Lagos is the perfect place to get in touch with the ancient stories of buccaneers and pirates. The Fort of Ponta da Bandeira, the church of Santo Antonio with its golden carving and tiles, the Castle of the Governors or the first slave market in Europe are some of the must-see stops in Lagos. Lagos was the shipyard, warehouse, barracks and starting point for the expeditions undertaken by the then largest navy in Europe. Portugal had succeeded in turning to the sea, until the Lisbon earthquake devastated its effigy, inspiring sad fados.
The reconstruction work, fortunately, was carried out at a time when the taste for tradition had not yet been forgotten: The merchants rebuilt their palaces and the slave market, warehouses and palaces such as those that can be admired around Praça Luis de Camoes, and the Rua do 25 de Abril was filled, as before the earthquake, with spices, fabrics, ebony and ivory.
This golden crown of the Algarve also attracts visitors in love with its crystal clear waters, ideal for diving, and the climate, warm even in winter. We recommend you to visit: Camilo and Dona Ana beaches, two beautiful coves surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Where the water has made its way through the soft rock, creating islets, grottoes, natural arches and coves that can only be reached by boat.