This historic town has played an important part in the story of discovery and conquering the rest of the world. It was from this very harbour that Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his historic and epic discovery voyage. Essentially now an important tourist town there are still many architectural signs of its ancient past, even buildings dating originally back to around 1445. The town's more recently constructed Marina presents a lovely picture and this harbour is the first sight a visitor has of Lagos. Besides the boats that find it convenient as a permanent mooring it is usually full of yachts passing through, to and from the Mediterranean. The municipal council has constructed a modern Cultural Centre in which various exhibitions and culturally related events are held during the year. In the Marina different boat tours (caves and dolphin tours)and deep sea-fishing outings can be booked. Lagos has plenty of entertainment with a wide variety of bars, restaurants with delicious sea-food, a water Park and zoo a short drive away and is surrounded by the most stunning beaches.