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Lagos in western Algarve was the main City for the Algarve back in the 16th century.
You can’t help get into that holiday mode with its marina along the front. It is just what you would expect sun, sea and a picturesque place that looks affluent with its million pound yachts and boats. One can dream of gracing the high seas with crystal clear waters with a glass of something in one hand, or even a fishing rod in the other.
Well easily possible as you can easily find many boat trips for the day to take in the Algarve’s coastline whilst sunbathing on deck. If fishing takes your fancy you can go for the day or half day with a BBQ on board and eating your catch for lunch. The main town offers a vibrant array of shops cafe’s bars and restaurants. It was once said that Francis Drake failed in 1587 to raid Lagos. If only they had the bakeries they have now he would have had something to fight for.
As the pastel de natas (custard tart in flaky pastry) are not to be missed and with a coffee in one of the many bars before you set of exploring Lagos.
Even if you are not a history buff you can’t help observe the culture Lagos had back in the 15th century. With its buildings dating back to 1445 which was Europe’s first ever building used solely for the purpose of selling slaves hence slave markets. It’s worth wandering through the back streets as you never know what you will come across, from the golden Church of Santo Antonio. Hunting out the little bakers, that sells all sorts of pies steak/kidney, cheese/onion, and quiches.
Little changes over time when it comes to marinas, but now it’s more up-to-date instead of 800 galleons from the Armada led by Dom Sebastiao in 1578. It now houses around the same figure of luxury boats & yachts. The Traditional decorated fishing boat has always stayed the test of time and will for years to come, offering trips to nearby caves. Lagos has seen its battles in history, even a visit from Columbus. With all this history behind it and its important buildings which have stood the test of time. Lagos is what you want to make it, from strolling along the marina before heading to a restaurant to watch the sunset. Down to bars & clubs which stay open all night in time to leave to see the sunrise. Those who enjoy photo opportunities visit the Fort (Forte da Bandeira), built in the 17th Century.
Check the tourist office to see what events are going on then head to the cultural centre in the square, as many exhibitions are laid on though out the year.
Lagos it a Town ideal for families, with plenty to do and see, it has a good daily fish market along the front,with it monthly market ( see markets ). For those going out on the many boat trips on offer, do check that they have life jackets,
Old slave market