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Lagos Beach in front of the Ponta da Bandeira fort – Portugal
Lagos was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756 and there remain several ancient buildings to testify to its historic glory. From its Port maritime expeditions were embarked upon to discover the world at the orders of Prince Henry the Navigator . The city was was the capital of the Algarve from 1576-1756. Extensive damage was caused by the earthquake of 1755, so that today the center consists primarily of pretty 18th and 19th century buildings. Just north of Lagos is the Barragem de Bravura, a water reserve that is not only a spectacular sight itself but also offers fantastic views of the surrounding areas.
This historic town has played an important part in the story of discovery of many parts of the world. It was from the harbour that Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his historic and epic voyage of discovery. The new train station is behind the Marina and it is a short walk to the marina and across a draw bridge and along the river into the centre of town. The bus station is across the road from the Marina where one can take buses too Seville in Andalucia, Spain and Lisbon to the north.
Lagos is chock full of restaurants which are very good and reasonably priced. House wine is about E6 ($8) a bottle. Lagos is famous for it’s nightlife, surfing, beaches and activities. The long history of Lagos is reflected in many of the old buildings. The old town is surrounded by more modern apartment and hotel developments including an attractive large marina.
Only 1 hour from Faro airport Lagos is probably the principal resort of western Algarve and popular with many nationalities. Beaches abound near Lagos and there are about 6 golf courses within a 15 minute drive. The vision for Dos Lagos is simple: create the opportunity for water sports enthusiasts to be able to do what they love most, with neighbors enjoying the same thing. Each lakefront homesite features a private dock with boat slip and fronts one of four sparkling sport lakes.
Lagos is a very popular resort having much to offer holidaymakers. The old town, which is hilly, is a warren of narrow streets filled with shops, bars and restaurants. Across the river from Lagos is Meia Praia , a very long sandy beach sheltered from the north by a gentle slope dotted with comfortable villas and holiday resorts. The once upon a time fishing village of Praia da Luz is now devoted to the quieter side of the tourist trade and residents from colder climates. Lagos is one of the few Algarve holiday resorts to maintain its identity as a real town and not just a tourist destination.