For those holidaying in the Algarve, The 27th “Sweet Art” (Arte Doce) Confectionery Fair and Competition was a great opportunity to admire and taste the many fine examples of Portuguese regional sweets on display. There was also demonstrations of the skills and craftsmanship involved in the creation of these delicious delicacies. Musical entertainment was also provided.
Lagos, which translates literally as ‘lakes’ from the Latin lacobrica, is on the western Algarve. This is an ancient maritime town, with more than 2000 years of history, which was central to the Portuguese Age of Discovery, from the 15th century.
The ‘Old Town’ has cobbled lanes, delightful Portuguese architecture and many shops to explore. Along with cafés that offer fine coffee, and restaurants that offer fish fresh from the sea. The modern side of the town can be enjoyed in the Lagos Marina, across a footbridge over the Bensafrim river, with a number of restaurants and bars, along many boats to admire.
For those considering booking holiday accommodation on the western Algarve, Tee Times Algarve Holidays recommends Yellow Lagos Meia Praia, Tivoli Lagos, Hotel Luz Bay, Vila Gale Lagos, Marina Club Lagos Resort and more.
There are several absolutely beautiful beaches, easily accessible from the centre of town. Meia Praia, the most well known of the beaches, is about 4 km long which, with lovely clean sand, is as delightful to stroll along as it is to relax on. There is also the Dona Ana beach, which is admired for its magical turquoise-like water and rock formations. This beach, with a spectacular cliff-face towering over it, is sheltered from the sea breeze.
By Richard FM Conlon