perfectly blends traditional Portuguese culture, historic monuments with modern tourist facilities, beautiful beaches, good restaurants with an extra plus for fish and seafood restaurants. Varied accommodation from self-catering (apartments and villas) to hotels. Lagos is suitable for all ages and for the younger generations waterparks and zoo. Nightlife is pretty good for the late night seekers
Visit Church of Santo António. Originally constructed in 1707, the church was rebuilt in 1769. The baroque gilded woodwork decoration is considered to be some of the finest in Portugal. There is a Local Market on Saturday mornings in a building near the bus station (opposite the marina footbridge) – it has all the fresh fruits and vegetables and much more. A smallish market, cheap and popular. You find the daily market in the recently 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 also fresh bread.
Lagos have a delightful historic center with colourful facade houses, narrow cobbled streets surrounded by the ancient 16th-century walls, best experienced on the Jardim da Constituicao by the river. Close by there is the monument Mercado de Escravos exposing a grim period of Lagos history, the slave market from 1444 extending for over 250 years. However, there is at least one hero from the Age of Discovery periods, Henry the Navigator whose discovery expeditions departed from the harbour in Lagos.
The maritime Forte-Da-Ponta-Da-Bandeira dates from the end of the 17th century and is one of a line of coastal forts for the Portuguese Restoration War, the almost 30 years war between Portugal and Spain. You enter the fort across a drawbridge. Some very fine beaches There are many fine Beaches to choose from. The golden coloured sands of Meia Praia to the east of the town. However, the more picturesque beaches lie to the south of the town. Over the years the cliffs here have eroded into distorted stone arches and tunnels which separate many tiny coves, Praia Dona Ana is one of the most spectacular. Praia de Batata next to the Forte Da Ponta Da Bandeira and through a rock tunnel easy access to the small Student beach. On the west side of Lagos, Porto de Mos beach, tranquil beach, surfing destination.
Salema, Sagres and Cabo Sao Vicente
The whole coast around Lagos is worth a visit. Southwest of Lagos, visit Salema historically a small fishing village. Today a popular tourist destination with a wide long sandy beach. The fishing harbour of Sagres is situated on the sheltered eastern side of the headland and throughout the day fishing boats returning to unload their cargos of fresh fish. The main tourist attraction here is the Fortaleza de Sagres.
The Cabo Sao Vicente is the south-westerly tip of mainland Europe and is a wind-blasted headland, with huge cliffs.
Wikipedia: The lighthouse of Cape St. Vincente, or the Lighthouse of D. Fernando The 28-meter (92 ft) round cylindrical stone tower, with lantern and gallery, rises from a 2-/3-story keeper’s complex. The beacon itself has operated with a hyper-radiant Fresnel lens (larger than 1st order) since 1908, with a focal plane of 86 meters (282 ft) and demonstrating one quick white flash every 5 seconds.