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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 square kilometres.

The main town of Lagos (which includes only the parish of São Sebastião e Santa Maria) has a population of approximately 22,000. Typically, these numbers increase consiederablyduring the summer months, with the influx of visiting tourists and seasonal residents. While the majority of the population lives along the coast and works in tourism and services, the inland region is sparsely inhabited, with the majority of the people working in agriculture and forestry.

Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Algarve and Portugal, due to its variety of tourist-friendly beaches, rock formations,extensive harbour, bars, restaurants and hotels. It is renowned for its vibrant summer nightlife and parties.

The town also has an interesting history and is home to many historic buildings. During the Portuguese Age of Discovery it was the frequent home of Henry the Navigator and had a historical shipyard. At one time it was the centre of the European slave trade.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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