Airport 90 km (Faro), Beach 3 km, Shopping 500 m, Cafe 200 m, Restaurant 200 m, Golf 500 m, Lagos (centre) 3 km
Although the earthquake of 1755 caused great damage, the streets and squares of Lagos have retained much of the charm of a city hundreds of years old.
On the site of the old mediaeval town - area defined by the city walls and two streets (Rua de São Gonçalo and Rua 5 de Outubro) - the houses preserve much of its former character in the stonework around their windows and doors, in their wrought iron balconies, in the cool, shady areas created by the narrow streets, and in the patios where flowers, fig trees and vines are to be found growing.
The part of the city that grew up as a result of expansion between the 15th and 16th centuries has its heart in Praça Gil Eanes and in the meandering streets where tiles in the "art nouveau" style are to be found in grand houses with impressive façades and white walls broken only by the windows stonework. In Gil Eanes Square, we can admire a marble statue made by the portuguese sculptor Cutileiro, has an homage to King Sebastião (1557-1578).
From Avenida dos Descobrimentos, on the other hand, it is possible to realize the profile of the city, to look out seawards to the far horizon, to watch the bustle of fishing boats and the shimmering masts of yachts mirrored in the still waters of the marina.
Lagos is an increasingly popular holiday destination for all age groups, due mainly to the fact that there is something for everyone, all year round. Lagos is the third largest town in the Algarve, which is a geographical region situated in the far south of Portugal. The town is spread around the river and marina, and is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside which looks back inland towards the Monchique Mountains.
Lagos is famous for its many beautiful beaches, golf courses, fine restaurants and of course, its wonderful coastline! Lagos is an interesting town with a maze of winding cobbled streets full of pavement restaurants, café bars, antique and art shops; it is a town of culture and history. This old fishing village manages to combine the charm of its past days, with all the demands of a modern holiday destination, and the modern marina in the town provides an entrance to one of the most popular destinations on the Algarve.
For sporting enthusiasts there are 3 excellent golf courses just outside of the town (Parque de Floresta, Bela Vista & Palmares) and the Praia da Luz Sea Sports Centre offers scuba diving, sailing, fishing and snorkelling, There is also tennis and bowling, squash, swimming and a gym. Riding is available nearby at the Quinta do Paraiso Alto Riding Centre.
Nightlife is lively too in Lagos. There are numerous wonderful restaurants, many with outdoor tables set around the old streets and main square. Fresh fish and good, local wine are enjoyable, with fish being eaten just hours after being caught. After eating, a range of bars and discos are available to drink and dance the night away, if you so choose. Just wandering about and soaking up the atmosphere is an experience in itself and traditional Portuguese nights out, with dining, dance and entertainment can be found in many places.