The third tourist spot that we present to you in this rubric is also one of the Algarve’s most sought after beaches for its golden sand and crystal clear waters, the scenic beauty of its bay and its architectural legacy: the county of Lagos.
The origin of Lagos appears associated to the small waterways, with springs in the Espinhaço de Cão, that here formed lagoons delimited by sand dunes. They were anchorages rich in fish and bivalves. Soon it became a place of pleasure to several peoples that made it an important commercial warehouse.
Lagos is located less than three hours drive from Parque das Nações, in Lisbon, where Benerent is located, your rent-a-car service. You can check the trip to Lagos as well as its location.
Closed in its walls, Lagos is one of the most welcoming shelters of the Portuguese coast. The walls, considered as a national monument, built in the reigns of D. Manuel I, D. João II and D. Filipe I, completely surrounded the city to defend it from piracy and hostile fleets.
Located in Ponta da Calheta, the fortress of Nossa Senhora da Luz is one of the best examples of military architecture in the 17th century in the Algarve. With an unknown date of construction, this monument is a model applied to many other fortifications that testify the concern of the authorities in defending the coastal territory.
Besides these two types of historical patrimony existing in the county of Lagos (there are many more), there is still an immense archaeological heritage to be visited.
The Roman Ruins of Luz are one such example. Discovered at the end of the 19th century, it was conceived that there existed the following buildings: a Roman bathhouse with several dependencies and with pavement of mosaics and an industrial complex consisting of fish salting tanks.
To speak of archeology in Lagos is also to speak of the Sítio Arqueológico do Molião. It is a fortified settlement, located on a prominent hill, dominating the estuary of the Ribeira de Bensafrim. This occupation has often been identified with Lacobriga, an important settlement mentioned by the geographers of antiquity.
There are some events that you can not miss when you visit the county of Lagos.
Of all of them we highlight the Feira Concurso Arte Doce. Held annually on the last weekend of July, this event makes Lagos the artistic capital of Algarve sweets. Besides the sweets, this event also presents the traditional handicrafts of the county of Lagos.
Going on vacation is not just synonymous of rest. Many of the people who are enjoying a vacation also like to do activities, with family, friends or soul mate. The county of Lagos has examples of everything.
If you go with your soul mate to the county of Lagos, we will give you some good advice: boat trips. This type of activity, then by exclusivity, is an ideal thing to do for two. Then, the fact of knowing the caves that surround the beaches of the county of Lagos makes the climate even more romantic (the image proves).
If you want something calmer and to discover with friends, there is nothing better than to take a pedestrian walk through the Mata Nacional de Barão de São João. It is the great attraction of this region, being a natural protected area, that contains species of Mediterranean trees and a important reserve of game fauna.
If you go with your family, the obligatory crossing point of your trip has to be the Zoological Park of Lagos. On a trip to discover wildlife, in addition to the more exotic specimens, will also rediscover endemic species of the region. You will also have the opportunity to get to know the most inland and rural area of the county of Lagos – Barão.
Whenever we go to a new place, we always want to taste the best delicacies in this region. Lagos does not escape the rule and has its own gastronomy. Attention to sugar!
Lagos stands out for its sweets and there is even a festival dedicated to sweets (Arte Doce that we have already mentioned). The ex libris of sweets is Dom Rodrigo. Originally from Lagos, it is made from egg yarns, enriched with cinnamon and almonds, and then wrapped in silver paper of various colors.
Another of the most recognized and sought after sweet dishes of the gastronomy of Lagos are the ‘doce fino’ cakes. These are traditional cookies made from almonds, which will be difficult to say no. Now look at the image of this magnificent candy.
Belonging Lagos to the Algarve, it’s obvious that in its county a wide range of beaches at your disposal.
The first beach we highlight is Praia do Camilo, a small beach between cliffs, with interesting rock formations and whose shape resembles a shell. Its waters are clear and calm, it’s a well-kept beach with good bathing conditions. Access to the beach is made by a long and renovated staircase.
We also advise you to sunbathe at Praia de Dona Ana. Set among rocky cliffs, this beach of clean sand and water of blue and green hues, it has a beautiful landscape. Access to the beach, like Praia do Camilo, is done through a staircase.
If you asked us to choose a place in the county of Lagos where you should spend a few days vacation, we would advise the parish of Luz.
The parish of Luz is located at the southwest end of the county of Lagos and is also called Nossa Senhora da Luz or Praia da Luz.
There is a lot of accommodation in this parish where you can stay. There are also some supermarkets to do your shopping.
In addition to the Roman ruins of Luz and the Fortress of Luz, which we have already mentioned, the parish of Luz presents a beach in its territory that receives immense tourists every year: Praia da Luz. It’s a beach that is divided into two parts , one with fine white sand, characteristic of the region, and the other with rocks, also offering an exotic environment provided by the palm trees that remember other tropical stops. The water is clean and transparent.
- Lacóbriga – Zawaia – Lagos: is the chronological order of names given to the territory of the county of Lagos;
- Gil Eanes was born in Lagos, a historic Portuguese navigator, who passed Cape Bojador.