Visiting the region of Lagos in the south of Portugal is more than about letting yourself get intoxicated by the best of the Algarve. This region offers much more than just a handful of beaches, sceneries, hospitable people, activities and stories. Lagos is a place that can be called home and welcomes, in a genuine and warm way, all those who choose to visit it.
Much can be said about its extensive beaches and clear and resplendent sand. A destination hailed by lovers of summer pleasures, this is one of those places most loved by swimmers, this city received an Honourable Mention in the Competition of Good Practices, carried out by the Blue Flag Association of Europe. The reasons for this distinction award can easily be seen and can be emphasised with a simple glance. From the infinite expanses where the fine softness of the sand is caressed by the waves, to the mysterious and dreamlike beaches that reconditioningly bridge its coastline, there is no shortage of options. It can also be said that all these offers are beautiful, warm and inviting during almost every season of the year.
The idea of plunging into the translucent waters and gleaming under the sunshine for most of the year will certainly seem unrealistic in the eyes of many people - mainly foreigners - who do not know the region's magnificent climate. But the truth is that in the area of Lagos, which has a true microclimate and Mediterranean flair, the sun will smile for more than 300 days a year.
Beaches such as Meia Praia, São Roque and Dona Ana are good examples of places to visit. If you choose to smile with the sun, you can let him kiss your skin and leave a tan that gleams of happiness. You will see that the teluric invitation of Lagos is pure and real, like the people and the traditions that you will find in the streets, in a sense of hospitality that never fails and never fades.
The people of Lagos are therefore part of their cultural identity. Making the city their home and keeping the Portuguese traditions close to their chest, the people of this region stand out for the way they carry the faiths, habits and desires of the ancestors, focusing all their attention on the art of hospitality.
In Portugal (and Lagos is no exception) hospitality means many things. Here, you will be welcomed with courtesy, with sympathy, with camaraderie. There will always be a place for you at the table. At the table, because the tradition obliges you to do so, you will not miss the best snacks in the area. Lagos is, therefore, a place where gastronomy also shines. Directly from the sea, the sea bass, the shellfish and the concha will be passed to your plate, made with mastery and bringing pure, velvety flavours, full of refinement and generosity. You can sprinkle your meals with the best Portuguese wines and end them with the sweetness of Dom Rodrigo, the traditional sweet from this region.
But do not be afraid to put on a few extra pounds in Lagos! This city - as good as it is to visit - will allow you to do various activities that will undoubtedly help keep the body in shape.
With the best golf course in Portugal - a title received by Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort in the Publituris Portugal Travel Awards 2017; and being one of the 20 best surfing cities in the world according to National Geographic, Lagos is undoubtedly a city for those who enjoy exercising. In addition to these activities, and taking advantage of the immense and beautiful ocean, you will also have the opportunity to explore activities such as diving, sailing or bodyboarding.
Whether you are taking a few days holiday or establishing your residence here, the truth is that in Lagos there's always something to do. If sports activities do not appeal to your senses, you can always explore the local heritage through such symbolic places as the Escravos Market, Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church or the old Villa Romana.
Besides these sites, the culture remains and is renewed in the regional museums, which are worth a visit. In this region, the Wax Museum and the Municipal Museum Dr. José Formosinho are a must see. Lovers of the scientific world can not afford to miss the Living Science Centre and its regular activities.
When the night falls in this city, the fun will wake up. From the bars, where you can listen and watch live bands; to outdoor cultural activities, travellers and residents will have plenty of options.
To help you make Lagos your home, with the best service and honouring the local hospitable tradition, there is no company better than Engel & Volkers in Lagos. Based on its knowledge of the region and the property market, the company will devote its time to show you the best options for residence and investment in the region of Lagos.