If you’re are coming for a holiday in Lagos, you’ll quickly discover a town proud of its long and interesting history, packed with great restaurants, and encircled by some of the best coastline in the Algarve. The great Portuguese seafarers set sail from the port of Lagos to discover the coast of West Africa as early as the 14th century, but when you consider the quaint atmosphere of this lovely, walled town, it’s a surprise they ever left! You’ll feel the legacy of these great seafarers throughout the narrow cobbled streets, with statues of historical figures dotted here and there, and names of streets and squares set to commemorate their bravery.
Today this is a town where extreme sport kite shops site next door to tanks of live lobster outside the restaurants, forming enticing displays for the gastronomic traveller. Local artists show their work, while street performers come out to entertain the crowds alongside stalls selling supplies for the beach and postcards. You could literally spend hours walking throughout the compact town centre around the picturesque lanes, pausing for a beer or a coffee to people watch in sun dappled squares. Lagos is teeming with choices for gourmets, from local cuisine that’s naturally focused on the bounty of the sea, to international flavours to suit any palette or budget. Be sure to sample the fresh fish dishes, or local stews, for this is not simply a place that panders to foreign tourists, but Lagos is also a popular destination for northern Portuguese on their holidays.
Those looking to sun worship while on holiday in Lagos aren’t short of choice. Here at Beachcomber we have a large pool with plenty of sun-loungers on which to top up your tan. But we’re also so very near some of the best beaches in the area, set amongst some amazing coastline. There are picture postcard tiny coves and sea-worn pillars making for an easy, but impressive boat trip from the marina. Stretches of rock studded sand are tucked into the coastline around the old city. About 10 minutes walk from Beachcomber, Meia Praia is the longest beach in the area and offers a straight run of sandy beach nicely sheltered from the north breeze and with plenty of space for everyone to find that ideal sunbathing spot on the sand. Around Lagos there’s plenty of opportunity for sightseeing for history buffs, from the ancient slave market to the impressive moated fortress from the 17th century that sits atop the hill overlooking the magnificent harbour.