Lagos attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Lagos

Ponta da Piedade

Protruding 2.5km south of Lagos, Ponta da Piedade is a dramatic wedge of headland with contorted, polychrome sandstone cliffs and towers, complete with a lighthouse and, in spring, hundreds of nesting egrets, with c…
Museum in Lagos

Museu Municipal

Lagos' town museum holds a bit of everything: swords and pistols, landscapes and portraits, minerals and crystals, coins, Moorish pottery, miniature furniture, Roman mosaics, African artefacts, stone tools, model bo…
Museum in Lagos

Museu de Cera dos Descobrimentos

Unlike typical celebrity-filled wax museums, this one has 22 historic wax figures representing 16 different points in time during Portugal's Age of Discovery. They include Prince Henry the Navigator, Gil Eanes (one …
Museum in Lagos

Centro Ciênia Viva de Lagos

Young adventurers will especially love this science museum devoted to Portuguese seafaring in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its main exhibit covers the age of navigation from the use of an astrolabe (an ancient instr…
Church in Lagos

Igreja de Santo António

A baroque extravaganza, this little church bursts with gilded, carved wood and beaming cherubs. The dome and azulejo (hand-painted tile) panels were installed during repairs after the 1755 earthquake. Enter the chur…
Beach in Lagos

Meia Praia

Arcing in a 4km-long crescent, this vast expanse of golden sand has water sports outlets, and laid-back restaurants and beach bars.
Museum in Lagos

Antigo Mercado de Escravos

Set in the building believed to be Europe's first slave market, when slaves from the west coast of Africa were brought here in 1444, this small museum recounts the grim history of slavery in Lagos and the Algarve re…
Castle in Lagos

Castelo dos Governadores

Built by the Moors, Lagos' castle was conquered by Christian forces in the 13th century. It's said that the ill-fated, evangelical Dom Sebastião attended an open-air Mass here and spoke to the assembled nobility fro…
Walls in Lagos

Town Walls

On the western side of the centre is a restored section of the stout town walls, built (atop earlier versions) during the reigns of both Manuel I and João III in the 16th century, when the walls were enlarged to the…
Church in Lagos

Igreja de Santa Maria

The symmetrical Igreja de Santa Maria was built during the 15th and 16th centuries and retains a 16th-century entrance; the rest of the remaining structure dates largely from the mid-19th century, when it was restor…