of "Maya", where by any locality, elaborate handmade rag dolls, dressed in traditional costumes and adorned with flowers. In gastronomy, and being deeply connected Lakes to the sea, you will find high-quality fish and seafood, comes in the traditional cataplana. The local sweets is famous for almond and fig and also for the delicious Sun-Rodrigo, wrapped in colored paper.

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Albufeira da Bravura

Lagos

A dam located in the Riverside of Odiáxere and destined for hydroagricultural ends. It is part of the set of the hydrological basins of the riversides of the wind xposed part of the Algarve.

Arco / Porta de São Gonçalo

Lagos

A gate sided by two barbicans. It is one of the city's gates, built between the reigns of Dom Manuel I and Dom Filipe I. It was built together with walls, for military and safety purposes.

Armazém Regimental

Lagos

A regimental warehouse dating back to the 17th century, with a mannerist and baroque architecture. A perfect testimony of useful military architecture, destined for storage.

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

Lagos

Luxurious development consists of an aparthotel and two blocks of flats, with fantastic views of the beach of Porto de Mós. The aparthotel offers Studios, apartments T1, T2 and T3 and two-bedroom duplex apartments. Each property is furnished and fully ...

Capela de São João Baptista / Ermida de São João Baptista

Lagos

A hermitage with an only rectangular nave, with a Renaissance high altar which may have probably been an isolated temple. It was built in the 12th century and went through requalification works recently.

Casa da Dízima / Edifício da Portagem / Quartel dos Remadores da Alfândega / Vedoria

Lagos

A two floors building dating back to the 17th century. On the ground floor, a special note to three door spans with a masonry panel and, on the first floor, the gullotine window sided by bay windows, all of which ...

Casa da Moura

Lagos

Built in 1892, this house lodged, from the fifties to the seventies, the Portuguese Legion. It was then remodelled in order to be used for tourist purposes. A special note to the decoration and the food, that takes the customers ...

Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort

Lagos

This luxurious resort is located on a cliff top. With a decor that blends Roman and Moorish influences, fits perfectly in the region. In addition to the hotel, also includes a set of apartments and villas, bars and restaurants, swimming ...

Castelo dos Governadores

Lagos

Little remains of this castle's initial construction (dating back to the 14th century), since it underwent several changes with the passing of the time. A special note to a manuelin window from where Dom Sebastião may have seen the mass ...

Centro Ciência Viva de Lagos

Lagos

This playful and instructive Centre tackles the theme of the Portuguese discoveries. Installed in a former 18th century Manor House, of moth pombalina, overlooking the waterfront of the city, offers garden, outdoor patios and panoramic view. The Center also has ...

Centro Cultural de Lagos

Lagos

This cultural space, meeting point for several forms of artistic expression and for congresses, colloquies and conferences, is located in a 17th century building with a coat of arms. It has three exhibitions rooms, two animation rooms and an auditorium ...

Cerca Velha

Lagos

Old walls built for military purposes.

Estação Arqueológica de Monte Molião

Lagos

Little elevation where they were detected necropolises and habitat structures of Roman times. In explorations in the early 20th century were found several elements of Roman coins and pottery, as well as an elliptical tank. The Piece is divided into ...

Estação Arqueológica Romana da Praia da Luz

Lagos

The remnants of mosaics, a thermal building and an aqueduct, dating back to the 3rd and 5th centuries. Currently, there are no visible elements. At the beggining of the century, one could still see the remnants of buildings believed to ...

Estátua de El Rei Dom Sebastião

Lagos

Located in the town's centre, this statue by João Cutileiro pictures the king Dom Sebastião. It was inaugurated in 1973 on occasion of the 400 years of Lagos as a city celebrations.

Farol da Ponta da Piedade

Lagos

A lighthouse tower with a square plan, dating to the 20th century, plastered with yellow tiles and with red metal dome.

Fortaleza da Praia da Luz / Castelo da Senhora da Luz

Lagos

Originally a military building of the 17th century. Currently, in its interior, the primitive military constructions gave way to newer atmospheres according to its present tourist

Forte Ponta da Bandeira

Lagos

Located in front of the entrance to Bensafrim's river bank, this fortification guaranteed the defense of the old port. It was built in the 17th century and it has a trench, a drawbridge and a grandiose door of arms. Inside, there is a small chapel with tiles of the 18th century. A privileged belvedere over Lagos.

