Holiday Rentals Lagos Guide – Everything about Lagos

Holiday Rentals Lagos Guide : It contains everything about Lagos and helpful info required for travelers who prefers to rent Self Catering Holiday Rentals in Lagos.

 

 

Index

  • Lagos Introduction
  • Background
    • Architecture
    • Culture
    • History
    • Neighborhoods
    • Tourist Board Info
    • Weather & When to Visit
  • Transportation
    • Arriving & Departing
    • Getting Around
    • Taxis & Rental Cars
  • For Foreign Visitors
    • Banks & Money
    • Emergencies

Introduction
Lagos in Algarve is one of the busiest and popular destination in the southwestern most region of Portugal. It is on the of the most favorite holiday destination of Europeans. Guests who are seeking the abundant sun, sand and want to surf – Lagos is the best destination for them. You’ll find there Sandy beaches with clear waters covered with steep cliffs making the views impressive and making one’s sight to keep looking at it forever and beyond. One of the best places to enjoy nature, night life and daylight trips.

 

Background

Architecture 


Eastern and Western cultures both are evident in Lagos. The area around Lagos was dominated by Moors following their conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the 9th and 10th centuries and  then its reconquered by Portugal in 13th Century. Lagos is on the far western edge of the Europe. You can still find the traces of earlier era of Roman architectures even from the 5th century. However, after the reconquest Lagos had seen a growth of new architectural structures using the Gothic and later Romanesque styles. Dom Sebastião statue and several other famous figure statues built through out the Lagos city and in 1570 it was declared as the capital of the kingdom Algarve. Many Christian churches are there in the city of Lagos mainly the Church of St. Anthony which was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. It still has the touch of pre-earthquake Medieval architecture just as the original building. The church of Santa Maria also worth visiting as it narrates the scary past of 15th century and is popular for is symmetrical facade and Doric columns.

History

Lagos has a rich history of more than 2000 years.  Henry the Navigator – an explorer, Lagos is known to be his home and later in the middle ages the site of several naval raids. Lagos was firstly occupied by the Romans and built an early settlement at Bensafirm River. You can still explore is findings around the bridge over Meia Praia. After Romans, Moors who dominated the the city during their conquest of Spain in 10th Century. In the Iberian Peninsula – the city was still a center of Christian faith. In 1174 AD the church of St. John the Baptist was built. In 13th century, the Christian knights re-conquered the Lagos City and Bay of Lagos became a staging point for the fleets that sailed to flights the moors at Cueta in North Africa. Land Grants in Lagos then given to Prince Henry the Navigator. You will find a city named Lagos in Nigeria as well which was named after Henry’s Portuguese Home.

Culture

You’ll explore the touch of Moorish occupation through out Portugal. Visit through any of the cities or towns , dinning at traditional restaurants or explore any of the tourist attractions in  Portugal you’ll considerably experience Moorish legacy and cannot help but marvel at it. You’ll wind the Moorish touch not only in physical monuments but in language and music as well. Moorish left their legacy which can be easily seen while you are eating Moorish inspired  covert or listening to melancholic sounds of Faso music. The Past of Moorish legacy is ever present in Portugal.

Neighborhoods

To reach Lagos from Faro Airport its around a less than hour travel in a taxi and about 90km distance. Multiple ways to reach out to Lagos from Faro airport:

  • Travel by regional Train from Faro to Lagos may costs you around 7,30€
  • Travel by Bus from Faro to Lagos may costs you around 5,90€
  • Travel by Taxi from Faro to Lagos may costs you around 87€ for a 4 seater Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m-9:00 p.m and over the weekends or holidays it may costs a bit more around 104€. Taxis may charge an extra 11.40€ for motorway tolls. So plan well on your budget.

Lagos Super Markets 

  • Pingo Doce : This market is on the other side of marina and in beginning of the Lagos right at the entrance.

    Opening hours
    winter: 8.30-20.30h
    Summer: 8.00 -21.00h

  • Pingo Doce (formerly Plus): This is above the bridge from the main Pingo Doce & straight across the roundabout through the traffic lights and comeback as you cant turn and it is on the left,but you’ll need to go to the next roundabout and come back as you cannot turn across the road.

    Opening hours
    winter:
     8.30h to 20.30h
    Summer: 8.00h to 21.00h.
    Sundays and holiday: 8.30 to 21.00

  • Lidl: Carry on from Pingo Doce (formerly Plus) to the next roundabout and it is on the right. Open every day  to 9pm including Sundays. Intermarché – up the hill from Lidl, straight across ‘The Chairs’ roundabout to the next roundabout, turn left and a short distance along turn right at the traffic lights and it is on your right.

    Open daily until 9pm.

  • Continente: from the Lidl go up to the ‘Chairs’ roundabout and turn right, follow the road and it is on the right. The store also includes Worten (white goods & electrical), Sportszone, a para farmacia and Mo clothing.

    Opening hours:  9.00h to 22.00h.
  • Aldi – is just before Modelo (right at the Chairs).

    Open daily until 21.00

  • SPAR – Rua Ponta da Trindade just before the campsite.


Tourist Board Info

Posto de Turismo de Lagos

Praça Gil Eanes

Tel. 351 282 763 031

Email: turismo.lagos@turismodoalgarve.pt

This is in the central square in Lagos and open from 09.30 to 18.00 daily but closed for lunch between 13.00 and 14.30

Weather & When to visit

The peak season for guests is from June until September. However, the Algarve is adored with a beautiful climate. It has hot summers and pleasant spring and autumns. Southern Portugal in the months of summer are defined by their hot dry weather having a temperature reach of 35C. If you are looking to book your holiday rentals in lagos during peak season. It is advisable to book your holiday rentals in advance, atleast 6 months ahead. Book your perfect Holiday Rentals in Lagos with Goholidaylets.

