Golfing in Lagos by Seb Jay
Two of the most popular and ideally located golf courses in Lagos are the Palmares, a par 71 Course known for its imaginative design and impeccable standards; and the Boavista, again a par 71, with spectacular views of the bay of Lagos and the Monchique hills. This course is a part of the Boavista Resorts and was created with as little alteration as possible to the natural landscape. It even includes a nature reserve for protected species of plants and animals, which makes this golf course rather special. Your golfing tryst with Lagos will certainly remain in the memory long after you have left these enchanting shores.
Historical Lagos - A little bit of history may serve to enlighten you as to the enormous significance of your chosen sporting ground. The history of Lagos dates back to 2000 B.C. The Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and the Moors were all attracted to these shores long ago. While you might (unintentionally) leave your sunglasses behind, they left their marks in more indelible terms in the form of colossal forts, castles, churches, and other architectural marvels, most of which were brought to ruin by the disastrous earthquake of 1755. The great explorer, Vasco da Gama, set off on his famous voyage of discovery from Lagos too.
Beautiful Beaches of Lagos - Now with that bit of history under your belt, you might approach the beaches with more than a casual air. Praia de Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, and Meia Praia are all popular tourist destinations. Most of these beaches have facilities for water sports of all kinds. But the bay of Lagos is unsurpassed in its beauty and has more to offer with its caves and rugged rocks. There is also the marina where yachts and boats of all sizes find their mooring. Another water body of interest is the Barragem da Bravura, an artificial lake with majestic mountains in the background.
Must-See in Lagos - From the Praia de Dona Ana you can either drive or even walk to the Ponta da Piedade which is one of the 'must-see' locations in Lagos. This is indisputably the most dramatic of rock formations on the whole Algarve coast and is most impressive when viewed from the sea. There are boat trips available that take you to and fro from the Portuguese mainland. Another impressive landmark is the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, which dates from the 17th century. It houses the Museu Maritimo - the maritime museum - in which you can explore Lagos' maritime history. In fact there's plenty more to see, if you can manage to drag yourself away from the golf course.
Getting Around Lagos - To really appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape, and to visit all the landmarks as well as tour the golf courses, it would be worth your while to hire a car for the duration of your stay. You can easily do this in advance and request the vehicle of your choice by going online to Your-Carhire.com - specialists in Portugal car rental services and then enjoy Lagos to your hearts content.
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written by Seb Jay for http://www.your-carhire.com
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Latest update: April 16, 2013