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Lagos Beach Walk, Lagos
Lagos Beach Walk
Guide Location: Portugal » Lagos
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Lacobrigo
Author: AudreyB
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Lagos Map and Walks" in Google Play.
As Lagos is one of the coastline cities of Algarve, the location boasts the greatest beaches, rich in cliffs and rock formations. Along the beaches of Lagos you can dive, get tanned or go on a boat trip. Here you can also enjoy the Lagos famous Ponta da Piedade, Castelo dos Governadores and Forte da Ponta da Bandeira which are worth seeing. Take this great self-guided tour on the Lagos coastline.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Infante D. Henrique Statue
1) Infante D. Henrique Statue
Located in the square with the same name, the statue of Infante D. Henrique was inaugurated in 1960, under the design of sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida. The statue is dedicated to Infante D. Henrique, the navigator who had his residence in Lagos. Infante D. Henrique was a prince and spent the most significant period of his life in Lagos. The sculptor of the statue, Leopoldo de Almeida, is known as a national artist, this being one of his most important works.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Georges Jansoone
Castelo dos Governadores
2) Castelo dos Governadores
Castelo dos Governadores is located in the district of Faro. The castle was built during the reign of Dom Manuel. Castelo dos Governadores was the seat of Algarve's governors in the 13th century, and has since undergone many restorations. The castle's facade features an arched entrance and three panels designed by John Cutileiro, opposite the facade's window. Also known as Castelo de Lagos, Castelo dos Governadores was originally built as part of the city's Medieval fortifications. Today the structure is considered a national landmark.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Valter Jacinto
Forte da Ponta da Bandeira
3) Forte da Ponta da Bandeira
The Forte da Ponta da Bandeira is also a defense structure in Lagos, as it protects the entrance to the city's harbour. The defensive complex was built at the end of the 17th century, a perfect example of a military installation in Algarve's history. The fortress has a rectangular shape and can be accessed via a drawbridge. Today the fort houses exhibitions and other cultural activities. Inside the fortress there is also a small chapel, decorated with traditional Portuguese tiles. The Forte da Ponta da Bandeira offers a splendid view of the bay of Lagos.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Georges Jansoone
Praia da Batata
4) Praia da Batata
The Praia da Batata is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos, as it is the closest beach to the historic center of the city. The beach features cliffs covered with stone and sheltered corners. There are also a lot of attractions on the beach, from restaurants to small tasty offerings from the locals. Praia da Batata is considered the most vivacious and busiest beach of Lagos.
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Praia do Pinhão
5) Praia do Pinhão
The Praia do Pinhão is a beach, situated on the beach road to the Ponta da Piedade. In comparison to Praia da Batata, Praia do Pinhão is a calm and cozy beach where divers can often be met, as it is arranged especially for diving. The beach is renowned for its natural formations of cliffs. The Praia do Pinhão is considered the perfect and most peaceful place to dive or get a tan.
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Praia Dona Ana
6) Praia Dona Ana
Dona Ana follows Praia do Pinhão beach, and it is also a popular beach amongst the tourists due to its massive formations of cliffs and rocks and the sand, which is much thicker than that of the other beaches of Lagos. Dona Ana is preferred by those who like to be sheltered among giant cliffs, but it is also a much visited place, as it is considered one of the greatest beaches of Algarve.
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Praia do Camilo
7) Praia do Camilo
The Praia do Camilo is the last beach of Lagos, followed by Ponta da Piedade and its lighthouse. There's a path of rocks leading from the main road to the beach where immense formations of rocks and cliffs expose ancient sea shells and stones. Divided into two parts by the formations, the beach is easy to walk on, through a hand-made tunnel between the rocks. Praia do Camilo represents one of Lagos' real landmarks, as you can observe its wonderful coastline from the cliffs.
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Aires Almeida
Farol da Ponta da Piedade
8) Farol da Ponta da Piedade
Translated as Ponta da Piedade's Lighthouse, Farol da Ponta da Piedade is a mason building located at the top of Ponta da Piedade. The lighthouse was built in 1912-1913 on the ruins of Our Lady of Mercy church. The building itself represents a small, sand yellow square house with a red roof with a lightning device. The Farol da Ponta da Piedade features a splendid view over Algarve's coastline.
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Ponta da Piedade
9) Ponta da Piedade
The Ponta da Piedade is a natural monument at the tip of Lagos' coastline. The monument itself is a formation of rock cliffs, naturally assembled at a height of 20 meters. The Ponta da Piedade is actually one of the most popular landmarks of Algarve, and has such become the symbol of Lagos. The formation can be approached by stairs that were carved into the cliffs or by a variety of boats available for hire at the Marina of Lagos or other beaches that have boat facilities.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and EDUARDO SORTICA
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