Galeria Mercado de Escravos

Lagos

A gallery that is located on the first floor of a building known to have been the first slaves market, brought by the ships that went to Africa. Nowadays, it houses temporary exhibitions.

Igreja de Santo António

Lagos

This church was rebuilt in 1769 by orders of the command of the Infantry Regiment of Lagos, in order to become a chapel for them. The riches and profusion of the golden carvings on the high altar and the side ...

Igreja de São Sebastião

Lagos

This renaissance temple was constructed during the 14th and 16th centuries above a former chapel and it suffered damages with the 1755 earthquake. It has a simple façade dominated by an imposing bell ringer tower. The lateral door presents two ...

Marina de Lagos

Lagos

A place of unique beauty, with an uncommon animation during the hottest months of the year. The complex of the Lagos's Marina is divided into three areas: the marina precinct, the residential area and the commercial area. Walk along the ...

Marina de Lagos

Lagos

A marina inaugurated in 1994, for 462 boats. There is also a hotel (Marina Club) and a commercial and leisure area.

Miradouro do Sítio do Chão Queimado

Lagos

A belveder with Portuguese floor from where one can enjoy a nice panoramic view of Portimão and of the Lagos's marina.

Muralhas e Torreões de Lagos / Baluarte da Porta dos Quartos

Lagos

Of the ancient walls there are only left the Gate of Portugal, the Gate of the Postigo and the remannts of old courtiers. It is said that Dom Sebastião was present at a field mass before going to the battle ...

Museu Municipal de Lagos / Museu Doutor José Formosinho

Lagos

A museum founded in 1934 by Doutor José Formosinho, patron of this space. It has a large collection in the areas of religious art, ethnography of the Algarve, archaeology, numismatics, mineralogy and overseas ethnography.

Perímetro Florestal de Barão de São João

Lagos

An area of about 200 hectares, located in th zone of the Rede Natura 2000 - southeast coast. It has three dams to help fight forest fires, a fitness circuit and a leisure park.

Porta da Praça

Lagos

It is one of the city's gates, built together with several walls, in the 16th century, for military and safety purposes. It was remodelled in the 20th century. Classified as a National Monument.

Praça Gil Eanes e Zona circundante

Lagos

A square located in the town's centre, with plenty of movement and great commercial activity. There are frequent street shows, especially musical. The surrounding streets are pedestrian and have gardened areas that invite us for a walk. The street commerce ...

Praia da Luz

Lagos

A beach located by a fishing village where whaling took place in the Middle Age. Quite attended, with fine water and a wid stretch of sand where, in the summer, gymnastics lessons take place. Nearby, one has the Atalaia belvedere ...

Praia da Meia Praia

Lagos

A wide stretch of sand that is about 4 km long, accessible by car, train or boat. It has equipments for several water sports and an area for sand sports. On the eastern area thre is naturism. It has many ...

Praia de Dona Ana

Lagos

A sand shell between colourful cliffs, with interesting rocky formations. Quite attended by tourists, it has calm, crystal clear water. One must not miss the guided boat tours of the coastal caves. There are several restaurants that serve typical dishes.

Praia de Porto de Mós

Lagos

A rather attended beach, with a wide stretch of sand when the wind blows from the north, not so wide if it blows from the southeast. It has backup structures and a gym. There are good quality typical restaurants with ...

Praia do Camilo

Lagos

A small sand shell between colourful cliffs, with interesting rocky formations. To get there, one must descend 200 steps and then pass a tunnel that will take us to the Luz Beach.

Vila Galé Lagos

Lagos

Hotel unit belonging to the Group Vila Galé, inaugurated in April 2009 in Meia Praia. Offers 170 rooms and suites, all decorated by renowned Portuguese designers. For relaxation, there is the SPA Satsanga with a dynamic swimming-pool, sauna, Turkish bath, ...

Vivenda Miranda Romantik Hotel

Lagos

A hotel located on a cliff over the Atlantic ocean, with a surprising sea view. Comfortable and welcoming, it has a friendly and effective service. A special note to the quality of the hotel's restaurant.

Zona Ribeirinha de Lagos

Lagos

To get to know the charms of the riverside area in Lagos, the best is to walk along the sidewalk, in Portuguese floor, of the Avenida dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Avenue). It is a pedestrian area, with many palm trees and ...

Zoo de Lagos

Lagos

The Lagos Zoological Park is a unique place that privileges the preservation, education and protection of nature. It has three hectares with several different species. It has also lush vegetation with several local and exotic plants. A special note to ...