Castelo dos Governadores (Governors Castle), Lagos

Castelo dos Governadores (Governors Castle), Lagos

It is said the most interesting feature of the ancient walls of Lagos is the so-called Governors Castle. The Romans installed the first wall around the town. These walls were improved and strengthened by the successive Arab and Christian occupations. The walls were the primary defense against Barbary pirates and attacks by sea from Spain.

At the entrance of the Castle there are two free standing Arbello towers flanking the gateway to the town. They are connected to the wall but they stand forward a bit. This toughens the defenses at the gate and provides for flanking fire along the wall in conjunction with the nearby Flag's Mast Fort.

The castle was heavily damaged during the devastating earthquake of 1755 but it is still impressive. It is well known for its military style construction and the Manueline style window. It was at this window that King Sebastian said his final prayers before setting out for his disastrous defeat in the battle of Alcacer-Quibir.

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Castelo dos Governadores (Governors Castle) on Map

Sight Name: Castelo dos Governadores (Governors Castle)
Sight Location: Lagos, Portugal (See walking tours in Lagos)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Lagos, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lagos

Create Your Own Walk in Lagos

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lagos is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lagos Introduction Walking Tour

Lagos Introduction Walking Tour

Lagos, from captive to captivating.

The story of Lagos is over 2,000 years old. It was a Celtic settlement before the Punic Wars of Rome and Carthage. During the Second Punic War the people of Lagos sided with Hannibal and the Carthaginians. That didn't work out so well. The Romans came, then the Visigoths from Toledo, followed by the Byzantines. In the 8th century the Moors arrived.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Lagos Coastline Walk

Lagos Coastline Walk

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 Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles