A coastline of turquoise water between giant rock arches, fortified cities with kilometers of walls, villages between the clouds, almost disconnected from the world. Palaces that go from extravagant, libraries and bookstores among the most beautiful on the planet and towns that seem taken from a story … These are precisely the reasons why Portugal should not go unnoticed in your travel plans.
Portugal is a destination that is not talked about so often but that knows how to reserve incredible places to dazzle us.
In the surroundings of the city of Lagos, on the coast of the southern region of the Algarve, the coast becomes rugged, with rocky walls eroded by the sea for thousands of years. The majestic result is obvious: between beaches and inlets of turquoise water, giant natural arches, cliffs, and even islands with steep walls follow one another.
Lagos is the name of this city that stands out for its rugged coastline and is located in the Faro district. With 19,000 inhabitants who take great pains not only to take care of its attractions but also to welcome the many visitors who choose their place to see its beautiful beaches and delve into the history that was lived here. As if all the locals don’t want to miss out on the ocean views, most live along the coastline and hardly anyone does in the inland region.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Lagos: not only its beaches with distinguished shapes that have been carved into the rocks, the caves in the water, the colors of its landscape, but also its offer of bars, restaurants and hotels are what make it one of the most visited cities in the Algarve and throughout Portugal. You should know that not everything is rest but that you will also have all the fun you want because its nightlife and parties are characterized by being very vibrant.
The culture of Lagos can only be marked by its close relationship with the sea and, likewise, its economy has always revolved around fishing. All aspects of this city conspire to be magnets for travelers: the good weather in the area makes it very friendly to spend hours at sea, and all the shapes and colors of the coast make it so picturesque that it is easy to leave. fly the imagination in the midst of such historical heritage.
Life in the Lagos Marina is hectic: 460 positions where ships anchor and always ready to receive the most important long-distance cruise ships from around the world. In this traditional city, the drawbridge breaks the scheme a bit with its modernity. As for indulging in gastronomic tastes, you will not be disappointed either, as the local specialties are the heirs of Don Rodrigo and cookies made from local products, such as almonds, figs and eggs.
Do not forget to enjoy walks around the city, dedicating your time to see the most emblematic buildings. For example, the Church of Santo Antonio from 1715 that stands out for its contrast between an austere exterior and its sumptuous interior decoration, with many details in gold. In addition, typically Portuguese, the blue and white tiles (from the 18th century) with gold trim add a touch of majesty to the building. Another prominent site that all travelers flock to is Fort Ponta da Bandeira on the seafront, very close to the entrance to the port.
A combination of nature, intriguing past, fine cuisine and friendly locals make Lagos an irresistible point to visit. Do you write it down on your list of favorite places?
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