The Algarve Region
The city of Lagos
TOURISM 2017 - 2nd International Conference on Global Tourism and Sustainability will be held at Lagos, an ancient town on the west part of Algarve (called Barlavento).
The region of Lagos is sometimes considered as one of the most beautiful landscapes of the southern coast of Portugal mainly because of it's small and almost unreachable beaches and imposing cliffs. The climate is mild, the gastronomy is very rich and the people are friendly. Unlike other Algarve regions, Lagos was not invaded by high buildings and its historical city centre is well preserved and deserves a visit. The narrow pedestrian streets, bars and restaurants, as well as monuments and traditional architecture houses welcome the visitors in a friendly manner.
Lagos has a resident population of circa 22.000 inhabitants, which increases considerably during Summer months. It's history is more than 2.000 years old: it was named after a Celtic settlement and it was then occupied by Carthage and Rome, conquered by the Visigoths and then by the Moors in the 8th century a.C. The Christian conquerors only arrived in the mid 13th century and therefore the Muslim traditions had time to settle and gain its roots in this region. During the discoveries, Lagos became a very important centre and its slave market is one of the physicals evidences of that period - a place with some stories to tell... More recently Lagos gained importance due to the tourism industry and the beauty of its natural landscape but traditional ways remained and deserve a careful visit.
Cultural Centre of Lagos
The venue will take place in the Centro Cultural de Lagos, located at "Rua Lançarote de Freitas, n.º 7".
The CCL – Centro Cultural de Lagos is a multidisciplinary space for the production and presentation of cultural activities, with special emphasis on events in the field of performing arts and visual arts.
The CCL have an auditorium with capacity for about 300 spectators with Italian stage and a temporary exhibition area of 500 m2 distributed in 3 rooms.
In the exhibition area, the CCL has a diversified program that covers various topics related to architecture, archeology, history and a strand majority owned by dissemination activities of the national contemporary art, but with some pivotal events of international character, conducted in collaboration with institutions like the Serralves Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Fundation.