Still partly enclosed by medieval walls, Lagos (pronounced Lah-gosh) boasts a seafaring tradition dating back to the 15th century. The town was the base of Prince Henry the Navigator, who launched Portugal as a great maritime nation, sending his ships forth to discover the New World. Though steeped in history, nowadays Lagos is a youthful town with a charm all of its own and many Affinity visitors tell us this is their favourite town in the Algarve. Its maze of ancient cobbled streets co-exists happily with an elegant new marina and there are wonderful beaches.
You’ll already have seen, on posters or holiday programmes, the gorgeous coves of Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo, and the equally-photographed Ponta da Piedade, which is the most visited rock formation in the Algarve. While these beaches soon fill up however, you’ll always find space on the town’s superb Praia Grande, a short walk the other side of the marina. Here you’ll find trendy new bars and nightspots to complement the many excellent traditional restaurants and cafes, and long-established backstreet nightspots, in the old town. Lagos is very popular by day too; don’t miss its Museu Municipal, including the eye-popping gilded church of São Antonio. The town also has a good number of small independent shops, perfect for souvenirs of the Algarve and Portugal.
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