Lagos was in its origins a fishing village, whose importance grew under the Arabs.
Lagos became the capital of the Algarve from 1576 until 1756. The city is surrounded by 5th century walls, inside are the magnificent churches of So Sebastio (Renaissance portals and 17th-18th century tiles), Santa Maria of Misericrida (16th- 19th century), Santo Antonio (Baroque) and the very old So Joo Hermitage (8th-9th century).
Other places of interest are the Regional Museum, Governors' Palace, Forte do Pau da Bandeira and the Old Slave Market. And finally its beautiful marina.
Around Lagos you will find the most beautiful beaches of the region such as Praia do Camilo, Praia de Dona Ana (see the picture) and the long 4km beach of Meia in the eastern area of Lagos. But the most popular and attractive site for visitors is the Ponta da Piedade, a huge rock formation hollowed out by the sea located in the crystal waters of the bay of Lagos.
The area of Lagos also offers you a great selection of golf courses such as Palmares or Boavista course (for more information visit our Algarve golf page).
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