A guide to Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

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A guide to Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

An ancient maritime town, Lagos is a city in the southern region of the Algarve with a population of around 14,675. The town and area has in the past been taken over by everyone from the Visigoths to the Romans, from the Moors to the Romans. Lagos, like many Portuguese coastal towns, based its economy around fishing, but since the early 60s Lagos has become a popular destination for tourists, with Lagos holidays being attractive due to the beautiful beaches and scenery and the pleasant climate. Cheap holidays to Lagos have become very popular in the last decade or so with tourists from all over Europe.

It is understandable that Lagos holidays gained popularity, as there is a lot to see and do in and around the area. For starters, there are nine beaches, from the sands and calm waters of Meia Praia to the coved seclusion of Praia do Camilo. Sun-seekers often look to the beaches when planning their trip, and there is an almost surfeit of beach options for those looking at Lagos holidays.

The town itself has some interesting things to see and do. There is an extensive range of bars and restaurants, all serving local cuisine such as dom rodrigos and morgados cookies. Lagos is home to the church of St Anthony, whose nave is gorgeously decorated. There is also the Museu Regional, which holds an interesting and eclectic collection including dinosaur teeth, Roman mosaics, Moorish oil lamps as well as a 16th century diptych showing Biblical scenes, such as the Annunciation. Finally, there is a large fort on the waterfront near the entrance to the harbour. The terrace inside offers spectacular views of the sea and over the town, and is well worth a visit.

Cheap holidays in Lagos offer extensive water sport and adventure opportunities for all ages. The aforementioned beaches offer much scope for water sports, with diving, surfing and sea kayaking among those on offer. There is also mountain biking, rock climbing, microlighting and kite surfing, so for those who are on a cheap holiday in Lagos and are not of the beach bum mentality, there is plenty to keep them entertained.

Lagos also has much to offer the shopper, as there is a vast range of things on sale, from pottery and ceramics to fashion and leather goods. Of course, the Algarve is also renowned for the quality of its golf, and there are courses in and around Lagos that offer the famous Algarve golf experience.

Lagos holidays need not be constricted to Lagos itself, and there are a lot of day trips that can get you out of the city and see some of the surrounding country. The Dolphin Seafaris Company undertake 7 trips a day out from the marina, and go in search of the sea life off the Algarve coast, including dolphins, whales, sharks and even orcas. Other boat trips offer other experiences, such as beach barbecues, grotto visits and fishing trips. Keeping on a watery theme, anyone on a cheap holiday in Lagos can take advantage of the two water parks nearby, the largest being Aqualand, and the other being Slide & Splash, both fun for all the family.

Another day trip offers a unique way of viewing the beautiful coastline of the Algarve. The Sidecar Experience offers the opportunity of travelling in a luxury two-seat sidecar to some of the most beautiful places in the Algarve and across south west Portugal, including Sagres, Barragam de Bravura, Caldas and Monchique.

In short, cheap holidays in Lagos are now very popular and very easy to find. As you can see from the brief summary above, the city and the surrounding area has much to offer anyone on a Lagos holiday, from the sandy beaches to the more adventurous trips out and water sport opportunities. All in all, there is something for all the family on a Lagos holiday, and this makes it an ideal summer destination.

Further Lagos Holidays Information

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Language school – Algarve – Centro de Lnguas de Lagos is a small language school which has been operating successfully for 20 years in western Algarve. The school offers a friendly atmosphere with qualified teachers at a reasonable rate. The website provides information on the courses available, fees, news and much more…   

The Institute of Maritime Research and Discovery – The Institute of Maritime Research and Discovery is a scientific/educational non-profit organization, founded to facilitate maritime and nautical studies by scholars and enthusiasts from a variety of disciplines. The site includes information on membership, galleries, field projects and much more…  

Holiday houses in Portugal – The site offers great holidays option for individual family holidays in private holiday houses, apartments, pool villas, hotels, guest houses. There are also information on holiday facilities in the resorts in the Algarve region, on the Portuguese west coast and in Andalucia, Spain. The site also provides details for surf courses and more…  

Surf information – Surfholidays.com was set up by surfers to offer you the best choice of accommodation and surf lessons in the best surf locations in Europe. Each destination offers a varied choice so that groups, couples, families or the solo traveller can all enjoy and experience a surf holiday.  

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