Entered via a drawbridge, this petite fortress was built in the 17th century to protect the port. Now restored, it houses an exhibition on the Portuguese Age of Discovery and a beautifully tiled chapel dedicated to Santa Barbara, often invoked as a protector against storms.
Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira
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Nearby Lagos attractions
1. 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…
2. 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…
3. 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.
4. Museu Municipal
The town museum holds a bit of everything: swords and pistols, landscapes and portraits, minerals and crystals, coins, Moorish pottery, miniature…
5. Igreja de Santo António
A baroque extravaganza, this little church bursts with gilded, carved wood and beaming cherubs. The dome and azulejo panels were installed during repairs…
6. Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator
This statue commemorates the prince of Portugal who used Lagos as a launch pad for many of the expeditions he commissioned. It was inaugurated in 1960 on…
7. 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…
8. Lançarote Gate
Part of the medieval walls, this archway provides southern access to the old town.