Parque Zoológico de Lagos


This zoo is a shady 3-hectare kid-pleaser, with many small primates and a children’s farm housing domestic animals. There are 150 different species in all, including penguins, pygmy hippos, iguanas and snakes. It’s 12km northwest of Lagos, near the village of Barão de São João.

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1. Museu de Cera dos Descobrimentos

5.51 MILES

Unlike typical celebrity-filled wax museums, this one has 22 historic wax figures representing 16 different points in time during Portugal's Age of…

2. Town Walls

5.77 MILES

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…

3. Centro Ciênia Viva de Lagos

5.86 MILES

Young adventurers will especially love this science museum devoted to Portuguese seafaring in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its main exhibit covers the age…

4. Statue of Dom Sebastião

5.91 MILES

In the centre of town, this silvery sculpture by João Cutileiro, commemorating the ill-fated founder of the city in armour, was inaugurated 1973.

5. Lançarote Gate

6.06 MILES

Part of the medieval walls, this archway provides southern access to the old town.

6. Antigo Mercado de Escravos

6.08 MILES

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…

7. 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…

8. 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…