brings you everything you need to know about 2018 holidays in Lagos, Portugal.
Useful Algarve information, beaches, accommodation, map, restaurants, bars, things to do and in fact, all things Lagos is a fantastic town in the western Algarve that can certainly be enjoyed by all age groups.
There are lots of mini-mercados dotted around and they stock a very wide range of products, fresh breads, meats, milk etc, just the same as the large supermarkets, and for the vegetarians - a lot now stock some soya and tofu products.
There is a local Lagos market on Saturday mornings in a building near the bus station (opposite the marina footbridge) - it has all the fresh fruits and vegetables, olives, honey, figs, almonds and much more.
The older part of Lagos is still circled by the city walls that were constructed during the 16th century when it was the residence of the governors of the Algarve and the fort, Ponta da Bandeira, by Batata beach is part of the 17th century fortifications that were added to protect the town.
Behind it (on the opposite side of the road) is the Porta de São Gonçalo (St.
On the opposite side to the churches is the 'Slave Market' from the 15th century, where slaves brought back from the discovery voyages were sold. Sebastian, dating from 14th to 16th century, which is on a hill just behind the fish market with fantastic views over Lagos bay.
Lagos is certainly full of history, but it is also a vibrant town with lots going on - the next square along, in the middle of town, is Praça de Gil Eanes and this is often the setting for evening entertainment throughout the year - a comical unicyclist, live music or a medieval fair are just some of the events we have enjoyed.
While we are on the subject of supermarkets - Lagos is very well provided for - check our Useful Information for location and opening hours of the main supermarkets.
If you ask for directions in Lagos you will almost certainly be directed by way of the various roundabouts!
The first one at the entrance to Lagos is very obviously the 'Ship' roundabout (the tourist office is nearby).
Lagos train station is behind the marina and the road that runs past the station takes you to the beginning of Meia Praia beach - a 4km stretch of golden sand with several beach bars along it's length (some of which stay open all year round).
On the right hand side, just over the marina bridge, is the dock area for the fishing boats and several places selling the freshly caught fish (some also have small restaurants upstairs).
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To explore a little further, carry on along the Avenida dos Descobrimentos (avenue of the Discoveries) which runs along the water front and you will come to the very modern, Lagos Marina.