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One of the most popular tourist destinations on the Algarve Lagos is a bustling town full of activity, nightlife and modern attractions. However, it is also a town full of maritime history with churches, monuments and architecture taking us back to the many maritime adventure which have started in Lagos' impressive natural harbour. There is lots to see from the old walled town centre to the modern marina with it’s expensive boats, and waterside bars and restaurants. The nearby beaches are among the best in the region and the rocky headland of Ponta da Piedade is outstandingly beautiful.

Algarve's Pearl

Town

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The beaches in the Algarve are some of the best in the world, typically very sandy with no stones. They are not overlooked as the Portuguese insist that there should be no developments within 500m of the beaches. The choice is vast with 9 beaches around Lagos and some of the best on the Algarve, like Praia de Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo and Meia Praia. Meia Praia is the main Lagos beach and is the longest beach in the area, with 4 kilometres of golden sand and dunes.dunes.

World class beaches

Beaches

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Lagos has a lovely marina, just a few minutes from the apartment and separated from town by a river which is crossed via a pedestrian bridge. The Marina is a great place to walk or to stop at one of the many bars and restaurants and enjoy the view as the boats and the excursions come and go. Boat trips of all kinds can be booked here including dolphin spotting trips.

Modern Marina

Marina

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Unlike many other resort towns, Lagos is an important city that is steeped in history, and the variety of historical monuments and buildings reflect this varied past. Fascinating buildings include the beautiful Santo Antonio church, the Mercado dos Escravos (Europe’s first slave market) and the charming 17th century Bandeira Fort. Lagos is full of historical interest with origins dating back 2000 years BC when it was known as Lacobriga. Always a seafaring connection, Lagos was originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians and then, during the 15th century, was the base for the ‘voyages of the Discoveries’ instigated by Henry the Navigator when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town

Maritime history

History