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Lagos

Cities at the Algarve

Lagos


This historic town has played an important part in the story of discovery and conquering the rest of the world. It was from this very harbor that Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his historic and epic discovery voyage. It was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756 and there remain several ancient buildings to testify to its historic glory.





Essentially now an important tourist town. It is one of the most popular towns in the algarve. There are still many architectural signs of its ancient past, even a building dating originally back to around 1445 and is recorded as being Europe’s first building used as a slave-market. The walls of the town in the most part remain after sections were restored. Attached to the famous 17th century "gold" church of Santo António there is a small museum of regional items, some of which are quite odd! There are several interesting statues erected to the famous figures of the past that are associated with the history of this town. None more controversial that the sculpture of Dom Sebastião standing in the main square in front of the Town Hall. The town’s more recently constructed Marina presents a lovely picture and this harbor is the first sight a visitor has of Lagos. Besides the boats that find it convenient as a permanent mooring it is usually full of yachts passing through, to and from the Mediterranean. The municipal council has constructed a modern Cultural Centre in which various exhibitions and culturally related events are held during the year. In the Marina different boat tours and deep sea-fishing outings can be booked. The beautiful city centre with it`s typicas small restaurants and shops offers a wonderful atmosphere.



 


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