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The city of Lagos is situated in the western part of the Algarve, the southern province of Portugal, also known as the Barlovento. The region’s capital, Faro, is approximately 80 kms away and connected to Lagos by the A22 motorway, better known locally as the Via do Infante. 

Lagos is an ancient maritime town with more than 2,000 years of history. The name Lagos is of Celtic origin and is derived from the word Lacobriga. Lagos first became a settlement of the Carthaginians, who recruited Celtic tribesmen in their war against the Romans (the Punic Wars). Later it became colonized by the Romans, becoming part of the Roman province Lusitania. Some Roman remains can still be found in Lagos and the surrounding countryside and Lacobriga was, even in those times, an important harbour. 

Lagos, was the port where the Portuguese explorers set out for their first voyages down the coast of Africa, and is still impressive with its magnificent fortress on the riverfront and medieval walls enveloping the old city and narrow streets. There's also plenty of culture to be found in Lagos' art galleries or open air concerts beneath the city walls. The church of Santo Antonio is lined with intricate wood carvings coated in gold leaf plundered from Brazil. On a darker note, a 15th-century building near the river is believed to be the site of Europe's first African slave market. 

Renowned for the historical legacy, left by Infante D. Henrique and his overseas discoveries, Lagos has an estimated population of 30,000 inhabitants. Built beside the Atlantic Ocean enjoying a beautiful natural landscape, Lagos has over the past decades been one of the top tourist destinations in Portugal, due to its diverse offerings from beaches to bars, restaurants and hotels. It is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife, especially during summer. 

Lagos' economy, like many coastal towns in Portugal, has always been closely linked to the sea, and fishing has been an important activity since very ancient times. Since 1960, the city has embraced tourism, which has become its most important economic activity. Lagos, with its ocean front offers beautiful beaches, mild climate, a scenic coastline, and historical heritage. The Marina de Lagos has 460 berths and has become an important centre for long-distance cruisers, and it's also famous for its modern drawbridge. Lagos also has plenty of cultural entertainment venues which celebrate many local traditions, ranging from architecture to gastronomy and handicrafts.

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