The first settlement in the Lagos region , called Laccobriga or Lacóbriga , was founded about 2000 years before the birth of Christ by cónios2 . This locality was subsequently occupied by Carthaginians , Romans , barbarians , Muslims and people finally reconquered by Christians in XIII.3 Century
Due to its location and economic importance , Lagos became a central point for the Portuguese Discoveries , from the fifteenth century ; in 1573 , became a city by King Sebastian , becoming the capital of the Kingdom of the Algarve , a position he held during the Filipino Domain . In 1755 , when it was devastated by the tsunami that devastated Lisbon also , the provisional capital moved to Loulé and Faro then to where it still remains . In the nineteenth century , actively participated in the Napoleonic wars and Portuguesa4 Civil War , with some managing to resume economic importance with the introduction of the first industries from mid-century .
After the Second World War and until the end of the twentieth century , there has been a gradual reduction of industrial capacity and an increase in tourism , which has become the main economic activity in the Municipality (now Lagos has a wide and diverse range of alternative accommodation : hotels , youth hostels , holiday apartments and villas , campsites and motorcaravanning ) .5
In the last decades of the twentieth century and early twenty-first changed the city at a rapid pace , with renovation and expansion of the historic center from the periphery . New residential neighborhoods and respective equipment (trade , health, education , sport … ) were created ; was carried out the construction of the marina and respective residential and commercial area; new hotels , administrative facilities were created ,