Lagos is one of the most popular towns in the Algarve. With its famous rock formations (Ponta da Piedade), city beaches, lively wine with bars, restaurants and hotels, Lagos is a great place to live and visit.
Within walking distances of some superb beaches and offering a lively nightlife, the town is also an interesting historical center.
It was a favored residence of Henry the Navigator, who used Lagos as a base for the new African trade. Europe’s first slave market was built here in 1441 in the arches of the Customs House which still stands in the Praça da República near the waterfront.
Dom Sebastiao is said to have roused his troops before the ill-fated Moroccan expedition of 1578 (he was to perish at Alcacer-Quibir with almost the entire Portuguese nobility).
He is commemorated in the center of Lagos by a fantastically dreadful statue. On the waterfront and to the rear of the town are the remains of Lagos’ once impregnable fortifications, devastated by the Great Earthquake.