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Lagos
Lagos is a Portuguese town in the District of Faro, Algarve region and sub-region. The city itself has a population of approximately 22,000 people.

It is located in the Barlavento, the western part of the Algarve.

It is a historical city (Portuguese Discoveries) and tourist (beaches and nightlife). The majority of the population resides in the outskirts of the city, seeking to enjoy beautiful landscapes to the sea or the Serra de Monchique; and works, for the most part, in the tourist industry. The interior of the city is old and almost pedestrian, offering tourists the delights of good restaurants, bars, cafes and, to the inhabitants, the most diverse commercial possibilities.

It is one of the most visited cities in the Algarve due to its beauty, the large number of beaches, bars, hotels and restaurants that it has.
Tourism
To know the Municipality of Lagos

Odiáxere
Picturesque village, white houses. Nearby, good views over the bay of Lagos.

Mother Church
Rebuilt in the 19th century. XVIII, with a Manueline portal, of exuberant decoration, in red sandstone of Silves (16th century). Simple interior.

Bravura Dam
The surprise of a lake among vast horizons of mountains. Space of tranquility and contact with nature.

Bensafrim
Typical village surrounded by mountains, with views over the sea. Mother church with some images of value.
Nearby, the necropolis of the Old Fountain, of the Iron Age, with later use of Roman times. In place of Court of Bishop, vestiges of Roman ruins.

"Light"
Fishing port sheltered by cliffs which, although today is a tourist center, retains its traditional character.

Mother Church
Medieval origin. Main chapel with gothic vault and triumphal arch.
Baroque altarpiece of the main altar in gilded carving (18th century).

Roman ruins
Ruins of important Roman "villa" with mosaics, swimming pools.
Small aqueduct to channel water from Quinta da Luz.
Next to the beach, tanks for salting fish, probably of Carthaginian origin, used by the Romans. Overlooking the beach, the old fort of Nossa Senhora da Luz (17th century), now adapted to a restaurant.
Nearby, in Cerro de Lorvão, a Roman necropolis. Mirador da Atalaia (108 meters), which offers wide panoramas on the coast.

Ponta da Piedade
Large rock formation excavated by the sea.
The rocks of fanciful shapes contrast their strong colors - yellow, ocher, red - with the transparent blue of the sea.
Boat access to numerous caves and marine caves of great beauty. The lighthouse is located near the site of ancient defense fortress of the coast.

Barão de São João
Population near the forest perimeter with several species of trees. Wide shadows. Quiet atmosphere.

The Pleasure of the Sun and the Sea
Do you like long beaches, where the sand and the sea define the horizon?
Do you prefer tiny sands between colorful, isolated rocks of the world?
Make your choice among the beautiful beaches of Lagos.

Meia Praia (or São Roque)
Extensive areal of 4 kilometers of length, equipped with equipment for practice of nautical sports.
On the long sandy beach of Alvor, the Forte de Meia Praia, which ensured the defense of Lagos Bay (17th / 18th century).
Historians say that it was in front of these beaches that in 1522 they wrecked the galleons carrying the treasure of Moctezuma, an Aztec emperor captured by the soldiers of Herman Cortez.
 
"Potato, Students, Men, Pinhão, Dona Ana and Camilo"
Sand mounds nestled among brightly colored cliffs. Interesting rock formations. Clear and calm waters. In the opinion of many, the most enchanting beaches of the Algarve.

"Canavial and Porto de Mós"
Extensive sandstones between cliffs. Tourist equipment.
 
"Luz"
Tourist center with cosmopolitan life. Broad areal.
 
"Golf and Sea for Sportsmen"
Fields overlooking the sea and the mountains attract golf enthusiasts. Sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and parasailing are some of the water sports available in Lagos. The coast from Lagos to Luz, interspersed with innumerable cave grottos, is extremely interesting for underwater observation.

"The Art of the People"
The traditional arts remain alive in ceramics that, using old forms, introduces new decorations and creates figures linked to contemporary life. But also in the production of pieces in hammered copper, according to a technique that has possible Arab origin.
Modern handicrafts are represented in Lagos by printed fabrics, leather objects, bamboo pieces and pictures with dried flowers.
Gastronomy
In Lagos, the pleasure of the table knows the sea. Because it is from the sea that come its delicious soups of langueirão, conquilha and fish, the fragrant açorda accompanied with mussels, cockles, clams and shellfish, and the main dishes that delight those who like fish and seafood. The spiced carpaccio, stew of monkfish or tuna steak and tuna steak are joined by the always appetizing clams on the cataplana, the shellfish feijoada so typical of the fishermen and the full squid, stuffed with ham and chorizo ​​and many condiments.

Whoever eats well does not forget that Lagos produces white wines, half dry, and a full-bodied red that speaks of grapes and sun.

In the past, Lagos has a tradition that dates back to the times when the nuns of the Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo created the recipe for the gift-rodrigos, resplendent to cinnamon. Filled with figs and almonds, full figs and honey cakes are a good way to finish the meal, accompanied by a sweet liqueur wine with the locally sourced muscatel grapes.
Weather
The climate that can be found in Lagos is the typical climate of the Algarve. An Atlantic climate, Oceanic, but also Mediterranean.
We are in a region of warm summers, without extreme temperatures, as well as the humid climate.

The summers in the Algarve can be hot and dry, however, there are no extreme temperatures and winters are usually mild and humid.
The rainy season is November and December and the coldest, January and February, while the hottest months are summer, especially June and July.
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