The city of Lagos

This beautiful historic city is today one of the most important sights of the Algarve.
A visit to the historic part of the city should be made on foot to enjoy the monuments and natural views, as well as excellent restaurants, bars, cafes and local shops. Every step we realize that the historical features predominate in this city, which once characterized as a fishing village, it was one of the most important points of the Portuguese Discoveries.
Today, Lagos, is a obligatory visit tourist place, not only for its magnificent beaches such as Dona Ana Beach, considered by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller magazine as the best beach in the world, Praia do Camilo and Meia Praia, but also culture, and historical areas such as the Slave Market the first of its kind in Europe





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Religious architecture

Church of Santo António

 
Captivating by its gilded woodwork of the eighteenth century this church is one of the most beautiful in the country, making it a fantastic example of Portuguese Baroque. Inside the ornamentation contrasts with the simplicity.

Church of São Sebastião

Originally a chapel of the fourteenth century, was transformed into a church dedicated to San Sebastian in 1463. Contains a large statue of Nossa Senhora da Gloria dating from the eighteenth century coming from Brazil and a crucifix of the sixteenth century, which have been used in the famous battle of Alcácer-Quibir. From the top we obtain fabulous views over Lagos and the sea.
Historic sites and museums

Walls
The walls of Carthaginian or Roman origin were expanded by the Arabs and later in the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries to follow the growth of the city . The walls offer beautiful panoramic views of the hills and the bay of Lagos .

Castle of Governors
This castle was rebuilt on the site of an ancient Arab castle in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries , having become the residence of the governors of the Algarve . Partly destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 , contains a fine specimen of a Manueline window , which King D. Sebastião have given their prayers before is trip to Africa.

Slave Market
The slaves captured and brought from the coast of Africa in 1444 were sold in what is believed to be the first slave market in Europe.

Dr. Jose Formosinho Municipal Museum
Situated next to São Sebastião Church , this museum contains a unique collection of religious art , archaeological remains and paintings, along with sections devoted to the history of Lagos , the Algarve ethnography and mineralogy. The entrance ticket to the museum includes access to the church .
The beaches

Lagos is nearby some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and also one that was considered by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller, the most beautiful beach in the world, the Dona Ana beach. This beach is 25 minutes walk from the center the village.
We also find the beach and Camilo, with his rock and marine blue waters, Meia Praia beach well known for its sandy beach or Porto de Mós with its white sand and warm among other beautiful beaches.
Entertain

If there is a propitious place for fun, this place is the Algarve! Amusement parks, water parks, animal parks, bike rides, radical activities.
Amusement spread across Algarve, provide tours and family fun. The little ones will love and adults will have fun.
In Vilabranca we can advise and inform our customers about the kinds of fun in the Algarve that best suit you.
What to Eat

The Algarve is known not only for the beach, the golf but also for its amazing food. For its tradition and location,  the Algarve people are accustomed to  a rich diet with wonderful fish and seafood of the coast.

Do not forget to taste the baked fish, fresh seafood, the incomparable casseroles, rice with clams, seafood rice, clams to Bolhão Pato and of course the famous cuttlefish roe.

And of course do not forget to try the traditional sweets of the Algarve as the Don Rodrigo, the three delights of the Algarve, carob pie, among other wonders that will sweeten your mouth.
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