of kilometres from Lagos, Dona Ana beach.
is without question the most interesting town on Portugal's Algarve
coast, offering not only great beaches nearby but also a real history
and a pretty town with varied and sophisticated bars and restaurants.
Lagos' convenient and well-protected river port was fought over by
Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Moors - who left their usual mark
in the shape of massive town walls. Later Lagos became a base for
the country's dramatic 'Age of Discoveries' naval world power era.
In 1444 Lagos was the site of the first sale of black slaves to Europeans
and soon developed into a major slave trading port, growing in power
and stature until the big quake of 1755 inflicted a crushing and permanent
defeat on their military pretensions and barbaric trade.
east of the town is the biggest beach in the area, Meia Praia, loaded
with everything a beach bum might need, while to the south are a cluster
of cute coves backed by ochre cliffs pocked with caves and grottos,
such as Dona Ana, pictured above..
The Algarve from east to west: Downside
| Tavira | Faro
| Albufeira | Portimao
west (Atlantic) coast beaches: Surfing
| Guincho | Ericeira
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