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It became part of the much larger coastal region of al-Gharb, which eventually became known as the algarve. It was also the gateway for the first African slaves into post-medieval Europe.

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To explore a little further, carry on along the Avenida dos Descobrimentos avenue of the Discoveries which runs along the water front and you will come to the very modern, Lagos Marina. The act of rounding the Cape, much like the later rounding of the Cape of Good Hopepermitted Eanes and the navigators that followed to advance into the African subcontinent.

Lisbon, began to prosper, with ships returning directly from the colonies of the Azores, Madeira and Brazil, while trading houses began to relocate to the capital. The demand for the indentured labour force was so high that, byprofit on Mauritanian slaves was percent.

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It became an early settlement of the Carthaginianswho recruited Celtic tribesmen in their war against the Romans the Punic Wars. One of them was the lateth-century Ponta da Bandeira Fort in Lagos, which was completed between and according to the stone inscription over the main door.

With the fall of Rome, the town of Lagos was occupied in the 6th century by the Visigoths from the Kingdom of Toledo and later by the Byzantines. King John I assembled his fleet in the harbour of Lagos, before setting sail for the siege and conquest of the city of Ceuta in Kingdom[ edit ] Even as King Afonso Henriques advanced to the south, the Christian Reconquista never made it into Algarve and Alentejo, and remained under Moorish control.

The first one at the entrance to Lagos is very obviously the 'Ship' roundabout the tourist office is nearby. To the left of the square at the back is Igreja da Santa Maria. There are so many little streets criss-crossing that it is quite easy to loose your bearings, but to be honest, as long as you head down hill you are sure to get back to the centre!

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There is another church, St. From this period on the King began self-styling himself as the "King of Portugal and the Algarve", stressing the fact that the Algarve which had for so long been ruled by the Moors as a foreign country had been annexed into the dominion of the Portuguese. If you decide to go, try and get there early and take 'small change' with you euros and 50 cents should do!

Thank you for visiting LagosUncovered. There are always touts from the different bars offering a free drink or 'shot' at 'their' bar, but it can be a useful way to find them as they are often tucked away down one of the many little side streets.

Although some walls from the 16th century still remain, as well as the governor's castlemany of the buildings are from the 17th century.

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The older part of Lagos is still circled by the city walls that were constructed during the 16th century when it was the residence of the governors of the Algarve and the fort, Ponta da Bandeira, by Batata beach is part of the 17th century fortifications that were added to protect the town.

It is full of historical interest with it's origins dating as far back as years BC when it was known as Lacobriga. The Moors arrived in the 8th century from North Africa, renaming the settlement Zawaia meaning lago, or lake. The 'Ball' roundabout a very large black ball is at the top of the hill at the far end of the Avenida dos Descobrimentos, past the fire station - on the way to Dona Ana, Ponta da Piedade and Porto de Mos.

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Sebastian, dating from 14th to 16th century, which is on a hill just behind the fish market with fantastic views over Lagos bay.

The top floor has a restaurant and a fantastic view across Lagos bay. Walk along the cobbled street at the back of the square just past Santa Maria church and you will come to the famous Lagos 'golden church' of St. There is a footbridge over the Bensafrim river to the marina which, on one of Lagos' windy days, can be a very blowy walk, but you do get a lovely view of the town and the 'boats' in the marina!

But, even as the wealth arrived in Lisbon and Lagos, the ostentation was widely on display in the royal residences. It's quite a small market, but very popular and cheap!

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Lagos train station is behind the marina Social dating sites in mumbai the road that runs past the station takes you to the beginning of Meia Praia beach - a 4km stretch of golden sand with several beach bars along it's length some of which stay open all year round.

Built init was colonial Europe's first slave market Lagos is an ancient maritime town with more than years of history. This was the first step in opening the Muslim world to medieval Europe, which in fact led to the Age of Discovery with Portuguese explorers sailing across the whole world.

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Two well-known naval battles took place off Lagos, reflecting its strategic location: When Portugal came under Spanish rule, the Portuguese coast became a target for the English fleet. Useful Algarve information, beaches, accommodation, map, restaurants, bars, things to do and in fact, all things Lagos Uncovered!

There are loads of bars that stay open until the early hours and in the summer time the centre of town is alive with people of all ages enjoying themselves. If Portugal are playing football, or there is a major competition on, the cafes will have the big screens up in the square and everyone joins in the excitement very good naturedly as well.