The city of Lagos, once known as Lacóbriga, played a very important role during the Discoveries period, having been the starting point of the caravels to numerous expeditions. Trade naturally contributed to the development of the municipality. However, from the late sixties, the bet on tourism has become increasingly important, especially on the county's coastal area, where you will find beautiful beaches, such as Dona Ana or Meia Praia beaches. If you visit the fortress Ponta da Bandeira – that used to guarantee the old port's defense - you will have the possibility of seeing Lagos from a privileged viewing point. We also suggest a visit to the Castelo dos Governadores castle, where Dom Sebastião attended mass before his departure to Alcácer Quibir. But it is during the month of may that the biggest cultural event of Lagos, the Festival dos Descobrimentos, takes place. Watch the re-creation of the 1500s, the striking episodes in the history of Portugal, revealed in musical and theatrical shows and in the animation all around the historic center. The Festa do “banho 29” ("29 bath" fest) in August is a local tradition of a nightly bath, completed with a great fireworks show. Spring is celebrated with the local tradition of "Maias", where elaborate handmade rag dolls, dressed in traditional costumes and adorned with flowers, are exposed throughout the city. In gastronomy, and because Lagos is deeply connected to the sea, you will find high-quality fish and seafood cooked in the traditional cataplana (shell-shaped copper recipient). The local confectionery is famous for the almond and fig sweets and also for the delicious Dom-Rodrigos (sweets made with eggs, drawn into thin strands, and almonds), wrapped in colored paper.
Where to eat in Lagos
It is a cozy space with a friendly service and tasty regional food, leaving miss in memory of who v…
A simple and familiar space with traditional Portuguese dishes plus some vegetarian specialities.
A restaurant that has bem serving, with acknowledged quality, for almost 30 years. The menu has tra…
A simple space intalled in a wooden shack right in the São Roque beach. The decoration alludes to t…
What to do in Lagos
Forte Ponta da Bandeira
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.
Zona Ribeirinha de 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 …
Marina de 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 …
Farol da Ponta da Piedade
A lighthouse tower with a square plan, dating to the 20th century, plastered with yellow tiles and with red metal dome.
Arco / Porta de São Gonçalo
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.
Estação Arqueológica Romana da Praia da Luz
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 …
Capela de São João Baptista / Ermida de São João Baptista
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
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 …
Castelo dos Governadores
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 …
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.
Muralhas e Torreões de Lagos / Baluarte da Porta dos Quartos
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 …
Igreja de Santo António
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
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 …
Estação Arqueológica de Monte Molião
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 …
Perímetro Florestal de Barão de São João
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.
Estátua de El Rei Dom Sebastião
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.
Praça Gil Eanes e Zona circundante
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
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
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
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
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 …
Marina de Lagos
A marina inaugurated in 1994, for 462 boats. There is also a hotel (Marina Club) and a commercial and leisure area.
Where to sleep in Lagos
Com vista para a antiga cidade histórica e para o mar, a Casa Mae é composta por três casas muito diferentes que combinam o antigo e o novo, tradições e design…
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,…
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Vila do Bispo
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