The vibrant town of Lagos is situated in the western part of the Algarve. It’s a place full of historical interest and traces from a maritime past. Lagos was originally visited by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians and became famous for the Portuguese 'voyages of the discoveries' in the 15th century. The trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town.
Living in Lagos
Lagos in the Portuguese Algarve is a pleasant town to live or spend your holidays. Although many tourists visit the place the authentic Portuguese atmosphere still remains. The centre is relatively small and consists of many cobbled streets that criss-cross through the town. You can easily loose your bearings but as long as you head down hill you are always sure to get back to the centre!
Villas in Lagos
PromHouse has several beautiful villas and apartments for sale in Lagos. The offer varies from luxurious villas or apartments at a golf resort with all additional facilities to a detached villa with ocean view in the green and hilly interior of the Algarve.
In the centre of Lagos you can find many restaurants with either Portuguese or international dishes. Prices for a meal are relatively low and many restaurants offer a daily menu during the season. In the centre you can also find several shops, banks and small supermarkets. Lagos also has a Lidl and a large Contintente supermarket.
Avenida dos Descobrimentos (avenue of the Discoveries), the boulevard that runs along the waterfront, leads you to the modern marine of Lagos. There’s a footbridge over the Bensafrim River that gives access to the many pubs, restaurants and shops.
On the right hand side, just over the marina bridge, is the dock area for fishing boats. Here you can buy freshly caught fish in the early morning. There are also several small restaurants where you can eat delicious fresh fish.
Lagos is a town where young and old can have a good time. Praça de Gil Eanes, in the centre of town, is a setting for evening entertainment throughout the year. A comical unicyclist, live music or a medieval fair are just some of the events that can be enjoyed. There are many bars that stay open until the early hours and in the summer time the centre is alive with people of all ages enjoying themselves.
Lagos train station is behind the marina and the road that runs past the station takes you to the beginning of Meia Praia beach. This 4km stretch of golden sand offers a lovely place for swimming and sunbathing. Along the beach are several bars and restaurants, some of which stay open all year round.
Other nice beaches near Lagos are, amongst others, the beach of Praia da Dona Ana, Ponta da Piedade, Praia do Porto do Mos, Praia da Batata and Praia da Luz.
The older part of Lagos is still circled by the city walls that were constructed during the 16th century when it was the residence of the governors of the Algarve. The fort, Ponta da Bandeira, near Batata beach, is part of the 17th century fortifications that were added to protect the town. Behind it is the Porta de São Gonçalo (St. Gonçalo’s gate) with a watchtower on either side. Just to the right of the gate is the Governors' Castle (of Arab construction).
The square next to the Governors' castle is the Praça Infante Dom Henrique with a statue of Prince Henry looking out to sea. To the left of the square at the back is Igreja da Santa Maria. Just past this church you will reach the famous Lagos 'golden church' of St. Anthony, which was rebuilt in 1769. On the opposite side of the church lies the 'Slave Market' from the 15th century. Here, slaves brought back from the discovery voyages were sold.