Lagos Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Lagos

Lagos has a rich history. As a result, the city is crowded with historic places pertaining to famous discoveries. There are also churches that represent the city's architectural treasure. Engage in the Lagos historical tour, and learn interesting facts about this fine city.
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Lagos Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lagos Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lagos (See other walking tours in Lagos)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: AudreyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Igreja de Santa Maria
  • Igreja de Santo António
  • Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho
  • Armazém do Espingardeiro
  • Forte da Ponta da Bandeira
  • Castelo dos Governadores
  • Antigo Mercado de Escravos
  • Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
  • Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra
  • Estátua a El Rei D. Sebastião
  • Igreja de São Sebastião
  • Mercado Municipal da Avenida de Lagos
Igreja de Santa Maria

1) Igreja de Santa Maria (must see)

Igreja de Santa Maria is a church that was founded in 1498, and built and finished through the 16th century. It is a picture of Neoclassical architecture, bearing also Renaissance and Baroque elements. The church features a symmetrical rectangular facade which is flanked by two bell towers. Igreja de Santa Maria's high altar is splendidly enriched with biblical scenes painted in bright colors. After the 1755 earthquake, Igreja de Santa Maria was rebuilt and became the Lagos parish, as the Church of Santa Maria da Graça had been burnt in the fire caused by the earthquake.
Igreja de Santo António

2) Igreja de Santo António (must see)

Translated as St. Anthony's Church, Igreja de Santo António is a Baroque church built as a place of worship for the military administration. The church has two bell towers, one of them with a clock from 1839. The church features 8 Baroque paintings, these representing the wonders of St. Anthony. The building itself is simple due to its smooth stone walls. In contrast to the exterior, the interior of the church is splendid as it is richly decorated. Inside the church is a permanent exhibition of Sacred Art. Igreja de Santo António is one of the few edifices that has survived the 1755 earthquake. Today it is a national monument in Lagos.
Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho

3) Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho (must see)

Museu Municipal Dr. José Formosinho is located near the Igreja de Santo António and is home to a vast collection of archaeological discoveries, from Roman mosaics, pottery and other antique objects of great importance to all types of European weapons. The museum is famous by having preserved the charter of King Manuel, which conferred him privileges over the territory of Lagos. Among impressive exhibits you can also observe the clothes of King Sebastião, before the conquest of Morroco, the last deed in his life.
Armazém do Espingardeiro

4) Armazém do Espingardeiro

Espingardeiro House is a historic building constructed in 1665, which houses a historical museum. Located at the corner of Rua Dr. Júlio Dantas and Travessa da Coroa, Armazém do Espingardeiro depicts in its collections the historical evolution of the city of Lagos. A part of the museum is dedicated to architect Rui Paula Mendes. Armazém do Espingardeiro consists of three exhibition halls, each of them dedicated to a certain period of time. The first hall is dedicated to Roman, Medieval and Portuguese discoveries, the second depicts the modern age and the third describes the 18th to 21st century evolution.
Forte da Ponta da Bandeira

5) Forte da Ponta da Bandeira (must see)

The Forte da Ponta da Bandeira is also a defense structure in Lagos, as it protects the entrance to the city's harbor. 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.
Castelo dos Governadores

6) Castelo dos Governadores (must see)

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.
Antigo Mercado de Escravos

7) Antigo Mercado de Escravos (must see)

Though this concept is unique in Europe now, Mercado dos Escravos is a former Slave Market, where during the 15th century the first African slaves were brought and sold. The building itself features four Romanesque arches with a 17th century stone on its wall carrying the coat of arms of the Marquês de Nisa. Located on the beautiful Infante D. Henrique Square, the building is currently home to temporary exhibitions.
Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

8) Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a Roman Catholic church built in Baroque style. The church was built in 1463 upon the initiative of Padre Cristóvão Dias, as the second convent of Portugal in those days. As the church is located outside the fortifications of old Lagos, it was severely damaged in the 1755 earthquake. Since then, the church has undergone several restorations, the last one having taken place in 2004. Today the church features a beautiful chapel with a single nave and a dome.
Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra

9) Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra

Located at the beautiful Praça Luis de Camões, surrounded by pretty houses and curious shops and cafes, Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra is dedicated to the Portuguese soldiers who participated in the First World War (1914-1918). The monument itself is a stone cross on top of a pillar, these being surrounded by iron chains and flowers.
Estátua a El Rei D. Sebastião

10) Estátua a El Rei D. Sebastião (must see)

Estátua a El Rei D. Sebastião is a statue of king D. Sebastião inaugurated in 1972 by John Cutileiro. The statue of king D. Sebastião honors his memory as a king with a significant place in the history of Lagos. King D. Sebastião left Lagos in 1578 for his fatal expedition to Morocco. The "Myth of Sebastian" that explains the king's disappearance, is popular in modern Portuguese literature. It is believed that someday the king will come on a foggy day. The statue is located in Praça Gil Eanes, where the liveliest and most beautiful plazas of Lagos, as well as City Hall and the most popular cafes are located.
Igreja de São Sebastião

11) Igreja de São Sebastião (must see)

Igreja de São Sebastião is a church which was built in the 14th century and served as a hermitage for the Nossa Senhora da Conceição church. The building itself is represented by a gilded altar, featuring three naves, each of them separated by arches with Doric columns. Attached to the church there is a small Johannine style chapel Capela dos Ossos. Since 1924, Igreja de São Sebastião has been marked as a national monument.
Mercado Municipal da Avenida de Lagos

12) Mercado Municipal da Avenida de Lagos

Translated as the Municipal Market, Mercado Municipal da Avenida de Lagos is a popular market in Lagos that was opened in 1924. The market itself occupies three levels, only two of which are dedicated to seafood and fruits and vegetables. Mercado Municipal da Avenida de Lagos is a perfect place to try everything that Lagos has to offer.

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 Beach Walk

Lagos Beach 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