Information & Facts
In Lagos, there is little need to do anything more to enjoy your
holiday other than sprawl on the sandy beach with an occasional dip
in the ocean, but those who need more activity can choose between
dozens of pursuits like sailing, wind-surfing, fishing,
para-sailing, microlight flights and scuba diving. Golf is a major
attraction here as it is throughout the Algarve, with the Palmares
and Alto courses nearby, offering a round with sea views. There is
also the challenge of the Penina Championship Course, site of many
a Portuguese Open. Those who hire a car will be well-rewarded in
exploring the adjacent coastline and seeking out unspoilt villages
and beaches. There are also a few sightseeing opportunities in the
town, including an interesting museum.
Portuguese is the official language, but English is
widely spoken and understood.
Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official
currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There
are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main
cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged
at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange
machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to
Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers
There is not a lot for children to do in Lagos but there is a
zoo and an excellent water park not too far away.
The centre of Lagos comes alive in the evenings with buskers and
street entertainers, and the nightlife in Lagos can compete with
any holiday resort in the Algarve, with several energetic dance
clubs and character-filled bars strewn through the main part of
town. Of the bars most popular are Bar Amuras at the marina, the
Red Eye Bar on the Rue Candido dos Reis, and Zanzibar on the Rua 25
de Abril. Most have music, darts, pool tables and Sky TV sports
channels, and stay open late until 2 or 4am.
Eating out is part of the pleasure of a holiday on the Algarve,
and Lagos offers the best of the best choices of establishments in
which to indulge. Seafood lovers will be ecstatic, but no one, even
vegetarians, will be disappointed or go hungry. A good choice at
the marina is the Do Cais Bistro, which serves waterfront
breakfasts, lunches and dinners seven days a week. For creative
international cuisine in the town centre (including vegetarian
dishes) Duquesa Restaurante is hard to beat. Truly gourmet local
specialities like pork chops with figs, savoury shrimp and
succulent shellfish, are enjoyed at the Don Sebastiao tavern in the
old town pedestrian area. This restaurant also has the best wine
cellar in town.
Besides an ongoing flea market that sprawls through the streets,
Lagos boasts numerous fascinating shops and boutiques, especially
in the pedestrianised old city. Browsing is as pleasurable as
buying in the well-stocked shops that are bristling with attractive
local wares, from wickerwork to filigree jewellery, copperware and
leather goods to wine and pastries.
Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to
Saturday before last Sunday in October).