May to October, Lagos’s temperature is suitable to spend time on the beach. The Spring & Autumn are bright and sunnny, and the Algarve boasts over 3k hours of sun a year (compared to 1.4k hours for London, 1.8k for Paris or 2.15k hours for New York).

The weather can be unpredictable and play hide and seek with an equal number of good and bad weather days however winters are mild. During the winter season most of the restaurants & cafes will remain open during the winter season but the majority of tourists facilities close at the end of october and re-open for Easter.


Transportation

Arriving & Departing : The closest arrival point to the city of  Lagos by air is the Faro airport. It has many regularly scheduled direct flights from many major destinations of  Europe. By Car- its around 1 hours run and a bit more than that if you go via bus.

Outside the terminal building taxis arrival nearby the arrivals concourse. Better to check for the official cabs as there are many unofficial cars that will offer you a ride as well but may be at higher costs. As the prices varies from cab to cab it better to confirm the the price before hand before you go for a ride.

A pre-booked van transfer option is also there which  would be considerably less expensive as compared to a taxi. Its about 6 miles run from the Faro airport to the city. If you are independent traveler heading for Lagos via bus or train must first get from airport into the city.

Buses Faro to Lagos

To reach out to Lagos, you need to pick the bus from Faro’s city center bus terminal. Normally on weekdays, buses go seven times a day but twice only on holidays and Sundays. Its around 2hr and 20 min and in terms of distance its around 90km. This journey may costs you around 5.90 Euros if your preference is bus.

Travelers & guests do prefer taxi as well from the airport into the city. It will take around 10 minutes and costs about €10. If you prefer to go by Bus from the airport into the city that will cost 1.95€.

Trains Faro to Lagos
To reach Faro train station from Faro Airport you can get bus from the Faro airport and will cost you around 1.95€ or take a taxi for around 10€ .Journey via train will take around 1hr and 40 minutes. Trains run through out the day from Faro to Lagos at certain intervals. The train station in Lagos is just in the back of the marina and a short walk across the marina bridge to the Avenida dos Descobrimentos.

Rental Cars from Faro to Lagos

You can also hire or rent a car from the airport itself , that would be easy and quick too to save some time but it may a costs you like to travel from Faro to Lagos by Taxi: 87€ for a 4 seater Mon-Fri 6am-9pm (104€ outside this time and bank holidays); 112€ or 134€ for a 6 seater depending on time(*taxis may charge an extra 11.40€ for motorway tolls). Taxis include Auto Jardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Rentauto and Sixt. Service counters located in the arrivals area.

Getting Around

Its easy to drive in portugal and the scenic view pictured by towering cliffs of Algarve coastline gives a refreshing feel. However, if you are use to or not like winding roads you may find it a bit hair-raising.the locals tend to drive fast and taking in the sights while keeping an eye on the road be abit much at time. However, exporing the Algarve by car can be quite rewarding.
Its a two hour drive to the lisbon in the north. Reaching out to lisbon offers you histoic sights and views and take you through a ride of ancient rural villages. Its easy to to explore portugal by car with an exception of toll roads one needs to keep that in mind. The do take and accept credit cards adn cash payments as well. You’ll easily fuel up the car as you’ll find serveral area there and also able to fill up your stomach during the ride around the countryside.
In order to rent a car one must need to be atleast 21 years old and drivers under 25 might incur an additional driver surcharge. You need to have your driving license with you – it needs not to be international one but a valid one for atleast one year.
You can get a taxi arranged as well as its easily available there for most of the destinations. Hiring a taxi will make things much easier for you in reaching out the destinations on time rather than looking for roads. However make sure the prices with Taxi driver prior to starting your trip.
To know more about buses and trains schedules – check out this blog

For Foreign Visitors
 
Money Exchange: Euro is the currency of portugal. Easily you can buy or exchange currency at Cambios (Bureaux de Change or Change Shops) and even shops in the ALGARVE region. However, banks there no longer offer foreign exchange. In Larger towns of Algarve, At bureaux you will find the best rates and commissions normally. You may find worst exchange rates at airports and hotesl , so no recommended there until you have a must situation to exchange money.Its good to keep an eye out while doing the shopping and check for commission rates. At the change shops even you’ll not  find much variation as they are owned be the same company. The Cambios (Bureaux de Change or Change Shops) are open daily in the main tourism spots.
You may require your passport to exachange cash but you’ll require it for travellers cheques.Virtually it is now impossible to find anywhere that will change travellers cheques. Shops will not deal with them. Exchages rates obtained by exchanging currency are not good – be aware of it. There is always a fee associated with it and Cambios do not exchang emoney at the favorable commercial bank rates. Its recommended to use ATM/Cashpoint to obtain Euros from your local home bank accounts
Emergency No.’s
 
Dial 112 for Police, Ambulance and Fire from any phone (free)
GNR (Police): Tel. 282 762 809
PSP (Police): Tel. 282 762 930
Bombeiros (Firefighters): Tel. 282 770 790
Lagos District Hospital: Tel. 282 770 100
Private Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos: Tel. 282 760 181
Health Centre: Tel. 282 780 000
Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (Red Cross): Tel 282 760 611
Taxis – Cooperativa Lagos: Tel. 282 763 587
Tourist support services: Tel. 808 781 212
Note: Just remember, if you are calling from a foreign mobile phone in the Algarve, Portugal, you will need to dial 00351 as a local extension to numbers there.

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