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  • Address: Portugal
  • Admission: Free

Originally named Lacobriga by the Romans and then Zawaia by the Moors, Lagos was settled prior to the Roman’s conquest of Iberia, due to its natural river port and proximity to the sea. Its modern area actually began in 1249 when Dom Afonso III made it part of the Portuguese kingdom, and from there, the renamed Lagos played an important role in discovering the rest of the world. While Lagos has a number of architectural testaments to its Roman, Moorish and feudal pasts, it is now an important tourist destination.

One of the most picturesque parts of Lagos is its marina. The yachts and pleasure boats that moor here speak to the town’s status as a place where leisure-seeking Europeans come to play. Visitors to the marina will find various boat tours including yacht cruises and deep-sea fishing trips. Also of note in the marina: Forte da Bandeira The town’s Marina presents a lovely picture and this harbor is practically the first sight a visitor has of Lagos. Besides the boats that find it convenient as a permanent mooring it is usually full of yachts passing on the way or returning from the Mediterranean and the Americas. At the entrance to the harbor is the Forte da Bandeira which was constructed in the 17th Century to protect the port from pirate predations and English assaults. Indeed, it successfully repelled Sir Francis Drake, who then sailed on and sacked the nearby town of Sangre.

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In addition to its harbor and marina, Lagos has many attractive beaches with commensurately attractive beach-goers. The two most popular include Dona Ana and Praia da Luz, in the nearby village of Luz.

Attached to the famous 17th century Church of Santo António is a small museum of regional items, many of which are prehistoric. Here, you will find dinosaur and ammonite fossils, Neolithic tools, weaponry from the Age of Discovery and an exhibit containing artifacts found in Mozambique.

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Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos, Lagos, null
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Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Take part in a one hour and fifteen minute sightseeing cruise to the grottoes of Ponta De Piedade in any number of the regular trips departing daily from ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.03
Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão, Portimao, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Drive yourself a convertible car through various strategic points in the Algarve, as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.38
2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches, Lagos, Full-day Tours
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2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Take this exciting kayak guided tour to see such famous beaches of Meia Praia, Batata, D.Ana, and Camilo and through the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.54
Half-Day Algarve Convertible or Scooter Tour from Portimão, Portimao, Kayaking & Canoeing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Half-Day Algarve Convertible or Scooter Tour from Portimão

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Drive a provided convertible car or a scooter and follow your guide to discover the Algarve. See Alvor, Lagos, Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Marinha Beach and ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.44
The Path of Dona Ana Walking Tour, Lagos, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

The Path of Dona Ana Walking Tour

This walking tour enables you to see the beauty of the Algarve coastline. Bring your camera and prepare yourself for the most stunning views and fantastic ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.80
2-hour Beaches, Caves, and Wine Tasting Cruise from Lagos, Lagos, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

2-hour Beaches, Caves, and Wine Tasting Cruise from Lagos

Enjoy the rich, amazing Portuguese gastronomy among the unique colors, cliffs, and beaches of one of Europe's best kept secrets, the Algarve. A setting which ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.56
Lagos and Sagres Half-Day Tour from the Algarve, The Algarve, Catamaran Cruises
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Lagos and Sagres Half-Day Tour from the Algarve

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

Discover the allure of Lagos and Sagres on a half-day trip to the West Algarve with an expert local guide! After a hotel pickup, travel to the lively seaside ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.28

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