Lagos is one of the Algarve's most important historic points of interest which celebrated 450 years of history as a city. A fascinating city situated on the picturesque Western Algarve coastline. It is a city that boasts a rich seafaring heritage, pristine beaches and authentic Portuguese character.



Lagos is one of the Algarve's most important historic points of interest. Its 17th century marine fortress once played a vital role in securing the Algarve from invaders, while those climbing the 182 steps to the Ponta da Piedade will be rewarded with a breath-taking view of the bay that launched the Age of Discoveries. Many centuries ago, daring voyages to the farthest flung parts of the world would have set sail from here into uncharted seas.


The story of Lagos goes back even further and tells a tale of its unique connection to the sea. Its original name, Lacobriga, comes from its Celtic origins over 4000 years ago.These pioneers would be followed by the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians, but it would be the Romans that first inspired its growth and prosperity…

Roman arquological site in Lagos.


The city walls date back to this Roman period of expansion, until they were rebuilt by the Moors in the 10th century and the city named Zawaia. It remained as such until the town was conquered by the Christians in 1249 and became part of Portuguese territory again. The walls were reinforced during the 16th century between the reigns of D. Manuel and Filipe I, due the need to protect the growing city from attack, with nine towers and seven gates built to house artillery and the powerful Portuguese fleet.

Old walls of Lagos castle


This was a golden age for Lagos, as ships left Portugal to explore the Americas and Africa. Year after year, new lands were discovered, and trade routes introduced exotic products and spices throughout Europe. Ironically, while the earthquake and tsunami of 1755 ended its golden age, its rebuilding was also inspired by the ocean. A heritage of maritime traditions that live on to this day, generation after generation - a passion for the sea that will never leave these shores.

Lagos city.


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