Lagos and Ponta da Piedade, the sweetness of living

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Lagos and Ponta da Piedade, the sweetness of living

In the west of the Algarve, the city of Lagos, perched on a hill alongside the sea, offers evidence of the past, as well as natural wonders.

A famous port since Antiquity, Lagos has been the scene of productive multicultural encounters, but the signs of this past are more secret than in the east of the region. The town walls, built in the Roman era, survived a terrible earthquake in 1755, which destroyed Lagos almost entirely. Climb the alleyways to the top of the hill, which faces the sea, before heading back down to the marina, one of the most beautiful in the Algarve. A huge boat occupies part of it. This is the caravel Boa Esperança, built in 1990 to commemorate the great Portuguese discoveries of the 15th and 16th centuries. An exact replica of the caravels of that golden age, it is an impressive 23.8 m long and its mast is 18 m high.

On the marina is a string of little booking kiosks offering excursions. You have the opportunity to go dolphin watching or to spend a day on a boat in search of wild inlets, but be sure not to miss the visit by sea to the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Less than three kilometres further south, along the coast, this exceptional site offers a real picture-postcard landscape. What is special about this place is that it is crammed with little caves that can be reached only by sea. For a more responsible and original approach, opt for a visit by kayak. Allow two hours for the trip, open to all ages and regardless of level. This experience will be even more memorable!

Office de tourisme de Lagos
Rua Belchior Moreira Barbudo (Sítio de São João)
8600-722 Lagos

Tel : +351 282 763 031