Ola dear readers, how is the sightuation? Yes flat joke alert, but there is a passable reason for this:
Our brand new article about the Lagos attractions and sightseeing.
The lively town on the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast, was the fifth stop on our Portugal summer road trip from Lisbon to Faro.
To get in the mood, you may also like to take another look at one or the other opening article.
How about, for example, a well-dosed pinch of Lisbon? Or may it be a bit of the sensational Sintra? A good portion of Sagres also sometimes works wonders.
Well, maybe we focus more on the here & now and start directly with our impressions from the beautiful Lagos.
Lagos and the slave trade
The modern Lagos shows a wonderfully comfortable side. It is certainly not difficult to feel directly at ease and to let light, pleasant thoughts unfold and be inspired.
But before we get involved with the beauties of the present, let’s take a quick look back at the history of Lagos.
The city, which has its roots far back in Roman times, can boast an impressive history.
Especially as a starting point for African expeditions and also as a central place of the slave trade, the city gained importance centuries ago.
The building, which once served as a slave market, is still one of Lagos attractions in the city center.
As one or the other probably knows, there is a second Lagos, which is even bigger.
The Nigerian capital and namesake is with about 18 million inhabitants even the second largest city in Africa. Meanwhile, it was named directly after its Portuguese role model. It was also the central anchor point of the African slave trade with Portugal.
Furthermore, the Portuguese Lagos has always been the starting point of many African expeditions and important naval base, as well as fortified city over the centuries. The navigator Gil Eanes sailed from here to the Cape Bojador in northwestern Africa, which was considered the former border of the known world.
Even Christopher Columbus once graced Lagos.
A bit involuntary as part of a rescue operation in a raid by pirates, but still…
Back to the here & now. Lagos itself fascinates with a very pleasant style characterized by… I call it…hmmmm…. antique romance.
The brightly painted houses typical for southern cities, which are placed along narrow lanes through the old town, can also be found in Lagos. Small cafes, pubs and all sorts of colorful shops enchant with their pretty presence. Easily you find yourself glancing over the many happenings in this small place, not to miss anything.
Furthermore, one of Lagos attractions is the central square in the old town, the Praça da República.
A church, the so-called Igreja do Santo António, the Governor’s Palace and the big fort complete the enchanting picture of the old town of Lagos.
The beaches of Lagos
As beautiful and inviting as the old town of Lagos may be, the actual highlights of Lagos attractions are the beaches.
Above all, the Meia Praia, the large sandy beach of Lagos is the declared main destination for many tourists. But also the big surfing community, which appreciates the Algarve because of its high waves, is here a regular guest.
Dream beaches in the region around Lagos are certainly not too few.
The offer includes
- Praia do Alvor,
- Meia Praia,
- Praia da Luz,
- Praia do Porto de Mòs,
- Praia do Burgau,
- Praia Dona Ana,
- Praia Da Batata and
- Praia Do Canavial.
The beaches are well known for the fine white sand, crystal-clear, blue water, as well as the embedding in a rocky landscape, which give the overall picture the very special Algarve appearance.
I would also like to recommend the so-called Ponta da Piedade to you. This is a rock formation consisting of rugged cliffs with a multitude of turns, vaults, caves and grottos. These are also quite easy to reach.
Great photo opportunities are almost guaranteed there. A beautiful play of colors from the different sand and brown tones of the cliff with the strong blue of the Atlantic gives spectacular pictures.
The beach Meia Praia
Just by its length of almost 3 km (1.86 miles), the Meia Praia is the most important beach in the region around Lagos.
Due to its spaciousness, there is no crowding or the feeling of being in a sardine can even in summer times.
Incidentally, many first-time visitors are surprised by the comparatively low water temperature.
This is because the same does not feed from the Mediterranean, but comes directly from the cool Atlantic ocean.
It is pleasant that sufficient parking facilities are available and the background is not obstructed by ugly skyscrapers.
By the way, the Meia Praia is also ideal for kayaking or boat tours.
A great overview of the different activities can be found here at Viator.
Lagos is an ideal central point of contact in southern Portugal due to the close proximity to the wonderful beaches in the Algarve, as well as to Sagres, the westernmost point of Europe. Tourists appreciate the pleasant mix of nostalgic old town and beach holiday.
Especially Lagos is recommended to all surfing enthusiasts.
These also form one of the main visitor groups here, mostly even independent of the season.
Lagos is best visited either in the main season from June to August with temperatures around 25° and almost no precipitation or in the low season March to May and September to October with temperatures around 20°, but already noticeably cheaper prices locally.
Sunny, friendly days are almost guaranteed during this time. Another advantage is that you do not risk having to share the beautiful beaches with many other tourists.
That’s it with our impressions of Lagos attractions. Now get off to the plane and discover Lagos with your own eyes.
Anyway, have fun with any Algarve tour that you plan, you will love it. We take you next time to Albufeira, the 5th stop of our Portugal Road Trip. Find as usual all our impressions from Lagos in our gallery.
Your favorite Lagos-thenian Hendrik
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