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.
What to do in 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 lots of people in the summer. The river gives it a nostalgic and resting atmosphere.
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 (itinerant sales) is very common and competes with the shops in the area.
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 do Camilo
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.
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 Porto de Mós
Com um extenso areal ladeado por altas arribas, é uma praia calma, apesar da proximidade com a cidade. No inverno, acumula-se na base da arriba uma espessa camada de argila, que os locais dizem possuir propriedades medicinais.
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 …
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, …
Centro Ciência Viva de 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 …
Ponta da Piedade
Natural resource of great beauty, with cliffs and caves in the sea. There are often tours and excursions to these rocks, and pedestrian access is not easy.
Centro Cultural de 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 …
Zoo de 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 …
Where to eat in Lagos
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