Useful Algarve information, beaches, accommodation, map, restaurants, bars, things to do and in fact, all things Lagos is a fantastic town in the western Algarve that can certainly be enjoyed by all age groups.It is full of historical interest with it's origins dating as far back as 2000 years BC when it was known as Lacobriga.There is normally some music in the bars and if you want to watch your favourite football team, they screen the big matches and various sports events!Lagos train station is behind the marina and 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).The Algarve’s hoteliers’ association has involved its members in a call for some social engineering by demanding that regional Councils implement, "active housing policies at controlled costs, with a view to motivating and attracting workers from other regions of the country and also immigrants from third countries." The association considers the local shortage of labour, "in quantity and quality, as one of the biggest structural problems in the Algarve today." For the association, the current shortages in this area are largely due to the "historical lack of mobility between those residential areas where workers live and their workplaces which often are located outside those urban areas." According the association, led by Elidérico Viegas, it is necessary to establish partnerships between the public and private sectors, with the aim of promoting tourism through, "continuous training during the low season, aimed at creating stable and lasting teams throughout the year, improving the quality of services, increasing productivity and, therefore, the profitability of companies and regional and national tourist competitiveness.” "It is important to streamline and make flexible the processes of legalisation of immigrants to work in the economy in general and tourism in the Algarve in particular," concluded Viegas who did not make clear what these partnerships would do to solve the problems of low wages and expensive accommodation for incoming workers.Whether Councils will rush to build low-rent properties for hotel workers, remains to be seen but with hotels again making money, while moaning about a lack of workers, the problem is in the hotel owners' hands.If you decide to go, try and get there early and take 'small change' with you (euros and 50 cents should do! There is also a daily market in the recently renovated fish market nearer to town - all the fresh fish and seafood is downstairs and upstairs are market stalls full of fruit, vegetables, dried fruits and preserves and also fresh bread.
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.Lagos is certainly full of history, but it is also a vibrant town with lots going on - the next square along, in the middle of town, is Praça de Gil Eanes and this is often the setting for evening entertainment throughout the year - a comical unicyclist, live music or a medieval fair are just some of the events we have enjoyed.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).The first one at the entrance to Lagos is very obviously the 'Ship' roundabout (the tourist office is nearby).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.