Lagos is a municipality at
the mouth of Bensafrim River and along the
Atlantic Ocean, in the Barlavento region of the
Algarve, in southern Portugal. The population in
2011 was 31,049, in an area of 212.99 km².
Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the
Algarve and Portugal, due to its variety of
tourist-friendly beaches, rock formations (Ponta
da Piedade), bars, restaurants, and hotels,
renowned for its vibrant summer nightlife and
parties. Yet, Lagos is also a historic centre of
the Portuguese Age of Discovery, frequent home
of Henry the Navigator, historical shipyard and,
at one time, centre of the European slave trade.
In 2012, travel website TripAdvisor, classified
Lagos as the number 1 travel destination, on a
list of "15 destinations on the rise" worldwide.