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Guide to Lagos Self Catering Holidays

Lagos is one of the oldest and most delightful towns in the Algarve. Originally the capital, it has a rich past connected with the Age of Discovery. Vasco da Gama set sail from here in 1499, and the town has strong links with Prince Henry the Navigator. The walls of the old town still stand and the centre is sprinkled with interesting statues. A 17th century gilded church and a small museum will suit those in search of a little culture.

Lagos also has a less illustrious past – one building here was the first place in Europe to sell African slaves. Nowadays Lagos is a popular resort for those seeking a villa holiday in the sun. The town has a working harbour where brightly coloured fishing boats catch the fresh fish found in the many fine fish restaurants. Winding cobbled streets of the old town are full of café bars, antique shops and art galleries. Take a break at a café and try a ‘bica’ (strong coffee) and watch the street entertainers, or stroll along the marina to see the fashionable set.

At night the town buzzes with friendly nightlife. Cocktails have become a specialty and there are countless bars to sample one in. Shopping is a pleasure, and there are many boutiques to choose from, selling wickerwork, jewellery, copperward and leather goods which make favourite souvenirs. Lagos is also the major market centre of the region.

Nearby beaches have good facilities and water sports. Choose from sailing, wind-surfing, fishing, para-sailing, microlight flying or scuba diving. World class golf courses are close by, and the town is surrounded by picturesque countryside.
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