Lagos Area

Lagos Area

   Lagos is an amazing town set in the western Algarve that can be enjoyed by all age groups. It is full of historical interest, its origins dates as far back as 2000 years BC when it was known as Lacobriga. The older area of Lagos is still surrounded by the city walls that were constructed during the 16th century. The fort, Ponta da Bandeira, by Batata beach is part of the 17th century fortifications that were added to protect the town.

There are a great number of historical places to visit in Lagos, such as:
- Praça Infante Dom Henrique with a statue of Prince Henry looking out to sea;
- Igreja de Santa Maria (Santa Maria Church), with its façade from the 15/16th century, that was rebuilt in the 18/19th centuries;
- The ‘Golden’ Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo António), which was rebuilt in 1769. The entrance to this church is through the museum at the side and both are worth visiting.
- The Church of St. Sebastian (Igreja de São Sebastião), dating from the 14th to 16th century, which is built on a hill. This church as an amazing view over Lagos Bay.
- The 'Slave Market' from the 15th century, where slaves brought back from the discovery voyages were sold.
   Lagos is certainly full of history, but it is also a vibrant town with lots going on. There are several restaurants to suite all tastes, bars that are open until the early hours in the summer time, live music and medieval fair.
You can also have a nice time just taking a walk along the Avenida dos Descobrimentos which runs along a river. At the end of the avenue there’s a footbridge over the river that will take you to the local Marina, and its array of boats, restaurants, bars and shops, or to the fishing dock area, where they sell freshly caught fish. The fishing doc also has some small restaurants.
   Lagos is very well provided for supermarkets, but on Saturday mornings there is a local market in a building near the bus station, which is opposite the marina footbridge, that sells all the fresh fruits and vegetables, olives, honey, figs, almonds and much more. It's quite a small market, but very popular and cheap! If you decide to go, try and get there early and take 'small change' with you.
   There is also a daily market in the renovated fish market nearer to town. All the fresh fish and seafood is downstairs and upstairs are market stalls full of fruit, vegetables, dried fruits and preserves and also fresh bread. The top floor has a restaurant and an amazing view across Lagos bay.
   It has to be said, Lagos has some stunning views! From the Ponta da Piedade you get a fantastic view of the Lagos bay with Monchique hills as a backdrop, and you can see all the way to Sagres to the west and past Albufeira to the east.
   The best part of Lagos are the several and gorgeous beaches available. If you keep browsing our website you will find a section just for them.
   We have three main areas in the Lagos area with a range of apartments and villas to suit all tastes, all within range of Lagos.

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