Lagos is one of the most popular destinations on the Algarve, thanks to its superb beaches, rugged scenery and fantastic nightlife. This beautiful town has a long and fascinating history, which dates back more than two thousand years to the arrival of the Carthaginians, Celts and Romans, drawn in turn by its vast natural harbor. This enchanting bay is now fringed by glorious cliff walks and endless beaches of golden sand. Lagos’ seafaring tradition flourished during Portugal’s great Age of Discovery, during the 16th and 17th centuries, when the town built ships which reached the furthest corners of the known world. Even now, the charming Old Town preserves sumptuous mansions and lavish churches built with profits gleaned from trading slaves and spices.
Food & drink:
Delicious fresh seafood, particularly locally caught tuna and sardines (often served barbecued on sticks as ‘sardinhas assadas’), feature on most menus in Lagos. Try the classic local fish stews, ‘caldeirada’ and ‘cataplana’, or tuck into ‘feijoada’, prepared with pork and beans. Also good are the locally produced cheeses and hams, and the delicate pastries, which are often made with almonds, figs and oranges grown in the area.
Off the beaten track:
The main city beaches are beautiful, but fill up quickly in summer: you may still find room at the Praia do Canavial, a small strip of golden sand backed by reddish cliffs, or head further afield to quieter beaches at Salema and Luz.